David Baldacci regales National Book Festival with tales of fame and misfortune
The tent was packed at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., for bestselling political thriller writer David Baldacci's thirty-minute appearance to promote his latest bestseller Simple Genius (Grand Central Publishing; April, 2007). Introduced by NPR's Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan, Baldacci did what he does best--tell stories. After a brief reflection on what inspired him to become an author, mixed with anecdotes about growing up with books, Baldacci practically brought down the tent with his story about the most embarassing speaking engagement he ever had. Baldacci then described how the inspiration for his first novel Absolute Power (Grand Central Publishing; 1996) came about. And followed with the story of the time he was overheard on a train doing research by cell phone on how to commit the perfect murder. When the laughter died down, Baldacci recounted his most memorable book tour encounters with fans. On the serious side, Baldacci made a wish for his Wishing Well Foundation, which promotes reading and literacy. Baldacci closed with more stories of encounters with fans at book signings and an impassioned reminder to the audience of the importance of protecting the First Amendment. Speaking of book signings, PubBuzz interviewed Baldacci at an author autographing table at BookExpo America 2005.
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