September 29, 2004 National Book Festival Author Reception on October

Press Contact: Bibi Martí (202) 707-1639; Danny Maiello (202) 828-8899

The Library of Congress will celebrate the fourth annual National Book Festival with an authors program and reception at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8. The program will take place in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building with a reception immediately following in the Jefferson’s Great Hall.

The invitation-only event will be hosted by the Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and Alma Powell. The program is open to press credentialed to cover the White House or Congress from 7 to 8 p.m.

The evening’s program will highlight the theme of this year’s festival, “Celebrating America’s Stories,” with appearances by Sandra Brown, author of the popular mystery novel “White Hot”; Marc Brown, creator of the children’s book character Arthur the aardvark and author of “Wild About Books”; and Azar Nafisi, author of the international best seller “Reading Lolita in Tehran”; and, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., author of “Walking with the Wind,” will also speak.

Alma Powell is co-chair of America’s Promise, a collaborative network founded by her husband, Secretary of State Colin Powell, which works to fulfill five promises for every young person: relationships with caring adults, safe places during non-school hours, a healthy start with adequate nutrition and health care, marketable skills and the opportunity to give back to the community. She is the author of the children’s books “America’s Promise” and “My Little Wagon.”

Sandra Brown has written more than 50 New York Times best sellers. Her latest, “White Hot,” is a mystery set in a small, rural, fictitious town in Louisiana. She also writes under several pseudonyms in other genres. Brown has more than 70 million books in print worldwide.

Marc Brown is an author and illustrator known for his character Arthur the aardvark. He has written and illustrated more than 30 Arthur and D.W. (Arthur’s little sister) books. He has also illustrated 12 other books by his wife, Laurie Krasny Brown.

In 1977, before she left Iran, Azar Nafisi held a reading group at her house for seven of her former students to discuss literature by authors such as Henry James, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Vladimir Nabokov. “Reading Lolita in Tehran” is a memoir of that two-year experience. Nafisi is now a professor at Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies.

Rep. Lewis represents Georgia’s 5th District; he was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1986. His book, “Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement,” chronicles his involvement in the civil rights movement, including his leadership of the 1965 Selma, Ala., march, which is credited for having influenced passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965


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