Schedule

All National Book Festival events on Aug. 31 will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. NOTE: Using the “Add to Calendar” tool places individual events in your personal calendar. It does not constitute a reservation or ticket to the event, nor does it guarantee you a seat.

NOTE: Using the “Add to Calendar” tool places individual events in your personal calendar. It does not constitute a reservation or ticket to the event.

Main Stage

Children's Green Stage

Children's Purple Stage

Teens

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:35 pm EDT
    Room 202 (Level 2, South Building)
    Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan discuss "Watch Us Rise" (Bloomsbury). Introduced by: Monica Valentine. Stage: Teens
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Kathleen Glasgow Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    10:50 am - 11:25 am EDT
    Room 202 (Level 2, South Building)
    Kathleen Glasgow discusses "How to Make Friends with the Dark" (Delacorte). Introduced by: Nicole Y. Chung. Stage: Teens
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Scott Westerfeld Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    11:40 am - 12:15 pm EDT
    Room 202 (Level 2, South Building)
    Scott Westerfeld discusses "Impostors" (Scholastic). Introduced by: Joe Heim. Stage: Teens
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Holly Black Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:05 pm EDT
    Room 202 (Level 2, South Building)
    Holly Black discusses "The Wicked King" (Little, Brown). Introduced by: Monica Valentine. Stage: Teens
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Conversation: Finding Their Voices Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    1:20 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
    Room 202 (Level 2, South Building)
    Mitali Perkins discusses "Forward Me Back to You" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) and Misa Sugiura discusses "This Time Will Be Different" (HarperTeen) in a panel conversation moderated by Lee Ann Potter. Stage: Teens
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Ngozi Ukazu Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    2:15 pm - 2:50 pm EDT
    Room 202 (Level 2, South Building)
    Ngozi Ukazu discusses "Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey" (First Second). Introduced by: Warren Bernard. Stage: Teens
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Conversation: Growing Up Hard Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    3:05 pm - 3:45 pm EDT
    Room 202 (Level 2, South Building)
    Monica Hesse discusses "The War Outside" (Little, Brown) and Jarrett J. Krosoczka discusses "Hey, Kiddo" (Graphix/Scholastic) in a panel conversation moderated by Maria Russo. Stage: Teens
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Markus Zusak Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:40 pm EDT
    Room 202 (Level 2, South Building)
    Markus Zusak discusses "Bridge of Clay" (Knopf). Introduced by: Steven Levingston. Stage: Teens
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    4:50 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
    Room 202 (Level 2, South Building)
    Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks launch their new book "Pumpkinheads" (First Second) in a discussion with Linda Holmes, author of "Evvie Drake Starts Over" (Ballantine). Introduced by: Neely Tucker. Stage: Teens
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Poetry Slam Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
    Room 202 (Level 2, South Building)
    A poetry slam is a contest in which poets read or recite their poems, which are then judged by a panel. This year's event will include some of the Metro area’s top youth slam groups. Team delegates from DC, Baltimore, and Salisbury, Maryland will compete to be named the festival's top youth slammer by performing new works on books and reading. Emcee: Elizabeth Acevedo.... Stage: Teens

