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Buy-buy, Harry Potter
One minute past the stroke of midnight on July 21, 2007, marked the beginning of the end of Harry Potter, arguably one of the most beloved fictional characters, by adults and children alike, of all-time, with book sales already topping over 300 million copies worldwide. As the clock wound down to that fateful moment, Harry Potter fans counted down the seconds at independent booksellers, such as River Run Bookstore in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and tens, if not hundreds, of thousands lined up in parking lots outside mall-based chains, such as Barnes & Noble, around the country to purchase the final installment, ominously titled Harry Potter And The Deathly Hollows (Scholastic; July, 2007). Meanwhile, actor Jim Dale, the official 'voice of Harry Potter,' on all seven of the Harry Potter audiobooks (over 200 character voices in all), was taking his hot chocolate and viagra (seen here at BookExpo America 2005) for a good night's sleep before setting off on a book promotion tour of Houston, Washington, Philadelphia and Charlotte, North Carolina.

Book and Author Headlines

Walter Mosley offers brief glimpses of 'the devil' in him: Award-winning mystery writer Walter Mosley is interviewed by publishing veteran Nora Rawlinson on what it takes to be an author and start writing your novel this year.

Julia Glass exposes truth about fiction at National Book Festival: National Book Award winning author Julia Glass exposes deeper truths in fiction and poetry that show us who we are

Larry Flynt says sex and lies in politics 'a bit much' in 2004; now offers $1 million for more: Hustler magazine founder Larry Flynt tweaks Congressional hypocrites 'who advocate one thing and do another' with $1 million offer

Jennifer Egan and Roy Blount, Jr., offer contrasting perspectives on written vs. spoken words: Two bestselling authors talk about their work with contrasting perspectives on going audio.

Khaled Hosseini shines light on Afghan women in new bestselling novel, 'A Thousand Splendid Suns': Khaled Hosseini talks about his writing career, his two bestselling novels, women's issues and Afghanistan after 9/11 at BookExpo America 2007

BookExpo America preview: Alan Greenspan booked to kick-off industry's annual marathon: Every year they swarm like locusts on some unsuspecting city in the U.S.A. This year over 30,000 book industry professionals will appear in New York City, June 1-3, for readings, lectures, and panels and a fair amount of partying to celebrate new books by over 1,000 of America's best-loved authors, including Khaled Hosseini, Ann Patchett, Garry B. Trudeau, Jodi Picoult, Paul Krugman, Mary and Carol Higgins Clark, Deepak Chopra, R.L. Stine, Zane, James Patterson, Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Judy Blume, LL Cool J, Richard Russo lead parade of 1,052 author autographings at BookExpo America: Judy Blume, LL Cool J, and Richard Russo are among 1,052 authors to introduce their books to over 30,000 booksellers and book publishing execs at BookExpo America 2007

Eliza Griswold reports from Afghanistan, Iraq, Indonesia, Malaysia; finds poetry in strange places: A Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard university and the recipient of the first Robert I. Friedman Prize in Investigative Journalism, poet/journalist Eliza Griswold talks about discovering universal truths in individual stories from some of the darkest corners of the world, and offers the poetry of hope in human struggles to survive.

Richard A. Clarke mixes counterterrorism expertise with 'predictive fiction' to find greater truth: Former White House counterterrorism advisor Richard A. Clarke takes readers behind the scenes of White House crisis management, describes the process and how he applies techniques to write what he calls 'predictive fiction.'

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