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Event 2019 National Book Festival

Introducers and Interviewers

  • Jennifer Abella is a copy editor for The Washington Post Magazine. — Victoria "V.E." Schwab (Interview)
  • Mary Beth Albright is a video host and producer at The Washington Post. — Gale Galligan & Ann M. Martin (Interview)
  • Marie Arana is literary advisor to the Librarian of Congress. — Julia Alvarez (Interview), Richard Ford (Interview), David McCullough (Interview)
  • Amy Argetsinger is an editor and writer for the Style section of The Washington Post. — Thomas Mallon, Elaine Weiss
  • Dan Balz is Chief Correspondent at The Washington Post. — Brenda Wineapple (Interview)
  • Mandalit del Barco is an arts correspondent based at NPR West. — Barbara Kingsolver (Interview)
  • Christina Barron is the KidsPost editor at The Washington Post. — Juana Medina, Jon Scieszka & Steven Weinberg
  • Gal Beckerman is a preview editor of the books desk at the New York Times. — Colin G. Calloway & David Treuer (Moderator), David Sloan Wilson (Interview)
  • Bonnie S. Benwick is the former deputy/recipes editor of the Food section at The Washington Post. — Daniel Stone
  • Warren Bernard is executive editor of the Small Press Expo. — Raina Telgemeier, Ngozi Ukazu
  • Lenny Bernstein covers health and medicine for The Washington Post. — Beth Macy, Lisa Margonelli
  • Vera Beutin is the head of the cultural section at the Embassy of Germany. — Olga Grjasnowa
  • Kai Bird is director of the Leon Levy Center at City University of New York. — Andrea Barnet & David W. Blight & Andrew Roberts (Moderator)
  • Elizabeth Blair is a senior producer and reporter on the Arts Desk of NPR News. — Sigrid Nunez (Interview)
  • His Excellency Santiago Cabanas is the ambassador of Spain to the United States. — María Dueñas
  • Mary Anne Carter is the chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. — Pamela Paul & Maria Russo & Linda Sue Park & Jon Scieszka & Renée Watson
  • Rob Casper is the head of the poetry and literature center at the Library of Congress. — Sheila Black & Ilya Kaminsky, Jericho Brown & Dorianne Laux (Moderator)
  • Michael Cavna is creator of the Comic Riffs column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Washington Post. — Shannon Hale & LeUyen Pham, Jim Ottaviani
  • Ron Charles is a critic for Book World at The Washington Post. — Susan Choi (Interview), Richard Powers (Interview)
  • Denis Chouinard is public affairs counsellor of the Embassy of Canada. — Kim Thúy (Interview)
  • Nicole Y. Chung is the office manager of Book World at The Washington Post. — Cece Bell, Kathleen Glasgow
  • Phoebe Connelly is the deputy director of Video at The Washington Post. — Charlie Jane Anders, John Scalzi
  • Maureen Corrigan is a book critic for NPR's Fresh Air. — Sara Paretsky (Interview)
  • Carey Cranston is the president of the American Writers Museum. — Laila Lalami (Interview), Rebecca Makkai (Welcome)
  • Anya Creightney is a program specialist in the poetry and literature center at the Library of Congress. — Lucy Ruth Cummins, Aminatta Forna & R.O. Kwon & Valeria Luiselli, Natasha Trethewey & Jenny Xie (Moderator)
  • Robin Dale is an associate librarian for library services at the Library of Congress. — James Ellroy
  • Matthew Davis is director of the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center at George Mason University. — Olga Grjasnowa (Interview)
  • Eric Deggans is NPR's first full-time TV critic. — Henry Louis Gates Jr. & Judge Richard Gergel & Steve Luxenberg (Moderator)
  • Sasha Dowdy is a program specialist in the young readers center at the Library of Congress. — Mac Barnett & Greg Pizzoli, Max Brallier, Victoria "V.E." Schwab
  • Emily Eakin is a preview editor of the books desk at the New York Times. — Louis Bayard & Roxana Robinson, Rebecca Makkai (Interview), Joyce Carol Oates (Interview)
  • Indra Ekmanis is an American Council of Learned Societies/Mellon Public Fellow at Public Radio International. — Inga Gaile (Interview)
  • Roswell Encina is the chief communications officer of the office of the Librarian at the Library of Congress. — Johnny D. Boggs & Anne Hillerman & Paul Andrew Hutton & Craig Johnson, R.J. Palacio (Interview)
  • Paul Farhi is a media reporter for The Washington Post. — Amy Gutmann & Jonathan D. Moreno
  • Jessica Flynn is a literature specialist at the National Endowment of the Arts. — Nathan Englander
  • Juanita Giles is NPR’s kids’ fiction columnist and host of Are You There, God? It’s Me, Juanita. — Matthew Gray Gubler (Interview)
  • Catalina Gomez is a reference librarian in the Hispanic division at the Library of Congress. — Pablo Cartaya
  • Talía Guzmán-González is a reference librarian in the Hispanic division at the Library of Congress. — Cristina Rivera Garza (Interview)
  • John Haskell is the director of the Kluge Center and scholarly programs at the Library of Congress. — Peter Brannen (Interview), Joanne B. Freeman (Interview), Brenda Wineapple
  • Carla Hayden is the Librarian of Congress. — José Andrés, Richard Ford, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Joshua Hammer & Alberto Manguel (Moderator)
  • Joe Heim is a reporter on the Washington Post’s education team and writes the Just Asking q&a column for The Washington Post Magazine. — Fabien Cousteau, Scott Westerfeld
  • Betsy Herrelko is assistant curator, animal welfare and research, at the National Zoo. — Alexandra Horowitz & Frans de Waal (Moderator)
  • John Kelly is a Metro columnist at The Washington Post. — Jon Klassen, Seanan McGuire, Sherri Duskey Rinker
