Author News and Book Reports

BEA preview: 22,000 'bookies' set to place bets on authors in NYC, June 5-7
When the 2012 annual BookExpo America trade convention opens its doors at the Javits Center in New York City on June 5, roughly 22,000 authors, booksellers, buyers, editors, agents, and publishers will stream in over the three-day event in search of the next big thing in books for this fall's bookselling season when 80% of all books are sold. Among the headliners they'll be checking out will be Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert and his new book AMERICA AGAIN:Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't (Grand Central Publishing; October, 2012);Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and 2010 National Book Award winner Patti Smith and her most recent book Woolgathering (Bloomsbury; May, 2012), in an interview with two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Neil Young and his memoir Waging Heavy Peace (Blue Rider Press; October, 2012); National Humanities Medal winner Barbara Kingsolver and her latest novel Flight Behavior (Harper; November, 2012); prolific, award-winning mystery author Walter Mosley with his new crossover sci-fi book of two short novels Gift of Fire / On the Head of a Pin (Tor Books/ May, 2012); and Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford and his new novel Canada (Ecco; May, 2012) just to name a few. For more information, check out the BEA Author Events and Autographing schedule page.

Book and Author Headlines

Meghan McCain rocks the party boat, but passes the 'purity test': The daughter of Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican Party candidate for U.S. President, and MSNBC cable TV political paid contributor Meghan McCain stumps for her book at the Miami Book Fair International.

Dorothy Allison takes the world on her shoulders and moves it: Award-winning novelist, poet, speaker, and activist Dorothy Allison takes a stand for justice, truth, and balance in the universe at the 2011 Miami Book Fair International to promote the 20th Anniversary Edition of her classic, 'Bastard Out Of Carolina.'

Sylvia Nasar wins LA Times Prize for 'Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius': Appearing at the 2011 National Book Festival, Sylvia Nasar shows why she won the LA Times Science & Technology book prize for 'Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius'

Maya Jasanoff takes home the NBCC Award for 'Liberty's Exiles': Appearing at the 2011 National Book Festival, Maya Jasanoff presents her award-winning book, 'Liberty's Exiles.'

Nell Irvin Painter and Randall Kennedy survey racial landscapes of black and white America: Two of America's leading African American scholars take stock of 'whiteness' and black politics in the Obama era of America.

Anne Enright strikes a chord for her father in 'The Forgotten Waltz': Booker Prize winning author Anne Enright presents 'The Forgotten Waltz' at BEA 2011.

James Gleick unlocks the history of how we know what we know in 'The Information': Bestselling science and biography author James Gleick, twice short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize, reveals the history, theories, and resulting flood of information that informs our daily lives in his new book, 'The Information.'

Sarah Vowell laments the 'Unfamiliar Fishes' on Hawaiian plate lunches: Author, journalist, and former contributing editor to Public Radio International's 'This American Life,' Sarah Vowell takes a look at Hawaiian history and modern life where the lunch plates have 'Unfamiliar Fishes' and even banyan trees are invading imperialists.

Isabel Wilkerson narrates the triumphs and tragedies of the 'Great Migration' that changed America: The first African-American journalist to win the Pulitzer Prize, Isabel Wilkerson introduces her National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Book, 'The Warmth of Other Suns,' to an overflow audience at the 2011 Miami Book Fair International.

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