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Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction: Marilynne Robinson

10 a.m., Fiction I Stage, East Salon ABC, Street Level

Marilynne Robinson receives the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction and discusses her career with Marie Arana from the Library of Congress.

Poetry Out Loud

10 a.m., Poetry & Prose Stage, Room 145, Street Level

Poetry Out Loud encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, this contest helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. In 2006, the program launched nationwide in high schools across the country, with Poetry Out Loud free curriculum materials available that include the online poetry anthology, a comprehensive teacher's guide, a DVD of National Finals performances, lesson plans and guides. Now millions of students start at the classroom level to compete for their spot in the National Finals held in Washington, D.C., where awards and school stipends are presented to winners of the competition.

Stephen King Presentation

11 a.m., Main Stage, Ballroom BC, Third Level

Stephen King discusses his career and new book "End of Watch" (Scribner), and receives recognition for his work in literacy. This is a ticketed event. Tickets are free and will be available electronically on Sept. 14. More information about tickets.

Winston Groom & Colson Whitehead Panel

11:40 a.m., Fiction I Stage, East Salon ABC, Street Level

Winston Groom presents "El Paso" (Liveright) and Colson Whitehead presents "The Underground Railroad" (Doubleday) in a book launch event and panel discussion on historical fiction with Audie Cornish from NPR.

Contemporary Issues in African American Lives

Noon, Contemporary Life Stage, Room 146, Street Level

Three authors discuss contemporary issues and human rights movements: Angela J. Davis, "Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor" (Oxford); Jabari Asim, "Only the Strong" (Agate Bolden); and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, "From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation" (Haymarket).

Primo Levi Panel

Noon, International Stage, Room 152, Street Level

Primo Levi, the preeminent writer on the Holocaust who died in 1987, is celebrated in a panel discussion featuring Ann Goldstein, translator of Primo Levi's work and editor of "The Complete Works of Primo Levi" (Liveright) and her colleague Adam Gopnik, cultural critic for the New Yorker and author of "Winter: Five Windows on the Season" (House of Anansi). The panel is moderated by Michael Abramowitz, director of the Holocaust Museum's William Levine Family Institute for Holocaust Education, with commentary from Alessandro Cassin of the Centro Primo Levi in New York. This program was made possible through collaboration with the Embassy of Italy, the Centro Primo Levi and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Download a special issue of “Printed_Matter” on Primo Levi and this panel (external link).

Joy Harjo & A.B. Spellman Panel

Noon, Poetry & Prose Stage, Room 145, Street Level

Joy Harjo, author of "Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems" (Norton), and A. B. Spellman, author of "Things I Must Have Known" (Coffee House), discuss the relationship between poetry and song with Rob Casper, head of the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress.

Newt Gingrich & Steven J. Israel Panel

1:30 p.m., Fiction I Stage, East Salon ABC, Street Level

Newt Gingrich presents "Duplicity" (Center Street) and Steven J. Israel presents "The Global War on Morris" (Simon & Schuster) in a discussion about their careers as writers with political backgrounds. They are interviewed by Colleen Shogan, deputy director of national and international outreach at the Library of Congress.

Letters About Literature / A Book That Shaped Me

3:20 p.m., Children's I Stage, Hall C, Lower Level

Three national winners in the Library's Letters About Literature essay contest will read their letters to the authors they wrote to. Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing program that asks young people in grades 4 through 12 to write to an author (living or deceased) about how his or her book affected their lives. More than 50,000 young readers from across the country participated in this year's Letters About Literature initiative, a reading promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The 2015-2016 Letters About Literature contest is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book.

"A Book That Shaped Me" is a summer writing contest that encourages rising fifth and sixth graders to reflect on a book that has had a personal impact on their lives. The contest is administered through local public library systems in the Mid-Atlantic region. Top winners will read their essays and be honored during this special program.

Elizabeth Hand & Hannah Pittard Panel

3:20 p.m., Fiction I Stage, East Salon ABC, Street Level

Elizabeth Hand presents "Hard Light" (Minotaur) and Hannah Pittard presents "Listen to Me" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) in a panel discussion on suspense thrillers with Maureen Corrigan from NPR.

Jacqueline Woodson & Jay McInerney Panel

4:35 p.m., Fiction II Stage, West Salon GHI, Street Level

Jacqueline Woodson presents "Another Brooklyn" (Amistad) and Jay McInerney presents "Bright, Precious Days" (Knopf) in a panel discussion on stories based in New York with Leigh Haber, books editor for O, The Oprah Magazine.

Alessandro Frassica & Victor Hazan Panel

5 p.m., Food & Home Stage, Room 150, Street Level

Alessandro Frassica presents "Veggie Pan'ino" (Guido Tommasi Editore) and Victor Hazan presents "Ingredienti: Marcella's Guide to the Market" (Scribner) in a panel discussion on the Italian kitchen with Guy Lamolinara, co-director of the National Book Festival and communications officer for the Library of Congress Center for the Book.

Books to Movies

6:30 p.m., West Salon GHI, Street Level

Katherine Paterson discusses the adaptation of her books "The Great Gilly Hopkins" (HarperCollins) and "Bridge to Terabithia" (HarperCollins) into movies with their producer David L. Paterson. Patrick Ness also discusses the film adaptation of "A Monster Calls" (Candlewick). This program is moderated by Monica Hesse, author of "Girl in the Blue Coat" (Little, Brown).

Poetry Slam

7:30 p.m., Room 202, Level 2

The National Book Festival Youth Poetry Slam will include some of the nation's top youth slam groups—from Washington, Indianapolis, Des Moines and New York. Champion delegates from these groups will compete to be named top youth slammer by performing new works on books and reading. This event is presented in collaboration with the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center, the Literature Division of the National Endowment for the Arts and the poetry organization Split This Rock.

Darrin Bell & Michael Ramirez Panel

7:40 p.m, Graphic Novels Stage, East Salon ABC, Street Level

Darrin Bell presents "Goodnight Grandpa: The 7th Candorville Collection" ( and Michael Ramirez presents "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Obamacare" (Threshold) in a panel discussion on politics and editorial cartoons.