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Michael Cunningham follows 'The Hours' with inter-species love story
With an introduction by National Public Radio book critic Maureen Corrigan, bestselling author Michael Cunningham charmed several hundred booksellers at BookExpo America 2005 eager to hear about his follow-up to The Hours (Picador; November, 2002), the surprise bestseller which was made into a movie starring Meryl Streep. With grace and wit, Cunningham confessed that his new novel Specimen Days (Farrar, Straus & Giroux; June, 2005) was the novel he always wanted to write. Combining ghost story and sci-fi genres and weaving Walt Whitman through the three linked novellas that comprise the book, Specimen Days begins in industrial New York City in the 1860's and ends in a futuristic love story between a 4 1/2 foot lizard from another planet and a cyborg. Cunningham also talked about how his role as writer is both humbling and inspiring. Afterward, Cunningham autographed Specimen Days for a long line of fans.

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Paul Theroux travels to Ecuadorian jungle in quest for magic potion and grist for new novel: Bestselling author Paul Theroux reminisces with Mike Wallace, and introduces his new novel about a writer whose quest for success leads him to the Ecuadorian jungle and Borroughs-like drug-induced sex and blindness

Nick Hornby's 'A Long Way Down' goes a long way up New York Times and BookSense bestseller lists: Nick Hornby talks about inspiration, ideas, and his new bestselling novel, 'A Long Way Down' at BookExpo America 2005

Chernow, Achenbach and Ferling portray Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Hamilton in a modern light: Ron Chernow, Joel Achenbach, and John Ferling illustrate how modern issues and debates began with Founding Fathers

Al Franken follows 'Lies' with 'The Truth'; hosts BookSense Awards with Christopher Paolini: Satirist turned author turned political radio show pundit Al Franken introduces new book to booksellers and teams with award-winning children's book author Christopher Paolini to present BookSense Awards

Congressman Bernie Sanders calls on bookstores and readers to support Freedom to Read: U.S. Congressman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) blasts Section 215 of the Patriot Act and calls on nationwide coalition to support a Freedom to Read amendment

John M. Barry digs up deadly past to learn its lessons for the future: Bestselling author John M. Barry (Rising Tide)tells epic story of the deadliest plague in history in The Great Influenza with an eye on the not-too-distant future

Robert Kurson's blockbuster true adventure, 'Shadow Divers,' re-emerges in time for BookSense Awards: Robert Kurson tells how and why a fisherman's tale became his own chance to achieve greatness

Diana Abu-Jaber explores cross-cultural heritage in her bestselling memoir, The Language of Baklava: Bestselling author Diana Abu-Jaber reads from her memoir and talks about growing up with a Jordanian father and American mother

ZZ Packer reads from award-winning collection of short stories, 'Drinking Coffee Elsewhere': Award-winning author ZZ Packer, whose work has appeared in 'The New Yorker', receives warm reception on a cold March evening in New Hampshire

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