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Jon Stewart to Introduce Condoleezza Rice at BookExpo America

Jon Stewart to Introduce Condoleezza Rice at BookExpo America

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Roger Bilheimer (203) 966-0792 bilheim@aol.com
Sarah Ferguson, John Grisham, Sara Gruen, and Christopher Hitchens are AmongAuthors Headlining Special Events
 Norwalk, CT, March 4, 2010: BookExpo America (BEA) has today announced that JonStewart will return to BEA in 2010 where he will be the Master of Ceremonies for theAuthor Breakfast on Thursday, May 27. Mr. Stewart’s first appearance at BEA was in2004 and his humor as well as his rapport with the audience is fondly remembered as astand out moment at a BEA Author Breakfast. Among other notable luminaries, Mr.Stewart will be introducing Condoleezza Rice who has written a family memoir whichwill be published in October, 2010. The speaker program is a highlight of BEA activityand it brings considerable attention to new books by famous personalities andaccomplished writers from the worlds of literature, film, politics, comedy and a range of other fields of endeavor. The other speakers who will be featured in the special events program include Cory Doctorow, Sarah Ferguson, William Gibson, John Grisham, SaraGruen, Christopher Hitchens, Patton Oswalt, Richard Peck, Mitali Perkins, and MaryRoach.BEA will be taking place over two days this year, and it will occur in mid-week. Thedates for the Breakfasts and Lunch are: Children’s Author Breakfast, Wednesday, May
26; Adult Author Breakfast, Thursday, May 27; and Adult Author Lunch, Thursday, May27. Officials note that an Opening Night Reception is planned for Tuesday evening May25 at 6pm, and the show’s traditional evening of entertainment (i.e. BEA’s “Saturday Night”) on behalf of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE)and the Association of American Publishers(AAP)
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Reading Campaign, isalso planned to take place on Tuesday, May 25. It will occur at Town Hall at 9:00pm.Details on these two events will be forthcoming in the near future.“I am amazed by the exceptional array of talent and distinguished public figures whohave made themselves available to speak at BEA,” notes Steven Rosato, Event Director for Book Expo America. “We are incredibly fortunate to have these authors assembled atour show and I know that will be a great draw for BEA and will ensure that these eventswill sell out. Above all, I am thankful to the publishers who support us, and who bringtheir authors to BEA so that we might all enjoy meeting them, and hearing what theyhave to say. It’s a very unique and special opportunity for anyone who is part of the book industry and who attends BEA.”Officials note that despite the fact that the convention will have one less Author Breakfastthis year due to the shortened schedule, there will be more author programming than ever  before. After a successful debut last year, the Author Stages will return to the conventionfloor and a new stage has been added so that there will now be a Downtown Stage, anUptown Stage
a Midtown Stage. Programming for the Author Stages will be workedon and confirmed through the coming two months (March and April). “Our focusremains on quality vs. quantity,” Rosato states. “Certainly, the Author Breakfasts andLunch are a reflection of the quality events that we can deliver based on the wealth of talent that is delivered to us from publishers. The Author Stages proved to be a fantasticopportunity last year for showcasing authors from all walks of life in an intimate settingfor booksellers and the media. I know that we will have amazing content and dialogue onall three stages. It will be jam packed!”The line up of speakers and events includes:
WEDNESDAY, May 26, 2010
8:00AM – 9:30AM CHILDREN’S BOOK & AUTHOR BREAKFAST (SpecialEvents Hall)
Presented in cooperation with the Children's Booksellers and Publishers Committee [Acooperative committee of the American Booksellers Association (ABA), Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC), and the Children's Book Council (CBC)] this opening-day breakfast will feature Cory Doctorow, author of 
 For the Win
(Tor Books / Tor Teen);Mitali Perkins, author of 
 Bamboo People
(Charlesbridge); and Richard Peck, author of 
Three Quarters Dead 
(Penguin/Dial Books for Young Readers). Sarah Ferguson, theDuchess of York, and author of 
 Helping Hand Books: Emily’s First Day at School 
(Sterling Children’s Books) will be the Master of Ceremonies.
THURSDAY, May 27, 2010
8:00AM – 9:30AM THURSDAY BOOK & AUTHOR BREAKFAST (SpecialEvents Hall)
Thursday morning will feature Condoleezza Rice, author of 
 Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family
(Crown); John Grisham, title TK (Doubleday); and MaryRoach, author of 
 Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void 
(W.W. Norton). Jon Stewart, author (along with the writers of 
The Daily Show
) of 
The DailyShow with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race
(Grand Central Publishing) will be the Master of Ceremonies.
This year's lunch will feature Christopher Hitchens, author of 
 Hitch-22: A Memoir 
(Twelve/Hachette Book Group USA); Sara Gruen, author of 
 Ape House
(Spiegel &Grau); and William Gibson, author of 
 Zero History
(G.P. Putnam’s Sons). PattonOswalt, author of 
 Zombie Spaceship Wasteland 
(Scribner) will be the Master of Ceremonies.
: Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading eventsorganizer. In 2007 Reed brought together over six million industry professionals fromaround the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held in38 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, andorganized by 39 fully staffed offices.

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