Schedule

The 2022 Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Sept. 3, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (doors open at 8:30 a.m.). A selection of programs will be livestreamed online and videos of all programs will be available shortly after the Festival. View and download the Festival program; note that any last-minute schedule adjustments will only be updated on the website and will not be reflected in the Festival program PDF.

Search for Events

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.

Monday August 15, 2022

Tuesday August 16, 2022

  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Library of Congress National Book Festival Author Talk: Juliet Menéndez

    Tuesday
    August 16, 2022
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
    Online Only
    PBS Books, in collaboration with South Florida PBS and Between the Covers, is hosting a conversation celebrating the Library of Congress National Book Festival with Juliet Menéndez, author of “Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers,” to discuss her work, her dedication to promoting Latina voices and her involvement in the Festival. The author will be interviewed by Between the Covers’ Ann Bocock. Interests: Biography, Hispanic Interest, Inspiring and Educational, Nonfiction, Partner Events

Wednesday August 17, 2022

  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Library of Congress National Book Festival Author Talk: Kate Clifford Larson

    Wednesday
    August 17, 2022
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
    Online Only
    PBS Books, in collaboration with Chicago's WTTW, is hosting a conversation celebrating the Library of Congress National Book Festival with Kate Clifford Larson, author of “Walk with Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer,” to discuss her work and involvement in the Festival.
    This event will be livestreamed on youtu.be External.
    Stage: History & Biography Interests: Biography, Black and African American Interest, Inspiring and Educational, Nonfiction, Partner Events, Social Justice, Understanding Racism

Thursday August 18, 2022

  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Library of Congress National Book Festival Author Talk: Geraldine Brooks

    Thursday
    August 18, 2022
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
    Online Only
    PBS Books, in collaboration with Georgia Public Broadcasting, is hosting a conversation celebrating the Library of Congress National Book Festival with Geraldine Brooks, author of “Horse: A Novel,” to discuss her work and involvement in the Festival. Stage: Writers Studio Interests: Animals, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Partner Events, Understanding Racism

Monday August 22, 2022

  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Library of Congress National Book Festival Author Talk: Mitch Albom

    Monday
    August 22, 2022
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
    Online Only
    PBS Books, in collaboration with Philadelphia's WHYY, is hosting a conversation celebrating the Library of Congress National Book Festival with Mitch Albom, author of “Tuesdays with Morrie,” to discuss his work and involvement in the Festival. The author will be interviewed by former Michigan Radio host Cynthia Canty. Stage: Pop Lit Interests: Inspiring and Educational, Memoir, Nonfiction, Partner Events

Tuesday August 23, 2022

  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Library of Congress National Book Festival Author Talk: Clint Smith

    Tuesday
    August 23, 2022
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
    Online Only
    PBS Books, in collaboration with Maryland Public Television, is hosting a conversation celebrating the Library of Congress National Book Festival with Clint Smith, author of “How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America,” to discuss his work and involvement in the Festival. The author will be interviewed American Black Journal’s Stephen Henderson.
    This event will be livestreamed on youtu.be External.
    Stage: History & Biography Interests: BIPOC Authors, Black and African American Interest, History, Nonfiction, Partner Events, Social Justice, Understanding Racism

Wednesday August 24, 2022

  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Library of Congress National Book Festival Author Talk: Dhonielle Clayton

    Wednesday
    August 24, 2022
    9:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
    Online Only
    PBS Books, in collaboration with San Diego's KPBS, is hosting a conversation celebrating the Library of Congress National Book Festival with Dhonielle Clayton, co-author of “Blackout: A Novel,” to discuss her work and involvement in the Festival. Stage: Main Stage Interests: BIPOC Authors, Black and African American Interest, Book Series, Fiction, Fun and Funny, LGBTQ+, Partner Events, Romance, Young Adult

Thursday August 25, 2022

  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Library of Congress National Book Festival Author Talk: Kelly Lytle Hernández

