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Saturday, September 30, 2006

National Book Festival Blog

Today was the National Book Festival, an annual event sponsored by the Library of Congress on the Mall. As an avid devourer of both books and free events, I went, despite the rain. There were two very memorable appearances.

First, Doris Kearns Goodwin spoke on her latest book on Lincoln. Goodwin is an amazing speaker who is always worth seeing, but this was great. She spoke on how Lincoln appointed his greatest rivals and doubters to high positions, such as SOTC Chief Justice, for two reasons: they were the most qualified, and the country is in a time of peril and needs dissenting voices included. The anti-parallel to Bush was obvious but unspoken.

Second, Khaled Hosseini, author of huge bestseller The Kite Runner, spoke about his childhood in Kabul in the 70s and 80s and how Kabul was nothing like the Afghanistan we know it today but was rather destroyed by a series of events, including the Soviet invasion, the jihadist rebellion, the rise of the Taliban and then September 11 and the US invasion that followed. His next novel, which he says he loves much better than his first, is about Afghan women.

If you missed it, it was all on C-Span (much better than seeing those Congressional hacks posture) and also can be seen and heard here.