Fiction

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Rebecca Makkai Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:45 am EDT
    East Salon ABC (Street Level, South Building)
    Rebecca Makkai discusses "The Great Believers" (Penguin) with Emily Eakin. Welcome by: Carey Cranston. The Fiction Stage is sponsored by The James Madison Council. Stage: Fiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Conversation: Novels Based on Real People Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    11:00 am - 11:50 am EDT
    East Salon ABC (Street Level, South Building)
    Louis Bayard discusses "Courting Mr. Lincoln" (Algonquin) and Roxana Robinson discusses "Dawson’s Fall" (Sarah Crichton) in a panel conversation moderated by Emily Eakin. The Fiction Stage is sponsored by The James Madison Council. Stage: Fiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Sigrid Nunez Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:45 pm EDT
    East Salon ABC (Street Level, South Building)
    Sigrid Nunez discusses "The Friend" (Riverhead) with Elizabeth Blair. The Fiction Stage is sponsored by The James Madison Council. Stage: Fiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Thomas Mallon Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm EDT
    East Salon ABC (Street Level, South Building)
    Thomas Mallon discusses "Landfall" (Pantheon). Introduced by: Amy Argetsinger. The Fiction Stage is sponsored by The James Madison Council. Stage: Fiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Ann Beattie Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:45 pm EDT
    East Salon ABC (Street Level, South Building)
    Ann Beattie discusses "A Wonderful Stroke of Luck" (Viking) with Neely Tucker. The Fiction Stage is sponsored by The James Madison Council. Stage: Fiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Susan Choi Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:45 pm EDT
    East Salon ABC (Street Level, South Building)
    Susan Choi discusses "Trust Exercise" (Henry Holt) with Ron Charles. The Fiction Stage is sponsored by The James Madison Council. Stage: Fiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Richard Powers Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:45 pm EDT
    East Salon ABC (Street Level, South Building)
    Richard Powers discusses "The Overstory" (Norton) with Ron Charles. The Fiction Stage is sponsored by The James Madison Council. Stage: Fiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Laila Lalami Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    5:00 pm - 5:45 pm EDT
    East Salon ABC (Street Level, South Building)
    Laila Lalami discusses "The Other Americans" (Pantheon) with Carey Cranston. The Fiction Stage is sponsored by The James Madison Council. Stage: Fiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Barbara Kingsolver Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    6:00 pm - 6:45 pm EDT
    East Salon ABC (Street Level, South Building)
    Barbara Kingsolver discusses "Unsheltered" (HarperCollins) with Mandalit del Barco. The Fiction Stage is sponsored by The James Madison Council. Stage: Fiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Joyce Carol Oates Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    7:00 pm - 7:45 pm EDT
    East Salon ABC (Street Level, South Building)
    Joyce Carol Oates discusses "My Life as a Rat" (Ecco) with Emily Eakin. The Fiction Stage is sponsored by The James Madison Council. Stage: Fiction

Genre Fiction

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Panel: Western Writers Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:50 am EDT
    West Salon GHI (Street Level, South Building)
    Johnny D. Boggs discusses "The Kansas City Cowboys" (Blackstone), Anne Hillerman discusses "The Tale Teller: A Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novel" (HarperCollins), Paul Andrew Hutton discusses "The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History" (Broadway) and Craig Johnson discusses "Depth of Winter" (Viking) in a panel conversation. Introduced by: Roswell... Stage: Genre Fiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Victoria "V.E." Schwab Genre Fiction Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    11:00 am - 11:45 am EDT
    West Salon GHI (Street Level, South Building)
    Victoria "V.E." Schwab discusses "Vengeful" (Tor) with Jennifer Abella. Stage: Genre Fiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Seanan McGuire Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:45 pm EDT
    West Salon GHI (Street Level, South Building)
    Seanan McGuire discusses "Middlegame" (Tor). Introduced by: John Kelly. Stage: Genre Fiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    John Scalzi Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm EDT
    West Salon GHI (Street Level, South Building)
    John Scalzi discusses "The Consuming Fire" (Tor). Introduced by: Phoebe Connelly. Stage: Genre Fiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Brianna Labuskes Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:45 pm EDT
    West Salon GHI (Street Level, South Building)
    Brianna Labuskes discusses "Girls of Glass" (Thomas & Mercer) with Colleen Shogan. Stage: Genre Fiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Charlie Jane Anders Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:45 pm EDT
    West Salon GHI (Street Level, South Building)
    Charlie Jane Anders discusses "The City in the Middle of the Night" (Tor). Introduced by: Phoebe Connelly. Stage: Genre Fiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Conversation: Historical Novels Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:50 pm EDT
    West Salon GHI (Street Level, South Building)
    Margaret George discusses "The Splendor Before the Dark: A Novel of the Emperor Nero" (Berkley) and Philippa Gregory discusses "Tidelands" (Atria) in a panel conversation moderated by Petra Mayer. Stage: Genre Fiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Joe Ide Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    5:00 pm - 5:45 pm EDT
    West Salon GHI (Street Level, South Building)
    Joe Ide discusses "Wrecked: An IQ Novel" (Mulholland). Introduced by: Stephanie Merry. Stage: Genre Fiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Sara Paretsky Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    6:00 pm - 6:45 pm EDT
    West Salon GHI (Street Level, South Building)
    Sara Paretsky discusses "Shell Game: A V.I. Warshawski Novel" (William Morrow) with Maureen Corrigan. Stage: Genre Fiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    James Ellroy Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    7:00 pm - 7:45 pm EDT
    West Salon GHI (Street Level, South Building)
    James Ellroy discusses "This Storm" (Knopf). Introduced by: Robin Dale. Stage: Genre Fiction

