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BookExpo America Preview: Christopher Hitchens, MySpace and Book Bloggers Who Like To Party

book_expo_053107.jpgBookExpo America 2007, the nation’s largest publishing convention, kicks off at the Javits Center today. One of this year’s major convention sponsors will be, of all things, MySpace. The social networking ubernetwork, which recently launched MySpace Books, will be hosting a panel on networking and surviving as a supporting sponsor. BookExpo America already has an officially-sanctioned MySpace group with over 300 members. However, MySpace will not be the only social networking site with a presence at BEA. The quasi-Amazon affiliated Last.FM-inspired site Shelfari will be making its industry premiere at the convention as well.

Scheduled speakers on BEA panels include Joyce Carol Oates, Valerie Plame, Francine Prose and — oh, GodChristopher Hitchens.

Speaking of which, mediabistro.com is throwing a BookExpo publishing party — hosted by GalleyCat bloggers Ron Hogan and Sarah Weinman and white-hot author Dana Vachon — tonight:

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FBLA Goes to the Party: Dana Vachon Merges, No Acquisitions

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Fair-haired wonderboy, Dana Vachon, met a few dozen of his admirers last night at Bar Marmont in honor of his novel, Mergers & Acquisitions. David Kuhn, that powerful gay man, and Anonymous Content were the hosts.

We were thrilled to see Mickey Kaus, who introduced us to Michael Lerner and told a funny story about being on Red Eye. Lerner’s busy with the new national tour of Camelot.

But before we could make intelligent conversation, Thairin Smothers and James St. James mobbed us, eyes all aglow. St. James has a book coming out in May–a sort of “For a Very Young Drag Queen” thing. We can’t wait.

And then we met the most amusing person–one half of mystery novelist P.J. Tracy. Traci has one of those faces that looks pretty and mischievous at the same time, and we could have talked to her all night. She got us to Dana.

He told us about meeting Gore Vidal–the high point of his life, thus far. We asked if Gore made a pass, but it was so noisy, everyone pretended not to hear. We had better luck by dropping the gossipy nugget of Vidal’s voice-over work for Sony on the DVD of Gattaca.

Vachon’s going to China to meet some young guy who’s buying up something or other, and then back to work on book deux. This one is set in Scarsdale/Westchester and explores a different set of themes. Swear to god, he said that, and he’s sincere. He’s the new Michael Lewis!

Then, Jennifer Ramos of Vroman’s appeared, and we clued Dana in on the preppiness of Pasadena. All agreed that Jonathan Adler’s hairy white ankles weren’t remotely top drawer.

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Grainy Dana Vachon-Wyclef Jean Video Surfaces

“Lit” boy of the moment Dana Vachon is having a good week. The 28-year-old banker turned blogger’s debut, Mergers & Acquisitions, has been heralded as the next Bright Lights, Big City and has thusly received a coke-load of press (clubbing with the New York Times, eating at Balthazar with the New York Observer, profiled New York mag, and, oh, worked into the New York Times again).

Looking for a piece of Vachon they missed? Try the above video [via GalleyCat] of Vachon singing “Perfect Gentleman” with Wyclef Jean at the Audi Forum in New York City on December 5, 2006.

Radar Gets D-Nasty For First Re-Relaunch Issue

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As we eagerly await the re-relaunch of Radar magazine like everyone else, GalleyCat says that the magazine has picked up the first serial rights to blogger, banker and Times Style writer Dana Vachon‘s debut, Mergers & Acquisitions, “a thinly-disguised novel about hijinks in the investment banking world” — beating out New York and the New Yorker for the excerpt.

Meanwhile, Radar is apparently looking for an intern.

The street date for the magazine’s latest print issue is a tantalizing two weeks away.

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