Book Group Expo – Updates

The Third Chapter of the Book Group Expo is going to be held at the San Jose Convention Center towards the end of October. This is a great event, to see author seminars and “couch-talks” walk through the exhibit hall and meet different publishers and learn about new books. The Authors are already signed up, and I’m happy to say many of these authors have graced the review pages of some of my favorite blogs. It’s always better knowing about books and authors before going to an event, even if I haven’t had a chance to read all the books.

I’ve included the list of authors below the link. Please visit the website Book Group Expo for more information.

Authors participating in book group expo 2008

Karen Abbott

Karen Abbott is a native of Philadelphia, where she worked as a journalist for several years. She is the author of the critically acclaimed “New York Times” bestseller “Sin in the Second City.” She lives in New York City and is working on her next book, a portrait of the legendary Gypsy Rose Lee and Depression-era America. Sunday, Salon B, 1:45P.

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» buy author’s book

» Literary Salon: Makin’ Whoopie

Douglas Carlton Abrams

Douglas Carlton Abrams is a former editor at HarperCollins. The Lost Diary of Don Juan, was a San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller and is being published in 30 languages. His next novel is coming out in 2009. Sunday, Salon B, 1:45P.

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» visit author’s website

» buy author’s book

» Literary Salon: Makin’ Whoopie

Melanie Abrams

Melanie Abrams teaches writing at UC Berkeley and received her MFA from UNC Greensboro. She’s married to the novelist Vikram Chandra. Her novel, “Playing,” has been acquired in Italy, France, Germany, India, and Israel. Sunday, Salon B, 1:45P.

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» visit author’s website

» buy author’s book

» Literary Salon: Makin’ Whoopie

Rabih Alameddine

Rabih Alameddine is the author of “The Hakawati,” a novel that “The New York Times” called “powerful enough to transcend the mountain of polemic, historical inquiry, policy analysis and reportage that stands between the Western reader and the Arab soul.” Rabih’s previous works are “Koolaids,” “The Perv,” and “I, the Divine.” Sunday, Salon B, 11:15A.

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» visit author’s website

» buy author’s book

» Literary Salon: The Liar’s Club

Maggie Anton

Maggie Anton is the award-winning author of “Rashi’s Daughters,” historical novels set in the household of the great medieval Jewish scholar, whose daughters studied Talmud in a time when these sacred texts were forbidden to women. Saturday, Salon B, 11:15A.

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» visit author’s website

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» Literary Salon: Historical Friction

Annie Barrows

Annie Barrows is the co-author of the best-selling novel “Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.” She is also the author of the popular Ivy and Bean series as well the children’s novel “The Magic Half.” Saturday, Salon C, 11:15A.

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» buy author’s book

» Literary Salon: Come Together

Brunonia Barry

Brunonia Barry, best-selling author of “The Lace Reader,” is a native of Massachusetts and lives in Salem with her husband and dog, Byzantium. She studied literature and creative writing at Green Mountain College in Vermont and at the University of New Hampshire. Saturday, Salon C, 1:45P.

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» buy author’s book

» Literary Salon: Which Witch is Which

Sam Barry

Sam Barry is a marketing and promotions manager at HarperOne, a division of HarperCollins. He co-authors “The Author Enablers,” a column in “BookPage.” He also plays harmonica and keyboards in the band Train Wreck and with the all-author rock band, The Rock Bottom Remainders. Sunday, Salon C, 10A.

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» visit author’s website

» Literary Salon: Go Tell It On The Mountain

Erica Bauermeister

Erica Bauermeister’s love of slow food and slow life was cemented by her two years of living in northern Italy with her husband and children. She has taught literature and creative writing at the University of Washington and currently lives in Seattle with her family. “The School of Essential Ingredients” is her first novel. Saturday, Salon B, 1:45P.

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» visit author’s website

» Literary Salon: Foodies

Kristin Billerbeck

Kristin Billerbeck is a best-selling, Christy-nominated author, credited for bringing Christian Chick Lit to life with her Ashley Stockingdale Series. She is a graduate of San Jose State University and a fourth-generation Californian. Sunday, Salon C, 10A.