    Thursday
    August 25, 2022
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
    Online Only
    PBS Books, in collaboration with Dallas/Fort Worth's KERA and Kansas City PBS, is hosting a conversation celebrating the Library of Congress National Book Festival with Kelly Lytle Hernández, author of “Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire and Revolution in the Borderlands,” to discuss her work and involvement in the Festival.
    This event will be livestreamed on youtu.be External.
    Stage: History & Biography Interests: BIPOC Authors, Hispanic Interest, History, Nonfiction, Partner Events, Social Justice

Monday August 29, 2022

  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Library of Congress National Book Festival Author Talk: Rachel Aviv

    Monday
    August 29, 2022
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
    Online Only
    PBS Books, in collaboration with Washington, D.C.'s WETA, is hosting a conversation celebrating the Library of Congress National Book Festival with Rachel Aviv, author of “Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and the Stories That Make Us,” to discuss her work and involvement in the Festival. Stage: Society & Culture Interests: Book Launch, Debut, Health and Wellness, Inspiring and Educational, Nonfiction, Partner Events

Tuesday August 30, 2022

  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Library of Congress National Book Festival Author Talk: Katie Gutierrez

    Tuesday
    August 30, 2022
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
    Online Only
    PBS Books, in collaboration with GBH in Boston, is hosting a conversation celebrating the Library of Congress National Book Festival with Katie Gutierrez, author of “More Than You'll Ever Know: A Novel,” to discuss her work and involvement in the Festival. Stage: Pop Lit Interests: Debut, Family, Fiction, Hispanic Interest, Mystery, Partner Events, Romance, Thriller

Friday September 2, 2022

  • Event | special events

    National Book Festival Opening Celebration: Books Bring Us Together

    Friday
    September 2, 2022
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
    Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)
    On the eve of the 2022 National Book Festival, join Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and festival co-chairman David M. Rubenstein as they welcome five of the more than 100 authors appearing at this year’s festival. This special event, live from the Library and sponsored by AARP, features David Maraniss, Candice Millard, Nick Offerman, Andrea Davis Pinkney and Ed Yong. Stage: Library of Congress Stage

Saturday September 3, 2022

  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Believe in Yourself: What We Learned from Arthur with Marc Brown

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    9:30 am - 9:55 am EDT
    Hall A (Lower Level)
    It’s the 25th anniversary of the award-winning “Arthur” TV series! Creator Marc Brown celebrates this milestone with the publication of his book, “Believe in Yourself: What We Learned from Arthur,” a collection of the best quotes and life lessons from the longest-running children’s show in US history, all carefully compiled to inspire readers of all ages. Moderated by Alison Starling. Stage: Please Read Me a Story Interests: Animals, Fiction, Fun and Funny, Inspiring and Educational
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Did You Know That the First Cat in Space Ate Pizza? with Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    9:30 am - 9:55 am EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Rats are eating the moon! Only one hero is right for the job: a cat. Blasted into space and joined only by the bossy Moon Queen and a toenail clipping robot, can these unlikely heroes save the world? Join Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris as they discuss their hilarious new action-packed graphic novel, “The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza.” Moderated by Sasha Dowdy. Interests: Adventure, Animals, Book Series, Fiction, Fun and Funny, Science Fiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    How Racism Happens with Robert Samuels and Linda Villarosa

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    9:30 am - 10:15 am EDT
    Ballroom B (Level 3, South Building)
    What is systemic racism? In “Under the Skin,” Linda Villarosa exposes forces in our healthcare system that cause Black people to "live sicker and die quicker." In “His Name is George Floyd,” Robert Samuels draws upon hundreds of interviews to illustrate how inequalities in housing, education, health care, criminal justice, and policing affected Floyd’s life and legacy. Moderated by Eric Deggans. Stage: Society & Culture Interests: BIPOC Authors, Black and African American Interest, Debut, Health and Wellness, Nonfiction, Science, Social Justice, Understanding Racism
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction Honoree Jesmyn Ward

