November 7, 2008 Library of Congress To Host Fall Preview of Books and Holiday Cards on Nov. 21

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Public Contact: Susan Reyburn (202) 707-6027

Get a jump on holiday shopping at the fall preview of books and holiday cards, hosted by the Publishing Office of the Library of Congress from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21. The preview, which will offer deep discounts on new and recent products, will be held in the West Dining Room located on the sixth floor of the Library’s James Madison Building at 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public. Cash, credit cards and checks will be accepted. Shoppers will find an array of gifts and books about architecture, art, biography, film, history, music, photography, reference, sports and theater – all featuring items from the Library’s unparalleled collections. Also on sale will be Library of Congress exhibition catalogs and companion volumes, posters, note-card sets and magnets. Special items include a facsimile of the 16th-century Oliva Portolan Atlas and the 14th-century illuminated Nekcsei Bible. Among the new releases are 2009 wall and desk calendars; a wide variety of “Knowledge Cards;” and postcard books. New books include the lavishly illustrated “On These Walls” by John Cole, showcasing the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building; the critically-acclaimed “Fields of Vision” soft-cover series featuring the work of award-winning photographers from the Depression era; and “The Naming of America” by John Hessler of the Library’s Geography and Map Divison that focuses on the 1507 Waldseemüller Map. The map, which is currently on display in the exhibition “Exploring the Americas: The Jay I Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress,” is the first document on which the name “America” appears. Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its Web site at and via interactive exhibitions on a new, personalized Web site at Library publications and other products can be ordered by credit card at (888) 682-3557 or online at


PR 08-210
ISSN 0731-3527