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Mark your calendars … then dust them for fingerprints.  Blockbuster mystery authors David Baldacci, Sandra Brown and Kathy Reichs are coming to the Library of Congress next week, and you can meet them.

It’s a Monday preview to the National Book Festival (to be held on the National Mall Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., rain or shine) which is about to observe its 10th year dazzling readers. To celebrate that major milestone the Library of Congress, which sponsors the National Book Festival, has planned special events during the lead-in week.  The first, “Hardcover Mysteries,” is for all you armchair sleuths out there.

On Monday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m., the Library in conjunction with the network Investigation Discovery will sponsor a live event at the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium featuring best-selling authors Baldacci, Brown and Reichs.  

The trio – who will be among eight authors who will appear on a new show by the name “Hardcover Mysteries” on Investigation Discovery, which debuts October 11 – will speak about books they’ve written based on true events.  Investigation Discovery also will webcast the event live.

The authors will take questions from the audience, and at the close of the event there will be a book-signing.  Copies of recent titles by Baldacci, Brown and Reichs will be available for sale at the event.

Tickets for Hardcover Mysteries are available for a small service fee through Ticketmaster at (202) 397-7328 and (703) 573-7328 or online at The Library’s Coolidge Auditorium is on the ground floor of its landmark Thomas Jefferson Building on Capitol Hill at 10 First St. S.E. in Washington, D.C.

Care to tweet?  @LibraryCongress @DiscoveryID @davidbaldacci @KathyReichs

And don’t forget our National Book Festival hashtag  #nbf

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