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    9:45 am - 10:30 am EDT
    East Salon ABC (Street Level, South Building)
    Jesmyn Ward is the latest honoree of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. During this program, she’ll talk about her work with Clay Smith and receive the Prize for American Fiction from the Librarian of Congress. Ward has received two National Book Awards and a MacArthur fellowship. This program occurs onscreen at the Writers Studio stage; Ward is unable to appear in-person. Stage: Writers Studio Interests: BIPOC Authors, Black and African American Interest, Fiction, Performances and Special Programs
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Truer Than True Crime: Novels About Swindlers and Murderers with Kirstin Chen, Katie Gutierrez and Amanda Eyre Ward

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    9:45 am - 10:45 am EDT
    Ballroom A (Level 3, South Building)
    What’s with America’s fascination with true crime? These novelists have a few thoughts. Kirstin Chen’s “Counterfeit,” Katie Gutierrez’s “More Than You’ll Ever Know” and Amanda Eyre Ward’s “The Lifeguards” are novels that are thrilling and suspenseful but also reflect on what our intrigue with true crime says about us. Moderated by Marion Winik. Stage: Pop Lit Interests: Asian and Pacific Islander Interest, BIPOC Authors, Debut, Family, Fiction, Hispanic Interest, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Black Girls Sew with Hekima Hapa and Lesley Ware

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    10:00 am - 10:45 am EDT
    Room 146 (Street Level, North Building)
    Black and brown girls and boys need a space where they do not have to encounter misrepresentation of their culture. “Black Girls Sew” offers the tools, knowledge and vocabulary to help young people take back their fashion narrative. In this program, writers and fashion designers Hekima Hapa and Lesley Ware will discuss their new book with Desiree Woodard. Stage: Life/Style Interests: BIPOC Authors, Black and African American Interest, Debut, Inspiring and Educational, Nonfiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Library of Congress Trivia: Are You Smarter Than the Library?

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    10:00 am - 10:30 am EDT
    Room 152 (Street Level, North Building)
    Join an engaging program for all ages that combines fun with learning about the Library of Congress' history and collections. Stage: Library of Congress Stage Interests: Fun and Funny, Inspiring and Educational
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Lying Runs in the Family: E. Lockhart Talks About Her New Novel

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    10:00 am - 10:45 am EDT
    Room 202 (Level 2, South Building)
    When your family’s life is nothing but a tangle of secrets, all you might ask is: How did I get here? In this talk, E. Lockhart will trace the roots of the mysterious Sinclair family in her book “Family of Liars,“ prequel to the massively bestselling “We Were Liars” and dive into the decades-long secrets that endlessly haunt them. Moderated by Kahîn Mohammad. Stage: Young Adult Interests: Book Series, Family, Fiction, Mystery, Nature, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Memories, Maladies, Mysteries and Murders with Rob Hart and Victor Manibo

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT
    West Salon GHI (Street Level, South Building)
    What do you do when you can’t trust your memories and people are dying? Keep looking for answers! In Rob Hart’s “The Paradox Hotel,” January Cole, security director at a time traveler hotel, finds a body no one can see, and in Victor Manibo’s debut, “The Sleepless,” journalist Jamie Vega is the main suspect for a suspicious suicide he’s investigating. Moderated by Miwa Messer. Stage: Science Fiction & Fantasy Interests: BIPOC Authors, Debut, Fiction, LGBTQ+, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Nick Offerman Goes Where the Deer and the Antelope Play

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT
    Hall D (Level 2, North Building)
    Nick Offerman feels a particular affection for the Land of the Free—not just for the people but to the land itself: the bedrock, the topsoil, and everything in between. In “Where the Deer and the Antelope Play,” Offerman travels through America to talk to people who inhabit the land about what that means to them. Moderated by National Park Service ranger Millie Jimenez. Stage: Main Stage Interests: Adventure, Fun and Funny, Inspiring and Educational, Memoir, Nature, Nonfiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe with David Maraniss

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    10:00 am - 10:45 am EDT
    Ballroom C (Level 3, South Building)
    Olympic champion Jim Thorpe (1887–1953) is known as one of America’s great sportsmen. In his book “Path Lit By Lightning: the Life of Jim Thorpe,” two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author David Maraniss details the discrimination and injustices Thorpe battled as a Native American. With moderator Kevin Gover. Stage: History & Biography Interests: Biography, Native American Interest, Nonfiction, Sports
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Because of You, John Lewis: The Story of a Young Activist's Friendship with His Hero with Andrea Davis Pinkney and Tybre Faw

