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Barbara Kingsolver finds the enduring qualities of novels in the rapidly changing world of books
With a brief introduction by satirist and author Stephen Colbert at the 2012 BookExpo America opening morning author breakast with booksellers and publishing professionals, award-winning, widely acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver took the stage with a tongue-in-cheek riff on Stephen Colbert and celebrity authors, noting that the least likely profession for someone to get a book contract in is the writing profession. Commenting on the digital revolution in book production and distribution, noting that her novels can now be 'shelved' between Angry Birds and Wacky Mole on somebody's phone, Kingsolver pointed to the 'irreplaceable' enduring qualities of fiction that haven't changed since Homer wrote the Iliad and the Odyssey. Kingsolver wrapped her 2012 BEA appearance with the backstoryof Flight Behavior (Harper; November, 2012), her new novel about climate change and its critical implications for the future of rural life.

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Jo Nesbo brings Norwegian noir to U.S.A., next stop Miami Book Fair International: Norwegian rocker and author Jo Nesbo introduces noirish Detective Harry Hole to American booksellers at BEA 2012.

Mario Vargas Llosa transcends culture and language in search of 'The Dream of the Celt': Winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature Mario Vargas Llosa reviews his life, his work, and his politics at the 2012 National Book Festival.

David Maraniss travels 60,000 miles for the true story of Barack Obama, next stop Miami Book Fair: Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post associate editor and author David Maraniss describes the times, places, and people who shaped Barack Obama's life from Hawaii to Indonesia to Kansas, LA, New York, Chicago and Harvard Law School.

Stephen Colbert challenges America to re-become 'the greatness we never weren't' again: The host of Comedy Central's satirical news show The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert returns to BookExpo America for a stimulating discussion of his latest tomes, 'I Am A Pole' and 'America Again.'

Michael Moore traces his iconoclastic career to a bag of potato chips: Academy Award-winning liberal filmmaker, author, social critic, and activist Michael Moore reviews his personal triumphs and defeats going back to his teenage search for a bag of potato chips that led to a phone call from iconic CBS News anchor Walter Kronkite.

Junot Diaz wins $500,000 MacArthur Foundation 'genius' award: 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award and 2008 Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz makes a rare public appearance at the 2012 BookExpo America trade show to promote his second novel 'This Is How You Lose Her' four months before winning the MacArthur Foundation's $500,000 'genius' award.

Jim Lehrer packs his bags for 'Tension City' one more time: Famed journalist, executive editor and former news anchor for PBS NewsHour, Jim Lehrer reviews election impact of candidate's temperament and content from a Presidential debate moderator's point-of-view, swears he's done with Presidential debates in 2011, but prepares for one more as 'Tension City' rolls out in paperback in 2012.

Michael Chabon recalls his journey from the city of the future to LA to 'Telegraph Avenue': Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon reveals his soul-searching journey from racial harmony to outright racism and back to the idyllic lost world of 'Telegraph Avenue.'

Jimmy Fallon sends a second round of 'Thank You Notes': Actor, comedian, and late-night television host Jimmy Fallon stars at the 2012 BookExpo America publishing trade convention.

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