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Larry Flynt says sex and lies in politics 'a bit much' in 2004; now offers $1 million for more
On the eve of the U.S.A.'s 231st birthday, free speech advocate and Hustler porn magazine publisher Larry Flynt has offered a $1 million reward in a Washington Post advertisement for proof of sexual misconduct by U.S. Congressmen. The author of Sex, Lies, and Politics (Kensington; July, 2004), Flynt was last seen promoting his book at BookExpo America in 2004, where he told us with a wry touch of irony that sex and lies in Washington, D.C., had always been part of the political reality, but that in recent years, it had become 'a bit much.' Evidently, he hopes to get quite a bit more with his hefty bounty. Perhaps he's writing another book...

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Jennifer Egan and Roy Blount, Jr., offer contrasting perspectives on written vs. spoken words: Two bestselling authors talk about their work with contrasting perspectives on going audio.

Khaled Hosseini shines light on Afghan women in new bestselling novel, 'A Thousand Splendid Suns': Khaled Hosseini talks about his writing career, his two bestselling novels, women's issues and Afghanistan after 9/11 at BookExpo America 2007

Judy Blume, LL Cool J, Richard Russo lead parade of 1,052 author autographings at BookExpo America: Judy Blume, LL Cool J, and Richard Russo are among 1,052 authors to introduce their books to over 30,000 booksellers and book publishing execs at BookExpo America 2007

BookExpo America preview: Alan Greenspan booked to kick-off industry's annual marathon: Every year they swarm like locusts on some unsuspecting city in the U.S.A. This year over 30,000 book industry professionals will appear in New York City, June 1-3, for readings, lectures, and panels and a fair amount of partying to celebrate new books by over 1,000 of America's best-loved authors, including Khaled Hosseini, Ann Patchett, Garry B. Trudeau, Jodi Picoult, Paul Krugman, Mary and Carol Higgins Clark, Deepak Chopra, R.L. Stine, Zane, James Patterson, Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Eliza Griswold reports from Afghanistan, Iraq, Indonesia, Malaysia; finds poetry in strange places: A Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard university and the recipient of the first Robert I. Friedman Prize in Investigative Journalism, poet/journalist Eliza Griswold talks about discovering universal truths in individual stories from some of the darkest corners of the world, and offers the poetry of hope in human struggles to survive.

Richard A. Clarke mixes counterterrorism expertise with 'predictive fiction' to find greater truth: Former White House counterterrorism advisor Richard A. Clarke takes readers behind the scenes of White House crisis management, describes the process and how he applies techniques to write what he calls 'predictive fiction.'

Tom Hayden and Mark Kurlansky offer a dangerous idea as wars rage on around the world: Former California State Senator and political activist Tom Hayden and popular writer and historian Mark Kurlansky team up to explore the possibilities and problems of nonviolent protest and political change.

Jodi Picoult worries, researches and then writes her bestsellers: Jodi Picoult shows why she has become one of America's bestselling authors in an entertaining evening with fellow New Hampshire author and raconteur Rebecca Rule

Christopher Buckley parodies and regales at National Book Festival; 'Boomsday' lands with a bang: Christopher Buckley parodies publisher's book titles, recounts a prank involving Lenin's tomb, skewers book publishers, and regales National Book Festival audience with stories of Korea's Chung Hee Park, former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, and bestselling author Tom Clancy

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