The marvelous Louis Bayard wishes the Smithsonian Libraries a happy 50th anniversary and shares why he believes libraries are “a distillation of the democratic experience.” Louis Bayard is a New York Times notable author and has been nominated for both the Edgar® and Dagger awards. He is also a nationally recognized essayist and critic whose articles have appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.


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