  • Nora Krug is an editor and writer for Book World at The Washington Post. — Brian Floca, Brendan Mathews & Lydia Millet (Moderator), Matt Phelan
  • Adam Kushner is the editor of Outlook at The Washington Post. — Thomas W. Malone, David Maraniss (Interview)
  • Guy Lamolinara is a communications officer in the center for the book at the Library of Congress. — Sophie Blackall, Fred Bowen, Adam Rubin
  • Steven Levingston is The Washington Post's nonfiction editor. — Douglas Rushkoff & Markus Zusak
  • Carlos Lozada is the nonfiction book critic of The Washington Post. — Reyna Grande & Aleksandar Hemon & Suketu Mehta (Moderator), David Grann (Interview)
  • Petra Mayer is an editor at NPR Books, focusing on genre fiction. — Margaret George & Philippa Gregory (Moderator)
  • Jane McAuliffe is a senior advisor to the Librarian of Congress. — Jeanine Leane & Brenton McKenna & Kim Scott
  • Peggy McGlone covers local arts at The Washington Post. — Henry Louis Gates Jr., Ronald L. Smith
  • Stephanie Merry is the editor of Book World at The Washington Post. — Joe Ide, Jennifer Swanson
  • Andrea Mitchell is NBC news chief, foreign affairs correspondent and the host of Andrea Mitchell Reports. — Amy Gutmann & Jonathan D. Moreno (Moderator)
  • Carly Mitchell is the president of the Junior League of Washington, D.C. — Jon Scieszka & Steven Weinberg (Welcome)
  • David Moskowitz is head of government relations and public policy at Wells Fargo. — Rick Atkinson
  • His Excellency Daniel Mulhall is the ambassador of Ireland to the United States. — Caoilinn Hughes (Interview)
  • Beatriz Nava is the acting director of the Mexican Cultural Institute. — Cristina Rivera Garza
  • Jose Miguel Nieto is first secretary at the Embassy of Peru. — Claudia Salazar Jiménez
  • Pamela Paul is editor of the New York Times Book Review. — Beth Macy (Interview)
  • Jon Parrish Peede is chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. — David Epstein (Welcome), Elaine Pagels (Interview)
  • Lee Ann Potter is the director of the learning and innovation office at the Library of Congress. — Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm, Pamela Paul & Maria Russo & Linda Sue Park & Jon Scieszka & Renée Watson (Moderator), Mitali Perkins & Misa Sugiura (Moderator)
  • Bilal Qureshi is a reporter for National Public Radio. — Amitav Ghosh (Interview)
  • Anne-Imelda Radice is the director of the division of public programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities. — David Epstein (Interview)
  • Ryan Ramsey is the chief of staff at the Library of Congress. — David Maraniss (Welcome)
  • Diane Rehm is the retired host of the Diane Rehm Show on WAMU American University Radio; she currently hosts the podcast Diane Rehm: On My Mind for National Public Radio. — José Andrés (Interview)
  • Manuel Roig-Franzia is a writer at The Washington Post. — Rick Atkinson & David Quammen
  • David Rubenstein, former co-founder and co-CEO of the Carlyle Group, is a major supporter of Library of Congress literacy initiatives, including the National Book Festival and the Library of Congress Literacy Awards. He also serves as chairman of the Library's advisory board, the James Madison Council. — Michael Beschloss (Interview), Douglas Brinkley (Interview), David Brooks (Interview), Parag Khanna & Steven Pearlstein (Moderator), Andrew Roberts (Interview)
  • Maria Russo is the children's book editor for The New York Times Book Review. — Molly Brooks, Monica Hesse & Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Moderator)
  • Artūrs Saburovs is secretary of communications and public diplomacy at the Embassy of Latvia. — Inga Gaile
  • Suzanne Schadl is the chief of the Hispanic division at the Library of Congress. — Liliana Colanzi & Melba Escobar (Moderator), María Dueñas (Interview)
  • Colleen Shogan is an assistant deputy librarian of library collections and services at the Library of Congress. — Casey Gerald (Interview), Brianna Labuskes (Interview), Evan Thomas (Interview)
  • Madhulika Sikka is Executive Producer Audio at The Washington Post. — Claudia Salazar Jiménez (Interview)
  • Amy Stolls is the director of literature at the National Endowment for the Arts. — Julia Alvarez, Alberto Manguel & Madeline Miller & Emily Wilson
  • Nina Totenberg is the legal affairs correspondent for National Public Radio. — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Interview)
  • Neely Tucker is a writer-editor in the office of communications at the Library of Congress. — Ann Beattie (Interview), Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks & Linda Holmes
  • Monica Valentine is a program specialist in the young readers center at the Library of Congress. — Holly Black, Sharon Robinson, Renée Watson & Ellen Hagan
  • Glen Welden is a cultural critic for National Public Radio. — Nathan Englander (Interview)
  • Shari Werb is the director of the center for learning, literacy and engagement at the Library of Congress. — Andrea Barnet & David W. Blight & Andrew Roberts, David Sloan Wilson (Welcome)
  • Belinda Wheeler, an Australian by birth, is associate professor of English at Claflin University. — Jeanine Leane & Brenton McKenna & Kim Scott (Moderator)
  • Eun Yang anchors NBC News4 Today. — Linda Sue Park
  • Trinidad Zaldivar is chief of the creativity and culture unit at InterAmerican Development Bank. — Liliana Colanzi & Melba Escobar
  • Beth Zorc is senior vice president and head of public policy at Wells Fargo. — Evan Thomas (Welcome)
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