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Ben Mezrich rolls the dice with 'Accidental Billionaires'
Hosting an early Saturday morning breakfast with a thousand or more booksellers at the 2009 BookExpo America convention, Scottish TV host and stand-up comedian Craig Ferguson, whose new book American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot (Harper; September, 2009) will soon land on bookshelves, introduced bestselling author, Harvard grad, and former blackjack game show co-host Ben Mezrich. Revealing his previous career as a medical thriller writer, Mezrich recalled how he came to write his first non-fiction, and first bestselling book, Bringing Down The House, about an MIT blackjack team in Vegas, and how he accidentally got involved in writing his new book, described as a 'tale of sex, money, genius and betrayal,' The Accidental Billionaires (Doubleday; July, 2009), about Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg, who accidentally founded Facebook after a bad joke went awry at Harvard and later, you could say, 'un-friended' each other. Mezrich wrapped his presentation with details of the movie adaptation with Sony and Kevin Spacey.

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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.'

Gore Vidal recalls the past and weighs in on the present with, as always, devastating wit: American novelist, screenwriter, playwright, essayist, short story writer, actor and politician Gore Vidal surveys the modern American landscape in an interview with Books & Books founder Mitchell Kaplan at the 2008 Miami Book Fair International.

Dean Koontz brings 'relentless' suspense to the beaches this summer: Master thriller writer Dean Koontz hits the beaches with another instant #1 bestseller, 'Relentless.'

Brad Meltzer heads for the beaches with Superman, Cain, Abel, and 'The Book Of Lies': Bestselling author of graphic and traditional novels, and television screenwriter Brad Meltzer ties the themes of Superman, Cain and Abel together in his latest big book, 'The Book Of Lies.'

Michael Connelly's 'Scarecrow' is landing on beaches near you: Bestselling crime fiction author Michael Connelly talks about his life, his work, his characters.

David Baldacci heads for the beaches with 'First Family': Radio show host and author of seven books Lewis Burke Frumkes interviews lawyer turned bestselling novelist David Baldacci.

Baldacci, Connelly, Koontz, Meltzer and Sparks et al head for the beaches: David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, Dean Koontz, Brad Meltzer, Nicholas Sparks and a boatload of bestselling authors bring thrills, chills, and true love to the beaches this summer.

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.

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