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Monica Wood's new novel set to 'breakout' ; 'Any Bitter Thing' due in bookstores May 1, 2005
Monica Wood's publisher, Chronicle Books, has described her third novel as her 'breakout book.' Hailed as an heir to Anne Tyler, Wood's new novel, Any Bitter Thing, is scheduled to hit bookstore shelves May 1, 2005--nearly five years after her second novel, My Only Story, and three years since her book of short stories, Ernie's Ark, was released. An avid birder from Maine, Monica was spotted at a party in New Hampshire, where the Pushcart Prize Winning writer talked about her current favorite books.

Book and Author Headlines

Campbell McGrath gozzles, grips and explodes pop culture through poetry: A winner of the prestigious MacArthur Grant, Campbell McGrath reads from his newest book of poetry, Pax Atomica, and several new poems not yet published

Yann Martel reads from 'Helsinki Roccamatios'; discusses art, religion and The Life of Pi: Bestselling author reads from his first published work, 'The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios' and discusses art, religion and The Life of Pi

Brian Lamb pulls plug on Booknotes: C-Span cable network founder and Booknotes host ends long-running author interview show

Marilynne Robinson's Gilead nominated for NBCC Award: Twenty-three years after her first novel, Marilynne Robinson's second novel is hailed by critics as one of the best in 2004.

Terry Gross takes readers behind the mike of NPR's popular Fresh Air: Terry Gross talks about her interviews with famous writers, actors, musicians and artists

Paul Krugman rips Social Security privatization plan; fears major disasters ahead: Author of The Great Unraveling pulls no punches in his appearance at the recent Miami Book Fair International 2004.

Gish Jen unveils The Love Wife at BookExpo America: Gish Jen explores mixed-race families and Asian adoptions in new book, The Love Wife

Bob Edwards investigates Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism: Bob Edwards investigates Edward R. Murrow's journalism career; former NPR news anchor sees Murrow as martyr and says corporate interests turning news into entertainment

Alexandra Fuller scribbles the cat; tells of journey to confront painful past: Bestselling author describes personal journey through Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique with tormented African soldier

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