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  • BEA 2014: Dani Pettrey: Promoting Family Adventure

    Danni Pettrey grew up canoeing, scuba diving, wind surfing, and sailing.

  • BEA 2014: Desiree Zamorano Quells Hispanic Stereotyping

    In The Amado Women (Cinco Puntos Press, June), Desiree Zamorano’s first trade-published novel, the strong family ties that bind a mother and her three daughters is the centerpiece of a story that dispels many of the media-fueled stereotyping of Hispanics living in America.

  • BEA 2014: Ben Lerner: The Way We Live Now

    A first novel with glowing endorsements from such literary lights as Jonathan Franzen, Paul Auster, Geoff Dyer, and John Ashbery—what more could a young writer want?

  • BEA 2014: Avery Corman: Dads Vs. Moms

    Avery Corman penned Kramer vs. Kramer back in 1977 and had no idea that it would totally change the landscape of divorce in America. He learned later that the book was cited more in divorce proceedings than actual legal precedent.

  • BEA 2014: Pat O’Brien: Back After All That

    Even though this is the first time Pat O’Brien has attended BEA, he’s not intimidated at the prospect of being surrounded by booksellers he’s never met before to talk about the highs and lows of his 35-year career as a sportscaster for radio and television and a celebrity journalist.

  • BEA 2014: Walter Isaacson: Smart Thinkers

    Ten years ago, after completing his critically acclaimed Ben Franklin biography, Walter Isaacson was struck by Franklin’s creation of the postal and publishing networks.

  • BEA 2014: Jonathan Tropper: Screenwriting Is His New Gig

    In his second novel, The Book of Joe (2004), Jonathan Tropper wrote about a novelist who fears the “sophomore slump” after his debut book becomes a huge bestseller and is adapted into a film.Fast forward a decade, and Tropper’s fiction becomes reality.

  • BEA 2014: Her Ideal Reader: PW Talks With Liane Moriarty

    Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of five internationally bestselling novels, including The Husband’s Secret.

  • BEA 2014: Hollywood Comes to North Atlantic: Lincoln MacVeagh

    You wouldn’t think someone from old money, who boarded at Groton and went to Harvard, would drop out from that life and work as a busboy, schoolteacher, carpenter, caterer, journalist, and now a computer programmer for New York City.

  • BEA 2014: Gregory Maguire Delivers Another Wicked Fairy Tale

    It’s been seven years since Gregory Maguire has been to BEA, he thinks, but he’s looking forward to it, comparing the show to the most festive New Year’s Eve celebration.

  • BEA 2014: Blessed and Betrayed: Lisa Scottoline

    With more than 25 books under her belt since her debut novel, Wherever Mary Went, was published in 1993, Lisa Scottoline is a veritable book-writing machine.

  • BEA 2014: Ice Cream Flavors Her Plot: Susan Jane Gilman

    Susan Jane Gilman always planned to be a novelist, but took a detour to the nonfiction bestseller lists with Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven, Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress, and Kiss My Tiara. Her fiction debut, The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street (Grand Central, June), is off to a rousing start, named one of the “Best Summer Books 2014” by Publishers Weekly.

  • BEA 2014: A Civil War Female Voice: Laird Hunt

    An obscure but fascinating aspect of the Civil War, when hundreds of women disguised as men enlisted in the army as Union soldiers to fight, is at the heart of Neverhome (Little, Brown; Sept.) by Laird Hunt, the author of five novels and a collection of short stories and a two-time finalist for the PEN Center USA fiction award.

  • BEA 2014: 'New York Times' Sportswriter: Harvey Araton

    With a byline long familiar to readers of the New York Times sports pages, Harvey Araton is also the author of six critically acclaimed nonfiction sports books, most recently the New York Times bestseller Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry and Baseball’s Greatest Gift.

  • BEA 2014: Jane Lynch Adds Credit to Her Resume

    Jane Lynch has displayed her diverse talents on a number of stages.

  • BEA 2014: The Trail of Lady Liberty: Elizabeth Mitchell

    Most folks believe the Statue of Liberty was a gift from France to the United States, but Elizabeth Mitchell, in pursuit of researching another topic, came across some diaries of sculptor Frédéric August Bartholdi and learned the true story behind the statue’s creation.

  • BEA 2014: Wondering On: R.J. Palacio

    Wonder, R.J. Palacio’s 2012 debut novel about Auggie, a fifth-grade boy born with a facial deformity who’s attending mainstream school for the first time, made a critical and commercial splash.

  • BEA 2014: A Satisfying Debut Collection: Marthe Jocelyn and Richard Scrimger

    “We like each other and we drive each other crazy—that’s a good match for writing,” says Richard Scrimger, describing partnering with fellow Canadian author Marthe Jocelyn on Viminy Crowe’s Comic Book (Tundra, May), illustrated by Claudia Davila.

  • BEA 2014: Vintage Reels: Farran Smith Nehme

    Thanks to the parents of Farran Smith Nehme, she became a fan of old movies during her childhood in the 1970s when the family would watch them together on the then burgeoning cable TV stations.

  • BEA 2014: Theatre Noir: Tracy Letts

    A small newspaper item about a murderous family in Florida sparked Tracy Letts’s distinguished playwriting career when he was only 26.

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