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Chris Buckley, Michael Moore, Dennis Lehane, and thousands of bookies pack bags for BookExpo America
We last caught up with social satirist Christopher Buckley at the National Book Festival in 2006. He's booked to host the annual BookExpo America (BEA) author lunch panel, Saturday, May 30, which should be a lot of laughs because political polemicist Michael Moore, who last appeared at BEA 2003 in Los Angeles, is also billed to appear on the star-studded lunch panel. Sunday morning's annual breakfast will feature Dennis Lehane, whom we last talked to at BEA 2003 in LA, along with Ted Turner, Nazir Afisi, and John Hodgeman. Sunday afternoon, bookies will get to visit with Dean Koontz, who we interviewed at BEA 2004, in a conversation with fellow mystery writer Michael Connelly, who will also be featured at the BEA Audiobooks Authors Tea on Saturday afternoon. Stay tuned for videos of these events and more in the coming weeks.

Book and Author Headlines

Michael Connelly highlights upcoming BookExpo America in Los Angeles, home of LAPD Harry Bosch: Sixteen years after he introduced LAPD Harry Bosch, bestselling author Michael Connelly will highlight this year's BookExpo America, May 28-June 1 in Los Angeles, with a new Harry Bosch novel featuring Harry's half-brother--La defense attorney Mickey Haller. Connelly was last seen at the Miami Book Fair International in 2004, where he talked about his transition from a Florida crime reporter to a Los Angeles Times crime reporter and bestselling novelist.

Susan Vreeland brings Auguste Renoir's 1880 masterpiece to life: Former school teacher turned novelist Susan Vreeland paints another historical novel based on a painting, this time Auguste Renoir's 1880 masterpiece, 'Luncheon of the Boating Party'.

Robert Draper tells story of Texas two-step on way to unauthorized bio of George W. Bush: Robert Draper tells the unlikely story of how he pentrated one of the nmost secretive Presidencies in history to write his unauthorized biography, 'Dead Certain: the Presidency of George W. Bush'.

Susan Nagel solves 200 year old mystery of Marie Antoinette's daughter: Susan Nagel talks about solving another historical mystery--the fate of Marie Antoinette's daughter.

Paul Krugman brings 'The Conscience of a Liberal' to a warm reception in Miami: New York Times op-ed columnist and bestselling author Paul Krugman presents 'The Conscience of a Liberal' at the Miami Book Fair International 2007 in Dade county, land of the hanging chad.

Walter Isaacson traces the arc of Einstein's life from lowly patent clerk to worldwide celebrity: Walter Isaacson explores Einstein's rebellious youth, failed marriage, lowly job as a 3rd class patent clerk, worldwide celebrity and ultimate death to portray a down-to-earth genius with unusual imagination.

Judith 'Miss Manners' Martin lets her hair down in Venice: Better known as 'Miss Manners,' the author of several books on 'excruciatingly' proper behavior, and former Washington Post reporter, Judith Martin lets her hair down and reveals her true passion for the historic, romantic city of Venice.

Ralph Nader adds another tradition to the 17 in his book--running for U.S. presidency: Consumer activist Ralph Nader reveals 'The 17 Traditions' that define him at the Miami Book Fair International 2007, and defends another--the 'tradition of the third party candidate,' laying the groundwork for his fifth run for the White House in 2008.

Charles Simic offers glimpses of immigrant life in his innaugural reading as U.S. Poet Laureate: U.S. Poet Laureate (2007-2008) Charles Simic is innaugurated at the National Book Festival 2007, reads from his early poems, and chats with National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman and fellow poet, Dana Gioia.

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