Bestselling Author Molly Ivins to Host 2003 Celebration of Bookselling

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Author Molly Ivins

ABA announced this week that bestselling author and nationally syndicated columnist Molly Ivins will serve as host for the 2003 Celebration of Bookselling, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 30, at BookExpo America (BEA) in Los Angeles. The Celebration is ABA's and Book Sense's annual reception for BEA attendees.

Ivins is the author of numerous books -- including Shrub: The Short But Happy Political Life of George W. Bush (Vintage) and You Got to Dance With Them What Brung You (Vintage). Her latest, Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America (co-authored with Lou Dubose) will be published by Random House in September. Ivins' syndicated column appears in more than 300 hundred newspapers. A three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, she is the former co-editor of the liberal monthly Texas Observer and former Rocky Mountain bureau chief for the New York Times. Her freelance work has appeared in Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, Harper's, and numerous other publications.

The Celebration of Bookselling debuted in 1997 and has become a festive reception and reunion for independent booksellers and others in the industry. Attendees at this year's Celebration will be the first to hear the names of the winners of the 2003 Book Sense Book of the Year Awards (BSBY). Finalists from the six categories -- Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Children's Literature, Children's Illustrated, Rediscovery, and, new for this year, Paperback -- will be in attendance. Admission to the Celebration is free to all badged BEA attendees.

May 7 is the deadline for ABA bookstore members to cast their ballots for the 2003 BSBY Awards. For more information on balloting, click here.

For more information on special events and educational programming at BEA, click here, and watch BTW for continuing coverage.