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» buy author’s book

» Literary Salon: Go Tell It On The Mountain

Catherine Brady

Catherine Brady is the author of two short story collections and a biography. She is the recipient of the 2002 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and her work was chosen for “Best American Short Stories 2004.” Saturday, Salon A, 3P.

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» buy author’s book

» Literary Salon: Get Shorty

Kirsten Brandt

Kirsten Brandt is an award winning director and playwright. She is currently the Associate Artistic Director of San Jose Repertory Theatre. From 1999-2005 she was the Artistic Director of San Diego’s leading experimental theatre company, Sledgehammer. Sunday, Salon C, 1:45P.

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» Literary Salon: Where There’s A Will…

Janelle Brown

Janelle Brown is a freelance journalist based in Los Angeles. Formerly a senior writer for “Salon,” she currently writes for “The New York Times,” “Vogue,” and “Self,” among other publications. “AllWe Ever Wanted Was Everything” is her first novel. Saturday, Salon A, 1:45P.

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» buy author’s book

» Literary Salon: Secrets of the Suburbs

Sylvia Brownrigg

Sylvia Brownrigg is the author of five books of fiction. Her recent novel “Morality Tale” was described as “divinely deadpan” in “The NY Times” and as a “witty parable of marriage” in the “SF Chronicle.” Her new novel, “The Delivery Room,” will be published this fall. Sunday, Salon A, 11:15A.

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» buy author’s book

» Literary Salon: Wedlocked

Ron Carlson

Ron Carlson has received citations in Best American Short Stories twelve times since 1984. His work has appeared in “Harper’s,” “GQ,” “Esquire,” and other periodicals. He teaches creative writing at Arizona State and lives in Scottsdale. Saturday, Salon C, 11:15A.

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» Literary Salon: Come Together

Jennifer Lee Carrell

Jennifer Lee Carrell is the author of Interred with Their Bones and The Speckled Monster. She holds a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Harvard University, and has directed Shakespeare plays for Harvard’s Hyperion Theatre Company. Sunday, Salon C, 1:45P.

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» Literary Salon: Where There’s A Will…

Margaret Cezair-Thompson

Margaret Cezair-Thompson is the author of a widely acclaimed previous novel, “The True History of Paradise.” Her work has appeared in “Elle,” “The Washington Post,” “Callaloo,” “Journal of Commonwealth Literature,” and “Graham House Review.” Born in Jamaica, West Indies, she teaches literature and creative writing at Wellesley College. Saturday, Salon A, 11:15A.

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» Literary Salon: Managing Your Mother

Brian Copeland

Brian Copeland is an award-winning writer, comedian, television host, radio personality, and actor. His one-man show, also entitled “Not a Genuine Black Man,” was the longest-running solo show in San Francisco history, and his memoir recently was named the Silicon Valley Reads 2009 book selection. Saturday, Salon C, 1:10P.

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» Literary Salon: Secrets of the Suburbs Brian Copeland Performance

David Corbett

David Corbett is the author of three critically acclaimed novels: “The Devil’s Redhead,” “Done for a Dime” (a New York Times Notable Book), and the Edgar-nominated “Blood of Paradise.” Sunday, Salon A, 3P.

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» Literary Salon: All Abroad!

Marisa de los Santos

Marisa de los Santos is “The New York Times” bestselling author of the novel “Belong Love Walked In.” She lives with her husband David Teague and their two children in Wilmington, Delaware. Saturday, Salon A, 1:45P.

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» visit author’s website

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» Literary Salon: Secrets of the Suburbs

Frances Dinkelspiel

Frances Dinkelspiel spent more than 20 years in the newspaper business. “Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California,” the story of her great great grandfather, is her first book. Saturday, Salon C, 11:15A.

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» Literary Salon: Come Together

Andre Dubus III

Andre Dubus III is the author of “Bluesman,” “TheCage Keeper and Other Stories,” and “House of Sand and Fog” (National Book Award Finalist and Oprah Book Club Selection). His writing has received many honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Magazine Award, and a Pushcart Prize. He lives with his family north of Boston. Saturday, Salon C, 10A.

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» Literary Salon: Write or Wrong

Will Durst

Bay Area transplant, Will Durst, is an award winning comedian, radio talk show host, tv producer, commentator and now the author of the acclaimed “All American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing.” Sunday, Salon C, 3P.

