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National Book Festival announces lineup of authors

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Novelist Philip Roth, Jeffrey Eugenides who wrote "The Virgin Suicides," mystery writer Patricia Cornwell and singer Jewel are joining the lineup of authors for the 2012 National Book Festival on the National Mall later this year.

The Library of Congress on Thursday announced the authors and poets who will appear at the festival Sept. 22 and 23. The weekend festival features speeches and book talks by authors, book signings and a chance to meet favorite writers.

Steve Inskeep of NPR's "Morning Edition" is joining the lineup, along with Walter Isaacson, Thomas Friedman of the New York Times and Chris Matthews of MSNBC.

Songwriter Jewel also is scheduled to appear. She reached a deal this year to publish her first picture book about her newborn son.

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