Library of Congress, Investigation Discovery Team for "Hardcover Mysteries" Author Event
Public Event Part of 10th Anniversary National Book Festival Activities
The Library of Congress, as part of its special celebration of the 10th annual
National Book Festival, will join with the national television channel Investigation
Discovery on Monday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. to host a public event at the Library,
"Hardcover Mysteries," featuring mystery authors David Baldacci, Sandra Brown and
Kathy Reichs, who will discuss their writing careers, the inspirations for their books and
the crossover of fact and fiction.
The event will be held in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library's Thomas
Jefferson Building at 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and
the event will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for a small fee through Ticketmaster
at (202) 397-7328 or (703) 573-7328. A live webcast of the event will be available at
James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress, noted that the National Book
Festival - to be held Saturday, Sept. 25 on the National Mall, between 3rd and 7th Streets,
rain or shine - will observe its 10th anniversary with special events for book-lovers.
"As we celebrate this 'Decade of Words and Wonder,' it's appropriate to get an
early start exploring the joys of reading and getting closer to the people who make that
wonder possible," Billington said. "Our three authors have been holding their fans
spellbound through many a novel, and have brought their stories to films and television."
"With this joint event with the Library of Congress, Investigation Discovery is
able to bring to life our new television series Hardcover Mysteries, allowing fans to
interact directly with these premier mystery authors," said Henry Schleiff, president and
general manager of Investigation Discovery. "We are particularly thrilled to set this
exciting event within the Library's historic Thomas Jefferson Building in connection with
the 10th Anniversary of the National Book Festival."
Later this fall, Investigation Discovery launches its new television series, also
titled "Hardcover Mysteries," in which eight best-selling mystery authors - including
Baldacci, Brown and Reichs - discuss the real-life cases that compelled their fascination
and inspired their page-turners. Investigation Discovery's "Hardcover Mysteries"
television series will premiere Monday, Oct. 11 at 9 PM Eastern time.
David Baldacci, a trial and corporate lawyer-turned-author, has written several
original screenplays and short stories, a novella, a series of children's books and 14
novels that were consecutive New York Times best-sellers - including "The Collectors"
(2006), which features a crime committed in the Library of Congress. Baldacci's books
have been translated into more than 40 languages and have been published in more than
80 countries. He and his wife advocate for literacy across the nation through their Wish
You Well Foundation.
Sandra Brown has written 59 New York Times bestsellers, including her most
recent novels "Tough Customer" (2010), "Smash Cut" (2009), "Smoke Screen" (2008)
and "Play Dirty" (2007). She began writing in 1981 and has seen her work translated
into 33 languages.
Kathy Reichs, a forensic anthropologist in addition to her work as an author, has
written the Temperance Brennan series of mystery novels on which the television series
"Bones" is based. In her scientific work she has assisted in investigations in Montreal
and North Carolina, and has aided in identification of remains in several international
locales and after the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.
More than 70 authors now are slated to appear at the National Book Festival.
President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, the First Lady, are honorary chairs
of the event.
Authors and illustrators scheduled to participate, listed by the pavilions in which
they will appear, include:
· History & Biography: Adele Logan Alexander, Timothy Egan, Jules
Feiffer, Wil Haygood, David E. Hoffman, Richard Holmes, James
McGrath Morris, Nell Irvin Painter, David Remnick, Steven V. Roberts,
Stacy Schiff, Evan Thomas and Gordon S. Wood
· Fiction & Mystery: Isabel Allende, Ken Follett, Diana Gabaldon, Julia
Glass, Martha Grimes, Elizabeth Kostova, Anchee Min, Karin Slaughter,
Scott Spencer, Peter Straub and Scott Turow
· Poetry & Prose: Elizabeth Alexander, Rae Armantrout, Jonathan
Franzen, Gail Godwin, Allegra Goodman, Chang-rae Lee, Thomas
Mallon, Orhan Pamuk, Jane Smiley and Natasha Trethewey
· Contemporary Life: Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, Gurcharan Das, Ree
Drummond, Bruce Feiler, Jonathan Safran Foer, Spike Mendelsohn,
Michele Norris, Richard Rhodes, Henry Petroski, Craig Robinson, Anita
Silvey, Harold Varmus and Edward O. Wilson
· Children: Mary Brigid Barrett, Timothy Basil Ering, Jules Feiffer, Mem
Fox, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Norton Juster, Pat Mora, Marilyn Nelson,
Linda Sue Park, Jerry Pinkney, James Ransome, Judith Viorst and
· Teens & Children: M.T. Anderson, Michael Buckley, Suzanne Collins,
Margarita Engle, Peter Ferguson, Phillip M. Hoose, Brad Meltzer,
Katherine Paterson, Jane Smiley, Jeff Smith and Rebecca Stead
Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite authors, purchase
books, have books signed, take photos with PBS storybook characters and participate in a
variety of learning activities.
The 2010 National Book Festival is made possible through the generous support
of Co-Chairman, National Book Festival Board David M. Rubenstein; Charter Sponsors
Target and The Washington Post; Patrons AT&T, Institute of Museum and Library
Services, The James Madison Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and PBS
KIDS Raising Readers; Contributors Borders, Digital Bookmobile powered by
OverDrive, Penguin Group (USA), ReadAloud.org, Scholastic Inc., and the Library of
Congress Federal Credit Union; and Friends the Marshall B. Coyne Foundation, The
Hay-Adams and National Endowment for the Humanities. Thanks also to C-SPAN2's
Book TV and The Junior League of Washington.
The Library of Congress, the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, is the
world's preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled collections and
integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Many of the Library's rich
resources and treasures may be accessed through the Library's website, www.loc.gov,
and via interactive exhibitions on myLOC.gov.
Investigation Discovery (ID), America's leading investigation network, is the
source for fact-based investigative content about culture, history and the human
condition. Providing the highest-quality investigative programming focused on
fascinating stories of human nature from the past to the present, Investigation
Discovery's in-depth documentaries and series challenge viewers on important issues
shaping our culture and defining our world. Investigation Discovery is a network from
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