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» Literary Salon: Ten Days and Counting!

Selden Edwards

A graduate of Princeton and Stanford, Selden Edwards is a former English teacher and was headmaster of several prestigious private schools during his career in education. He lives near Santa Barbara, California. “The Little Book” is his first novel. Sunday, Salon B, 11:15A.

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» visit author’s website

» buy author’s book

» Literary Salon: The Liar’s Club

Audrey Ferber

Audrey Ferber’s short stories have been anthologized. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in the “San Francisco Chronicle” and the “San Jose Mercury News.” She teaches writing at UC Extension in San Francisco. Saturday, Salon A, 3P.

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» Literary Salon: Get Shorty

Zoë Ferraris

Zoë Ferraris moved to Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of the first Gulf War to live with her then-husband and his extended family. She has an M.F.A. from Columbia University and currently lives in San Francisco. Sunday, Salon A, 3P.

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» Literary Salon: All Abroad!

Susan Freinkel

Susan Freinkel is a science writer whose work has appeared in a variety of national publications including: “Discover,” “Reader’s Digest,” “Smithsonian,” and “The New York Times.” For her next book, she is moving from the natural world to the artificial one; it’s all about plastic. She lives in San Francisco. Saturday, Salon B, 3P.

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» Literary Salon: Making a Difference

Jane Ganahl

Jane Ganahl, a Bay Area journalist for 25 years, is the author of “Naked on the Page: the Misadventures of My Unmarried Midlife,” editor of the anthology “Single Woman of a Certain Age” and co-founder of the Litquake festival. Sunday, Salon C, 11:15A.

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» Literary Salon: Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

Leah Garchik

Having rocketed from pre-hip Brooklyn to the post-hip Haight-Ashbury district, Leah Garchik has been a “San Francisco Chronicle” columnist since she was a toddler. “Real Life Romance” is based on the “Overheard” portion of her column. She plays the accordion. Sunday, Salon A, 11:15A.

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» Literary Salon: Wedlocked

Paola Gianturco

Paola Gianturco is the author/photographer of four illustrated books. Exhibitions include the UN and Field Museum . Media coverage includes “Marie Claire,” “NYT,” “Washington Post,” Oprah, CNN, and NPR. Gianturco has co-taught executive institutes at Stanford University. Saturday, Salon B, 3P.

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» Literary Salon: Making a Difference

Julia Glass

Julia Glass won the National Book Award for “Three Junes” and is the author of “The Whole World Over.” She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She lives with her family in Massachusetts. Her most recent novel is “I See You Everywhere.” Saturday, Salon C, 3P.

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» Literary Salon: Now That You’re Gone

Herbert Gold

Herbert Gold was born and raised in Cleveland, but rose to national fame with his roman à clef Fathers. Both a longtime chronicler of and participant in the Beat movement. He lives in San Francisco. Sunday, Salon A, 1:45P.

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» Literary Salon: The American Life (and Death)

Jeff Golden

Jeff Golden’s passion for expanding political boundaries comes from intertwining careers in politics (County Commissioner, policy work in state government), journalism (documentary TV producer, NPR talk show host, political columnist) and mediation. Jeff peddles realistic hope. Sunday, Salon C, 3P.

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» Literary Salon: Ten Days and Counting!

Kathi Kamen Goldmark

Kathi Kamen Goldmark’s novel is “And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You.” She is a contributor to “Single Woman of a Certain Age.” She co-authors “The Author Enablers,” a monthly column in “BookPage.” Kathi is the founder of the all-author rock band the “Rock Bottom Remainders;” producer of the radio show “West Coast Live;” and Author Liaison for book group expo. Sunday, Salon B, 3P.

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» Literary Salon: Woman, Be Wise

C.W. Gortner

C.W. Gortner, half-Spanish by birth, holds an M.F.A. in Writing, with an emphasis in historical studies, and has taught university courses on women in power in the Renaissance. He was raised in Spain and now lives in California. Saturday, Salon B, 11:15A.

