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Michael Connelly's 'Scarecrow' is landing on beaches near you
Among the big books landing on beach blankets this summer, former newspaper reporter turned crime novelist Michael Connelly sends his latest instant #1 nationwide bestseller, The Scarecrow (Little, Brown and Company; May, 2009) followed by the paperback release of his most recent Harry Bosch blockbuster, The Brass Verdict later this summer, landing on beaches near you. We caught up with the soft-spoken mastermind of crime fiction at a 'Meet the Bestsellers' lunch at BookExpo America 2008, where USA Today's book critic Carol Memmott and audience members interviewed Connelly (along with fellow panelist and bestselling thriller writer Dean Koontz) on a wide range of personal and professional topics. Revealing his personal journey from big reader to bestselling novelist by way of reading the classic noire crime novels of Raymond Chandler, followed by a brief glimpse into his writing process, and an even briefer description of the major theme of his novels--doing what is right, Connelly reflected at length on the challenges of writing his 'Harry Bosch' series while keeping the character fresh. Connelly wrapped up his interview with comments on his one non-fiction book, Crime Beat, a collection of true stories about his days in South Florida and Los Angeles as a crime reporter; the challenges of book promotion today; and his plans for a follow-up to The Poet before taking questions from the audience. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author fielded questions on writing for the crime fiction category; his perspective on Hololywood movie adaptations; the fundamentals of storytelling; an estimate of how long it takes to write a novel; and how he goes about tapping the subconscious. In answer to a question about what he was reading at the moment, with a passing reference to Dean Koontz and Lawrence Block, Connelly stressed the importance of reading the widest possible variety of literature from many sources both digital and traditional before taking questions on creating strong women characters in his novels; the value of the editorial process; and the relationship between real people and fictional characters.

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Stay tuned as authors pack their bags and head for BookExpo America, May 29-31: Tens of thousands of 'bookies' and nearly a thousand bestselling and emerging authors for all age groups and interests converge at New York City's Jacob Javits Convention Center for the annual BookExpo America, May 29-31.

Scott McClellan pushes back against 'the permanent campaign' and 'win-at-all-costs' Republicans: The former Press Secretary for President George W. Bush, Scott McClellan tells 'what happened' inside the Bush White House wracked by Katrina, the Valerie Plame affair, and Abu Ghraib.

Carl Hiaasen's golf comeback is overcome by bufo toads, monkeys, rats, and a runaway golf cart: Bestselling author and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen, master of mirth and mystery, unravels the myths and mystique of golfing.

Rick Atkinson salutes Lucian K. Truscott and the men and women who liberated Italy: Pulitzer Prize winning historian and Washington Post reporter Rick Atkinson presents the second installment in his Liberation Trilogy, which began with the bestseller at the 2008 National Book Festival.

Alexander McCall Smith takes unconventional approach to his 'traditionally built' novels: Bestselling author of No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series Alexander McCall Smith, wearing his trademark Scottish kilt, apologizes for the lack of action in his novels and promises more cake and tea to make everyone feel better.

Patrick McGrath offers dramatic reading of 'Trauma' at Miami Book Fair International: Patrick McGrath reads from his newest gothic novel 'Trauma' at the 2008 Miami Book Fair International.

Marisa de los Santos makes the leap from poetry to prose by way of motherhood: Marisa de los Santos describes her transitions in literature and life and her search for inspiration at the 2008 National Book Festival.

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