John Searles, books editor for Cosmo, to keynote at the Backspace Writers Conference

Author and editor John Searles will present one of two keynote addresses at the 2008 Backspace Writers Conference in New York City this August. John is the Deputy Editor of Cosmopolitan where he oversees all book coverage for the magazine. His essays, articles and reviews have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times and other national magazines and newspapers. He is the author of two bestselling novels, BOY STILL MISSING and STRANGE BUT TRUE.

Upon the publication of his first novel in 2001, Time named him a “Person to Watch” and the New York Daily News dubbed him a “New Yorker to Watch.” Searles appears frequently on morning shows such as NBC's Today, CBS's The Early Show, Live! with Regis & Kelly and CNN, where he discusses his favorite seasonal book selections. He is at work on his third novel to be published by William Morrow/HarperCollins in 2008.

The 2008 Backspace Writers Conference will be held August 7 & 8 at the Radisson Martinique in NYC. Others on the program include Mark Tavani, senior editor at Random House, literary agents Simon Lipskar, Jenny Bent, Richard Curtis and Jeff Kleinman; authors Chris Grabenstein, Reed Farrell Coleman, William Powers, and Caroline Leavitt, and many more.

Attendance is limited to 200. Register now!

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