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Linda Le Blanc returns from Mt. Everest to read from her novel 'Beyond The Summit'
Veteran Mt. Everest trek-leader Linda LeBlanc came to the flatlands of Manhattan and the Small Press Book Fair in December, 2006, and read from her novel Beyond The Summit (Ama dablam, Inc.; May, 2006). LeBlanc weaves descriptions of Sherpa life and the Nepal landscape into a story about a woman who falls in love with her Sherpa guide and suddenly has to choose between the guide and her jealous husband.

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Deanna Shapiro reads from her poetic memoir about her mother's death: Deanna Shapiro reads from her poetic memoir titled 'Conversations at the Nursing Home' of her mother's death

Sharyn McCrumb takes trophy as world's bestselling NASCAR novelist: Sharyn McCrumb tells how and why she switched from writing historical fiction set in Appalachia to writing NASCAR novels, and proved NASCAR fans can read

Carl Hiaasen rips O.J. Simpson, Miami Herald, Mark Foley, Katherine Harris and south Florida follies: Bestselling mystery writer and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen is tour guide to south Florida follies, from O.J. Simpson and the 9/11 hijackers to Mark Foley and Katherine Harris

Lawrence Wright tells the story of Al-Qaida and the road to 9/11: New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright takes readers inside the minds, motivations, operations and strategies of Al-Qaeda terrorists, offering reasons why Al-Qaeda cannot succeed

Nora Ephron admits Billy Crystal came up with the line that made her famous: Acclaimed essayist, novelist, Hollywood screenwriter and director Nora Ephron brings her wit to the Miami Book Fair International 2006 and offers the epiphanies of her writing career

Barack Obama makes big splash in Miami; then jumps into the pool of presidential hopefuls: U.S. Senator Barack Obama appears at sold out Miami Book Fair event to talk about his book, ('The Audacity of Hope'), and is greeted with 'Thank you, Mr. President--'

Washington Post, October 1, 2006, features 'Video Man' (a.k.a. Kurt Aldag) founder of iReadNet: Washington Post publishing industry reporter Bob Thompson covers National Book Festival through the camera lense of iReadNet founder and editor-in-chief Kurt Aldag

Helen Thomas and Myra MacPherson wonder if the watchdogs of democracy will ever bark again: Famed White House Press Corps reporter-turned-columnist Helen Thomas and former Washington Post/New York Times/Vanity Fair reporter Myra MacPherson team up to discuss how the watchdogs of democracy, from I.F. Stone and the Kennedy Administration to today, lost their bark

Bob Woodward offers interviews with Ford and Bush as cautionary tales on telling the 'truth': In an interview with Richard Norton Smith, Bob Woodward talks about journalism in America, interviewing Presidents Ford, Nixon, and Bush and the difficulties of keeping them honest

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