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Nobel Laureates lead large flock of authors in annual migration to Miami, Nov 8-15
The annual migration of authors and book lovers is about to begin. Led by the first Turkish author to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, Orhan Pamuk, and former vice president of the United States and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore hundreds of the world's leading authors will descend on Miami for the 26th annual Miami Book Fair International November 8-15 for a week of readings, talks, questions and answers. For true-life drama, check out Jeannette Walls (Tuesday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.) or Tracy Kidder (Saturday, Nov. 14, 3:00 p.m.); for humor, you can't do better than Roy Blount Jr. (Sunday, Nov. 15, 1:00 p.m. ) and John Hodgman (Saturday, Nov. 14, 5:00 p.m.); reflect on social issues with Chris Hedges (Sunday, Nov. 15, 12:00 p.m.) and Ralph Nader (Sunday, Nov. 15, 10:00 a.m.); fancy some fine fiction with Francine Prose (Saturday, Nov. 14, 11:00 a.m.), Sherman Alexie (Sunday, Nov. 15, 11:00 a.m.), Dennis Lehane (Sunday, Nov. 15, 12:30 p.m.), Margaret Atwood (Sunday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.), Barbara Kingsolver (Monday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.); pine for a poem with Campbell McGrath (Saturday, Nov. 14, 3:00p.m.); and catch up with the Queen of Teens Meg Cabot (Saturday, Nov. 14, 11:00 a.m.) --just to name a few.

Book and Author Headlines

Gail Collins traces the triumphs and defeats 'when everything changed': New York Times political op-ed columnist Gail Collins describes the evolution of an essay she wrote that grew into two volumes covering 450 years of women's history in America.

Bob Schieffer mixes poems and politics, from Nixon to Obama, and comments on his commentaries: CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer appears at the 2008 National Book Festival a few weeks before the 2008 election to promote his book 'Bob Schieffer's America' and offer commentary on the social and political landscape.

Jeannette Walls leaves 'The Glass Castle' riding her new bestseller, 'Half Broke Horse': Former USA Today celeb reporter, gossip columnist, and bestselling author of 'The Glass Castle' Jeannette Walls offers the back story for her 'true-life novel' about her gunslinging grandmother, Lily Casey Smith.

Roy Blount Jr. takes on linguistics with baby talk and homemade 'alphabet juice': Humorist Roy Blount Jr. disputes conventional linguistics with baby talk, onomatopoeia, and with a little homemade 'alphabet juice.'

Pete Dexter provides the abc's of 'Spooner': The award-winning, bestselling author of 'Paris Trout' and 'Deadwood' synopsizes his new novel 'Spooner'--alphabetically.

Craig Ferguson calls for more fart jokes in books at booksellers Sunday breakfast: The irreverent late,late night TV talk show host and screen actor Craig Ferguson brings his wild-eyed Scottish wit to Sunday breakfast to wake upseveral hundred sleepy-eyed American booksellers and promote his memoir, 'American On Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot.'

Michael Sandel investigates 'justice': Political philosopher and Harvard professor of government Michael Sandel offers a live crash course on 'Justice: What's the Right Thing To Do? at BookExpo America 2009.

Jane Smiley, Nicholas Sparks, and 'Sully' Sullenberger kick-off 2009 book signing season: The fall line-up of bestselling, first-time and emerging authors gets into high-gear as Jane Smiley, Nicholas Sparks, and 'Sully' Sullenberger hit the road signing books for adults and children alike.

Jacob Gold and John Eckberg sort through the wreckage of the economic meltdown: Jacob Gold of Jacob Gold & Associates, named 'one of America's top wealth management firms' by Bloomberg business news, and Cincinnati Enquirer business reporter John Eckberg discuss jobs, retail, money markets, consumer spending and entrepreneurship in the wake of the global financial crisis.

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