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Ray Bradbury Takes a Bow at BEA
Greeted by long lines at the autographing tables, legendary author Ray Bradbury took a bow at Book Expo America and signed copies of his latest novel, Let's All Kill Constance, which will be released in mass market paperback in January, 2004, from Avon. Also autographing books and meeting fans were bestselling authors Dean Koontz, whose new thriller, Odd Thomas, is being published this month by Bantam Books, and Laurie King, whose newest mystery, Keeping Watch, also from Bantam Books, will be out in mass market paperback in February, 2004. Madhouse radio ringmaster Mancow Mueller paid tribute to Bradbury and talked about his own new book, Dad, Dames, Demons, and a Dwarf, from HarperCollins (June, 2003). First time novelist, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, whose Dirty Girls Social Club is a surprise bestseller from St. Martin's Press (May, 2003) talked about her tour, her fans, and her favorite authors. Also spotted on the convention floor was the most notorious hacker in U.S. history, Kevin Mitnick, hawking his new book, The Art of Deception (John Wiley & Sons, October, 2003) in mass market paperback. And former Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder, currently President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of American Publishers (AAP), a national trade organization of the U.S. book publishing industry, was on hand to talk about the state of publishing in America.

Book and Author Headlines

Azar Nafisi cites books of humanities and science as bedrock of democracy and freedom: Bestselling author, Iranian born Azar Nafisi tells why she became an American citizen and what it means to her in her new book 'The Republic of Imagination.'

Mary Gordon, Stuart Dybek, and Russell Banks take a short cut: Mary Gordon, Stuart Dybek, and Russell Banks read their stuff and take a few questions from the audience.

Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana have one at The Last Kind Words Saloon in Miami: Award-winning novelist and co-author Diana Ossana reflect on cowboys, women characters, and over twenty years of writing partnership.

Joyce Carol Oates reads from Lovely, Dark, Deep at the 2014 Miami Book Fair International: Prolific, award-winning author Joyce Carol Oates reads from her Pulitzer Prize nominated collection of short stories, Lovely, Dark, Deep at the Miami Book Fair.

Martin Short stirs his humor with poignancy and empowerment: Canadian-born actor, comedian, singer, producer and now author Martin Short reveals trade secrets and more in his appearance at BookExpo America.

Alan Cumming searches for answers and finds more questions: Alan Cumming tells his family story at BookExpo America 2014 about abuse, identity, and Russian roulette.

Colm Toibin introduces Nora Webster and what it is be an Irish author: Award-winning, bestelling Irish novelist Colm Toibin introduces his heroine, Norah Webster at BookExpo America 2014.

Mona Simpson, Ann Patchett, and Lucinda Franks compare notes on life, lit, and love: Bestselling, award-winning authors Mona Simpson, Ann Patchett, and Lucinda Franks take the stage at the 2014 Miami Book Fair International to talk about their most recent books and compare notes on life, literature, and love.

Maureen McLane reveals her free-ranging poetic vision in her National Book Award Finalist, This Blue: 2014 National Book Award Finalist in Poetry and 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in Autobiography Maureen McClane reads and talks about six poems from her NBA Finalist, This Blue.

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.

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