Library of Congress

National Book Festival

At the 2017 National Book Festival


  • Contemporary Life
    Saturday, September 2
    4:55 pm - 5:40 pm

Book Signing

  • Saturday, September 2
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Mark Kurlansky has worked as a playwright, commercial fisherman, dock worker, cook, pastry chef and paralegal – all of which have influenced his writing. From 1976 to 1991 he worked as a foreign correspondent for The International Herald Tribune, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Based in Paris and then Mexico, he reported on Europe, West Africa, Southeast Asia, Central America, Latin America and the Caribbean. His books "Cod," "Salt" and "1968" were all New York Times best-sellers. His latest book, “Havana: A Subtropical Delirium” (Bloomsbury) presents an insider’s view of Havana with cultural history, recipes and pen-and-ink drawings.

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Mark Kurlansky

Photo by Sylvia Plachy