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Dan Rather gets rather choked up and 'Rather Outspoken' at BEA 2012
Renowned for his twenty-four years in the hot seat as CBS Evening News anchor (1981-2005), Dan Rather sat for an interview with Ingram Content Group President Skip Pritchard at the 2012 BookExpo America book publishing convention to talk about his new book, Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News (Grand Central Publishing; May, 2012). Crediting his childhood bout with rheumatic fever--the core values the debilitating disease taught him--as a main source of his enormous success in journalism, Rather next described a key figure in his childhood development--'the Park Lady'--who led him to libraries and reading. Rather reviewed the early years of his radio and TV career, noting that his ability to ad lib had helped him land his first TV job, and then recalling how he became known as the inventor of hurricane news coverage. Recalling his days as a CBS News reporter during the turbulent 1960's, Rather became rather choked up at the memory of a civil rights protest in which fire hoses were used on human beings to disperse the crowd, before moving on to the Watergate scandal and his recollections of Martin Luther King. Rather then offered quick assessments of the U.S. Presidents he has interviewed in his sixty-five years of journalism, from Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush. After weighing-in on the 2012 White House contenders, Obama and Romney, Rather closed with a rather outspoken, scathing indictment of media, pointing to the fact that no one else ran what became known as the 'Bush story', in which he alleged that Bush was inexplicably AWOL for over a year of his Air Force assignment during the Viet Nam war, a story Rather proudly stands by to this day.

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Junot Diaz takes 'possibly the stupidest' road to success in life--living his own dream: In a rare public appearance, Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz talks about 'The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao' and the challenges of becoming an artist at the 2009 National Book Festival. Stay tuned for his new book of stories, 'This Is How You Lose Her,' coming in September, 2012.

BEA preview: 22,000 'bookies' set to place bets on authors in NYC, June 5-7: A preview of the 2012 BookExpo America publishing trade convention.

Meghan McCain rocks the party boat, but passes the 'purity test': The daughter of Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican Party candidate for U.S. President, and MSNBC cable TV political paid contributor Meghan McCain stumps for her book at the Miami Book Fair International.

Dorothy Allison takes the world on her shoulders and moves it: Award-winning novelist, poet, speaker, and activist Dorothy Allison takes a stand for justice, truth, and balance in the universe at the 2011 Miami Book Fair International to promote the 20th Anniversary Edition of her classic, 'Bastard Out Of Carolina.'

Sylvia Nasar wins LA Times Prize for 'Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius': Appearing at the 2011 National Book Festival, Sylvia Nasar shows why she won the LA Times Science & Technology book prize for 'Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius'

Maya Jasanoff takes home the NBCC Award for 'Liberty's Exiles': Appearing at the 2011 National Book Festival, Maya Jasanoff presents her award-winning book, 'Liberty's Exiles.'

Nell Irvin Painter and Randall Kennedy survey racial landscapes of black and white America: Two of America's leading African American scholars take stock of 'whiteness' and black politics in the Obama era of America.

Anne Enright strikes a chord for her father in 'The Forgotten Waltz': Booker Prize winning author Anne Enright presents 'The Forgotten Waltz' at BEA 2011.

James Gleick unlocks the history of how we know what we know in 'The Information': Bestselling science and biography author James Gleick, twice short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize, reveals the history, theories, and resulting flood of information that informs our daily lives in his new book, 'The Information.'

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