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The 19th Library of Congress National Book Festival once again will bring the nation's best authors, poets and illustrators to Washington to discuss their work and meet their fans.

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    Mac Barnett Mac Barnett is a New York Times bestselling author of stories for children. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages and sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. Barnett’s picture books include two Caldecott-Honor-winning collaborations with Jon Klassen: “Sam & Dave Dig a Hole,” which also won the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award, and “Extra Yarn,” which won both the Boston Globe-Horn...
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    Louis Bayard Louis Bayard is a New York Times Notable Book author. His acclaimed novels include “The Pale Blue Eye,” soon to be a Netflix motion picture starring Christian Bale, the national bestseller “Courting Mr. Lincoln,” “The Black Tower” and “Mr. Timothy,” as well as the highly praised young adult novel, “Lucky Strikes.” Bayard has been nominated for both the Edgar and Dagger awards, and his...
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    Holly Black Holly Black is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of speculative and fantasy novels, short stories and comics. She has sold over 26 million books worldwide, and her work has been translated into over 30 languages and adapted for film. Black has been the recipient of the Mythopoeic Award, a Nebula, and a Newbery Honor. She lives in New England with her...
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    Fred Bowen Fred Bowen is the author of 27 sports books for readers ages 8 to 12. He has also written a weekly children’s sports column for The Washington Post since 2000. His most recent book, “Hardcourt: Stories from 75 Years of the National Basketball Association,” tells the history of the National Basketball Association through its most influential figures and moments, complete with illustrations from James...
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    Richard Ford Richard Ford’s seven novels include “The Sportswriter,” the first of the Bascombe Trilogy, and “Canada,” winner of the Prix Femina étranger. He has also published three short story collections, a novella collection and a memoir.

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    Barbara Kingsolver Barbara Kingsolver’s books of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction are widely translated and have won numerous literary awards. She is the founder of the PEN/Bellwether Prize, and in 2000 was awarded the National Humanities Medal, the country’s highest honor for service through the arts. Prior to her writing career, she studied and worked as a […]
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    Joyce Carol Oates Joyce Carol Oates was born in Lockport, New York, in 1938. She has published more than 70 books of fiction, poetry, and essays. Her best known works include A Garden of Earthly Delights (1967), We Were the Mulvaneys (1996), The Gravedigger’s Daughter (2007), and The Accursed (2013). She has been a professor at Princeton University […]
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    Raina Telgemeier Raina Telgemeier, with more than 15 million books in print, is one of the most critically acclaimed and successful graphic novelists of her generation. She is the No. 1 New York Times best-selling creator of “Smile” and “Sisters,” both graphic memoirs based on her childhood. “Smile” was on the New York Times best-seller list for […]
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    Natasha Trethewey
    U.S. Poet Laureate, 2012-2014
    Natasha Trethewey was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, on April 26, 1966. She served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014), and is the author of five collections of poetry, a book of nonfiction, and a memoir.
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