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Frans de Waal cracks the moral codes of bonobos and sparks religious controversy
World-renowned, Dutch-born, Emory University C.H. Candler Professor of Primate Behavior Frans de Waal took the stage at the 2013 Goteborg Book Fair to talk about his new book, The Bonobo And The Atheist (W.W. Norton trade paperback; March, 2014), beginning with reflections on his 30 year long studies of primates of all kinds (except cats). Dr. de Waal then proceeded to show startling videos of humanistic conflict resolution behaviors and facial expressions in the female-dominated society of bonobo apes and charted the 25 million year evolutionary relationship of bonobos to humans. Next, Dr. de Waal showed videos demonstrating the existence of empathy in bonobo society, including the ability to understand facial expressions and body postures, and acts of consolation in primates. Dr. de Waal wrapped his presentation with videos demonstrating complex forms of empathy and self-identity in elephants; bonobo concern for the well-being of others; kaputian monkey tests of fairness in sharing cucumbers vs. grapes, and arriving at the controversial conclusion that morality preceded religion in primates, before taking questions from the audience on revenge and equality in bonobo apes.

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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?

Taylor Branch connects the dots between civil rights and democracy in The King Years: Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch presents 'The King Years' at the 2013 National Book Festival on the National Mall not far from where Martin Luther King, Jr. made his immortal 'I Have a Dream' speech in Washington, D.C.

James McBride opens new doors to John Brown and Harpers Ferry with fiction: National Book Award-winning author James McBride talks about and reads from his latest acclaimed novel, The Good Lord Bird, at the 2013 National Book Festival.

Joyce Carol Oates celebrates the 40th novel in her 50-year writing career at the National Book Fest: One of America's most prolific and widely acclaimed, award-winning authors, Joyce Carol Oates takes the stage at the 2013 National Book Festival to review her long-running career of 50 years and 40 novels at the 2013 National Book Festival.

Sofi Oksanen measures the effects of war and fascism with stockings and a 'lipstick index': Finland's global literary rock star Sofi Oksanen, award-winning author of 'Purge,' takes the stage at the 2013 Goteborg Book Fair to review her writing career and newest bestseller 'When the Doves Disappeared' with Iranian-born Swedish author and book critic Athena Farrokhzad.

Richard Ford travels to Goteborg, Sweden for a review of Canada: Pulitzer Prize winning, bestselling author shares his literary themes, characters, landscapes, and use of language in his most recent novel, Canada, in an interview with Swedish author, book crtic Ingrid Elam at the 2013 Goteborg Book Fair.

Don DeLillo receives the first Library Of Congress Fiction Prize at the 2013 National Book Festival: Award-winning, bestselling author Don DeLillo takes the Library of Congress prize from Dr. James H. Billington and sits down to an interview with Marie Arana at the 2013 National Book Festival.

Follow your heart to the 30th annual Miami Book Fair, November 17-24: Celebrate the 30th annual Miami Book Fair International, the nation's largest and longest-running book fair featuring over 300 world-famous and emerging voices in literature, November 17-24, 2013.

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