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Elizabeth Gilbert finds commitment in the aftermath of 'Eat, Pray, Love'
With a salute of her coffee cup and a nod to the early morning 'librarian hours,' Elizabeth Gilbert appeared at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, nearly four years to the day after her meteoric memoir Eat, Pray, Love first took flight, to present her long-awaited follow-up memoir, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage (Viking; January, 2010). Gilbert began with an ironic, self-effacing story about sitting at an airport waiting gate contemplating Nerf Guns while missing her flight to a conference where she was to speak on the topic of 'how I got my life together.' Acknowledging that she was no self-help guru, Gilbert laughed off the label and told the story of a woman wearing her crazy-face, wanting to know if she should leave her husband. Gilbert then recounted the story behind the story of Committed, the book that seemed doomed to follow Eat, Pray, Love when she first began writing it, and why she became uncommitted to Committed when she saw the was packing it up to send to the publisher, before finding the inspiration in Australian author and critic Clive James to rewrite Committed, her memoir of being forced by Homeland Security to marry her Brazilian boyfriend. Gilbert wrapped her ALA appearance by taking questions from the audience on book recommendations in spirituality and memoirs; her childhood, family background and her sister, Catherine Gilbert Murdock, author of Dairy Queen; her perspective on the literary relationship of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed; her comments on the movie version Eat, Pray, Love; her balance between love of home vs. travel; the Nerf wars and what really happened at the Gilbert family Memorial Day picnic; how she came to write a cowboy biography, The Last American Man; how she came to write her first novel, Stern Men, about lobster wars in Maine; and the sometimes unrealistic expectations of fans.

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Andy Borowitz and Susie Essman rock book lovers and bring down the house in Miami: Andy Borowitz and Susie Essman team up at the the final event of the 2009 Miami Book Fair International for an evening finale of their special brands of satire blended withironic reflections on their own comedy careers.

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Orhan Pamuk looks to Faulkner for courage and Marquez for inspiration: Turkey's only Nobel Laureate, Orhan Pamuk, reads from his new novel, 'The Museum of Innocence,' and points to a range of literary heroes, from Faulkner to Marquez, for courage and inspiration at the 2009 Miami Book Fair International.

Barbara Kingsolver fills a nine-year gap with 'The Lacuna': Nine years after the publication of her mega-seller, 'The Poisonwood Bible,' Barbara Kingsolver presents her new novel, 'The Lacuna,' at the 2009 Miami Book Fair International.

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Margaret Atwood thinks the unthinkable and takes 'the pledge': Margaret Atwood tweets, blogs, reads, and even sings through her 3-month, 7-country book tour all the way to the Miami Book Fair International where she closes the book on 'Year of the Flood' and takes 'the pledge.'

John Grisham receives first-ever National Book Festival Creative Achievement Award: Bestselling author John Grisham receives the first-ever National Book Festival Creative Achievement Award and tells the story behind his stories in an interview with Washington Post book critic Jonathan Yardley.

John Hodgman and Larry Wilmore get the truth out about fake news and book blurbs: Two of today's top TV cutups, 'Daily Show' fake news correspondents John Hodgman and Larry Wilmore take the stage at the Miami Book Fair International 2009 to air dirty laundry, razz each other over book blurbs, and talk about their careers in comedy.

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