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August 11, 1998

Library of Congress 1999 "Literary Companion" Calendars Published

Two literary calendars just published by Pomegranate Calendars & Books are based on the Library of Congress's rich literary collections. The calendars present photographic portraits of more than 60 authors, plus biographical profiles, anecdotes, dates and quotations that provide vivid glimpses of the authors' lives, books, and achievements.

In his introduction to the calendars, Center for the Book Director John Y. Cole emphasizes how the Library strives to make all of its collections readily available to those outside Washington. Publications such as literary calendars and resource guides help it share the knowledge it preserves, he notes, but so do exhibitions, public readings, and the Library's home page on the World Wide Web.

Popular American novelist Rex Beach (1877-1949) is featured on the cover of the 1999 engagement calendar, which was compiled by Margaret E. Wagner of the Library's Publishing Office. She and free-lance writer Alan Bisbort wrote the captions. The 112-page spiral bound book sells for $13.95.

Walt Whitman is on the cover of the 1999 wall calendar, which was compiled by Ms. Wagner and Mr. Bisbort, who also wrote the brief biographical essays about each author. In addition to Whitman, the writers portrayed are: John le Carre, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Dame Agatha Christie, Lewis Carroll, George Gordon, Lord Byron; Lorraine Hansberry, Clifford Odets, Gore Vidal, Nikki Giovanni, Maxwell Bodenheim, and James Baldwin. The price is $12.95.

Both calendars are available in bookstores around the country, in the Library of Congress Sales Shop, and from Pomegranate Calendars & Books, Box 6099, Rohnert Park, CA 94927.

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PR 98-120
ISSN 0731-3527

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