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Christopher Hitchens hitches a ride from BookExpo straight to the New York Times bestseller list
With an introduction by stand-up comedian and author of the forthcoming Zombie Spaceship Wasteland (Scribner; January, 2011) Patton Oswalt, Vanity Fair columnist and iconoclast journalist/political pundit Christopher Hitchens took the podium at the 2010 BookExpo America author's lunch, also featuring Sara Gruen (Ape House) and William Gibson (Zero History), to introduce his tell-all memoir Hitch-22 (Twelve; June, 2010). With typical bad-boy aplomb Hitchens proceeded to entertain the over 800 booksellers and publishing pros at the lunch with naughty limericks to illustrate the virtues in economies of writing style before 'outing' himself and running to catch a plane, receiving a hasty send-off from lunch host Oswalt. Hitch-22 landed at #11 on the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list the following week.

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BEA 2010 heralds age of e-books along with traditional writer's cramps: The sixteenth annual BookExpo America (BEA) book publishing trade convention brings together all-star authors and industry heavyweights for business and pleasure.

Iggy Pop and The Stooges get their act together and take it on the road again: Hall of Fame rocker Iggy Pop pops by the 2009 Miami Book Fair International with photographer and author Robert Matheu for an interview with Miami Herald culture writer Brett Sokol.

NY Book Week comes to life as thousands of authors, publishers, and booksellers converge on BEA 2010: The annual migration of book people to BookExpo America every year brings over 1,000 authors together with booksellers, publishers, and distributors from all over the world to talk about books of all kinds and all formats.

Scott Turow pleads guilty to breaking his vow never to write a sequel to 'Presumed Innocent': Bestselling mystery suspense novelist and former Assistant U.S. Attorney turned white collar criminal defense lawyer Scott Turow showed up at the 2008 Miami Book Fair International to talk about a book he was writing at the time, which is landing in bookstores across the country on May 4--the sequel to his blockbuster first novel 'Presumed Innocent'.

Billy Collins goes 'ballistic' with a touch of deadpan humor: Former U.S. Poet Laureate (2001-2003) Billy Collins reads new and selected poems from his most recent collection, now available in trade paperback, as well as a couple of his other notable collections, at the 2008 Miami Book Fair International.

Robert Hass plants new seeds in Miami that grow into 'The Apple Trees at Olema': The Pulitzer Prize winning American poet, Robert Hass, who served as U.S. Poet Laureate from1995-1997, reads some new and previously published poems, which are now released in his new collection 'The Apple Trees At Olema'.

Kay Ryan kicks off National Poetry Month with 'The Best Of It': U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan reads poems from four of her collections at the 2009 National Book Festival.

Heather Graham and James Grippando surf the crime waves from Miami to Boston for inspiration: Miami trial lawyer and bestselling author of the Jack Swyteck suspense novels James Grippando and Heather Graham, bestselling author of the Harrison investigation crime novel series, as well as prolific bestselling romance novelist under her married name of Heather Graham Pozzessere, appear at the 2009 Miami Book Fair to surf the crime waves with their fans.

Russell Banks shows he's one of America's leading writers in more ways than one: Russell Banks the history and goals of the Cities of Refuge North America, which he co-founded, and two refugee authors, Irakli Kakabadze of the Republic of Georgia and Sarah Mkhonza of Swaziland, as well as Nobel Prize-winning poet and Cities of Refuge Executive Director Derek Walcott.

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