History & Biography

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    David Maraniss Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:45 am EDT
    Ballroom B (Level 3, South Building)
    David Maraniss discusses "A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father" (Simon & Schuster) with Adam Kushner. Welcome by: Ryan Ramsey. The History & Biography Stage is sponsored by Wells Fargo. Stage: History & Biography
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Joanne B. Freeman Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    11:00 am - 11:45 am EDT
    Ballroom B (Level 3, South Building)
    Joanne B. Freeman discusses "The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) with John Haskell. The History & Biography Stage is sponsored by Wells Fargo. Stage: History & Biography
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Casey Gerald Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm EDT
    Ballroom B (Level 3, South Building)
    Casey Gerald discusses "There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir" (Riverhead) with Colleen Shogan. The History & Biography Stage is sponsored by Wells Fargo. Stage: History & Biography
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Conversation: Native American History Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    1:55 pm - 2:45 pm EDT
    Ballroom B (Level 3, South Building)
    Colin G. Calloway discusses "The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans and the Birth of the Nation" (Oxford University) and David Treuer discusses "The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present" (Riverhead) in a panel conversation moderated by Gal Beckerman. The History & Biography Stage is sponsored by Wells Fargo. Stage: History & Biography
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Elaine Weiss Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:45 pm EDT
    Ballroom B (Level 3, South Building)
    Elaine Weiss discusses "The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote" (Viking). Introduced by: Amy Argetsinger. The History & Biography Stage is sponsored by Wells Fargo. Stage: History & Biography
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Douglas Brinkley Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:45 pm EDT
    Ballroom B (Level 3, South Building)
    Douglas Brinkley discusses "American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race" (HarperCollins) with David M. Rubenstein. The History & Biography Stage is sponsored by Wells Fargo. Stage: History & Biography
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Evan Thomas Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    5:00 pm - 5:45 pm EDT
    Ballroom B (Level 3, South Building)
    Evan Thomas discusses "First: Sandra Day O’Connor" (Random House) with Colleen Shogan. Introduced by: Beth Zorc. The History & Biography Stage is sponsored by Wells Fargo. Stage: History & Biography
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Andrew Roberts Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    6:00 pm - 6:45 pm EDT
    Ballroom B (Level 3, South Building)
    Andrew Roberts discusses "Churchill: Walking with Destiny" (Viking) with David M. Rubenstein. The History & Biography Stage is sponsored by Wells Fargo. Stage: History & Biography
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Rick Atkinson Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    7:00 pm - 7:45 pm EDT
    Ballroom B (Level 3, South Building)
    Rick Atkinson discusses "The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777" (Henry Holt). Introduced by: Manuel Roig-Franzia. Welcome by: David Moskowitz. The History & Biography Stage is sponsored by Wells Fargo. Stage: History & Biography

International

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Panel: The View From Country—Australia's Aboriginal Writers Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:50 am EDT
    Room 152 (Street Level, North Building)
    Jeanine Leane discusses "Walk Back Over" (Cordite), Brenton McKenna discusses "Ubby’s Underdogs: Return of the Dragons" (Magabala) and Kim Scott launches in America his book "Taboo" (Small Beer) in a panel conversation moderated by Belinda Wheeler. Welcome by: Jane McAuliffe. Stage: International
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Claudia Salazar Jiménez Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    11:00 am - 11:45 am EDT
    Room 152 (Street Level, North Building)
    Claudia Salazar Jiménez discusses "Blood of the Dawn" (Deep Vellum) with Madhulika Sikka. Introduced by: Jose Miguel Nieto. Stage: International
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Inga Gaile Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:45 pm EDT
    Room 152 (Street Level, North Building)
    Inga Gaile discusses "30 Questions People Don’t Ask: The Selected Poems of Inga Gaile" (Pleiades) with Indra Ekmanis. Introduced by: Artūrs Saburovs. Stage: International
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Amitav Ghosh Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm EDT
    Room 152 (Street Level, North Building)
    Amitav Ghosh discusses "Gun Island" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) with Bilal Qureshi. Stage: International
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Olga Grjasnowa Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:45 pm EDT
    Room 152 (Street Level, North Building)
    Olga Grjasnowa discusses "City of Jasmine" (Oneworld) with Matthew Davis. Introduced by: Vera Beutin. Stage: International
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Cristina Rivera Garza Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:45 pm EDT
    Room 152 (Street Level, North Building)
    Cristina Rivera Garza discusses "The Taiga Syndrome" (Dorothy Project) with Talía Guzmán-González. Introduced by: Beatriz Nava. Stage: International
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Conversation: South American Fiction Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:50 pm EDT
    Room 152 (Street Level, North Building)
    Liliana Colanzi discusses "Our Dead World" (Dalkey Archive) and Melba Escobar discusses "House of Beauty" (Fourth Estate) in a panel conversation moderated by Suzanne Schadl. Introduced by: Trinidad Zaldivar. Stage: International
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Caoilinn Hughes Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    5:00 pm - 5:45 pm EDT
    Room 152 (Street Level, North Building)
    Caoilinn Hughes discusses "Orchid & the Wasp" (Hogarth) with Daniel Mulhall. Stage: International
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Kim Thúy Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    6:00 pm - 6:45 pm EDT
    Room 152 (Street Level, North Building)
    Kim Thúy discusses "Vi" (Random House) and "Secrets from My Vietnamese Kitchen: Simple Recipes from My Many Mothers" (Random House) with Denis Chouinard. Stage: International
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    María Dueñas Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    7:00 pm - 7:45 pm EDT
    Room 152 (Street Level, North Building)
    María Dueñas discusses "The Vineyard" (Atria) with Suzanne Schadl. Introduced by: Santiago Cabanas. Stage: International

