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Mindy Kaling sends up Twitter, the book industry, book titles (and other concerns)
Emmy Award-nominated writer, comedian, actress and producer Mindy Kaling, who plays Kelly Kapoor on NBC-TV's hit sitcom The Office, woke up the early morning crowd at the 2011 BookExpo America trade convention, where she hosted an Author Breakfast, with a lampoon of Twitter, musing on how Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce would have fared with messages no more than 140 characters long. Kaling then had the booksellers and publishers in the audience nearly spilling their coffee with a needling riff on the demographics of books and the book industry. Introducing her first 'memoir' Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) (Crown Archetype; November, 2011), Kaling wrapped her presentation with an industry favorite--jokes about book titles--before introducing the panel of authors including Charlaine Harris, famous for the Sookie Stackhouse vampire novels phenomenon, and Jeffrey Eugenides, bestselling author of Middlesex and his current hit, The Marriage Plot. Stay tuned!

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Adam Mansbach and friends lead parenting push back on children's bedtime antics: Author Adam Mansbach and illustrator Ricardo Cortes teamed up with television and film actress Jenna Elfman, famously known for her starring role as Dharma on ABC-TV's 'Dharma and Greg,' and Nikka's Box creator, singer, songwriter Nikka Costa for a multimedia presentation of the surprise #1 New York Times bestseller 'Go the F*ck to Sleep' at the 2011 Miami Book Fair International.

Eric Foner traces Abraham Lincoln's long political evolution from compromiser to emancipator: Pulitzer Prize winning historian Eric Foner unwraps a fresh and at times startling new look at Abraham Lincoln and his political evolution on the issue of slavery at the 2011 National Book Festival.

Newsmakers, poets, and rising stars of lit pack their bags and head for Miami November 13-20: Hundreds of newsmakers, poets, and rising literary stars and their fans head for one of the nation's foremost annual literary events, the 2011 Miami book Fair International.

Jane Lynch reveals the 'happy accidents' on her road to 'Glee': American actress, singer, and comedienne Jane Lynch maps the 'happy accidents' that changed her life and put her on the road to fame, fortune, and a starring role in the hit TV musical comedy, 'Glee.'

Sylvia Nasar draws drama and romance from the story of modern economics: Journalist, economist, professor, public speaker, and bestselling author of 'A Beautiful Mind,' upon which the Academy Award-winning movie by the same name was based, Sylvia Nasar outlines the biography of an idea that changed the world at the 2011 National Book Festival.

Roger Ebert offers a candid review of his own 'Life Itself': Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert of Siskel & Ebert fame takes fans behind-the-scenes to reveal the outtakes and poignant drama of his own 'Life Itself.'

Jim Lehrer sheds new light on presidential debates in 'Tension City': Famed journalist, executive editor and former news anchor for PBS NewsHour, Jim Lehrer recalls highlights as moderator for eleven U.S. Presidential debates.

Michael Moore exposes the 'not pleasant' perils of progressive political activism in America: Political satirist, progressive activist, Academy Award winning filmmaker, and bestselling author Michael Moore warns would-be activists of the 'not pleasant' abuses and threats they could suffer for their political beliefs in his new memoir, 'Here Comes Trouble.'

Scott Spencer follows trails of Dostoevsky and Graham Greene to 'Man in the Woods': Acclaimed novelist Scott Spencer reads from and talks about his new novel, inspired by Dostoevsky and Graham Greene, at the National Book Festival and the Miami Book Fair International.

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