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September 26, 2006

Yevgeny Yevtushenko To Read in the Poetry Pavilion at the 2006 National Book Festival on Sept. 30

Renowned Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko will read his poetry at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, in the National Book Festival’s Poetry Pavilion, which is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. The festival, which is free and open to the public, will be held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 7th and 14th streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine).

Following his reading, Yevtushenko will sign copies of his book “Between the City of Yes and the City of No: A Symphony and Poetry Reading in Two Acts.” The 60-page illustrated booklet was published to commemorate his poetry reading at the Oct. 22, 2005, performance of Dimitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center in Oklahoma. The symphony was inspired in part by Yevtushkenko’s most famous poem, the politically charged “Babi Yar,” which was published in 1961.

Born in Siberia near Lake Baikal, Yevtushenko is Russia’s best-known living poet. He published his first poem in 1949, and his writing has been translated into more than 70 languages. In 2004 he received the highest decoration in Russia, “Great Achievements for the Motherland.” This year he was awarded the Raoul Wallenberg Medal from the Danish Raoul Wallenberg Society for his achievement in literature and the arts.

For more information about the National Book Festival, call toll-free (888) 714-4696 or visit the festival’s Web site at www.loc.gov/bookfest.

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PR 06-178
09/26/06
ISSN 0731-3527

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