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» Literary Salon: Historical Friction

Susan Griffin

Susan Griffin’s latest book, “Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy, On Being an American Citizen,” is about the inner life of democracy. Named by Utne reader as one of a hundred important visionaries for the new millennium, she has written nineteen books, including “Woman and Nature,” and “A Chorus of Stones,” “the Private Life of War,” a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a “New York Times” Notable Book. Sunday, Salon C, 3P.

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» Literary Salon: Ten Days and Counting!

Dr. Moira Gunn

Dr. Moira Gunn is the host of “Tech Nation” and “BioTech Nation” heard on NPR Talk and produced at KQED in San Francisco. This former NASA engineer-turned-journalist has set her sites on biotech and the issues it involves: social, ethical, economic, political and more. Saturday, Salon B, 3P.

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» Literary Salon: Making a Difference

Masha Hamilton

Masha Hamilton is the author the acclaimed novels: “Staircase of a Thousand Steps,” “The Distance Between Us,” and “The Camel Bookmobile,” which independent booksellers called an excellent book club selection. She also has lived and reported from the Middle East, Moscow, Africa and Afghanistan. Saturday, Salon B, 3P.

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» Literary Salon: Making a Difference

Diane Hammond

Diane Hammond is the author of the critically acclaimed novels “Going to Bend” and “Homesick Creek.” Diane is the recipient of an Oregon Arts Commission literary fellowship. She currently lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband and daughter. Sunday, Salon C, 11:15A.

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» Literary Salon: Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

Haider Ala Hamoudi

Haider Ala Hamoudi grew up speaking fluent Arabic and visiting Baghdad every year. He has written for the “Asia Times,” the “New York Law Journal” and other publications. A graduate of Columbia Law School, he currently lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and is a Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh. Sunday, Salon C, 11:15A.

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» Literary Salon: Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

Jason Headley

Jason Headley is the author of “Small Town Odds,” a BookSense Recommendation and one of Barnes and Noble’s Best of 2004. He also writes “Around Normal,” a weekly storytelling column available on his website. Saturday, Salon B, 1:45P.

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» Literary Salon: Foodies

Joshua Henkin

Joshua Henkin is the author most recently of the novel “Matrimony,” which was a 2007 New York Times Notable Book. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College and Brooklyn College. Sunday, Salon A, 11:15A.

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» Literary Salon: Wedlocked

James D. Houston

James D. Houston is the award-winning author of eight novels, most recently “A Bird of Another Heaven.” In April Heyday published his long-awaited prose collection, “Where Light Takes its Color from the Sea.” Saturday, Salon A, 3P.

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» Literary Salon: Get Shorty

Susan Ito

Susan Ito edited the literary anthology “A Ghost At Heart’s Edge: Stories & Poems of Adoption (North Atlantic Books).” Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Growing Up Asian American, CHOICE, The Bellevue Literary Review, Hip Mama, Making More Waves, and elsewhere. She is creative nonfiction editor at the online journal Literary Mama, and also writes a monthly column there called “Life in the Sandwich,” depicting her multigenerational household. Saturday, Salon A, 1:45P.

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» visit author’s website

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» Literary Salon: Secrets of the Suburbs

Kate Jacobs

Kate Jacobs is a writer and editor who lives in Southern California. She has worked for “Redbook,” “Working Woman,” and “Family Life,” among other publications. “The Friday Night Knitting Club” is her first novel. Saturday, Salon C, 1:45P.

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» Literary Salon: Come Together

Lauren Zina John

Lauren John is the founder of the All Seasons Book Group, a company that offers book talks, author events, literary tours and corporate and nonprofit teambuilding events. She is also the in-house librarian for Book Group Expo. Saturday, Salon C, 3P and Sunday, Salon A, 1:45P.

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» buy author’s book

» Literary Salon: Now That You’re Gone The American Life (and Death)

Van Jones

Van Jones is an award-winning human rights activist. As the founder and president Green For All, he brings a new voice to environmentalism. He recently worked successfully with Congress to pass the historic Green Jobs Act, authorizing legislation to fund thousands of jobs that positively impact the environment. Sunday, Salon C, 10A.

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» Literary Salon: Go Tell It On The Mountain

Millie Kalish

At age 85, retired English professor Millie Kalish published her first book chronicling her childhood on an Iowa farm during the Depression. The NYT called it one of the 10 Best Books of 2007. It is an uplifting tale describing how reliance on family, friends, faith and community enabled them not only to survive, but thrive. Sunday, Salon A, 1:45P.

