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Cokie Roberts unveils the politcal prowess and power of the 'Founding Mothers'
ABC News and National Public Radio reporter Cokie Roberts celebrated early American First Ladies at the National Book Festival, first paying tribute to former First Lady Laura Bush, who founded the annual event on the National Mall September 8, 2001. Roberts went on to outline Ladies Of Liberty (Harper Perennial Reprint; March, 2009), her sequel to her New York Times number one bestseller, The Founding Mothers. Roberts compared and contrasted two of the most powerful Founding Mothers, first describing the fierce loyalty to her husband of Abigail Adams, whose determined support for the infamous Alien and Sedition Act proved to be the undoing of President John Adams. In contrast, Roberts unveiled the powerful political influence Dolly Madison exercised in keeping an equally unpopular President James Madison (despite the War of 1812, known as 'Madison's War'), in office for a full two terms. Roberts closed her remarks by noting that the letters of the Founding Mothers often revealed the human failings and frailties of the canonized Founding Fathers and then took a couple of questions from the audience, including how she got her name--Cokie.

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Richard Price finds humor and colliding worlds in projects of NYC's Lower East Side: Fresh from his former day job writing for the late, great HBO series, 'The Wire,' Richard Price reads from 'Lush Life,' his first novel in five years and takes questions from the audience.

Chris Hedges and Laila Al-Arian report U.S. atrocities in Iraq, claiming 1.2 million casualties: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and co-author English Al Jazeera reporter Laila Al-Arian report on the 'collateral damage' in the war in Iraq.

Art Spiegelman and Daniel Pink discourse on the discourse of comics: Although he wants a DNA test before he accepts paternity, the 'father of graphic novels,' Art Spiegelman discourses with 'graphic business books' writer Daniel Pink on the language and art of graphic books as seen through the lens of Spiegelman's life and work.

Jane Mayer nominated for NBCC award for her book exposing 'The Dark Side' of U.S. torture policies: New Yorker correspondent Jane Mayer sheds light on 'the dark side' of the Bush Administration's war on terror.

James McBride sticks another feather in his hat--historical novels: Multi-talented jazz saxophonist, musical composer, journalist, bestselling memoirist and novelist James McBride presents historical novel 'Song Yet Sung' at the 2008 National Book Festival.

Salman Rushdie blends East and West cultures in 'The Enchantress of Florence': Award-winning British Indian novelist and essayist, knighted for his 'services to literature,' Salman Rushdie is interviewed by Washington Post Book World editor Marie Arana at the 2008 National Book Festival 20 years after the publication of 'Satanic Verses' and the ensuing death threats that drove him into hiding for ten years.

Earvin 'Magic' Johnson shows game-changing moves in '32 Ways to Be a Champion In Business': Basketball legend Magic Johnson appears at BookExpo America 2008 to talk about his latest game-changing moves.

Azar Nafisi brings her 'portable home' to BookExpo: Iranian academic, free speech activist, and bestselling author of 'Reading Lolita in Tehran,' Azar Nafisi introduces her memoir, 'Things I've Been Silent About,' at BookExpo America 2008.

Ted Turner gets 'back on top' with autobio, charm, and swagger: Ted Turner turns on the charm at BookExpo America 2008 and predicts his autobiography will be 'a home run' that will put him 'back on top.'

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