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Zadie Smith follows her moral compass to the intersection of desperation and privilege in 'NW'
Award-winning actress and author of a new book titled The Art of Men due out in November, 2012, Kirstie Alley, hosting an author breakfast for over 1,000 booksellers and publishers at the 2012 BookExpo America publishing trade convention, introduced widely acclaimed British author Zadie Smith, winner of the prestigious 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction. Smith began by recalling her 'rude' attempt to introduce herself and her first novel, the international bestseller White Teeth, to unsuspecting British booksellers twelve years earlier as an 'introverted extrovert.' Calling herself a reader first and writer second, Smith reflected on the powerful influence the works of Virginia Woolf have had on shaping her own life and work before exploring the inspirations and themes of her fourth novel NW (Penguin Press; September, 2012), which takes place in NW London, where privilege and desperation intersect and class and race clash. Smith wrapped her appearance with the voices that come to her seemingly from nowhere which become grist for what she calls 'writer's magic.'

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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

Ron Suskind shakes up worldwide confidence in rich and powerful 'Confidence Men': Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author Ron Suskind shakes up the world of Washington, Wall Street, and the Obama White House in his latest book, 'Confidence Men.'

Charles Frazier faces 20th century fear and murder in a journey through 'Nightwoods': The National Book Award winning author of 'Cold Mountain' and 'Thirteen Moons' returns to his native Appalachia a century later in 'Nightwoods.'

Dan Rather gets rather choked up and 'Rather Outspoken' at BEA 2012: Renowned journalist Dan Rather gets emotional and outspoken as he reviews his life as a journalist and news anchor covering the big stories of the last 50 years.

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.

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