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If you love Broadway, we have a treat for you.  The Music Division of the Library of Congress has received a collection from the estate of Broadway giant John Raitt, who originated the role of Billy Bigelow in the Rodgers and Hammerstein show “Carousel” and also starred in “The Pajama Game,” “Oklahoma!” and other top […]

A Paycheck, and a Gut-Check

For poets, verse is their work. But for poet Philip Levine, work is the stuff of poetry. Levine — named the 18th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2011-2012 today by the Librarian of Congress — has been known for decades as the bard of the “working stiffs,” the people who actively toil for their […]

A Wall-to-Wall Weekend of Wow

The lineup for the 2011 National Book Festival – going to two days this year for the first time – continues to grow, with information on scores of authors, video clips of authors and book-lovers, and a “countdown clock” among the features of the festival website now live. Always a family-friendly event, this year’s festival […]

Your Authoritative Source for … Authors!

The author list, to date, for the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival on Sept. 24 and 25 on the National Mall (that’s right – two days this year) is bursting with talent – and we’re not even done filling all the slots yet! Who’s coming? Nobel- and Pulitzer Prize-winner Toni Morrison; Pulitzer Prize-winners Siddhartha […]

The View From 30,000 … Maps!

This is a guest post by Donna Urschel of the Library’s Public Affairs Office. If you’ve ever wondered where you are, or where you might be going, know this: if you have access to a computer, the Library of Congress now has 30,000 maps online to guide you. In the basement level of the Library’s […]

All That Jazz … and Humor, Opera, Dance Music …

Today the Library of Congress, in conjunction with Sony Music Entertainment, launched a website – “the National Jukebox” – that streams 10,000 sound recordings from the historic Victor Records collection.  It’s a fun and fascinating ramble for anyone who loves American music and wants to dig down into the roots of jazz, opera, a vast […]