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» Literary Salon: The American Life (and Death)

Jeanne Kalogridis

Jeanne Kalogridis is the author of “The Borgia Bride,” and “I, Mona Lisa,” both historical novels set in the Italian Renaissance. Her newest novel, “The Medici Queen,” will be published by St. Martin’s Press in 2009. She lives in California with her beloved consort, George, and two Labradors. Saturday, Salon B, 11:15A.

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» Literary Salon: Historical Friction

Cynthia Lee Katona

Cynthia Lee Katona is a professor of literature, the author of “Book Savvy,” a reviewer for the Dow Jones Online Review, and a nationally published travel photographer. Saturday, Salon B, 3P.

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» Literary Salon: Making a Difference

Kathleen Kent

Kathleen Kent is a tenth generation descendant of Martha Carrier, hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. She lives in Dallas, TX with her husband and family. Saturday, Salon C, 1:45P.

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» Literary Salon: Which Witch is Which

Julie Klam

After attending New York University Film School and interning on “Late Night with David Letterman,” Julie Klam wrote for VH1’s “Pop-Up Video” where she earned an Emmy nomination for Special Class Writing. She lives with her family in New York City. Saturday, Salon A, 11:15A.

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» Literary Salon: Managing Your Mother

Deborah Copaken Kogan

Deborah Copaken Kogan is the author of “Shutterbabe,” the bestselling memoir of her years as a war photographer. Her latest novel is “Between Here and April.” She lives in New York with her husband and three children. Saturday, Salon C, 11:15A.

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» Literary Salon: Come Together

Erika Mailman

Erika Mailman lives in Gilroy. While writing “The Witch’s Trinity,” she learned her ancestor was twice accused of witchcraft in 1600s Massachusetts-contrary to expectations, she was acquitted both times and died of natural causes! Saturday, Salon C, 1:45P.

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» Literary Salon: Which Witch is Which

Maud Carol Markson

Maud Carol Markson is the author of the novel “When We Get Home,” and the forthcoming novel, “Looking After Pigeon.” She has taught writing at University of New Hampshire and Cabrini College. She now lives in California with her husband and son, and her dog Molly, who is her constant writing companion. Saturday, Salon A, 11:15A.

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» Literary Salon: Managing Your Mother

Reed Martin

Reed Martin is best known for his work as a writer and performer with the Reduced Shakespeare Company. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, Umpire Training School, and Ringling Brothers Clown College. Sunday, Salon C, 1:45P.

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» Literary Salon: Where There’s A Will… Reduced Shakespeare Company Performance

Jana McBurney-Lin

Jana McBurney-Lin lived in Asia for 15 years, contributing to publications in seven countries. Her award-winning first novel, “My Half of the Sky” (KOMENAR, 2006), was recently released in Trade Paperback (ISBN 978-0-9772081-7-3). Sunday, Salon A, 3P.

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» Literary Salon: All Abroad!

Terry McMillan

Terry McMillan is the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of six novels: “Mama,” “Disappearing Acts,” “Waiting to Exhale,” “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” “A Day Late and a Dollar Short,” and “The Interruption of Everything.” Sunday, Salon B, 3P.

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» Literary Salon: Woman, Be Wise

Barbara Drummond Mead

Barbara Drummond Mead is the co-owner of “Reading Group Choices,” an annual publication and website of recommended book selections and discussion topics for reading groups. Mead leads and participates in reading group panels in libraries, book stores, and book festivals around the country. Saturday, Salon A, 1:45P.

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» Literary Salon: Secrets of the Suburbs

Christine Meldrum

Christina Meldrum is the author of the crossover novel “Madapple,” a literary mystery. “Madapple” was a Vanity Fair “Hot Type” pick and received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal. Kirkus also spotlighted “Madapple” in its special edition: “Fresh Fiction: 35 Promising Debuts.” Christina is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a former litigator. “Madapple” is her first novel. Saturday, Salon A, 11:15A.

