Library of Congress Presents 2007 National Book Festival Podcasts Featuring Award-Winning Authors

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Library of Congress introduces a series of downloadable podcast interviews with the award-winning authors, illustrators and poets who will participate at the upcoming Seventh Annual National Book Festival.

Library of Congress presents 2007 National Book Festival podcats with the award-winning authors who will participate in this year's National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by Mrs. Laura Bush. You can listen to these podcasts at your computer or by downloading them to a portable audio device. You can also subscribe to the 2007 National Book Festival podcasts buy sing the podcast feed.

The following authors have had an opportunity to meet with the Library and share their latest work and discoveries:

David Baldacci discusses his latest book," Simple Genius," which explores a very real technological race and a hunt for hidden treasure. Award-winning author Baldacci has written 13 consecutive "New York Times" best sellers, including "The Collectors" (2006) and "Simple Genius" (Warner, 2007). With more than 50 million copies in print worldwide, his books have been translated into more than 40 languages and sold in more than 80 countries. Baldacci will appear in the Mysteries & Thrillers Pavilion.

Ken Burns discusses his book and his seven-part film based on his book, which is scheduled to air on PBS in September 2007. Burns is the award-winning director, producer, and co-writer of more than 10 critically acclaimed historical documentaries. His films include "Brooklyn Bridge," "Baseball," "Jazz," and "The Civil War." He is co-author, with Geoffrey Ward, of "War - An Intimate History, 1941-45" (Knopf, 2007). Burns will appear in the History & Biography Pavilion.

Carmen Agra Deedy reads from her latest book and talks about her Cuban heritage. Deedy, children's book author and storyteller, was born in Havana and emigrated from Cuba to the United States with her family in 1963. She has won numerous awards for her work. Her latest book, "Martina, the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale" (Peachtree, 2007), is being released in English and Spanish. Deedy will appear in the Children's Pavilion.

Sanjay Gupta discusses his new book, "Chasing Life: New Discoveries in the Search for Immortality to Help You Age Less Today (Warner Wellnesss, 2007). Gupta is at home behind a surgical mask or in front of a television camera. A practicing neurosurgeon, Gupta is associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital and assistant professor at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. As the Emmy award-winning chief medical correspondent at CNN, he covers important health news and hosts the weekend show "House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta." Gupta will appear in the Home & Family Pavilion.

Shelia P. Moses discusses the disappearance of family traditions in the home and reads from her newest book, "The Baptism" (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2007). Moses is a poet, author, playwright and producer. The ninth of 10 children, Moses writes about family life in a North Carolina rural town. She is a Coretta Scott King Honor winner and a National Book Award finalist. Her books have been nominated as the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults. Moses will appear in the Teens & Children's Pavilion.

Stay tuned for the upcoming podacsts with Maria Celeste Arraras, Megan McDonald, Rosemary Wells, David Wiesner, Holly Black, Patricia MacLachlan, Victoria Rowell and Charles Simic (Poet Laureate).

2007 National Book Festival
The free Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 7th and 14th streets (rain or shine). For the full list of participating authors, illustrators and poets, their books, and other activities at this year's National Book Festival, please visit http://www.loc.gov/bookfest.

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