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Van Lustbader, Hogan, Chevalier, and Powell go Hollywood (for better or worse)
The 2010 Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association (ALA) opened with ALA VP Gene Shimshock introducing bestselling authors Eric Van Lustbader, Chuck Hogan, Tracy Chevalier, and Julie Powell whose various forms of fiction or non-fiction have made the big leap from book form to film. In his interview with panel moderator and Booklist editor Brad Hooper, Van Lustbader talked about how his friendship with Robert Ludlum and his understanding of the Jason Bourne character led to his designation by the Robert Ludlum estate to write sequels in the Jason Bourne Series along with his own thriller series like the newly released Last Snow (Forge; February, 2010). After outlining his role and describing his experiences as author of books on which movies have been based, Van Lustbader offered a book report on what types of books he likes to read and whose work he enjoys reading most. Next, Chuck Hogan described his research and writing process for his blockbuster crime thriller Prince Of Thieves and his involvement in the process of making the movie version scheduled for release in September, 2010, before introducing his latest crime thriller Devils In Exile. The author of Girl With A Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier, whose new historical fiction release is titled Remarkable Creatures (Dutton; January, 2010), outlined her research challenges and strategies in writing historical fiction for the librarians in the audience, and contrasted the book and movie versions of Girl With A Pearl Earring before wrapping her interview with a review of historical and renaissance fiction writers she admires. Julie Powell reflected on the complexities of identity she experienced as a movie was made from her memoir, Julie and Julia, and the backlash she took from her follow-up memoir, Cleaving (Little, Brown and Company; December, 2009), about 'meat and adultery.'

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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.'

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