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Miami Book Fair celebrates 25 years of history-making, award-winning, and emerging voices, Nov. 9-16
The Miami Book Fair celebrates its 25th birthday this week, November 9-16. The show that two years ago featured an unflappable Barack Obama (2006 Miami Book Fair) who called on a woman in the balcony and was greeted with a prophetic 'Thank you, Mr. President' and in 2007 featured Paul Krugman, winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize for Economics, has brought together another world class assembly of history-making, spellbinding, award-winning and emerging voices in literature. Thousands of fair-goers will line up for six nights and two full days with hundreds of authors such as Salman Rushdie (seen here at the 2008 National Book Festival); Nancy Horan (seen here autographing Loving Frank at BookExpo America 2007); Nikki Giovanni (seen here at the 2007 Miami Book Fair); Dennis Lehane (seen here at BookExpo America 2008); Laurie Halse Anerderson (seen here at BookExpo America 2006; and Russell Banks (seen here at the 2004 Miami Book Fair)--not to mention Frank McCourt, Gore Vidal, Joyce Carol Oates, and Scott Turow reading from and talking about their work. If you can't make it to the show, stay tuned here for the videos.

Book and Author Headlines

Dennis Lehane 'sucked at everything' until he discovered writing: Dennis Lehane recalls how and why he became a writer, noting that he 'sucked' at everything else.

Alec Baldwin takes a 'light-hearted' look at the dark side of divorce: Hollywood movie and TV star Alec Baldwin takes aim at divorce courts, lawyers, and laws that strip parents of their dignity and respect for one another in what all too often turns into a vicious custody battle over their parental rights.

Tama Janowitz and Arthur Nersesian champion 'loser lit': Tama Janowitz and Arthur Nersesian read from their cult classics and talk about their affinity for 'loser lit.'

Paul Krugman wins Nobel economics prize: Princeton professor, [I]New York Times[/I] columnist and bestselling author Paul Krugman wins 2008 Nobel prize for economics.

Neil Gaiman breaks new ground with 'The Graveyard Book' and 'Coraline' movie tie-in: Neil Gaiman crosses over from adult fiction to children's fiction with new groundbreaking book, 'The Graveyard Book,' and announces another first--a movie adaptation of 'Coraline.'

Robert Pinsky bridges tragedy of New Orleans, war, and forgetting with power of words: Three-time U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky reads from and talks about his latest poetry collections, 'Gulf Music' and 'An Invitation To Poetry.'

David Ignatius, Washington Post columnist, goes Hollywood with Leonardo DiCaprio and 'Body of Lies': Washington Post foreign affairs columnist turned bestselling spy thriller author David Ignatius talks about 'Body of Lies'--the movie, the book, the reasons he turned to fiction to find truth--at the National Book Festival 2007.

Philippa Gregory and 'The Other Queen' reign over Tudors: The reigning queen of Tudor historyPhilippa Gregory presents the latest addition to her ongoing sagas of Boleyn women, 'The Other Queen.'

Christopher Buckley courts bestseller lists with latest comic novel on an unlikely topic: Christopher Buckley does it again--a comic novel as unlikely as one about the pleasures of smoking.

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