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  • National Book Festival
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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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  • Michael Dirda on emBrowsingsem
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    Browsings

    Michael Dirda talked about his book Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books, a collection of his essays on the book world.

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    Browsings

    Michael Dirda talked about his book Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books, in which he presents a collection of his essays on the book world.

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  • World War II Military Pilots
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    World War II Military Pilots

    Historian Stephen Ambrose, the author of The Wild Blue, talked about World War II U.S. military pilots who flew B-24s over Germany. His book was published by Touchstone Books.

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    John Adams

    Mr. McCullough talked about his book John Adams, published by Simon and Schuster, a biography of the Founding Father and second president of the U.S. After his presentation he answered…

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  • Cultural Diplomacy Forum Part 2
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    Cultural Diplomacy Forum, Part 2

    Political and cultural leaders talked about how the U.S. can use culture as a means for communicating with other nations. Iranian Author Azar Nafisi spoke about relations with the Middle East and the Arab world,…

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  • emClassics for Pleasureem
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    Classics for Pleasure

    Michael Dirda talked about his book Classics for Pleasure (Harcourt; November 5, 2007). In the book he describes books he recommends. He was interviewed at the Virginia Festival of the…

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  • After Words with Seth Lerer
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    After Words with Seth Lerer

    Seth Lerer talked about his book Inventing English: A Portable History of the Language, published by Columbia University Press. In his book Seth Lerer analyzes the history of the English…

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  • emBook by Bookem
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    Book by Book

    Mr. Dirda read selections from his collection, Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life, published by Henry Holt. The book is a collection of favorite quotations and passages from authors such as…

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  • emI Am Charlotte Simmonsem  Discussion
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    I Am Charlotte Simmons: Discussion

    A panel discussed on Tom Wolfe’s novel I am Charlotte Simmons, published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. The panel was moderated by Charlotte Hays. The panelists critiqued Mr. Wolfe’s book…

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  • emAn Open Bookem
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    An Open Book

    Mr. Dirda was interviewed about his memoir, An Open Book: Coming of Age in the Heartland, published by W.W. Norton and Company. In the book, the author describes his experiences growing up…

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    An Open Book

    Mr. Dirda talked about his new book, An Open Book: Coming of Age in the Heartland. He also answered audience members' questions.

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  • African American History
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    African American History

    Professor Gates talked about writing African American history and answered questions from audience members. He co-authored with Professor Cornel West The African-American Century. He also edited…

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  • Speech Excerpt
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    Speech Excerpt

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  • The Book Critics
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    The Book Critics

    As part of the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society’s annual literary and arts festival, book reviewers discussed their craft and writers described the impact of book reviews. Ms. Larson served…

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  • The Joy of Reading
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    The Joy of Reading

    Mr. Dirda talks about the nature and joys of reading. He is the author of Readings: Essays and Literary Entertainments, a collection of his monthly columns. The topics of the columns include collecting classic…

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    American Chica

    Marie Arana discussed her book American Chica at the National Book Festival in Washington D.C.

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  • emReadings Essays and Literary Entertainmentsem
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    Readings: Essays and Literary Entertainments

    Michael Dirda read from his book Readings: Essays and Literary Entertainment, published by Indiana University Press. The book is a selection of essays Mr. Dirda has written on a variety of…

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