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This coming week at the Library of Congress offers more literary programming than any outside our National Book Festival—and we’re pleased to say you can experience it wherever you are.

Photo of Ann Patchett (left) and Kate DiCamillo (right).
Ann Patchett (photo credit: Emily Dorio) and Kate DiCamillo (photo credit: Dina Kantor).

First things first: tonight we feature our 2014-2015 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Kate DiCamillo, in conversation with her good friend and award-winning novelist Ann Patchett. The event will take place at 6:30pm EDT. For those of you lucky enough to have tickets: please do come early as we are completely booked!

If you didn’t get tickets, though, we have you covered, as the event will be livestreamed on the Library’s YouTube channel. Whether you’re in the Coolidge Auditorium or on your laptop at home, you will surely enjoy this intimate conversation between two of the country’s great writers.

Next up: this Saturday, we’ll kick off our seasonal celebration of mysteries. At Family Mystery Day, you can test out your mystery-solving skills with our scavenger hunt, participate in a full day of activities inspired by the mysterious corners of the Library’s own collections, and join a mystery writing workshop. Our author programs include:

“The Spooky Things Just Out of Sight with Jerry Spinelli and Ben Hatke” at 11:00am EDT, and

Jerry Spinelli (photo credit: Nancy Siscoe) and Ben Hatke.

“Locked Rooms and Deadly Heists: Mysteries with a Twist with Delilah S. Dawson and Kayvion Lewis” at 2:00pm EDT.

Delilah S. Dawson (photo credit: Allan Amato) and Kayvion Lewis (photo credit: MRJ Photography)

Read more about this event in this blog post from Minerva’s Kaleidoscope, the Library’s blog for families.

Next Thursday, the 26th, we take over the Thomas Jefferson Building for “Pick Your Poison: Mystery Night at the Library of Congress.” Throughout the night, you can test out your mystery-solving skills and explore the Jefferson Building’s little-visited corners with our Mystery Night scavenger hunt! Food and drink catered especially for Pick Your Poison: Mystery Night will be available for purchase.

Photo of Louise Penny
Louise Penny (photo credit: Mikael Theimer)

We also have a great lineup of authors and programs for the eve. To kick things off, you can see Louise Penny discuss the denizens of Three Pines with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden at 6:30pm EDT. If you don’t have tickets, no problem—this program will be livestreamed on YouTube as well! For those in person, we are featuring novelists Melissa Adelman, Nick Medina and Sarah Pekkanen in a panel discussion, “Murder, They Wrote,” at 7:00pm EDT. And cap off the night with Erick Acuña Productions’ “Who Did It?: An Improvised Murder Mystery” in the Coolidge Auditorium starting at 8:00pm EDT.

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