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Evanston author Sarah Dessen is participating in the Library of Congress’ 2011 National Book Festival this Fall alongside more than 100 bestselling authors including Toni Morrison, Terry McMillan, Dave Eggers, Hoda Kotb, Julianne Moore and David McCullough 

Ms. Dessen is the author of several novels, including “Someone Like You,” “Just Listen” and “Along for the Ride.” A motion picture based on her first two books, called “How to Deal,” was released in 2003. Her 10th and latest novel is “What Happened to Goodbye” (Viking).  

Other Illinois authors attending include Jennifer Egan (“A Visit From the Good Squad”), Amy Chua (“Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother”), and Kristie Miller (“Ellen and Edith: Woodrow Wilson’s First Ladies”).  

The National Book Festival is an annual celebration of reading and literacy, co-chaired by President and Mrs. Obama, that occurs Sept. 24 & 25, in Washington, D.C.  Those unable to attend the festival in person can enjoy it online through the festival website,, which offers a host author materials and educational resources for book fanatics of all ages. See for additional event details.