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Pete Dexter provides the abc's of 'Spooner'
Introduced at the 2009 BookExpo America Sunday Book and Author Breakfast by MSNBC-TV political pundit and author Joe Scarborough, National Book Award-winning author Pete Dexter thanked booksellers and offered compliments, of sorts, to fellow BEA breakfast speakers Richard Russo and Gail Collins. Confessing that he was not as well-prepared as they were, the author of Paris Trout and Deadwood proceeded to outline his newest novel, Spooner (Grand Central Publishing; September, 2009) alphabetically--beginning A through F (asthmatics to fences); G through M (gloved finger through mobs); N through R (neighbors through rowboat); and S through Z (septic tanks through zoos). Dexter wove these threads into a tapestry of Ukrainian body builders, tattoo-eating dogs, sex with his wife and yodelling. When Dexter had concluded, a somewhat flummoxed Joe Scarborough wrapped the event with a story about finding his wife wide awake at 4 AM, unable to sleep, having just finished reading Spooner.

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Craig Ferguson calls for more fart jokes in books at booksellers Sunday breakfast: The irreverent late,late night TV talk show host and screen actor Craig Ferguson brings his wild-eyed Scottish wit to Sunday breakfast to wake upseveral hundred sleepy-eyed American booksellers and promote his memoir, 'American On Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot.'

Michael Sandel investigates 'justice': Political philosopher and Harvard professor of government Michael Sandel offers a live crash course on 'Justice: What's the Right Thing To Do? at BookExpo America 2009.

Jane Smiley, Nicholas Sparks, and 'Sully' Sullenberger kick-off 2009 book signing season: The fall line-up of bestselling, first-time and emerging authors gets into high-gear as Jane Smiley, Nicholas Sparks, and 'Sully' Sullenberger hit the road signing books for adults and children alike.

Jacob Gold and John Eckberg sort through the wreckage of the economic meltdown: Jacob Gold of Jacob Gold & Associates, named 'one of America's top wealth management firms' by Bloomberg business news, and Cincinnati Enquirer business reporter John Eckberg discuss jobs, retail, money markets, consumer spending and entrepreneurship in the wake of the global financial crisis.

Tracy Kidder discovers inspiration and 'Strength In What Remains' of war-torn, impoverished Burundi: Bestselling narrative non-fiction author Tracy Kidder traces the inspirational story of Deo, a Burundi refugee in New York City, to his hometown and the miracle he brings to an impoverished, war-torn countryside.

Richard Russo and John Irving declare the novel alive and well and living in America: Two literary lions defend the storytelling tradition of Charles Dickens and Herman Melville, declaiming against the notion that plots and novels are dead in the face of technological change.

Ben Mezrich rolls the dice with 'Accidental Billionaires': Bestselling author, Harvard grad, and former blackjack game show co-host, Ben Mezrich rolls the dice with 'accidental billionaires' at BookExpo America 2009.

In memory of Frank McCourt, teacher, raconteur, and Pulitzer Prize winning author: Teacher, raconteur, and Pulitzer Prize winning author Frank McCourt and humor columnist, bestselling author, and perennial presidential contender Dave Barry appeared together for one memorable evening at the 2008 Miami Book Fair International.

Ridley Pearson invites readers to a 'killer summer' with a 'killer view' in Idaho: Bestselling crime thriller writer Ridley Pearson takes readers to Idaho where a nuclear laboratory and a countryside of anti-social characters and bears make for a 'killer summer' with a 'killer weekend' and a 'killer view.'

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