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Best of the National Book Festival: Louise Penny, 2018

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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!

Mystery writer Louise Penny came to her current profession when she was well into her 40s. Before she became a novelist, she was a journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Penny appeared on the Genre Fiction stage at the 2018 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., to discuss her mystery novel “Glass Houses.” Says interviewer (and enormous fan) Maureen Corrigan, book critic for NPR’s “Fresh Air” and a mystery reviewer for The Washington Post, “Every August for the past two years, I’ve read the latest Armand Gamache detective novel by Louise Penny, and every August for the past few years I’ve been ruined for reading all other books.” Q&A begins at 30:35.

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  1. I have read all of the Louise Penny mystery novels and can’t wait each year for the latest to be made available. I treasure my meeting with her in a libray setting in the library of a small town in Minnesota – that was packed with Louise Penny fans!

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