Paltalk to Host Online Video and Voice Chat with New York Times Best Selling Author Douglas Preston to Discuss Latest Thriller "Book of the Dead"

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Leading crime fiction author joins Poisoned Pen Bookstore owner Barbara Peters to chat live about latest installment of popular trilogy.

Paltalk hosts a live video and voice chat with crime fiction author Douglas Preston to discuss "Book of The Dead," his latest collaboration with Lincoln Child that is currently sitting in the top 5 of the New York Times Best Selling Hardcover Fiction. The final installment of their popular trilogy of novels revolving around FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast and his murderous brother Diogenes, Book of the Dead concludes the series with a story Publishers Weekly recently called a “gripping, action-packed page-turner.” Hosted by Barbara Peters, owner of the Poisoned Pen bookstore, the chat will feature a discussion with the author followed by an opportunity for Paltalk users to pose questions.

Set in the New York Museum of Natural History, "Book of the Dead" continues Preston and Child’s ongoing collaboration of best selling novels weaving together the authors’ backgrounds in museum work and crime fiction writing. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, the Poisoned Pen is a leading United States independent bookstore for fiction, especially mystery, and also home to Poisoned Pen Press.    

Paltalk is the largest Instant Chat (IC) community on the Internet with over 4 million active members participating in live voice and video enabled chat rooms. The Paltalk Messenger allows members to administer their own voice and video discussions and instant message (IM) with buddies on AOL, Yahoo, and ICQ. The Paltalk Messenger has been downloaded over 40 million times and accounts for over 8 billion voice minutes per year. Paltalk was the first company to launch video and voice combined with an on-line buddy list in one package.

WHO

Douglas Preston formerly on staff at the American Museum of Natural History is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, National Geographic, Natural History, Smithsonian, Harper's and Travel & Leisure. His partnership with Lincoln Child began when Child was an editor at St. Martin's Press. In addition to his collaborative work Preston is an individually published author.

WHEN

Friday, June 30, 2006

9:30 pm EST

ACCESS

For media interested in participating or listening to the video chat with Douglas Preston

please contact Philip Ramirez at (212) 780-0200 x. 613 to arrange for access or follow the

instructions below:

1. Download and register for a free Paltalk Chat account at http://www.paltalk.com
2. Before the Chat starts, open your Paltalk messenger.

3. Click on the Chat Rooms Tab.

4. The chat will be listed under the Featured Chat Rooms section.

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