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BookExpo America preview: Alan Greenspan booked to kick-off industry's annual marathon
Former Federal Reserve Board Chairman and first-time author Alan Greenspan (The Age of Turbulence; Penguin Press, September, 2007) will deliver the keynote address at BookExpo America 2007 in an unusual interview with his wife, NBC news reporter and author Andrea Mitchell (Talking Back; Penguin Reprint, December, 2006), kicking off the U.S. book industry's annual marathon weekend of author readings, lectures, panels and autographing events. Headlining the main events at BookExpo America 2007 will be Khaled Hossein talking about his new novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns (Riverhead/Penguin Books; May 22, 2007), New York Times opinion maker Paul Krugman (The Conscience of a Liberal; W.W. Norton, October, 2007), and ex-C.I.A. undercover agent Valerie Plame Wilson (Fair Game; Simon and Schuster, October, 2007), whose husband Joseph Wilson was at the center of the scandal that rocked the Bush Administration. Among the over 1,000 authors expected to risk carpal tunnel syndrome at perhaps the world's largest autotgraphing party will be bestselling author Jodi Picoult (Nineteen Minutes; Atria/Simon and Schuster), March, 2007); Doonesbury satirist Garry B. Trudeau; famed spiritual guide Deepak Chopra (Buddha; HarperOne, May, 2007); award-winning bestselling author Ann Patchett (Run; HarperCollins, October, 2007); perennial mega-selling author James Patterson (The 6th Target; Little, Brown and Company, May, 2007); bestselling mystery writers Mary and Carol Higgins Clark authors of I Heard That Song Before (Simon and Schuster, April, 2007) and Laced (Scribner, April, 2007) respectively; as well as prolific, bestselling erotica noire writer Zane (Dear G-Spot; Atria/Simon and Schuster, July, 2007). In addition, children's book authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (Peter and the Secret of Rundoon; Disney, November, 2007) and teen angst writer R.L. Stine (Calling All Birdbrains; HarperCollins, November, 2007), sprinkled with some of the nation's hottest new cookbook authors, will add spice to the mix.

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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

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

Daniel Mendelsohn wins National Book Critics Circle award for best non-fiction: Daniel Mendelsohn appears at the Miami Book Fair International and tells of his bittersweet quest to learn what happened to his great-uncle Shmiel, his wife and four daughters, which he chronicled in 'The Lost: A Search for Six in Six Million'. In March, 2007, three months after Mendelsohn's appearance in Miami, his book won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Best Non-Fiction in 2006.

Michael Cunningham brings star power to the Small Press Book Fair: Award-winning novelist Michael Cunningham brings his star power to the Small Press Book Fair 2006 and slips easily into orbit among the stars of the future

Ed Park hosts panel of emerging authors Peter Plate, T. Cooper, and John Cotrona: The Small Press Book Fair 2006 features a panel of emerging novelists Peter Plate, T. Cooper and John Cotrona talking about their work, hosted by book critic Ed Park

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