Umberto Eco sheds light on 'The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana' New York Times op-ed columnist and author Bob Herbert (Promises Betrayed; Times Books, May, 2005) introduced famed Italian semiotician and novelist Umberto Eco and his new novel,'The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana' (Harcourt; June, 2005) at BookExpo America 2005. After describing the concept of his latest homage to language, Eco described the inspiration for the novel and took pains to point out the extraordinary illustrations that grace the novel's pages. Afterward, Eco autographed copies of the novel for booksellers and shared a laugh with novelist, John Irving.
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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
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
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).
John Cleese declares 'there is no hope' for this mad world, and he's 'never been happier' for it.
English actor, comedian, writer and film producer John Cleese, in an interview with NPR's books associate editor, Petra Mayer, decries failed democracy and a world gone mad, declares 'there is no hope' and insists he's 'never been happier' knowing there is nothing that can be done.
Barry Estabrook uncovers some rotten tomatoes in Tomatoland.
Award-winning activist food writer and author Barry Estabrook decries tomato growing and harvesting processes in Florida.
Roz Chast tells all in 'What I Hate'.
Staff cartoonist at The New Yorker and bestselling author of childrens and adult graphic books, Roz Chast talks about What I Hate and what she loves most.
Alice Hoffman meets fans and autographs 'The Dovekeepers'.
Bestselling author Alice Hoffman talks with fans as she autographs her most recent novel, 'The Dovekeepers' at BookExpo America 2011.