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Best of the National Book Festival: Diana Gabaldon, 2017

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Welcome to our ongoing celebration of the Library of Congress National Book Festival. Each weekday, we will feature a video presentation from among the thousands of authors who have appeared at the National Book Festival and as part of our new year-long series, National Book Festival Presents. Mondays will feature topical nonfiction; Tuesday: poetry or literary fiction; Wednesday: history, biography, memoir; Thursday: popular fiction; and Friday: authors who write for children and teens. Please enjoy, and make sure to explore our full National Book Festival video collection!

In 2017, Diana Gabaldon came to the National Book Festival in D.C. to discuss her latest book, “Seven Stones to Stand or Fall: A Collection of Outlander Fiction.” She addressed the Main Stage audience (at 2:45), following her introduction by then Deputy Librarian of Congress Robert Newlen.

At the time, she was working on the ninth Outlander book, whose publishing date she could not predict: “My books are huge and take an enormous amount of time to write. Plus, I have to do a lot of historical research for each book.”