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January 19, 1993

National Book Award Lectures by Philip Levine, Orlando Patterson, and Norman Rush Published by the Library of Congress

"Earth, Stars, and Writers," a pamphlet containing lectures presented by 1991 National Book Award winners Philip Levine, Orlando Patterson, and Norman Rush, has been published by the Library. Sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the National Book Foundation, which administers the National Book Awards, the lectures were presented during National Book Week 1992. Commemorated the third week of each January, National Book Week is a weeklong celebration of American books and writers which features writers talking about their writing.

Philip Levine, who began publishing poetry in 1955, won the 1991 National Book Award for poetry for his book "What Work Is." His talk was presented on January 23, 1992, at the California State Library under the auspices of the California Center for the Book. Mr. Levine's contribution is the first National Book Award presented for poetry since 1983.

Sociologist Orlando Patterson, whose book "Freedom" won the award for nonfiction, spoke at the Library of Congress -- also on January 23, 1992. On May 15, he spoke in Lansing, Mich., at a program sponsored by the Michigan Center for the Book.

Norman Rush won the 1991 National Book Award for his novel "Mating." His talk was presented on March 4, 1992, at a program sponsored in Philadelphia by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

"Earth, Stars, and Writers," the third volume in a series, The National Book Week Lectures, was designed by Franklin Street Communications, Inc., of Richmond, Va. It is available for $3.95 in person from the Library of Congress Sales Shop. Copies are also available by mail from the Publishing Office, Box J, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20540. Please add $2.00 per order for shipping and handling. Mail orders must be prepaid. Credit card orders may be placed by phone at (202) 707-6095.

The Center for the Book was established by law in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books, reading, and libraries, and to encourage the study of the influence of books and print culture. Its projects and the work of its 26 affiliated state centers for the book are supported by private contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations.

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PR 93-003
ISSN 0731-3527

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