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Miami Book Fair International 2007 highlights language, racial and cultural diversity in books
Tens of thousands of book lovers of all ages, cultural and ethnic backgrounds poured into the downtown streets of Miami Dade College for the 24th Miami Book Fair International 2007 last week, enjoying the intoxicating combination of fine fair weather and heady encounters with some of the world's greatest living authors and notable emerging voices in poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Among the many highlights, the President's daughter Jenna Bush read chapters from her first book Ana's Story: A Journey Of Hope (HarperCollins; September, 2007); Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo read from his latest blockbuster Bridge of Sighs (Random House; October, 2007); a day of workshops and panels on the art and challenges of book translations sponsored by BookExpo America was capped off with readings and translations in multiple languages and a Brazilian carnivale celebration in the International Village area of the fair; famed and fiery African-American poet Nikki Giovanni lit up a large audience of fans with readings from her latest book of poems Acolytes (William Morrow; January, 2007); consumer and environmental activist Ralph Nader read from his new book The Seventeen Traditions (Harper; January, 2007) and gave a spirited defense of his two controversial campaigns for the U.S. presidency; MSNBC-TV network political commenator and journalist Chris Matthews introduced his new book Life's a Campaign (Random House; October, 2007) and told stories such as the one of Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neil holding hands and praying after the attempted assassination of President Reagan; and former Texas Monthly editor Robert Draper talked about his interviews with President George W. Bush and his new biography Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush. Stay tuned for complete recaps and video recordings of these events and a dozen more from the Miami Book Fair International 2007, arguably the largest book fair in the western hemisphere.

Book and Author Headlines

Paul Krugman and 300 new and notable authors head for Miami Book Fair 2007: Paul Krugman is one of over 300 big name and emerging authors gathering in Miami for the 24th Annual Miami Book Fair International, November 4-11.

Tom Perrotta tackles sex education in his novel, and the lack of it in real life: Bestselling author Tom Perrotta introduces his latest work of subtle satire about the boiling caldron of American politics and religion stirred with sex education and teenage angst.

Valerie Plame Wilson comes in from the cold: Valerie Plame Wilson talks about herlegal battles with the White House, Dick Cheney and the CIA, and offers a snapshot of her tell-as-much-as-she-can memoir of her life as a spy, 'Fair Game.'

Alice McDermott and George Pelecanos hit the paperback racks: Alice McDermott reads from her novel, 'After This,' and talks about her work, while George Pelecanos takes questions from the audience on Washington, DC, politics, Hollywood and his writing at the National Book Festival 2006. Last year's hardcovers are now out in paperback.

Mende Nazer's nightmare of slavery ends in freedom and fairy tale re-union: Mende Nazer and Damien Lewis tell the story of Mende Nazer's life as a slave in Khartoum and London, and her subsequent escape and re-union with her family in her native land of Nuba, Sudan.

Paul Krugman examines Republican values with 'The Conscience Of A Liberal': Bestselling author, New York Times columnist, and professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University, Paul Krugman

Joseph Finder makes his 'Power Play' on national bestseller lists: Joseph Finder visits the Jabberwocky Bookstore in Newburyport, Massachusetts, tells the story of his life--from the CIA to the top 10 on the New York Times bestseller list

Ken Burns brings 'The War' home: Ken Burns offers an intimate look at the lives of 40 citizens of four U.S. towns whose lives were changed forever by World War II

Alan Alda overhears himself talking about the meaning of life: The star of screen, stage, and television ('M*A*S*H'), bestselling author Alan Alda picks up where his last book ('Never Have Your Dog Stuffed') left off--recovering from intestinal surgery after a near-death experience on a Chilean mountaintop.

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