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The 19th Library of Congress National Book Festival once again will bring the nation's best authors, poets and illustrators to Washington to discuss their work and meet their fans.

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    Pablo Cartaya Pablo Cartaya is a Cuban American author, screenwriter, speaker and educator who has taught creative writing workshops and spoken at universities and conferences throughout the world. His work has been featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post, on NBC and by Oprah’s Book Club. Cartaya has worked with Disney, Apple TV+ and Sesame Street on projects adapted from television series and...
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    Richard Ford Richard Ford’s seven novels include “The Sportswriter,” the first of the Bascombe Trilogy, and “Canada,” winner of the Prix Femina étranger. He has also published three short story collections, a novella collection and a memoir.

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    Barbara Kingsolver Barbara Kingsolver’s books of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction are widely translated and have won numerous literary awards. She is the founder of the PEN/Bellwether Prize, and in 2000 was awarded the National Humanities Medal, the country’s highest honor for service through the arts. Prior to her writing career, she studied and worked as a … Continue reading Barbara Kingsolver →
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    Joyce Carol Oates Joyce Carol Oates was born in Lockport, New York, in 1938. She has published more than 70 books of fiction, poetry, and essays. Her best known works include A Garden of Earthly Delights (1967), We Were the Mulvaneys (1996), The Gravedigger’s Daughter (2007), and The Accursed (2013). She has been a professor at Princeton University … Continue reading Joyce Carol Oates →
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    Raina Telgemeier Raina Telgemeier, with more than 15 million books in print, is one of the most critically acclaimed and successful graphic novelists of her generation. She is the No. 1 New York Times best-selling creator of “Smile” and “Sisters,” both graphic memoirs based on her childhood. “Smile” was on the New York Times best-seller list for … Continue reading Raina Telgemeier →
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    Natasha Trethewey
    U.S. Poet Laureate, 2012-2014
    Natasha Trethewey was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, on April 26, 1966. She served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014), and is the author of five collections of poetry, a book of nonfiction, and a memoir.
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    Emily Wilson Emily Wilson is a professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship and has been named a fellow in Renaissance and early modern scholarship at the American Academy in Rome. In addition to Homer’s “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey,” Wilson has also published translations of works by Sophocles, Euripides and Seneca....

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