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Best of the National Book Festival: Lisa See, 2014

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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!

The Fiction stage of the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival hosted Lisa See, who had recently published “China Dolls.” The Los Angeles Times called the book “a sweeping, turbulent tale of passion, friendship, good fortune, bad fortune, perfidy and the hope of reconciliation.” Washington Post book critic Ron Charles introduces See, who tells the audience that some of her writing is “very hard” to produce, because she is in a “very, very dark place.” Q&A begins at 31:20.

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