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Michael Chabon recalls his journey from the city of the future to LA to 'Telegraph Avenue'
Following a special appearance by late-night TV comedian Jimmy Fallon, award-winning TV and motion picture actress and author Kirstie Alley hosted a star-studded Book and Author Breakfast at the 2012 BookExpo America convention that included Orange Prize-winning British novelist Zadie Smith, and Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist J.R. Moehringer (stay tuned), beginning with an introduction to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, whom we last saw at the 2004 BEA. Reading an essay he had prepared tracing the inspiration for his new blockbuster Telegraph Avenue (Harper; September, 2012), Chabon began with the earth-shaking, but 'not surprising' O.J. Simpson verdict, in the aftermath of which he realized he had unconsciously become a racist, in stark contrast to his childhood memories of growing up in Columbia, Maryland, a model modern suburban community of sublime racial equality known as the 'City Of The Future', where he had formed a profound connection to black American culture, arts, and friendships. After going to college in Pittsburgh, where he wrote his award-winning first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Chabon recalled, he moved to Los Angeles, where the O.J. Simpson trial was held, and unwittingly fell into the racial disconnect of comfortable suburban life in Los Angeles. Disillusioned, Chabon moved north with his family to Berkeley, California, where he re-discovered his childhood roots in black culture and especially vinyl music in the seemingly utopian world of Berkeley's famous Telegraph Avenue just as it was beginning to be displaced by an influx of chain stores and impersonal corporate commerce characterized in his novel, Telegraph Avenue.

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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.

Zadie Smith follows her moral compass to the intersection of desperation and privilege in 'NW': Orange Prize-winning novelist Zadie Smith traces her writer's roots from Virginia Woolf to the streets of 'NW' London at BEA 2012.

Monica Wood turns back the clock to 'When We Were The Kennedys': Award-winning, critically acclaimed author Monica Wood travels back in time to 1963, a year of tragic change both for her family and the nation in 'When We Were the Kennedys.'

Robert Olen Butler checks into 'A Small Hotel' to solve an emotional mystery in Room 303: Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer Robert Olen Butler reviews the story, characters, and themes of 'A Small Hotel' at the 2011 BEA.

Toure re-examines race in the 'post-black' Obama years: Cultural and political critic Toure tells his story of growing up black in white America and how the election of Barack Obama to the White House changed his perception of

Ron Suskind shakes up worldwide confidence in rich and powerful 'Confidence Men': Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author Ron Suskind shakes up the world of Washington, Wall Street, and the Obama White House in his latest book, 'Confidence Men.'

Charles Frazier faces 20th century fear and murder in a journey through 'Nightwoods': The National Book Award winning author of 'Cold Mountain' and 'Thirteen Moons' returns to his native Appalachia a century later in 'Nightwoods.'

Dan Rather gets rather choked up and 'Rather Outspoken' at BEA 2012: Renowned journalist Dan Rather gets emotional and outspoken as he reviews his life as a journalist and news anchor covering the big stories of the last 50 years.

Junot Diaz takes 'possibly the stupidest' road to success in life--living his own dream: In a rare public appearance, Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz talks about 'The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao' and the challenges of becoming an artist at the 2009 National Book Festival. Stay tuned for his new book of stories, 'This Is How You Lose Her,' coming in September, 2012.

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