Diana Gabaldon weaves time traveling, romance, history and science into hit Outlander series
With an introduction by MSNBC-TV's Chris Matthews, one of the world's bestselling authors for the last twenty years, Diana Gabaldon, took the stage to whoop-whoop shoutouts and long applause at the BookExpo America 2013 author's breakfast. Beginning with her background in science, including degrees in Zoology, Marine Biology, and a Ph.D. in Quantitative Behavioral Ecology, not to mention an honorary degree as Doctor of Humane Letters, Gabaldon waved off those achievements and explained how she knew she was always 'meant to be a writer.' She then took fans behind-the-scenes to reveal how she wrote her first novel Outlander, published in 1992, launching countless mega-selling titles in the series of novels, novellas, and even a graphic novel. Stating that art and science are 'two sides of the same coin,' the coin being 'recognizing patterns,' Gabaldon wrapped her BEA appearance with news about her newest addition to the Outlander series, Written In My Own Heart's Blood, recently released (Delacort Press; June, 2014)--a year after her 2013 BEA appearance--to tie-in with a 16-episode TV series, produced by the STARZ cable TV network, based on the book series, scheduled for release in the fall of 2014.
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Jonathan Lethem harvests fresh insights from Dissident Gardens: Award-winning, widely acclaimed, bestselling novelist Jonathan Lethem takes stock of his prolific career, his methods, and emotional preparedness in an interview with author, journalist Chuck Klosterman at the 2013 BookExpo America convention for book publishing and book selling professionals.
Helen Fielding visits Bridget Jones fourteen years later and finds her Mad About The Boy: Bestselling author and screenwriter Helen Fielding brings Bridget Jones back for another entertaining summer at the beach, facing the insecurities of online dating, single parenting, and the expectations of 752 Twitter followers.
Paul Auster offers reports from the interior of America, the cosmos, and a boy's hopes and fears: Award-winning novelist, screenwriter and film director Paul Auster reads from his out-of-body memoir, 'Reports from the Interior,' at the 2013 Miami Book Fair International.
Nathaniel Philbrick and Brenda Wineapple survey the revolutionary American landscape, 1775-1877: Pulitzer Prize winning, critically acclaimed historian Nathaniel Philbrick and multiple award-winning, New York Times bestselling author, literary critic, and essayist Brenda Wineapple bring the first hundred years of American revolution, civil war, slavery, and assassination to life at the 2013 Miami Book Fair International.
Natasha Trethewey takes on tough subjects in tender poems: Two-time U.S. Poet Laureate (2012-2014), Mississippi Poet Laureate, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey brought her 'A' game to the 2013 National Book Festival and read eight poems from three volumes of her poetry with backstories of her inspirations and methodologies for writing them.
Bangladeshi poets celebrate 100th anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore's historic Nobel Prize: Six of Bangladesh's most acclaimed poets take the stage at Sweden's Goteborg Book Fair to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore's historic Nobel Prize for Literature, the first Nobel Prize to be given to a writer from outside the European continent.
Frans de Waal cracks the moral codes of bonobos and sparks religious controversy: World-renowned, Dutch-born Professor of Primate Behavior at Emory University Frans de Waal revealed startling findings from his thirty years of video-recorded research in primate behavior at the 2013 Goteborg Book Fair.
Margaret Atwood still hopes it's not 'too late,' despite her own grim premonitions: Award-winning, bestselling Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist Margaret Atwood unveils the the final book in her classic, near-future MaddAdam Trilogy.
Terry McMillan draws on her sense of humor in the face of hard truths: New York Times bestselling author Terry McMillan brings her shock and awe humor to the 2013 National Book Festival where she reads from and talks about her latest blockbuster novel, Who Asked You?
Paul A. Mayewski, The Ice Chronicles: The Quest to Understand Global Climate Change.
Science: World-renowned scientist and explorer, Paul Mayewski, describes his quest to understand global climate change and his new book. (Interview, 7 minutes).
Fanny Howe makes poetry out of paradox in her 2014 National Book Award Finalist, Second Childhood.
Prize-winning American poet, novelist, and short story writer Fanny Howe reads from her 2014 National Book Award Finalist in Poetry, Second Childhood.
Mario Batali dishes his first non-Italian cookbook along with some food for thought.
Celebrated American chef, writer, restaurateur and media personality Mario Batali takes a sweeping look at food, health, education, and finding yourself in the modern world.
Carl Hiaasen cleans up Skink without talking down to kids.
Journalist, columnist, bestselling author of fourteen adult novels, and award-winning children's book author Carl Hiaasen brings his adult, foul-mouthed, road-kill eating, one-eyed ex-governor of Florida to a children's bookstore near you.
Alice Hoffman meets fans and autographs 'The Dovekeepers'.
Bestselling author Alice Hoffman talks with fans as she autographs her most recent novel, 'The Dovekeepers' at BookExpo America 2011.