Fascinating Finds in Three Minutes

About a year ago, the Library worked in conjunction with HISTORY (AKA History Channel) to produce a series of two dozen video vignettes called “This Week’s Hidden Treasure.” Each highlights in roughly two or three minutes a fascinating item from our collections, with its story told by a Library of Congress curator. The videos were […]

By the Time We Got to Bookstock …

Right now, here and there all over the world, people are sitting down with a good book and enjoying a good read. Sprawled on the lawn, curled up on the sofa, sitting on the steps in the piazza — they’re communing with a great author, or a funny author, or an author who’s telling them […]

National Book Festival: For Your Listening Pleasure

#nbf Heads up: The first batch of podcast interviews with 2009 National Book Festival authors are now online here, on iTunes here (link opens in iTunes client) and on iTunes U here (link opens in iTunes client). Included in the first round are Junot Diaz, Rickey Minor, James Patterson, George Pelecanos, Nicholas Sparks and David Wroblewski–with more […]

But Wait … There's More!

This year’s Library of Congress National Book Festival already promises the biggest lineup of literary stars this side of the Crab Nebula. Book-lovers can look forward, on Saturday, Sept. 26, to hearing from David Baldacci, John Grisham, John Irving, Julia Alvarez, Judy Blume, Ken Burns, Gwen Ifill and Jodi Picoult–not to mention celebrity chef Paula […]

Hey U, Tune In: The Library Is Now on iTunes U

Blog. Twitter. YouTube.  iTunes.  Yeah, we speak Web 2.0. You nation’s Library has millions of stories to tell, so we’re trying to tell them as many places and to as many people as possible–whether on our own website or elsewhere.  And now you can add another biggie to the list: iTunes U. For those who […]

National Book Festival Podcasts Now on iTunes

Yep, now it’s even easier to hear your favorite authors (interspersed, of course, with my best attempts at probing questions). The 2008 National Book Festival author podcasts are now available via iTunes. (HUZZAH!) The direct subscription link is here (link opens in iTunes). The 2007 National Book Festival podcasts have also been posted, but for […]

Get Your Book Festival Podcasts Here!

The eighth annual National Book Festival (Sept. 27, 2008) has an outstanding lineup of authors, and I’ve been having the privilege of interviewing several of them for podcasts. The subscription link is here. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I have to disclose that I have been doing my own audio engineering (with practically […]

'Pod People': National Book Festival Authors Do Podcasts

If you haven?t checked out the National Book Festival homepage recently, you might have missed that we have begun uploading podcasts with several of the authors who will be attending the festival on Sept. 29. As of this writing, there are now podcasts from David Baldacci, Ken Burns, Carmen Agra Deedy, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and […]