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Best of the National Book Festival: Harlan Coben, 2016

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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!

Harlan Coben is a best-selling, award-winning author of more than 25 books. He came to the Fiction stage of the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival to discuss “Home,” which at the time was his most recent Myron Bolitar thriller, about two boys kidnapped 10 years prior, with one of them returning home. Coben has received the Edgar, Shamus and Anthony awards, as well as various international prizes.

Karen Heller, a writer for The Washington Post’s Style section, introduces Coben, who begins his remarks at 4:30. He offers what he calls a Surgeon General’s warning: “A novel is a little bit like a sausage. You might like the final taste; you probably don’t want to know how it was made.” Q&A begins at 28:15.

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