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.

9:30 AM

10:00 AM

  • 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

    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

    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

    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
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    Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction: Richard Ford

    Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT
    Hall D (Level 2, North Building)
    Richard Ford receives the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction and discusses his life's work with Marie Arana. His most recent novel is "Let Me Be Frank With You: A Frank Bascombe Book" (Ecco). Introduced by: Carla Hayden. Stage: Main Stage
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Library of Congress Video

    Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:05 am EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Watch a short video about the Library of Congress. Stage: Library of Congress Pavilion
  • 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
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    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

    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
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    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

    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

    Assuring That All May Read: National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

    Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    10:05 am - 10:25 am EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Discover how the Library of Congress, through the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, makes lifelong learning possible for individuals for whom reading may otherwise be impossible. Stage: Library of Congress Pavilion
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Brian Floca Presentation

    Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    10:05 am - 10:30 am EDT
    Hall A (Lower Level)
    Brian Floca discusses "Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11" (Atheneum/Richard Jackson). Introduced by: Nora Krug. Stage: Children's Green Stage
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Lucy Ruth Cummins Presentation

    Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    10:05 am - 10:30 am EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Lucy Ruth Cummins discusses "Truman" (Atheneum). Introduced by: Anya Creightney. Stage: Children's Purple Stage
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    Finding Your Story: Library of Congress Genealogy Resources

    Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    10:25 am - 10:45 am EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Learn how Library of Congress resources can help you explore links to your family's past using a variety of public records, newspaper articles, and unexpected sources to help tell the story of you! Stage: Library of Congress Pavilion

10:30 AM

11:00 AM

  • 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
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    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
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    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

    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
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    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

    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

    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

    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

    Adam Rubin Presentation

    Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    11:15 am - 11:40 am EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Adam Rubin discusses "High Five" (Dial). Introduced by: Guy Lamolinara. Stage: Children's Purple Stage
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Sherri Duskey Rinker Presentation

    Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    11:15 am - 11:40 am EDT
    Hall A (Lower Level)
    Sherri Duskey Rinker launches her new book "Three Cheers for Kid McGear!" (Chronicle). Introduced by: John Kelly. Stage: Children's Green Stage

11:30 AM

12:00 PM

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Audio-Visual Collections at the Library of Congress

    Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    12:10 pm - 12:30 pm EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Interested in finding out more about audio and visual collections in the Library of Congress? The Library holds one of the largest collections of sound recordings and moving image material in the world. Join Karen and Harrison as they provide an overview of the breadth and depth of the Library’s audio-visual collections, instruction on discovery and access, search strategies, and copyright issues. Stage: Library of Congress Pavilion
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Sophie Blackall Presentation

    Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    12:25 pm - 12:50 pm EDT
    Hall A (Lower Level)
    Sophie Blackall discusses "Hello Lighthouse" (Little, Brown). Introduced by: Guy Lamolinara. Stage: Children's Green Stage

12:30 PM

1:00 PM

  • 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

    Are You Smarter than the Library of Congress?

    Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:20 pm EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    An engaging session for all ages that combines fun with learning about the Library of Congress' history and collections. Stage: Library of Congress Pavilion
  • 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: 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

    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

    Jon Klassen Presentation

    Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:25 pm EDT
    Hall A (Lower Level)
    Jon Klassen discusses "Circle" (Candlewick). Introduced by: John Kelly. Stage: Children's Green Stage
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    José Andrés Presentation

    Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
    Hall D (Level 2, North Building)
    José Andrés discusses "Vegetables Unleashed" (Ecco) and "We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time" (Ecco) with Diane Rehm. Introduced by: Carla Hayden. Stage: Main Stage
  • 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

    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

    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

    Max Brallier Presentation

    Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    1:10 pm - 1:35 pm EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Max Brallier launches his new book "The Last Kids on Earth and the Midnight Blade" (Viking). Introduced by: Sasha Dowdy. Stage: Children's Purple Stage
  • 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

    Copyright Trivia

    Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    1:20 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    An engaging session for all ages that combines fun with learning about the Copyright Office's history, collections and catalogues. Stage: Library of Congress Pavilion

1:30 PM

2:00 PM

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Meet the 2019 National Book Festival Poster Artist: Marian Bantjes

    Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    2:05 pm - 2:25 pm EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Acclaimed artist Marian Bantjes will discuss her inspiration for the 2019 National Book Festival poster. Don't miss Marian Bantjes' poster signing session at 11:30 a.m. in Signing Line No. 21. Stage: Library of Congress Pavilion
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham Presentation

    Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    2:10 pm - 2:35 pm EDT
    Hall A (Lower Level)
    Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham launch their new book "Best Friends" (First Second). Introduced by: Michael Cavna. Stage: Children's Green Stage
  • 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

    Fabien Cousteau Presentation

    Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    2:20 pm - 2:45 pm EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Fabien Cousteau discusses "Great White Shark Adventure" (Simon & Schuster). Introduced by: Joe Heim. Stage: Children's Purple Stage
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Dipping From the Well: Treasures from the American Folklife Center Archive

    Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    2:25 pm - 2:45 pm EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Steve Winick discusses treasures from the American Folklife Center Archive. Established in 1928, the American Folklife Center Archive is one of the largest archives of ethnographic materials from the U.S. and around the world. The collections include audiovisual documentation of traditional arts, cultural expressions and oral histories. Hear the earliest recordings of Muddy Waters, fiddling that inspired Aaron Copland, and the voices of veterans... Stage: Library of Congress Pavilion

2:30 PM

3:00 PM

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Library of Congress Video

    Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:15 pm EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Watch a short video about the Library of Congress. Stage: Library of Congress Pavilion
  • 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

    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

    Veterans History Program

    Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    3:15 pm - 3:35 pm EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Kerry Ward will discuss the special history between Congress and the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. The program offers unique ways to capture veteran stories using a variety of media. Stage: Library of Congress Pavilion
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Henry Louis Gates Jr. Presentation

    Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    3:20 pm - 3:45 pm EDT
    Hall A (Lower Level)
    Henry Louis Gates Jr. discusses "Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow" (Scholastic). Introduced by: Peggy McGlone. Stage: Children's Green Stage

3:30 PM

4:00 PM

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Raina Telgemeier Presentation

    Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
    Hall D (Level 2, North Building)
    Raina Telgemeier discusses "Share Your Smile: Raina’s Guide to Telling Your Own Story" (Graphix/Scholastic). Introduced by: Warren Bernard. Stage: Main 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

    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

    Sharon Robinson Presentation

    Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    4:05 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Sharon Robinson launches her new book "Child of the Dream: A Memoir of 1963" (Scholastic). Introduced by: Monica Valentine. Stage: Children's Purple Stage

4:30 PM

5:00 PM

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Library of Congress Video

    Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    5:10 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Watch a short video about the Library of Congress. Stage: Library of Congress Pavilion
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    R.J. Palacio Presentation

    Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    5:15 pm - 5:45 pm EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    R.J. Palacio discusses "We’re All Wonders" (Knopf) with Roswell Encina. Stage: Children's Purple Stage

5:30 PM

6:00 PM

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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

    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

6:30 PM

7:00 PM

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Michael Beschloss Presentation

    Saturday
    August 31, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
    Hall D (Level 2, North Building)
    Michael Beschloss discusses "Presidents of War" (Crown) with David M. Rubenstein. Stage: Main Stage
  • 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
  • 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