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Myla Goldberg explores influenza epidemic of 1918 in new novel, 'Wickett's Remedy'
With an introduction from Randi Rhodes, bestselling author Myla Goldberg (Bee Season; Doubleday, May, 2000) presented her new novel Wickett's Remedy (Doubleday; September, 2005) to booksellers at BookExpo America 2005. Having begun her novel in 2000, long before the rash of books on the influenza epidemic of 1918 (John M. Barry's The Great Influenza from Viking in 2004 being one of the most notable examples), Goldberg described how she became fascinated with the subject and the challenges of researching medical experiments of prisoners in 1918 to get inside their heads and create authentic characters.

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Ann Beattie, winner of $30,000 Rea Award for short story writing, reads 'Coping Stones': Ann Beattie reads 'Coping Stones,' published in September 12, 2005, issue of 'The New Yorker' at the University of New Hampshire and one week later wins the $30,000 Rea Award for her celebrated work as a short story writer

Umberto Eco sheds light on 'The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana': Famed semiotician and novelist Umberto Eco offers a love letter to literature at BookExpo America 2005

John Irving wrestles with tattoos and broken hearts in new novel, 'Until I Find You': Thirty-seven years after 'The World According to Garp' John Irving presents his longest narrative yet at BookExpo America 2005

Michael Cunningham follows 'The Hours' with inter-species love story: Bestselling author Michael Cunningham describes his new novel, 'Specimen Days,' as a futuristic love story between a lizard and a cyborg

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

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