LIVE! @ your library presents Billy Collins, Anita Shreve & Dagoberto Gilb at National Book Festival

Contact: Laura Hayes


For Immediate Release

October 2002

LIVE! @ your library presents Billy Collins, Anita Shreve & Dagoberto Gilb at National Book Festival

LIVE! @ your library, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, will present three acclaimed authors at the second annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., Saturday, October 12. United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins, acclaimed novelist Dagoberto Gilb and best-selling author Anita Shreve will be among the more than 60 authors and artists from around the country invited to read at the festival presented by the Library of Congress and First Lady Laura Bush.

Collins will speak in the Fiction and Imagination Pavilion at 11:30 a.m. and will read with students from the "Poetry 180" program in the Children and Young Adults Pavilion II at 3:30 p.m. Collins also will be available to sign books at 1 p.m. One of the most highly regarded poets of our time, Collins is a distinguished professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York, and a writer-in-residence at Sarah Lawrence College. In January, he launched "Poetry 180," a program aimed at making poetry an active part of the daily experience for American high school students. He has published several collections of poetry, including "Sailing Alone Around the Room," "Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothes," "Questions about Angels" and "The Art of Drowning." This fall, he will release a new collection of poems entitled "Nine Horses."

LIVE! @ your library roster author Gilb will read in the Fiction & Imagination Pavilion at 2 p.m. and sign books at 3 p.m. Gilb has received numerous awards for his writing, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the PEN/Hemingway Award. He is the author of two collections of short fiction, "The Magic of Blood" and "Woodcuts of Women," and a novel, "The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña" which was a
New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1995. According to
Booklist, "Gilb's canvas is the working-class life of Mexican-Americans in el barrio. But his brush and paint are contained in an awesome facility with language and dialogue that carries in an awesome facility with language and dialogue that carries the reader along from one page to the next." "Gritos," a book of his nonfiction, is due out in the spring of 2003.

Best-selling novelist Shreve will read in the Fiction & Imagination Pavilion at 10:30 a.m. and sign books at noon. Shreve is the author of nine novels, including the international bestseller "The Pilot's Wife," which was an Oprah's Book Club selection. She also is the author of the recently released "Sea Glass," and national bestsellers "Fortune's Rocks," "The Last Time They Met," and "The Weight of Water," which will soon be released as a major motion picture from Lions Gate Films starring Sean Penn and Elizabeth Hurley. Shreve has been praised by reviewers and beloved by readers for her ability to "render her characters' dark interiors with a tenderness void of judgment, thereby capturing the essential frailty of the human condition," according to the Boston Globe.

The ALA will participate in the Let's Read America Pavilion at the National Book Festival. Information about LIVE! @ your library, cultural programs for libraries, Teen Read Week, the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), @ your library™ The Campaign for America's Libraries, and more will be available at the ALA/LIVE! @ your library table in the pavilion.

LIVE! @ your library is a national project that provides resources and grant opportunities for libraries to present cultural programming for adults and family audiences to explore important issues and ideas, featuring live appearances by literary, visual and performing artists. LIVE! is an initiative of the ALA Public Programs Office with major support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. To learn more about bringing authors and artists LIVE! to your library, visit

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