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Topic - Thomas Mallon
Satirist Christopher Buckley will sign books and chat with visitors at the Library of Congress' National Book Festival this weekend on the Mall. "There's just something about speaking in a big tent, with people wandering in and out, that gives it a sort of weird, wonderful energy," he said. "I could do without them throwing clods of earth at me and shouting, 'Get off the stage!' But otherwise I really do enjoy it."
Thomas Mallon's novel about the scandal that brought down Richard Nixon is a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award for fiction.
Thomas Mallon, author of eight well-regarded novels and seven works of nonfiction, has written the first significant historical fiction novel centered in the scandal that forced Richard Nixon to resign the presidency.
"Things can be done on a big scale, because of the federal nature of this city," he said. "There's more of a national audience here. The bulk of people are Washington people. But given that it's in September, you're still getting the tail end of the summer tourists who are on the Mall and come to Washington for other things."