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New Laurels for the 16th Laureate

Posted by: Jennifer Gavin

Kay Ryan, the 16th Poet Laureate of the United States (2008-2010) and a person of wry wisdom, today won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Hear, hear! Specifically, the prize was for her book “The Best of It: New and Selected Poems” (Grove Press).  The Pulitzer people described the book this way: “a body of work …

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Over the Wine-Dark Sea …

Posted by: Jennifer Gavin

Monday would have been the 100th birthday of a poet whose translation of Homer’s “The Odyssey” brought me one of the really memorable reading experiences of a lifetime. Robert S. Fitzgerald, who awoke to his interest in poetry at a high school in Springfield, Illinois and whose work translating Homer’s Greek into English – while …

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Gateway to Knowledge Guest Post #2

Posted by: Matt Raymond

This is the second in a series of guest posts by Abigail Van Gelder, who with her husband, Josh, have set out across the country on the Library’s “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition.  The rolling exhibit launched Sept. 25 at the National Book Festival: As we roll down the road on our way to Winchester, …

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Make Your National Book Festival Battle Plan

Posted by: Matt Raymond

We try to give book-lovers as much information as possible about the National Book Festival, in a useful way, on our website.  It might seem a little daunting, what with six author pavilions and numerous other attractions spread out across four city blocks on the National Mall and a sea of about 130,000 other people …

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‘Gateway to Knowledge’ Now Rolling Toward D.C.

Posted by: Matt Raymond

After a very long time in the planning stages, our “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition is finally becoming a reality. We were emailed a photo today (shown at right) that got everyone buzzing.  It’s the first picture I have seen of the actual truck, rather than a rendering.  (Don’t worry; I don’t think it was …

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TONIGHT: Free ‘Hardcover Mysteries’ Tickets Going Fast

Posted by: Matt Raymond

Looking for something free and “thrilling” to do in the DC area this evening? There are still tickets left for our special “Hardcover Mysteries” program tonight at 7 p.m. in the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium.  The event features mystery authors David Baldacci, Sandra Brown and Kathy Reichs, who will discuss their writing careers, the inspirations for …

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Complete NBF Author Schedule Now Online

Posted by: Matt Raymond

One of the challenges bibliophiles often face at the National Book Festival is merely getting to see everything they want to see.  The day is jam-packed with author presentations, book signings, and plenty more to see and do.  That’s why if you’re one of said bibliophiles, you might want to make your battle plan early. …