Library of Congress

National Book Festival

At the 2018 National Book Festival


  • History & Biography
    Saturday, September 1
    3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Book Signing

  • Saturday, September 1
    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Lawrence P. Jackson is the award-winning author of “Chester B. Himes: A Biography” (Norton), a finalist for the NAACP Image Award and the Edgar Award for Biography. A native of Baltimore, Jackson is a prominent historian known for his scholarship on African-American culture and literature. In addition to his highly praised biography of Himes, Jackson has written numerous books that explore African-American narratives: “My Father’s Name: A Black Virginia Family after the Civil War,” “The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics” and “Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius, 1913-1952.” Jackson’s forthcoming book is a collection of essays, “Christmas in Baltimore.” He is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of English and History at John Hopkins University.

Lawrence P. Jackson

Photo by Johns Hopkins University