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"I have always been word obsessed," says Marisa de los Santos. She talks about the music of language; shares little-known details about her third book; and reveals why learning about the human side of Clara Barton, Joan of Arc and Helen Keller inspired her.
Poet and author Marisa de los Santos loves words. A graduate of the University of Virginia, she earned a master's degree in poetry and a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing. She wrote the award-winning poetry collection "From the Bones Out" and tried her hand at fiction in 2005 with her first novel "Love Walked In." Her second and latest book, "Belong to Me" (HarperCollins/William Morrow, 2008), is a sequel to her New York Times best-seller. She will appear in the Fiction & Mystery pavilion.
About the 2008 National Book Festival
The 2008 National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by First Lady Laura Bush was held on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.