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    The Greater Journey

    David McCullough talked about his book, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris. He responded to questions from members of the audience. This was an event in the History and Biography…

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    National Book Festival

    The first National Book Festival was experienced through a combination of author presentations, call-ins, and interviews from three locations: the Jefferson Building, the Madison Building…

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    U.S. Poet Laureate Inaugural Reading

    Charles Wright, the 20th Poet Laureate of the United States, read selections from his work. This event was held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Tennessee native Charles…

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    Tribute to Historian Daniel J. Boorstin

    Mr. Boorstin, historian and author, was honored for serving as Librarian of Congress from 1975 to 1987. A bio-bibliography of his work, Daniel J. Boorstin: A Comprehensive and Selectively…

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    Presidential Biographies

    Mr. McCullough spoke about the importance of beginnings, both in life and in books. He spoke about what inspired him to start writing books, and he also spoke about his love for writing and…

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    National Book Festival Opening Ceremony

    At the opening ceremony for the National Book Festival, first lady Laura Bush spoke about her recent visit to Russia, where she toured the libraries at the University of St. Petersburg. Russian…

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    National Book Festival Gala

    President and Mrs. Bush attended the National Book Festival Gala in the Coolidge Auditorium in the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. President Bush did not speak at the event.…

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    National Book Festival

    Dr. Billington described the National Book Fair beginning today in Washington, DC, to celebrate the book. The Library of Congress is a sponsor of the event along with first lady Laura Bush.…

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    Living Legend: Herman Wouk

    As part of the Library of Congress' living legends series, Mr. Wouk gave a talk entitled “The Will to Live On.” He talked about his life as a writer, the characters in his books, and the…

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    Globalization and the Human Imagination

    The panelists talked about human creativity and read from or described works of art from around the world and many time periods. They attempted to define imagination and its products and…

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    The Face of Russia

    Author James Billington discussed his book The Face of Russia: Anguish, Aspiration, and Achievement in Russian Culture. The book described the evolution of art in Russia from medieval times…

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    The Book Guys Radio Show

    “The Book Guys” is a radio program syndicated on 24 National Public Radio stations each week with Co-Hosts Mike Cuthbert & Allen Stypeck. Panelists talked about the upcoming bicentennial of…

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