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The free National Book Festival will feature more than 125 authors this year and will take place between Ninth and 14th streets on the National Mall.

"I'm trying to study the world that created him and how he re-created himself. The story of his family throughout the world, and given that, the contradictions he was born into, being half black and half white, and growing up without his father." 

The biography is the first of two volumes and ends with Obama driving up to Harvard University to begin law school. 

Rep. John Lewis

Lewis' new memoir, "Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change," details his experiences as a civil rights leader in the 1960s, from working with Martin Luther King Jr. to being attacked on Freedom Rides and at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. 

"During the Freedom Rides, during the sit-ins, during the march from Selma to Montgomery, when we crossed that bridge, we were prepared to die," Lewis told Roll Call in June. 

One of the book's major themes is the power of faith to help people through their most difficult moments. Lewis remembers the greatest test of his faith came during his 40-day incarceration in the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, then one of the nation's most brutal maximum-security prisons. He offers his faith and his belief in nonviolent protest as lessons for young activists. 

Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs chose Isaacson, president of the nonprofit Aspen Institute, as his biographer after he was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004. Isaacson refused until 2009, when it became clear that Jobs' health was declining rapidly. The tech pioneer and founder of Apple said he chose Isaacson because he was "good at making people talk." Isaacson, who had been CEO of CNN and editor of Time magazine, found this amusing because his previous two biographies had been of men long dead: Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein. 

In "Steve Jobs," Isaacson chronicles Jobs' mercurial rise and fall in his first stint at Apple and then his mythic return in the '90s. Jobs helped Steve Wozniak build the Apple I in his parents' garage in 1976. He was forced out of Apple nine years later, founding NeXT Computer and buying Pixar from George Lucas during his absence from the company. When Jobs returned as CEO in 1997, he began engineering the release of the company's most famous products - the iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad. 

Isaacson will discuss "Steve Jobs" at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Jill Abramson

Abramson, executive editor of the New York Times, revealed her whimsical side last year when she wrote a memoir about her golden retriever, Scout. She became the newspaper's first female executive editor in 2011, after working there as an investigative reporter for 14 years. 

Now she's releasing a children's book about her dog's adventures, "Ready or Not, Here Comes Scout!" co-written with her sister, Jane O'Connor. She will speak on the Family Storytelling Stage at 2:40 p.m. Saturday.

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