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» Literary Salon: Managing Your Mother

Toni Mirosevich

Toni Mirosevich is an award-winning poet and author of the nonfiction collection “Pink Harvest,” which explores life’s shifting, tilting moments and encounters. She is a Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. Sunday, Salon B, 3P.

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» Literary Salon: Woman, Be Wise

Nicole Mones

Nicole Mones’ bestselling, prizewinning novels “Lost in Translation,” “A Cup of Light,” and “The Last Chinese Chef” are read in eighteen languages. She contributes nonfiction to “Gourmet,” “The Washington Post,” the “L.A. Times” and the “N.Y. Times Magazine.”

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John Nathan

John Nathan is an author, translator, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, and cultural critic who has devoted forty years to removing the cloak of enigma that surrounds the Japanese. In “Living Carelessly in Tokyo and Elsewhere,” he portrays with candor and wit the travails of an outsider seeking to discover himself in an alien land. Sunday, Salon A, 3P.

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11:30 AM Sunday, Salon A

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Bich Minh Nguyen

Bich Minh Nguyen’s first book, “Stealing Buddha’s Dinner” received the PEN Award and was named a Chicago Tribune Best Book of 2007. Her first novel, “Short Girls,” will be published by Viking Penguin in 2009. She lives in Chicago and West Lafayette, Indiana with her husband Peter. Saturday, Salon B, 1:45P.

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11:30 AM Sunday, Salon A

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Ann Packer

Ann Packer is the author of two bestselling novels, “Songs Without Words” and “The Dive from Clausen’s Pier,” which received a Great Lakes Book Award and the Kate Chopin Literary Award. She lives with her family in San Carlos, CA. Saturday, Salon C, 3P.

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11:30 AM Sunday, Salon A

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Susanne Pari

Susanne Pari is the author of “The Fortune Catcher,” a novel about the Iranian Revolution and the Islamic theocracy that ensued. She has written for “The New York Times,” “The Boston Globe,” “NPR” and is a frequent moderator in the literary community. Susanne is the Program Director for book group expo. She lives in Northern California where she is currently working on her next novel. Saturday, Salon C, 10A.

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11:30 AM Sunday, Salon A

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Michelle Richmond

Michelle Richmond is the author of the novel “Dream Of The Blue Room,” “The Year of Fog” and the story collection “The Girl In The Fall-Away Dress,” which won the Associated Writing Programs Award for Short Fiction. “No One You Know” is her third novel. Sunday, Salon B, 11:15A.

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11:30 AM Sunday, Salon A

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Mary Roach

Mary Roach is the author of “The New York Times” best-sellers “Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers” and “Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife.” Her latest book is “Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex.” Roach’s writing has appeared in “The New York Times,” “NPR,” “Wired,” “GQ,” and “Outside.” Sunday, Salon B, 1:45P.

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11:30 AM Sunday, Salon A

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Julie Robinson

Julie Robinson is the creator and facilitator of Literary Affairs, offering her readers a variety of experiences to take them “Beyond the Book.” Julie personally runs 30 book clubs per month, as well as leading literary salons with celebrated authors, VIP behind -the -scenes cultural experiences, and Literary Tours. Bringing her love of classics to a broader audience, Julie’s Luncheon Lecture Series have become one of the hottest tickets in Los Angeles. Saturday, Salon B, 11:15A and Sunday, Salon B, 11:15A.

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11:30 AM Sunday, Salon A

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Kemble Scott

Kemble Scott is the author of the bestselling novel “SoMa,” a tale of sex and the city – San Francisco style. He has three Emmy awards for his work in television news. Saturday, Salon C, 1:45P.

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11:30 AM Sunday, Salon A

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David Sheff

David Sheff’s books include “Beautiful Boy,” “Game Over,” “China Dawn,” and “All We Are Saying.” His many articles and interviews have appeared in the “The New York Times,” “Rolling Stone,” “Playboy,” “Wired,” “Fortune,” and elsewhere. His piece for “The New York Times Magazine,” “My Addicted Son,” won an award from the American Psychological Association for “Outstanding Contribution to Advancing the Understanding of Addiction.” Sheff and his family live in Inverness, California. Sunday, Salon C, 11:15A.

