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During Tiki Barber's record-breaking career as a running back for the New York Giants, he was one of the most versatile and productive players in the NFL. He is currently a correspondent for NBC's "Today Show" and an analyst for "Football Night in America." He has collaborated with his brother, Ronde, on three picture books: "By My Brother's Side," the Christopher Award-winning "Game Day" and "Teammates," as well as two middle-grade novels: "Kickoff!" and "Go Long!" (Simon & Schuster, August 2008). Tiki Barber lives in New York City.
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Salman Rushdie is an Indian-British novelist and essayist. His novels include "Midnight's Children," "The Satanic Verses," "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" and his latest, "The Enchantress of Florence" (Random House, 2008). For his writing, he has won the Booker Prize; the Booker of Bookers prize as the best novel to win the Booker in the first 25 years of its existence; the Whitbread Prize; the Writer's Guild Award; the Aristeion Prize; and major literary awards in Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Hungary. He was awarded knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in 2008 for his services to literature. He has served as honorary vice president, member trustee-at-large and president of the PEN American Center and was also a founder and first president of the International Parliament of Writers. He lives in New York City.
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R.L. Stine's writing career began at the age of 9 when he wrote stories and jokes on an old typewriter and handed them out at school. He is now the author of more than 100 books and has sold more than 400 million copies, making him one of the best-selling children's book authors in history. He has won numerous awards and honors, including being a three-time winner of both the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award and the Disney Adventures Kids' Choice Award for Best Book, the 2007 Thriller Writers of America Silver Bullet Award and a Children's Choices Award. Among his best known writings are the Goosebumps series (begun in 1992) and named the world's best-selling book series of all time in the 2003 Guinness Book of World Records; the Rotten School series and the Goosebumps HorrorLand series. The latest book in that series is "The Scream of the Haunted Mask" (Scholastic, August 2008). He lives in New York City.
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Jon Scieszka, appointed the first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature by the Library of Congress, held a number of teaching positions in the first through eighth grades before taking a year off to develop ideas for children's books. He is the author of some of the best known and funniest books written for children, including "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs," the "Time Warp Trio" chapter book series, the Caldecott Honor Book "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Fairy Tales" and the newest "Trucktown" series (Simon & Schuster, 2008). He is the founder of Guys Read (www.guysread.com), a nonprofit literacy organization, and he lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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Bob Schieffer, who has been with CBS News since 1969, is one of very few correspondents to have covered all four major Washington beats: the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department and Capitol Hill. He is CBS's chief Washington correspondent and since May 1991 has anchored the Sunday public affairs broadcast "Face the Nation." He is the recipient of many awards, including six Emmys, the Paul White Award (recognizes an individual's lifetime contribution to electronic journalism) and the National Press Foundation's Broadcaster of the Year (2002). His latest book is "Bob Schieffer's America" (Penguin/Putnam, September 2008). He lives in the District of Columbia.
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Cokie Roberts, a New York Times best-selling author, is a political commentator for ABC News and serves as a senior news analyst for National Public Radio. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including two Emmy Awards, induction into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and a citation from American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting. Her books include "We Are Our Mothers' Daughters," "Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation" and "Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation" (HarperCollins, 2008). She lives in Bethesda, Md.
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Alexander McCall Smith has written more than 60 books, including specialist academic titles, short-story collections and a number of children's books. But he is best known for two international best-selling series: "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency," which now numbers eight books, with more than 3.5 million copies in print in the United States alone, and the mystery series featuring the female sleuth Isabel Dalhousie. His latest book is "The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday" (Random House, September 2008), a new installment in the Dalhousie series. McCall Smith was a law professor in Scotland, helped to set up a new law school in Botswana and has been a visiting professor at a number of universities in Europe and the United States. He is professor emeritus at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, where he lives.
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Young adult novelist Neil Gaiman appears at the National Book Festival.
Speaker Biography: For more than 20 years, Neil Gaiman has been a top writer of modern comics and a best-selling novelist. His work has appeared in translation in more than 19 countries, and nearly all of his novels, graphic and otherwise, have been optioned for films. He was the creator-writer of the monthly cult DC Comics series Sandman, which won many awards, including a World Fantasy Award. He is the author of the critically acclaimed "American Gods," awarded the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, SFX and Locus awards, and his novel "Stardust" was a winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award as one of 2000's top 10 adult novels for young adults. His children's books include the international best-selling novel "Coraline" (2002), a winner of the Bram Stoker Award and the Hugo Award. His latest novel for young readers is "The Graveyard Book" (HarperCollins, September 2008). He lives near Minneapolis.
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Laura and Jenna Bush make an appearance at the National Book Festival.
Speaker Biography: Laura Bush has always been passionate about reading. An Honorary Ambassador for the U.N. Literary Decade, she hosted the first-ever White House Conference on Global Literacy in 2006 to encourage international cooperation and build free societies through literacy. In 2001 she joined with the Library of Congress to launch the first National Book Festival in Washington. As first lady of Texas, Bush founded the statewide Texas Book Festival in 1995. She has taught in the Dallas, Houston and Austin public schools. She is the co-author with her daughter, Jenna, of "Read All About It!" (HarperCollins, 2008).
Speaker Biography: Jenna Bush shares with her mother, Laura Bush, a love of reading and teaching. She taught elementary school in Washington, D.C., after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 with a degree in English. She has also written articles for CosmoGIRL! and The New York Times. Her first book, the New York Times best-seller, "Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope" (2007), is based on her work with UNICEF. She and her mother are co-authors of "Read All About It!" (HarperCollins, 2008).
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Kay Ryan, the Library of Congress' 16th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2008-2009, has written six books of poetry, plus a limited-edition artists book, along with a number of essays. Her books include Say Uncle (2000) and The Niagara River (Grove Press, 2005). She is the recipient of several awards, including the Gold Medal for poetry (2005) from the San Francisco Commonwealth Club, the Poetry Foundations Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize (2004) and four Pushcart Prizes. She has been selected in four different years for inclusion in the annual volumes of the Best American Poetry and has been a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets since 2006. She lives in Fairfax, California.
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Brad Meltzer earned credit from Columbia Law School for writing his first book, The Tenth Justice (1997), the first in a line of New York Times best-sellers. His books have a total of almost 3 million copies in print and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. His latest thriller is The Book of Lies (Grand Central, September 2008). He is also the author of the critically acclaimed comic book Identity Crisis and the first author to ever reach the No. 1 spot on both the New York Times and the Diamond comic book best-seller lists simultaneously. He lives in Miami.
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Philippa Gregory's first novel, Wideacre, was written as she completed her Ph.D. in 18th century literature, and it became an instant worldwide best-seller. She has gone on to publish more than 20 novels, many reflecting her knowledge of periods of history, particularly the Tudor period and the 18th century. The award-winning The Other Boleyn Girl (2002) was adapted for the BBC, released as a major motion picture in the United States in 2008 and immediately rose to the top of all major best-seller lists. Her latest book is The Other Queen (Simon & Schuster, September 2008). She lives in England.