The Speed Read

Mark your calendars: President and Mrs. Obama will be hosting the National Book Festival on the National Mall Sept. 26, but you already knew that. ... Mark Sarvas compiles a list of the lamest, most pathetic literary losers. ... If you've read Flannery O'Connor's fevered "Wise Blood," you won't be surprised by this at all: Blogger R.T. is using the book as a catalyst for spiritual autobiography. There've been six installments so far. ... And Annette Gordon-Reed wins yet another award for "The Hemingses of Monticello."

By Rachel Hartigan Shea |  May 29, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
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I'm so happy the National Book Festival will be continued (also with White House participation). I think it is truly a fine legacy of the Bush presidency.

I had moved from Washington a couple of years before it began, but never missed any of the BookTV coverage. In addition to all the top-line speakers, I especially enjoyed seeing our dear friends from Book World introducing the speakers and playing other important roles. I'm hoping the Library of Congress will continue to involve the Book World staff.

Posted by: lheffelkcrrcom | May 29, 2009 10:07 AM

Thank you for noting my postings on Flannery O'Connor's WISE BLOOD, which now appear at Novels, Stories, and More

Posted by: rdavis1 | May 29, 2009 10:28 AM

Sorry! I was having technical difficulties and lost the link to the Wise Blood posting. I'll add it above.

Posted by: rhshea | May 29, 2009 1:41 PM

Posted by: libing0755 | May 30, 2009 3:16 AM

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