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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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    Mark Twain's America

    Harry Katz talked about his book Mark Twain’s America: A Celebration in Words and Images, a collection of photographs, illustrations, and newspaper clippings that depicts the world that inspired Mark…

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    World War I Veterans and Art Therapy

    Tara Tappert talked about how art therapy was used to help World War I veterans deal with the trauma of war. She used letters and works of art from former soldiers to illustrate the culture…

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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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    Ralph Ellison: A Biography

    Arnold Rampersad talked about his book Ralph Ellison: A Biography, published by Knopf. Professor Rampersad researched the life of Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man, whose meditations on African-American…

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    National Endowment for the Arts Chairman

    Chair Gioia was interviewed about his position, which is nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and his most recent book, Disappearing Ink: Poetry at the End of Print…

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    Digital Future: The Experience of Reading

    Professor David M. Levy talked about the shift in the experience of reading from the fixed page to movable computer screens and the impact of the shift on language. Mr. Levy was the author of Scrolling…

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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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    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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    For the Love of Books

    Mr. Schwartz will talk about his book For the Love of Books: 115 Celebrated Writers and the Books they Love Most, published by Putnam Pub Group. The book is a survey of the books that most…

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    The Book Guys Radio Show

    The Book Guys Radio Show , recorded at the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Mr. Cuthbert and Mr. Stybeck are joined by Mr. Basbanes, who talked about his writing and books. The Book Guys also appraise…

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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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    The Book in America

    Mr. Clement talked about his book, The Book in America, which traces the history of books and reading in the U.S. and includes the history of authors, printers, reviewers and booksellers.…

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    About Books Special

    The three authors talked about the state of book writing and selling and took questions from viewers by telephone. They discussed various issues, including the process of writing and researching, the problems with the publishing industry and which authors are…

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    A Gentle Madness

    Author Nicholas Basbanes talked about his book, A Gentle Madness, which focused on book collecting. He talked about why books fascinate people and another work on the same topic which he…

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    Poet Laureate

    Mr. Hass talked about his new responsibilities as Poet Laureate. He also talked about his literary career, including translating other poetry into English. He has written several books of…

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    Sunday Journal Library of Congress

    Current news events and political issues were examined through reviews of the morning newspapers; interviews with journalists, newsmakers and legislators; and viewer telephone calls, faxes and…

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