Poetry & Prose

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Jericho Brown and the Poetry Out Loud Winners Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:45 am EDT
    Room 145 (Street Level, North Building)
    Poetry Out Loud is a contest that 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 program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Stage: Poetry & Prose
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Panel: Fiction Through a Different Lens Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    11:00 am - 11:50 am EDT
    Room 145 (Street Level, North Building)
    Aminatta Forna discusses "Happiness: A Novel" (Atlantic Monthly), R.O. Kwon discusses "The Incendiaries: A Novel" (Riverhead) and Valeria Luiselli discusses "Lost Children Archive: A Novel" (Knopf) in a panel conversation. Introduced by: Anya Creightney. The Poetry & Prose Stage is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Stage: Poetry & Prose
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Conversation: Poetry With a Purpose Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:45 pm EDT
    Room 145 (Street Level, North Building)
    Jericho Brown discusses "The Tradition" (Copper Canyon) and Dorianne Laux discusses "Only as the Day Is Long: New and Selected Poems" (Norton) in a panel conversation moderated by Rob Casper. The Poetry & Prose Stage is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Stage: Poetry & Prose
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Conversation: The Art of the Short Story Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm EDT
    Room 145 (Street Level, North Building)
    Brendan Mathews discusses "This Is Not a Love Song" (Little, Brown) and Lydia Millet discusses "Fight No More: Stories" (Norton) in a panel conversation moderated by Nora Krug. The Poetry & Prose Stage is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Stage: Poetry & Prose
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Conversation: The Poetry of Place Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:45 pm EDT
    Room 145 (Street Level, North Building)
    Natasha Trethewey discusses "Monument: Poems New and Selected" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Jenny Xie discusses "Eye Level: Poems" (Graywolf) in a panel conversation moderated by Anya Creightney. The Poetry & Prose Stage is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Stage: Poetry & Prose
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Julia Alvarez Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:45 pm EDT
    Room 145 (Street Level, North Building)
    Julia Alvarez discusses "In the Time of the Butterflies" (Algonquin) with Marie Arana. Introduced by: Amy Stolls. The Poetry & Prose Stage is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Stage: Poetry & Prose
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Conversation: The Poetry of Silence Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:45 pm EDT
    Room 145 (Street Level, North Building)
    Sheila Black discusses "The Right Way to Be Crippled and Naked: The Fiction of Disability" (Cinco Puntos) and Ilya Kaminsky discusses "Deaf Republic: Poems" (Graywolf) in a panel conversation. Introduced by: Rob Casper. The Poetry & Prose Stage is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Stage: Poetry & Prose
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Panel: How to Raise a Reader Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
    Room 145 (Street Level, North Building)
    Pamela Paul and Maria Russo launch their new book "How to Raise a Reader" (Workman) in a panel conversation with Linda Sue Park, author of "Nya’s Long Walk: A Step at a Time" (Clarion), Jon Scieszka, author of "AstroNuts Mission One: The Plant Planet" (Chronicle), and Renée Watson, author of "Watch Us Rise" (Bloomsbury). Moderated by: Lee Ann Potter. Introduced by: Mary Anne Carter.... Stage: Poetry & Prose
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Nathan Englander Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    6:10 pm - 6:55 pm EDT
    Room 145 (Street Level, North Building)
    Nathan Englander discusses "kaddish.com: A Novel" (Knopf) with Glen Weldon. Introduced by: Jessica Flynn. The Poetry & Prose Stage is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Stage: Poetry & Prose
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Panel: The Enduring Appeal of the Odyssey Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    7:05 pm - 7:55 pm EDT
    Room 145 (Street Level, North Building)
    Alberto Manguel discusses "Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey: A Biography" (Grove), Madeline Miller discusses "Circe" (Little, Brown) and Emily Wilson discusses her translation of "The Odyssey" (Norton) in a panel conversation. Introduced by: Amy Stolls. The Poetry & Prose Stage is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Stage: Poetry & Prose

