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Stephen Colbert challenges America to re-become 'the greatness we never weren't' again
Political satirist, writer, comedian, actor, and host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert took the stage as host of an author's breakfast at the 2012 BookExpo America book publishing convention, beginning with an introduction of his 32-page book I Am A Pole (And So Can You) (Grand Central Publishing; May, 2012), a children's book featuring a stripper page, lampooning both children's books and the year's mega-selling Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, by randomly free associating sexy phrases like 'sway-back blue vein throbber' to hype book sales. Colbert then turned to political satire with his new book America Again: Re-Becoming the Great Nation We Never Weren't, taking a tongue-in-cheek cheapshot at Obamacare, posing the question 'Who wouldn't want a colonoscopy if it was free?' and a couple of highly ironic knocks on liberals. saying the rich are the 'heart,' while the poor are the 'lazy feet' in class warfare.

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Michael Moore traces his iconoclastic career to a bag of potato chips: Academy Award-winning liberal filmmaker, author, social critic, and activist Michael Moore reviews his personal triumphs and defeats going back to his teenage search for a bag of potato chips that led to a phone call from iconic CBS News anchor Walter Kronkite.

Junot Diaz wins $500,000 MacArthur Foundation 'genius' award: 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award and 2008 Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz makes a rare public appearance at the 2012 BookExpo America trade show to promote his second novel 'This Is How You Lose Her' four months before winning the MacArthur Foundation's $500,000 'genius' award.

Jim Lehrer packs his bags for 'Tension City' one more time: Famed journalist, executive editor and former news anchor for PBS NewsHour, Jim Lehrer reviews election impact of candidate's temperament and content from a Presidential debate moderator's point-of-view, swears he's done with Presidential debates in 2011, but prepares for one more as 'Tension City' rolls out in paperback in 2012.

Michael Chabon recalls his journey from the city of the future to LA to 'Telegraph Avenue': Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon reveals his soul-searching journey from racial harmony to outright racism and back to the idyllic lost world of 'Telegraph Avenue.'

Jimmy Fallon sends a second round of 'Thank You Notes': Actor, comedian, and late-night television host Jimmy Fallon stars at the 2012 BookExpo America publishing trade convention.

Zadie Smith follows her moral compass to the intersection of desperation and privilege in 'NW': Orange Prize-winning novelist Zadie Smith traces her writer's roots from Virginia Woolf to the streets of 'NW' London at BEA 2012.

Monica Wood turns back the clock to 'When We Were The Kennedys': Award-winning, critically acclaimed author Monica Wood travels back in time to 1963, a year of tragic change both for her family and the nation in 'When We Were the Kennedys.'

Robert Olen Butler checks into 'A Small Hotel' to solve an emotional mystery in Room 303: Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer Robert Olen Butler reviews the story, characters, and themes of 'A Small Hotel' at the 2011 BEA.

Toure re-examines race in the 'post-black' Obama years: Cultural and political critic Toure tells his story of growing up black in white America and how the election of Barack Obama to the White House changed his perception of

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