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On Oct. 9 the Library held its fourth annual National Book Festival on the National Mall in Washington. You may have missed the festival, which attracted more than 85,000 book lovers, or may want to see your favorite author's presentation again; you can do so by accessing the "cybercasts" from the National Book Festival

Michaela McNichol, photographer. Cailou and his little friend at the National Book Festival, 2004. Reproduction information: Not available for reproduction. Michaela McNichol, photographer. Book Festival poster [http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/04/poster/] artist Floyd Cooper has fun drawing to amuse his young audience. Reproduction information: Not available for reproduction.

If mysteries and thrillers are your passion, then you'll want to see and hear writers such as Lawrence Block, Sandra Brown, Robert B. Parker, Peter Straub, and others. Presentations from children's authors and illustrators Marc Brown, Floyd Cooper, Richard Peck and Sonia Manzano, among others, are also available. If you love to travel, then hear what Arthur Frommer has to say about his eponymous guides to places near and far away. Heloise will talk about how she and her mother have provided household tips for generations, and Kevin O'Connor and Tom Silva of the perennially popular "This Old House" television show relate some of their most interesting experiences remodeling homes across America.

Highlights of the past three festivals are also available by clicking on '01, '02 or '03 on the upper left of the National Book Festival home page.

The Library of Congress promotes literacy and reading through its Center for the Book and its affiliates in the 50 states and District of Columbia. By going to the State Center Affiliates page you can learn about the book-related events in your states, which often feature local authors writing about local places.

The Center for the Book also encourages users of the American Memory Web site to "Read More About It" by clicking on the link that corresponds to the name of the American Memory presentation you are interested in.

 

A. Michaela McNichol, photographer. Cailou and his little friend at the National Book Festival, 2004. Reproduction information: Not available for reproduction.

B. Michaela McNichol, photographer. Book Festival poster artist Floyd Cooper has fun drawing to amuse his young audience. Reproduction information: Not available for reproduction.


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