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Neil Gaiman takes a 'very dark, peculiar' stroll to The Ocean at the End of the Lane
With an introduction by his William Morrow editor Jennifer Brehl, one of the more popular authors on the planet took the stage and tossed door prizes to random winners in the audience like the rock star that he is. Neil Gaiman then told the story behind the story of his forthcoming juvenile/young adult book Fortunately, the Milk (HarperCollins; September, 2013), a follow-up of sorts to his first juvenile novel, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, first published in 1997 and re-issued in 2004 under the HarperCollins imprint. Gaiman followed the light-hearted anecdotes for Dads with reflections on how he came to write an unexpected, 'very dark, very peculiar' adult novel, The Ocean At The End Of The Lane (William Morrow/HarperCollins; June, 2013) and wrapped his presentation with an anecdote from a conversation he had while on tour in China illustrating why fiction is dangerous. Gaiman then took as many questions from his fans as time would permit on such topics as the worst sentence he ever wrote; advice on dealing with rejection; recollections of his favorite teacher, who, it turns out, paid him money to read a book, a teaching strategy that, unfortunately, never took hold elsewhere, he noted; being a celebrity author and father to his three kids; and progress on the much anticipated HBO adaptation of his masterpiece, American Gods, and other TV projects.

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Jeffrey Toobin makes a case for change at the U.S. Supreme Court: Lawyer, bestselling author, leading U.S. Supreme Court observer and legal analyst for CNN and The New Yorker Jeffrey Toobin sat down with fellow Harvard Law graduate and news journalist Antonio Mora at the 2012 Miam Book FairInternational to talk about past, present and future cases, politics and personalities of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jim Gaffigan offers the perfect Father's Day gift for the man who has everything: 'Dad is Fat': Stand-up comedian, actor, and now bestselling author, Jim Gaffigan gets his act together and takes it on the road to BookExpo America 2012.

J.R. Moehringer captures America's first celebrity gangster without firing a shot: Bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist J.R. Moehringer does justice to America's first celebrity gangster in his first novel, 'Sutton.'

Molly Ringwald shows what happens 'When It Happens To You': Hollywood icon and first time novelist Molly Ringwald takes the stage at the 2012 Miami Book Fair International to read from and talk about her novel, When It Happens To You.

BookReport: Once Upon A Gypsy Moon by Michael Hurley: World class solo sailor Arnet Taylor and iReadNet video news editor-in-chief Kurt Aldag discuss Michael Hurley's sailing memoir, Once Upon A Gypsy Moon.

Joan Walsh reviews politics of race and class in America's past, present, and future: Salon.com editor-at-large, MSNBC political analyst, and bestselling author Joan Walsh tackles the rise and fall of the white middle class in 20th century America and beyond at the 2012 Miami Book Fair International.

Walter Mosley, Jeff and Ann Vandermeer, and John Scalzi explore an alternate universe: Award-winning mystery and astrofuturist visionary author Walter Mosley explores alternative universes with sci-fi authors John Scalzi, Ann and Jeff Vandermeer at BookExpo America.

Junot Diaz 'waos' Miami with readings of 'Alma' and 'Wildwood': Award-winning author Junot Diaz took the packed audience at the 2012 Miami Book Fair International by storm with readings and extended conversations on cultural and political issues, shedding light on his artistic points of view.

Dave Barry riffs on Florida elections and lunatics in the insane city: Pulitzer Prize winning humorist and bestselling author Dave Barry riffs on voter laws, soccer parents, and the truth about the nation's 'Insane City,' Miami.

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