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Taylor Branch rewinds 'The Clinton Tapes'
With an introduction by long-time friend of the Miami Book Fair, Mark Chapman in an auditorium that bears his family's name at Miami Dade College, where the book fair is held annually, famed Pulitzer Prize winning historian Taylor Branch began the event with recollections of Bill Clinton from college days to working on the McGovern presidential campaign, in Texas where Branch he got to know the young Hillary and Bill first hand. Branch then described how startled he was when President-elect Bill Clinton approached him about creating secret presidential tapes, an unthinkable idea in the post-Watergate era, covering the eight years of Clinton's presidency in a total of 79 taping sessions. The first taping session Clinton reviewed Bosnia and gays in the military options, Branch said, noting that the book based on the tapes, The Clinton Tapes, recently released in paperback (Simon & Scuster; June, 2010) is a first-hand record of a President at work, not a biography of his life and legacy. When the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke into the headlines, Branch continued taping despite Clinton's apprehension the Clinton impact on Hillary and Chelsea. Branch wrapped his book event regaling the audience with a story about Boris Yeltsin's drunken escape from Blair House, eluding security, in search of pizza.

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Christopher Hitchens hitches a ride from BookExpo straight to the New York Times bestseller list: Vanity Fair columnist and iconoclast journalist Christopher Hitchens hits the road after pitching his tell-all memoir at BookExpo America 2010.

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.

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