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Ken Follett weaves a tapestry of the twentieth century's siesmic events in 'Fall Of Giants'
With an introduction from Washington Post book critic Patrick Anderson, bestselling historical novelist Ken Follett took the podium at the 2010 National Book Festival, reflecting first on the scope of his opus magnum, 'Fall Of Giants' Century Trilogy covering the 'seismic events' of the 20th Century, and outlining the five families whose lives become intertwined in the course of history. Follett then read a passage from Fall Of Giants: Book 2 of The Century Trilogy, which has just been released in trade paperback (NAL; August, 2011), and offered a bit of historical background.

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Jennifer Close ties (and unties) the knots for 'Girls In White Dresses': Widely acclaimed debut author Jennifer Close takes a bow at BookExpo America 2011 and introduces 'Girls in White Dresses.'

Misha Glouberman teaches basic rules of better business and family communications in seven minutes: Facilitator and games teacher Misha Glouberman teaches rules for better business and family communications in seven minutes, using 20 slides, of 21 seconds each--billed as a 7x20x21--a loose interpretation of a pecha kucha presentation format invented in Tokyo in 2003.

Carl Hiaasen serves up Cherry Pye with a dollop of mayhem on 'Star Island': Bestselling author, Miami Herald investigative reporter and weekly columnist Carl Hiaasen sets up his latest wild and crazy caper featuring Cherry Pyea cast of madcap characters sowing mayhem on 'Star Island' at the 2010 Miami Book Fair International.

Jane Fonda conquers her fears of aging by embracing them in 'Prime Time': Two-time Academy Award winning actress, political activist, and bestselling author Jane Fonda takes the 'staircase' to happiness and conquers her fear of aging in 'Prime Time.'

Scott Turow reflects on his life as writer, prosecutor, and member of The Rock Bottom Remainders: The award-winning author of nine bestselling novels and essay collections and works of non-ficton, Scott Turow reviews the high and low points of his road from law school and criminal prosecutor to one of America's top crime fiction writers.

Erik Larson takes a walk through Nazi Germany 'In the Garden of Beasts': Award-winning Time magazine contributing writer Erik Larson brings to life America's first Ambassador to Nazi Germany, William E. Dodd, and his clever daughter, Martha.

Aimee Bender offers a taste of 'The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake': Award-winning novelist Aimee Bender offers a slice of 'lemon cake' at the 2010 Miami Book Fair International.

Sue Miller Takes 'The Lake Shore Limited' through post-9/11 American landscape: Bestselling author Sue Miller talks about and reads from her latest hit, 'The Lake Shore Limited.'

Charlaine Harris mixes Poe with Bronte and a dash of Dumas for Sookie Stackhouse cauldron of success: Charlaine Harris, bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse vampire novels, from which the HBO TV series 'True Blood' is adapted, offers her recipe for success.

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