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Victoria Rowell offers her inspirational journey from Foster care to soap opera diva
Soap opera diva Victoria Rowell of CBS-TV network's The Young And The Restless appeared at BookExpo America 2007 to deliver the keynote address to the African-American Booksellers conference and talk about her inspirational memoir, The Women Who Raised Me (William Morrow; April, 2007). Taking questions from the audience, Rowell described tracing her roots as a Foster care child to meeting her white brother and called on her audience to persevere and 'never quit, never quit' following their dreams. Rowell talked about the choices she has to make in her dual roles as mother and actress and recalled the strength of the women who raised her. Rowell also gave praise to the unsung heroes who helped build her career, including Lenny and the Pinebrook camera crew; announced the title of her next book, Confessions of a Soap Opera Diva to be published in the spring of 2008; and gave the stage to a woman representing a Black History website.

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Charles Simic tapped to become next U.S. Poet Laureate: Poet, literary critic, and retired University of New Hampshire Professor of English Literature Charles Simic named by Library of Congress to become next U.S. Poet Laureate, suceeding fellow New Hampshire poet Donald Hall

Lisa See sees through veil of family heritage to dark side of China's past: Bestselling author Lisa See introduces her new novel, 'Peony in Love,' to rapt audience of booksellers at BookExpo America 2007

Daniel Silva spills top secrets for writers of fast-paced spy thrillers: Mega-selling master of spy thriller novels Daniel Silva spills the beans on how to write the perfect thriller at the 2006 National Book Festival

Buy-buy, Harry Potter: The seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series brings midnight madness to bookstores across America; Jim Dale, 'the voice of Harry Potter,' hits the road

Walter Mosley offers brief glimpses of 'the devil' in him: Award-winning mystery writer Walter Mosley is interviewed by publishing veteran Nora Rawlinson on what it takes to be an author and start writing your novel this year.

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