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Back-to-back book festivals coming this fall

Book lovers in the Baltimore-Washington area should circle September on their calendars, to save dates for a pair of big festivals.

The Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held Sept. 21 and 22 on the mall in Washington. The event always attracts an all-star lineup of authors, poets and illustrators. In 2012, featured authors included T.C. Boyle, Geraldine Brooks, Junot Diaz, Patricia Cornwell and Jeff Kinney.

The Baltimore Book Festival will follow a week later in the city's Mt. Vernon neighborhood. Events run from Sept. 27 to 29. The event doesn't have the star...