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About this Blog: Bookmarked

The Library of Congress is famous for containing millions of books, manuscripts, drafts and other works (or works-in-progress) of literature throughout history. Alongside this work, the Library highlights living authors who add hundreds of books to our collections every day in our wide-ranging programs and initiatives.

“Bookmarked” is your window into contemporary authors and literature at the Library. Here you’ll get to know the Library’s literary ambassadors: the U.S. Poet Laureate and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. It is also the place where you can hear directly from literary giants, promising newcomers and the Library’s experts. You can access short excerpts from previous author talks and find out about upcoming events for all readers, including the annual National Book Festival.

If you want to follow a favorite writer’s research process as they create a story set in 1920s Harlem, this blog is for you. If you’re watching a movie and you need to know the backstory of a beautiful poem read aloud by the villain, this blog is for you. If you are a longtime attendee of the National Book Festival or are hearing about it for the first time—no matter where you are, this blog is for you.

At the Library, we know that no book is an island, and inspiration comes from everywhere. Follow us down many rabbit holes as we celebrate books and writers, and trace those tendrils of inspiration that are all around to their origins in the Library’s unparalleled collections.



Four women sit on a stage, smiling and laughing, in front of an orange backdrop with the words
"Blackout" authors Nic Stone, Ashley Woodfolk, Dhonielle Clayton and Nicola Yoon discuss their book on the Main Stage at the National Book Festival, September 3, 2022. (Shawn Miller/Library of Congress)