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September 29, 2006

David Baldacci's New Novel "The Collectors" to be Launched at the Library on Oct. 17

Sequel to “The Camel Club” Features the Library of Congress

New York Times best-selling author David Baldacci will discuss his new novel, “The Collectors,” on its publication day, Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. in the Montpelier Room, sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C.

A book signing will follow the presentation, which is part of the Books & Beyond author series sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The Library’s Rare Book and Special Collections Division, which figures heavily in the book’s plot, is cosponsoring the event. The program is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

In this sequel to “The Camel Club,” renegade CIA agent Roger Seagraves has set himself up in the business of freelance assassination and treason. The Camel Club, a group of four dysfunctional crime solvers that includes a Library of Congress staff member, rises to the challenge after the sudden demise of the head of the Library’s Rare Book and Special Collections Division.

The Library’s Preservation Office plays an important role in the story, as does the “Bay Psalm Book,” the earliest extant book (1640) printed in British North America, which was bequeathed to the Library in 1966 by Adrian Van Sinderen.

“The Collectors” is the 12th novel by Baldacci. One of the world’s most popular writers, his books have been published in more than 40 languages and in more than 80 countries. Previous titles include “Last Man Standing,” “Hour Game” and “Freddy and the French Fries: Fries Alive!,” his first children’s book.

Established by law in 1977 as a public-private partnership, the Center for the Book uses the resources and prestige of the Library of Congress to stimulate public interest in books, reading and libraries. For further information about its national reading promotion networks, publications, projects and forthcoming activities, visit www.loc.gov/cfbook.

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PR 06-182
09/29/06
ISSN 0731-3527

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