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11:30 AM Sunday, Salon A

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Jennie Shortridge

Seattle ’s Jennie Shortridge is the bestselling author of novels that readers and reviewers describe as “wise,” “smart, funny, sexy,” and “heartbreakingly real.” Her latest follows the journey of a runaway middle-aged good girl gone “bad.” Sunday, Salon A, 11:15A.

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11:30 AM Sunday, Salon A

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Julia Flynn Siler

Julia Flynn Siler is the author of “The New York Times” best-seller, “The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty.” She spent twenty years as a journalist, several of them as a foreign correspondent. “The House of Mondavi” began as a story for “The Wall Street Journal” and was nominated for a James Beard Foundation award and was a finalist for a Gerald Loeb award for distinguished business reporting. Sunday, Salon C, 1:45P.

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11:30 AM Sunday, Salon A

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Diana Spechler

Diana Spechler received her MFA degree from the University of Montana, and was a Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University from 2004-2005. Her fiction has appeared in “Glimmer Train” “Stories,” “Moment,” “Lilith,” and elsewhere. She lives in New York City. Saturday, Salon C, 10A.

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11:30 AM Sunday, Salon A

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Garth Stein

Garth Stein is the award-winning author of three novels including NY Times bestseller, “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” which has been published in 23 languages, was a #1 BookSense pick, and the Starbucks spring/summer 2008 book selection. Garth lives with his family, and their dog Comet, in Seattle. Sunday, Salon C, 10A.

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11:30 AM Sunday, Salon A

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Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout is the author of “Olive Kitteridge,” “Abide with Me,” a national bestseller and BookSense pick, and Amy and Isabelle, which won the “Los Angeles Times” Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the “Chicago Tribune” Heartland Prize, and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in England. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including “The New Yorker.” She lives in New York City. Sunday, Salon B, 3P.

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11:30 AM Sunday, Salon A

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Ellen Sussman

Ellen Sussman’s “Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex” was published in 2008. She is also the author of “Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave” and the novel, “On a Night Like This.” Sunday, Salon B, 1:45P.

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11:30 AM Sunday, Salon A

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Sedge Thomson

Sedge Thomson is the interviewer par excellence, who for over thirty years, whose guests have ranged from Arianna Stassinopoulos to Arianna Huffington, Doris Lessing to Stephen King. He is renowned for his ability to draw people out, for his humor, and his perspicacity. Sunday, Salon B, 1:45P.

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11:30 AM Sunday, Salon A

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Austin Tichenor

Austin Tichenor has several different careers going in the hopes one will take off. He plays Guys in Ties on TV when he’s not writing, performing, producing, or hosting podcasts for the Reduced Shakespeare Company. Sunday, Salon C, 1:45P.

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11:30 AM Sunday, Salon A

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Gail Tsukiyama

Gail Tsukiyama is the bestselling author of six novels, including “Woman of the Silk,” “The Samurai’s Garden” and her latest, “The Street of a Thousand Blossoms.” Tsukiyama is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award and the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award. Saturday, Salon B, 11:15A.

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11:30 AM Sunday, Salon A

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Irvin D. Yalom, M.D.

Irvin D. Yalom, M.D. is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Stanford University and the author of several textbooks, including “Existential Psychotherapy” and “The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy.” Other works include: “Love’s Executioner,” “WhenNietzsche Wept,” “Lying on the Couch,” and “The Schopenhauer Cure.” His latest book is “Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death.” Saturday, Salon C, 3P.

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11:30 AM Sunday, Salon A

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Marilyn Yalom

Marilyn Yalom, a former professor of French and comparative literature, is a senior scholar at the Michelle Clayman Institute for Research on Gender at Stanford University and the author of “Blood Sisters: The French Revolution in Women’s Memory,” “A History of the Breast,” “A History of the Wife,” “Birth of the Chess Queen,” and “The American Resting Place: Four Hundred Years of History Through Our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds.” Sunday, Salon A, 1:45P.

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11:30 AM Sunday, Salon A

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Victoria Zackheim

Victoria Zackheim is editor of “The Other Woman” and “For Keeps,” author of the novel, “The Bone Weaver,” and writer of documentaries “Tracing Thalidomide: The Story of Frances Kelsey” and “More Than A Lord’s Daughter.” Saturday, Salon A, 3P.

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11:30 AM Sunday, Salon A

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