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Jeannette Walls leaves 'The Glass Castle' riding her new bestseller, 'Half Broke Horse'
With an introduction by late night TV host and author Craig Ferguson, former USA Today celebrity reporter and MSNBC.com gossip columnist Jeannette Walls began her book presentation at the 2009 BookExpo America annual bookseller's breakfast by speculating on why her memoir, The Glass Castle, the story of her mother's life on the streets of New York City, was such a big hit with readers, and why people read biographies in general. After reviewing her mother's story, Walls described how she came to write her new book, Half Broke Horse (Scribner; October, 2009), which is not a memoir exactly, but a 'true-life novel' about her gunslinging grandmother, Lily Casey Smith. Walls wrapped her BEA 2009 appearance with a reflection on why she called the book a true-life novel, rather than biography.

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Roy Blount Jr. takes on linguistics with baby talk and homemade 'alphabet juice': Humorist Roy Blount Jr. disputes conventional linguistics with baby talk, onomatopoeia, and with a little homemade 'alphabet juice.'

Pete Dexter provides the abc's of 'Spooner': The award-winning, bestselling author of 'Paris Trout' and 'Deadwood' synopsizes his new novel 'Spooner'--alphabetically.

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.

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