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Scene from Book Expo America

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Publishers of all stripes are selling books of all types. Jules Asner signed Whacked (she is gorgeous in person), Alan Cheuse signed The Fires, and Garth Stein signed The Art of Racing in the Rain. From fiction and business books to green books and cookbooks (and wine guides -- a bonus for this Wine Novice), writers, publishers and booksellers are hob-knobbing and handing out invites to tonight's biggest book parties.

On various panels throughout the day, the future of publishing, the rise of e-books and the power of social networking are being hotly debated. Will Google's book search become the de-facto choice among searchers? The topic is already the talk of several circles and is sure to be part of the conversation at events tonight.

Book Expo America is this weekend at the LA Convention Center