Christopher Buckley parodies and regales at National Book Festival; 'Boomsday' lands with a bang
Renowned Washington Post book critic Jonathan Yardley introduced bestselling author Christopher Buckley (Thank You For Smoking, etc.) to an overflow crowd squeezed under a large tent on a rainy morning at the National Book Festival 2006. Announcing that he would not talk about his newest book, Boomsday (Twelve; April, 2007), because it was not due out at that point for several more months, Buckley instead launched a parody of the book marketing process of choosing book titles and roasted book publishers in general. Buckley moved on to skewer bigger sacred cows with the story of a prank he pulled off involving Lenin's body that got out of hand, and a run-in with Tom Clancy. Buckley concluded with a couple of stories from his days of working in the White House--the time he was watching film of an assasination attempt on President Chung Hee Park of South Korea, and the time he slipped a quote from Thucydides into a speech to be delivered by his boss, then Vice President George H.W. Bush. Buckley's new book Boomsday landed at #5 on the BookSense.com bestseller list upon publication.
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