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May 23, 2011 @ 4:00:00 am

Oprah Winfrey posing with her favorite post-apocalyptic beach read.

Gary Shteyngart has released the sequel to the popular trailer for his novel Super Sad True Love Story, which has just been published in paperback. In the new video short, Shteyngart and Paul Giamatti “act out their own buddy comedy.”

BookExpo America will turn Manhattan into a publishing mecca this week. While the majority of the conferences will be held on Tuesday through Thursday at the Javits Center, there are a slew of events elsewhere in the metropolis all week long. Today, New York Book Week begins with events at Barnes and Noble, the Symphony Space, the New York Public Library, and the Apple store in SoHo (among many other smaller venues). However, the big news that Apple would be exhibiting at the conference has been retracted—perhaps someone warned Apple how unreliable the conference center’s Wi-Fi can be.

David Sedaris is one of the most popular authors in America, so having him back your latest book would seem to be a jackpot. At Salon, author Tim Johnston writes that while Sedaris’s support helped his career, it also convinced him to wreck his finances on an ill-advised book tour.

Is re-reading the best kind of reading?

As The Oprah Winfrey Show comes to an end later this summer, the LA Times takes a look back at her book club, which Oprah calls “the biggest controversy in [the show's] 25 years." In the fifteen years since she began the club, Oprah launched literary careers, made unjustly forgotten authors household names again, got middle America to re-read the classics (not to mention books like Cormac McCarthy’s The Road), and started a squabble or two (remember James Frey?). Publishers who wish to have the Oprah factor back in play can hold out hope: She has expressed a desire to keep the club going on her new network.