Science

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    David Sloan Wilson Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:45 am EDT
    Room 146 (Street Level, North Building)
    David Sloan Wilson discusses "This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution" (Pantheon) with Gal Beckerman. Welcome by: Shari Werb. Stage: Science
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Jim Ottaviani Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    11:00 am - 11:45 am EDT
    Room 146 (Street Level, North Building)
    Jim Ottaviani discusses "Hawking" (First Second). Introduced by: Michael Cavna. Stage: Science
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Conversation: Animal Emotions & Human-Animal Relations Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:50 pm EDT
    Room 146 (Street Level, North Building)
    Alexandra Horowitz launches her new book "Our Dogs, Ourselves: The Story of a Singular Bond" (Scribner) and Frans de Waal discusses "Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves" (Norton) in a panel conversation moderated by Betsy Herrelko. Stage: Science
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Thomas W. Malone Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm EDT
    Room 146 (Street Level, North Building)
    Thomas W. Malone discusses "Superminds: The Surprising Power of People and Computers Thinking Together" (Little, Brown). Introduced by: Adam Kushner. Stage: Science
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Peter Brannen Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:45 pm EDT
    Room 146 (Street Level, North Building)
    Peter Brannen discusses "The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions" (Ecco) with John Haskell. Stage: Science
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Beth Macy Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:45 pm EDT
    Room 146 (Street Level, North Building)
    Beth Macy discusses "Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America" (Little, Brown) with Pamela Paul. Introduced by: Leonard Bernstein. Stage: Science
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Daniel Stone Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:45 pm EDT
    Room 146 (Street Level, North Building)
    Daniel Stone discusses "The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats" (Dutton). Introduced by: Bonnie S. Benwick. Stage: Science
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Lisa Margonelli Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    5:00 pm - 5:45 pm EDT
    Room 146 (Street Level, North Building)
    Lisa Margonelli discusses "Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology" (Scientific American/Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Introduced by: Leonard Bernstein. Stage: Science
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    David Quammen Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    6:00 pm - 6:45 pm EDT
    Room 146 (Street Level, North Building)
    David Quammen discusses "The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life" (Simon & Schuster). Introduced by: Manuel Roig-Franzia. Stage: Science
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Douglas Rushkoff Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    7:00 pm - 7:45 pm EDT
    Room 146 (Street Level, North Building)
    Douglas Rushkoff discusses "Team Human" (Norton). Introduced by: Steven Levingston. Stage: Science

