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Terry McMillan draws on her sense of humor in the face of hard truths
Introduced at 2013 National Book Festival by Washington Post editor Rachel Shea, prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author Terry McMillan took the stage on the National Mall before a packed audience and, after setting up the scene, began reading a passage from her latest blockbuster, Who Asked You?, featuring Betty Jean, one of three sisters whose first person narratives are woven into a 'well-crafted story of acceptance, forgiveness, and hope' (Publishers Weekly in a world riddled with crack cocaine, Alzheimer's and crime. McMillan wrapped her presentation with reflections on gaining personal strength through writing about real people with real problems and took questions from the audience on researching crack cocaine and Alzheimer's and finding truth and humor; the status of Hollywood's production plans for Waiting to Exhale; how she came to be a writer of such strong plots and characters; and her fans.

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Taylor Branch connects the dots between civil rights and democracy in The King Years: Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch presents 'The King Years' at the 2013 National Book Festival on the National Mall not far from where Martin Luther King, Jr. made his immortal 'I Have a Dream' speech in Washington, D.C.

James McBride opens new doors to John Brown and Harpers Ferry with fiction: National Book Award-winning author James McBride talks about and reads from his latest acclaimed novel, The Good Lord Bird, at the 2013 National Book Festival.

Joyce Carol Oates celebrates the 40th novel in her 50-year writing career at the National Book Fest: One of America's most prolific and widely acclaimed, award-winning authors, Joyce Carol Oates takes the stage at the 2013 National Book Festival to review her long-running career of 50 years and 40 novels at the 2013 National Book Festival.

Sofi Oksanen measures the effects of war and fascism with stockings and a 'lipstick index': Finland's global literary rock star Sofi Oksanen, award-winning author of 'Purge,' takes the stage at the 2013 Goteborg Book Fair to review her writing career and newest bestseller 'When the Doves Disappeared' with Iranian-born Swedish author and book critic Athena Farrokhzad.

Richard Ford travels to Goteborg, Sweden for a review of Canada: Pulitzer Prize winning, bestselling author shares his literary themes, characters, landscapes, and use of language in his most recent novel, Canada, in an interview with Swedish author, book crtic Ingrid Elam at the 2013 Goteborg Book Fair.

Don DeLillo receives the first Library Of Congress Fiction Prize at the 2013 National Book Festival: Award-winning, bestselling author Don DeLillo takes the Library of Congress prize from Dr. James H. Billington and sits down to an interview with Marie Arana at the 2013 National Book Festival.

Follow your heart to the 30th annual Miami Book Fair, November 17-24: Celebrate the 30th annual Miami Book Fair International, the nation's largest and longest-running book fair featuring over 300 world-famous and emerging voices in literature, November 17-24, 2013.

Naomi Wolf weaves new science and personal experience into a 'goddess array': Bestselling author and cultural iconoclast Naomi Wolf reboots research into female sexuality with some major new updates.

Chris Hayes takes aim at Rush Limbaugh's well-financed, denialist 'alternative empirical reality': American political commentator on the MSNBC cable news network and bestselling author Chris Hayes takes down Rush Limbaugh and right wing 'denialists' in his debut at the 2012 Miami Book Fair International.

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