Paltalk Online Video and Voice Chat Service Hosts Acclaimed Author Jasper Fforde to Discuss Nursery Crimes Mystery Book Series

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Best selling author joins Poisoned Pen bookstore owner Barbara Peters to chat live about his latest book "The Fourth Bear."

Paltalk hosts a live video and voice chat with critically acclaimed author Jasper Fforde to discuss The Fourth Bear the latest installment of his mystery books re-imagining the lives of popular children’s story characters. The second book in Fforde’s nursery crime series features detective Jack Spratt exploring the truth behind Goldilocks’ visit with the three bears. Noted for its numerous literary allusions and seamless navigation across genres, the author’s books avoid simple literary characterization. Fforde will discuss The Fourth Bear with Barbara Peters, owner of the Poisoned Pen bookstore, the leading independent bookstore in the United States for mystery fiction.

Fforde’s first novel, The Eyre Affair, published in 2001 became a New York Times bestseller, and catapulted Fforde onto Entertainment Weekly’s “It” list. In The Fourth Bear, star reporter Henrietta “Goldilocks” Hatchett, on the verge of breaking a huge story, has disappeared and only the three bears were the last to see her alive. Nursery crime detective Jack Spratt and his assistant Mary Mary uncover what a missing scientist, a reclusive industrialist, and Colonel Danvers of the National Security all have in common. Paltalk users can learn more about the talk by visiting http://www.paltalk.com/poisonedpen.

Paltalk is the largest Instant Chat (IC) community on the Internet with more than 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

Jasper Fforde is the critically acclaimed author of six works of fiction, including The Fourth Bear. In 2000, after working on blockbuster film projects such as Goldeneye and The Mask of Zorro, he left the industry to pursue writing fiction full time.

WHEN

Tuesday, August 8, 2006

10:00 pm EST

ACCESS

For media interested in participating or listening to the video chat with Jasper Fforde

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/poisonedpen
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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