Understanding Our World

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    David Epstein Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:45 am EDT
    Ballroom A (Level 3, South Building)
    David Epstein discusses "Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World" (Riverhead) with Anne-Imelda Radice. Welcome by: Jon Parrish Peede. The Understanding Our World Stage is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Stage: Understanding Our World
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Panel: Changemakers Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    11:00 am - 12:15 pm EDT
    Ballroom A (Level 3, South Building)
    Andrea Barnet discusses "Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall and Alice Waters Changed Our World" (Ecco), David W. Blight discusses "Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom" (Simon & Schuster) and Andrew Roberts discusses "Churchill: Walking with Destiny" (Viking) in a panel conversation moderated by Kai Bird. Introduced by: Shari Werb. The Understanding Our World Stage is sponsored by the National Endowment for... Stage: Understanding Our World
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Conversation: The Future of Western Capitalism and the Rise of Asia Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:15 pm EDT
    Ballroom A (Level 3, South Building)
    Parag Khanna discusses "The Future Is Asian" (Simon & Schuster) and Steven Pearlstein discusses "Can American Capitalism Survive?: Why Greed Is Not Good, Opportunity Is Not Equal and Fairness Won’t Make Us Poor" (St. Martin’s) in a panel conversation moderated by David M. Rubenstein. The Understanding Our World Stage is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Stage: Understanding Our World
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Amy Gutmann and Jonathan D. Moreno Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:20 pm EDT
    Ballroom A (Level 3, South Building)
    Amy Gutmann and Jonathan D. Moreno launch their new book "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die: Bioethics and the Transformation of Health Care in America" (Liveright) in a discussion with Andrea Mitchell. Introduced by: Paul Farhi. The Understanding Our World Stage is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Stage: Understanding Our World
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    David Grann Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:15 pm EDT
    Ballroom A (Level 3, South Building)
    David Grann discusses "The White Darkness" (Doubleday) with Carlos Lozada. The Understanding Our World Stage is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Stage: Understanding Our World
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Panel: From the Many, One—Immigration Memoirs Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
    Ballroom A (Level 3, South Building)
    Reyna Grande discusses "A Dream Called Home: A Memoir" (Atria), Aleksandar Hemon discusses "My Parents: An Introduction/This Does Not Belong to You" (MCD/Farrar, Straus & Giroux) and Suketu Mehta discusses "This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) in a panel conversation moderated by Carlos Lozada. The Understanding Our World Stage is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Stage: Understanding Our World
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Conversation: Essential Libraries Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    4:45 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
    Ballroom A (Level 3, South Building)
    Joshua Hammer discusses "The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts" (Simon & Schuster) and Alberto Manguel discusses "Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions" (Yale University) in a panel conversation moderated by Carla Hayden. The Understanding Our World Stage is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Stage: Understanding Our World
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Elaine Pagels Presentation Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    5:45 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
    Ballroom A (Level 3, South Building)
    Elaine Pagels discusses "Why Religion?: A Personal Story" (Ecco) with Jon Parrish Peede. The Understanding Our World Stage is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Stage: Understanding Our World
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Panel: Race in America Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    6:45 pm - 7:45 pm EDT
    Ballroom A (Level 3, South Building)
    Henry Louis Gates Jr. discusses "Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy and the Rise of Jim Crow" (Penguin), Judge Richard Gergel discusses "Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring" (Sarah Crichton) and Steve Luxenberg discusses "Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation" (Norton)... Stage: Understanding Our World

Library of Congress Stage

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Presenting the Library of Congress' Thomas Jefferson Building Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:40 am EDT
    Room 150 (Street Level, North Building)
    The deputy chief of the visitor engagement office will give an overview of the history of the Library of Congress, beginning with the capital city’s move from Philadelphia to Washington in 1800 and concluding with the Thomas Jefferson Building as it is today. Stage: Library of Congress Stage
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Read and Meet: Comic Books and Pop Culture Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    11:00 am - 11:40 am EDT
    Room 150 (Street Level, North Building)
    Join Library of Congress subject specialists for a moderated community chat about your favorite works and have a chance to learn more with your fellow readers! Stage: Library of Congress Stage
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Copyright Matters Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:40 pm EDT
    Room 150 (Street Level, North Building)
    Did you know that every one of us both owns and uses copyrighted works? Copyright is all around, especially in literature. Join us to learn how copyright affects you, including the basics of copyright and how it promotes creativity among authors and artists. Stage: Library of Congress Stage
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Veterans History Project Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:40 pm EDT
    Room 150 (Street Level, North Building)
    Learn about the history of the unique connection between Congress and the Veterans History Project (VHP), as well as the human component of how VHP creates an environment where veterans not only share their stories, but also capture them for posterity in a safe space. Stage: Library of Congress Stage
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Read and Meet: History and Biography Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:40 pm EDT
    Room 150 (Street Level, North Building)
    Join Library of Congress subject specialists for a moderated community chat about your favorite works and have a chance to learn more with your fellow readers! Stage: Library of Congress Stage
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Copyright Matters Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:40 pm EDT
    Room 150 (Street Level, North Building)
    Did you know that every one of us both owns and uses copyrighted works? Copyright is all around, especially in literature. Join us to learn how copyright affects you, including the basics of copyright and how it promotes creativity among authors and artists. Stage: Library of Congress Stage
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Read and Meet: Popular Science Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:40 pm EDT
    Room 150 (Street Level, North Building)
    Join Library of Congress subject specialists for a moderated community chat about your favorite works and have a chance to learn more with your fellow readers! Stage: Library of Congress Stage
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Panel: Library of Congress Super Users Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    5:00 pm - 5:40 pm EDT
    Room 150 (Street Level, North Building)
    Library of Congress super users are experts at researching and exploring the Library’s collections. Discover how these authors, poets, photographers and even bloggers use the Library’s resources to enhance their work and how the collections often lead them to new fields of research and exploration. Stage: Library of Congress Stage

Library of Congress Pavilion

Book Signings