May 29, 2010

Adult Author Breakfast

After warning the audience that "things could get awfully frisky in here," Daily Show host Jon Stewart got the Adult Book & Author Breakfast under way and kept the laughs going as he introduced a trio of authors. (His latest offering is The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race, coming from Grand Central in September).

Now that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice "can read the newspaper and not have to do anything about it," she had time to write Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (Crown/October).

After having his looks and prolificacy extolled by Stewart, John Grisham (who said being a guest on the Daily Show was the most terrifying 15 minutes of his life) talked about the inspiration for his latest legal thriller, The Confession (Doubleday, October).

Rounding out the line-up was Mary Roach (Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Norton, August), who entertained the audience with space toilet humor and then thanked booksellers for playing a part in allowing her to be a writer--making her “the happiest woman in the solar system.”

This was really a wonderful time; everyone was really funny. The women were so animated, I had a hard time getting a good photo.

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