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    10:10 am - 10:35 am EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Join Andrea Davis Pinkney and Tybre Faw as they discuss “Because of You, John Lewis,” based on the true story of how 10-year-old history buff Faw befriended his idol, Congressman John Lewis. Enjoy a heartening story told in verse about activism, the friendship’s impact and how leaders of the civil rights movement have left unfading marks on future generations. Moderated by Lee Ann Potter. Interests: BIPOC Authors, Black and African American Interest, History, Inspiring and Educational, Nonfiction, Social Justice
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Jumping for Joy! with Brittany J. Thurman

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    10:10 am - 10:35 am EDT
    Hall A (Lower Level)
    Come take flight with us in this program with Brittney J. Thurman as she discusses her latest book, “Fly,” which follows Africa, a young Black girl, as she tries to follow in her grandmother's footsteps and become a double Dutch champion. With perseverance, confidence and the support of her friends, Africa just might succeed! Moderated by Monica Valentine. Stage: Please Read Me a Story Interests: BIPOC Authors, Black and African American Interest, Debut, Family, Fiction, Inspiring and Educational, Sports
  • Event | special events

    Linda Villarosa Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Linda Villarosa signs "Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation" in book signing line 14. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris sign "The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza" in book signing line 6. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Marc Brown Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Marc Brown signs "Believe In Yourself: What We Learned From Arthur" in book signing line 15. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Robert Samuels Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Robert Samuels signs "His Name Is George Floyd: One Man's Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice" in book signing line 13. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Heal Thyself?: Mental Illness and Me with Rachel Aviv and Daniel Bergner

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    10:35 am - 11:20 am EDT
    Ballroom B (Level 3, South Building)
    Despite recent efforts to destigmatize mental illness, it’s still not something everyone feels free to discuss. Why is that? And what effect does America’s health care system have on how mental health is treated? Rachel Aviv, author of “Strangers to Ourselves,” and Daniel Bergner, author of “The Mind and the Moon,” have been thinking about these questions. Moderated by Bethanne Patrick. Stage: Society & Culture Interests: Book Launch, Debut, Health and Wellness, Inspiring and Educational, Memoir, Nonfiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Bienvenidos a la Biblioteca

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    10:45 am - 11:15 am EDT
    Room 152 (Street Level, North Building)
    Explore the Library in Spanish! Featuring an overview of the Library’s history, fun facts about its collections, and an invitation to join the Library for Hispanic Heritage Month. ¡Explore la Biblioteca en español! Con una visión general de la historia de la Biblioteca, datos divertidos sobre sus colecciones, y una invitación para unirse a la Biblioteca para el Mes de la Herencia Hispana. Stage: Library of Congress Stage Interests: Hispanic Interest, Inspiring and Educational
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Let's Celebrate the Small and Mighty Marisol with Erin Entrada Kelly!

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    10:50 am - 11:15 am EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Being a kid is harder than it looks. Erin Entrada Kelly presents her new standalone novel “Surely Surely Marisol Rainey,” a companion to the well-loved “Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey.” This novel celebrates the small but mighty Marisol as she learns how to be brave when facing a dilemma she and her bestie Jada can’t avoid: learning to play kickball. Moderated by Eun Yang. Interests: BIPOC Authors, Family, Fiction, Fun and Funny, Inspiring and Educational, Sports
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Past Pain, Future Hope: Perseverance in Literature with Tomás Q. Morín and Morgan Talty

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    10:50 am - 11:50 am EDT
    East Salon ABC (Street Level, South Building)
    Tomás Q. Morín and Morgan Talty’s new books feature characters who contend with life’s challenges—sometimes well, sometimes not so well. Morgan Talty’s “Night of the Living Rez” is a collection of stories set in a Native community in Maine, while Morín’s “Let Me Count the Ways” is a memoir about his OCD as a mechanism to survive childhood. Moderated by Tope Folarin. Stage: Writers Studio Interests: BIPOC Authors, Debut, Family, Fiction, Hispanic Interest, Literary Collections, Memoir, Native American Interest, Nonfiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Tía Fortuna's New Home: A Jewish Cuban Journey with Ruth Behar

