Sunday, September 19, 2010;
Isabel Allende was born in Lima, where her father, Tomás Allende, was Chile's ambassador to Peru. Her uncle was Chilean President Salvador Allende, who was assassinated in 1973 during a military coup. Believing it was unsafe to remain in Chile, Isabel, her husband and two children fled to Venezuela. While in exile, she wrote her first novel, "The House of the Spirits." Her most recent novel is "Island Beneath the Sea." Allende will receive this year's Library of Congress National Book Festival Creative Achievement Award. Signing 11 a.m.11 A.M.
Diana Gabaldon is the author of the "Outlander" novels, which have sold more than 17 million copies worldwide. She has also written "The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel," illustrated by Hoang Nguyen. Gabaldon has degrees in zoology, marine biology and quantitative behavioral ecology, and her education informs much of her work, which she refers to as "historical fantasias." Signing 1 p.m.11:35 A.M.
When Elizabeth Kostova was a child, she spent a year in Slovenia and traveled with her family throughout Europe. The tales of vampires that her father told inspired "The Historian." For her most recent book, "The Swan Thieves," she drew on her background in art. An attack on a painting in Washington's National Gallery sets the novel in motion. Signing 1:30 p.m.12:10 P.M.
Julia Glass was awarded the 2002 National Book Award for "Three Junes," her first novel. Her newest book is "The Widower's Tale," reviewed on page 10. Signing 2:30 p.m.12:45 P.M.
Ken Follett became an instant sensation in 1978 with his first novel, "Eye of the Needle." His latest book, "Fall of Giants," focuses on World War I and the Russian Revolution and is reviewed on page 10. Signing 11 a.m.1:20 P.M.
Since coming to the United States from Russia, Olga Grushin has been an interpreter for Jimmy Carter, a cocktail waitress in a jazz bar, a translator at the World Bank, a research analyst at a Washington law firm and, most recently, an editor at Harvard University's Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. "The Dream Life of Sukhanov," her first novel, won the 2007 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award and was chosen by The Post as one of the 10 best of the year. Her most recent novel is "The Line." Grushin lives near Washington, D.C. Signing 3 p.m.1:55 P.M.
Anchee Min was born in Shanghai during the rule of communist leader Mao Zedong. After suffering a severe spinal cord injury in 1984, she left China for the United States. Her books have been praised for their raw, sharp language and historical accuracy. They include "Becoming Madame Mao," "The Last Empress" and her most recent novel, "Pearl of China," which tells the story of Nobel Prize-winner Pearl S. Buck. Signing 11:30 a.m.2:30 P.M.
Scott Spencer was born in Washington, D.C., raised in Chicago and now lives in upstate New York. He is the author of 10 novels, including "Endless Love," "Waking the Dead," "A Ship Made of Paper" and "Willing." Both "Endless Love" and "A Ship Made of Paper" were nominated for the National Book Award. His new novel is "Man in the Woods." Signing 3:30 p.m.3:05 P.M.
Peter Straub is a novelist and poet. His horror fiction has received the Bram Stoker, World Fantasy and International Horror Guild awards, among many others. His 1979 novel, "Ghost Story," was his first bestseller and was made into a film in 1981. His latest novel is "A Dark Matter." Signing 1 p.m.4:15 P.M.
Karin Slaughter has been writing novels and short stories since she was a child growing up in a small Georgia town. Her Grant County series consists of "Blindsighted," "Kisscut," "A Faint Cold Fear," "Indelible" and "Faithless." Her newest book, "Broken," is the third to feature special agent Will Trent. Signing 2 p.m.4:50 P.M.
Scott Turow is the author of eight novels including "Presumed Innocent" (1987) and its sequel, "Innocent," published this year. Turow has been a partner in the Chicago office of a national law firm since 1986, concentrating on white-collar criminal defense while also devoting a substantial amount of time to pro bono matters. Signing 12:30 p.m.