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Best of the National Book Festival: Elizabeth Strout, 2017

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!

Elizabeth Strout, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Olive Kitteridge,” appeared on the Fiction stage of the 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival with Marie Arana, the Library’s literary director. Strout has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in England. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker and O: The Oprah Magazine.

Strout begins by talking about her mother, whom she calls in the dedication to “Olive Kitteridge” “the best storyteller” she knew. “She’s still the best storyteller I know,” says Strout. “She made things magical for me.” Her new book at the time was “Anything Is Possible,” about a cast of small-town characters coping with love and loss. Q&A begins at 31:15.

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