Library of Congress

National Book Festival

Writer and university professor Alice McDermott won the National Book Award for her 1998 novel, “Charming Billy.” McDermott is the Johns Hopkins Richard A. Mackery Professor of the Humanities. Her 2006 novel, “After This,” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her new novel, “Someone,” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Macmillan), has received universal praise for its plain-spoken yet poignant prose. The New York Times called the book “quietly exquisite. … a fine-tuned, beautiful book filled with so much universal experience, such haunting imagery, such urgent matters of life and death”

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Alice McDermott

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