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Al Gore heats up discussion of climate change crisis
Acknowledging friends and colleagues in the audience, Nobel Prize-winning former U.S. Vice President Al Gore took the stage at the 2009 Miami Book Fair International eighteen years after his last appearance at the fair (to promote Earth In The Balance) and just two weeks before the critical Copenhagen Climate Summit, where he hoped an accord would be reached. Citing the 90 million tons of pollution humans put into the atmosphere every day, Gore detailed the extent of the climate change crisis and blasted the oil industry's opposition to solving the problem. In response to 'deniers' who argue there is no climate change crisis, Gore laid out an overview of overwhelming scientific evidence, warning that the perils of political delay in solving the problem could be catastrophic to civilization. After weighing the pros and cons of the major energy resource choices--solar, wind, coal, and oil, Gore pointed to the urgent need for a state-of-the-art supergrid to harvest and distribute solar and wind energy efficiently and examined prospects for geothermal energy solutions before tackling the more controversial alternative energy solutions, such as nuclear power and carbon capture/sequestration technologies. While emphasizing the impact of climate change on trees, soil, and farming, Gore also noted that the population explosion of the last century, during which time population quadrupled to over 6.5 billion people today, is stabilizing. Despite the powerful political, psychological, and business interests resisting the necessary changes, Gore concluded his appearance by expressing his optimism that the crisis can be solved with another kind of renewable energy--political willpower.

Book and Author Headlines

Margaret Atwood thinks the unthinkable and takes 'the pledge': Margaret Atwood tweets, blogs, reads, and even sings through her 3-month, 7-country book tour all the way to the Miami Book Fair International where she closes the book on 'Year of the Flood' and takes 'the pledge.'

John Grisham receives first-ever National Book Festival Creative Achievement Award: Bestselling author John Grisham receives the first-ever National Book Festival Creative Achievement Award and tells the story behind his stories in an interview with Washington Post book critic Jonathan Yardley.

John Hodgman and Larry Wilmore get the truth out about fake news and book blurbs: Two of today's top TV cutups, 'Daily Show' fake news correspondents John Hodgman and Larry Wilmore take the stage at the Miami Book Fair International 2009 to air dirty laundry, razz each other over book blurbs, and talk about their careers in comedy.

David Small and Byron Pitts unscramble their hardscrabble youths with A.J. Jacobs: Award-winng children's book author David Small and Byron Pitts, Chief National Correspondent and Conributing Correspondent for 60 Minutes at CBS News, join diarist A.J. Jacobs in unscrambling how their hardscrabble childhoods contributed to their success.

Clarence 'Big Man' Clemons toots his horn: The Big Man himself showcases his book, his sax, his life among the legends at BookExpo America 2009.

Nobel Laureates lead large flock of authors in annual migration to Miami, Nov 8-15: Several hundred world-class and emerging authors will flock to the 2009 Miami Book Fair International where they will read to and talk with many thousands of book lovers of all ages, Nov. 8-15.

Gail Collins traces the triumphs and defeats 'when everything changed': New York Times political op-ed columnist Gail Collins describes the evolution of an essay she wrote that grew into two volumes covering 450 years of women's history in America.

Bob Schieffer mixes poems and politics, from Nixon to Obama, and comments on his commentaries: CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer appears at the 2008 National Book Festival a few weeks before the 2008 election to promote his book 'Bob Schieffer's America' and offer commentary on the social and political landscape.

Jeannette Walls leaves 'The Glass Castle' riding her new bestseller, 'Half Broke Horse': Former USA Today celeb reporter, MSNBC.com gossip columnist, and bestselling author of 'The Glass Castle' Jeannette Walls offers the back story for her 'true-life novel' about her gunslinging grandmother, Lily Casey Smith.

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