Book notes for BEA: Friday

Book launch 2.0, the video:

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NOTES: Marketplace ran a nice piece on Skylight Books expanding, featuring owner Kerry Slattery...BEA party roundup from the New York Observer and USA Today...And don't forget, the panels...Publishers at BEA claim surprise at the buzz around Scott McClellan's tell-some....Tim Rutten reviews "What Happened" in the L.A. Times...Sunday's LAT Book Review is up online already. "Bright Shiny Morning" by James Frey jumps to the top of the fiction bestsellers....The LA Weekly picked this week for its annual Weekly Literary Supplement, with pieces by Doug Dutton and Marc Weingarten and an excerpt from Salman Rushdie....Weekly writer Ben Ehrenreich talks to Jacket Copy about his debut novel "The Suitors," said to be "loosely based on 'The Odyssey'"....Suggested reading for the presidential candidates, from authors canvassed by the NYTBR. Katrina Vanden Heuvel recommends Rober Scheer's new "Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America," for which there is a party in June at Stanley and Betty Sheinbaum's. Line from Gore Vidal: "I want them not to read The New York Times, while subscribing to The Financial Times"...Vidal also is surly in Esquire this month...Simon & Schuster will make 5,000 more titles available on the Kindle...FishbowlLA covers the reading series In the Flesh, featuring Shana Ting Lipton and Carly Milne, among others...And in news of LA Observed contributors: Erika Schickel will be posting from BEA for Jacket Copy, the LAT's book blog...CityBeat loves David Rensin's "All For a Few Perfect Waves: The Audacious Life and Legend of Rebel Surfer Miki Dora"...Deanne Stillman has a piece in The Forward and was on NPR's On Point talking about "Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West."

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