Jon Stewart says torture re-classified as 'freedom tickling'
Comedy Central's satirical 'news anchor' Jon Stewart brought comic relief to election year politics and the Abu Ghraib prison scandal when he introduced his new book, America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction (Warner Books; September 20, 2004) at BookExpo America 2004. After reporting that torture had been re-classified as 'freedom tickling,' the irreverent host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning show, The Daily Show, took random questions from the audience, and in a tour de force comic improvisation, satirized everything in sight, including his own The Daily Show. With characteristic tongue-in-cheek deadpan humor, Stewart took on spin doctors, politicians and the media; did a riff on Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein; and even poked fun at the audience.
Book and Author Headlines
Art Spiegelman's first new book in a dozen years tells story of the day the world ended: Author of Maus depicts personal and political impressions of September 11, 2001, in new book, In the Shadow of No Towers
Graydon Carter reports human, social, economic and political costs of Bush years: Award-winning magazine editor details tangible and intangible costs of Bush war on terror in new book, What We've Lost
Jane Pauley's new book flies high on bestsellers lists; hits stores in time for new TV venture: New daytime talk show marks fresh chapter in TV anchor's career
Ron Suskind prays President Bush will embrace complexity, admit mistakes: Pulitzer Prize-winner calls out 'Mayberry Machiavellians' in White House; laments lack of interest in real facts and full disclosure
Maureen Dowd sees 'Freudian' teenage rebellion' in Bushworld: NY Times columnist finds 'darker, more complicated White House' under W
Donna Brazile blasts Conservatives: Former Gore campaign manager says right-wing 'hijacked God' and 'duped' Americans into war
P.J. O'Rourke says Jesus is his favorite comedian and Peace Kills: Irreverent author presents new book and likens Dems to farmers with three-legged pigs
Joe Wilson says Bush contact with criminal defense lawyer 'disconcerting': Former U.S. Ambassador autographs new book, The Politics of Truth; says truth is something Bush Administration is 'not familiar with'
Linda Chavez bashes labor union bosses; defends Bush, Reagan, and religion in politics: Political pundit says without labor unions Clinton would not have been President and John Kerry 'doesn't have a chance'
Monica Wood, Ernie's Ark: Stories.
Literary Fiction: Pushcart Prize-Winning fiction writer, Monica Wood, reads from her new collection of linked short stories set in a small milltown in northern Maine. (Shuffle Step, 9 minutes).
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.
Hedy Goldsmith bids farewell to 'Twinkies,' hello to health and 'Baking Out Loud'.
South Florida baking guru Hedy Goldsmith traces her transition from Twinkies to fresh baked, fresh fruit tarts and other healthy baked goodies.
Audrey Niffenegger believes in the 'shocking beauty' of fairy tales, dancers and raven girls.
Acclaimed fine artist and bestselling author of 'The Time Traveler's Wife,' Audrey Niffenegger unwraps her life, her writing, and her art at the 2013 C2E2.
Mary Pearson wraps up her bestselling Jenna Fox Chronicles with Fox Forever.
Bestselling author Mary Pearson autographs the second book in her Fox Chronicles trilogy at BEA 2011.