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Albert, Gilmore, and Schwarzschild re-define Jewish literature at Brooklyn Book Festival
Taking the stage at the Brooklyn Book Festival 2007 for an event titled The Great American Jewish Novel: Writers Shaking Up The Tradition, Elisa Albert, Jennifer Gilmore, and Edward Schwarzschild demonstrated why they were selected for the event with readings from their work in the shadow of the only known statue of Henry Ward Beecher, a nineteenth century Brooklyn activist, who shook things up in his day. Elisa Albert gave a preview of the first chapter from her forthcoming first novel The Book of Dahlia (Free Press; March, 2008), establishing Dahlia's character and circumstances, mixing traditional Jewish guilt and angst with a dose of modern ennui. Jennifer Gilmore read from her debut novel, a New York Times Notable Book of 2006, Golden Country (Harvest Books; September, 2007), looking back on another era of immigrant Jewish life, spanning 1920-1960 in Brooklyn, an era of gangsters, inventors, and dreamers. Edward Schwarzschild read from a short story titled Irreversible from his new collection called The Family Diamond (Algonquin Books; September, 2007), about a supernatural event in the finest tradition of Jewish literature, told with a decidely modern skepticism.

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Miami Book Fair International 2007 highlights language, racial and cultural diversity in books: The 24th annual Miami Book Fair International produces many memorable events, readings, debates, and presentations, attracting tens of thousands of book lovers of all ages, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

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.

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.'

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.

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.

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.

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

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