Senator will attend publishing conference

Punahou School graduate and current U.S. Senator Barak Obama announced in a press release that he will join Tim Russert, Dave Barry and John Updike as speakers for BookExpo America, publishing’s annual national convention, to be held in May at the new Washington, D.C. Convention Center.

Obama, author of “Dreams From My Father,” won a Grammy last month for his spoken word version for the book.

The BookExpo America is the largest book-publishing event in the country which features over 2,000 exhibits and publishers, an American Booksellers Association educational program and numerous speakers.

The Associated Press announced that other speakers will include CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Ford.

For more information on the BookExpo, visit


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