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    10:50 am - 11:15 am EDT
    Hall A (Lower Level)
    How do you leave the place you call home? With the support of your family, of course! Ruth Behar captures the struggle of saying goodbye in “Tía Fortuna's New Home,” which follows Estrella, a young girl, as she learns about her culture while she helps her Tía Fortuna pack up her apartment to move to an assisted living community. Moderated by Cecilia Cackley. Stage: Please Read Me a Story Interests: BIPOC Authors, Family, Fiction, Hispanic Interest
  • Event | special events

    Amanda Eyre Ward Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Amanda Eyre Ward signs "The Lifeguards: A Novel" in book signing line 18. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Brittany J. Thurman Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Brittany J. Thurman signs "Fly" in book signing line 1. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    David Maraniss Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    David Maraniss signs "Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe" in book signing line 21. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    E. Lockhart Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    E. Lockhart signs "Family of Liars" in book signing line 19. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Hekima Hapa and Lesley Ware Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Hekima Hapa and Lesley Ware sign "Black Girls Sew: Projects and Patterns to Stitch and Make Your Own" in book signing line 20. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Katie Gutierrez Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Katie Gutierrez signs "More Than You'll Ever Know: A Novel" in book signing line 17. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Kirstin Chen Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Kirstin Chen signs "Counterfeit: A Novel" in book signing line 16. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Magic to Haunt You: Innovative Storytelling with R.M. Romero and Rose Szabo

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    11:00 am - 11:45 am EDT
    Room 202 (Level 2, South Building)
    Join us as we get magical and mythical! R.M. Romero’s “The Ghosts of Rose Hill” channels the spirit of myth into an original tale inspired by her experiences restoring Jewish cemeteries in Eastern Europe. Rose Szabo’s “We All Fall Down” is a dark fantasy, a mystery, a deep conspiracy—and the untold cost of keeping magic alive. Moderated by Meg Metcalf. Stage: Young Adult Interests: Book Series, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ+, Mystery, Poetry, Romance, Young Adult
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    The 25th Anniversary of "Tuesdays with Morrie" with Mitch Albom

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    11:05 am - 11:50 am EDT
    Ballroom A (Level 3, South Building)
    "Tuesdays with Morrie" is one of the bestselling memoirs of all time, even now, 25 years after its original publication. Written by Mitch Albom, the book recounts several visits to Albom’s former college professor and mentor, Morrie Schwartz, in the final months of Schwatz’s life. Join Albom as he reflects on Morrie’s lasting contributions to the world. Moderated by David M. Rubenstein. Stage: Pop Lit Interests: Inspiring and Educational, Memoir, Nonfiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    From Mind to Mindfulness: How to Rethink Anxiety with Tracy Dennis-Tiwary and Ellen Vora

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    11:05 am - 11:50 am EDT
    Room 146 (Street Level, North Building)
    Anxiety affects more than 40 million Americans—a number that continues to climb following the pandemic. In “The Anatomy of Anxiety,” psychiatrist Dr. Ellen Vora offers a shift in our understanding of anxiety: that it’s not a brain disorder but a whole-body condition. And in “Future Tense,” psychologist Tracy Dennis-Tiwary reveals how the anxiety-as-disease story is false—and it's harming us. Moderated by Tara Parker-Pope. Stage: Life/Style Interests: Debut, Health and Wellness, Inspiring and Educational, Nonfiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    The Pioneers: Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement with Tomiko Brown-Nagin and Kate Clifford Larson

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    11:05 am - 11:50 am EDT
    Ballroom C (Level 3, South Building)
    Constance Baker Motley and Fannie Lou Hamer were two crucial figures in the civil rights movement. Tomiko Brown-Nagin’s book “Civil Rights Queen” tells Motley’s story as an activist lawyer who became the first Black woman appointed to the federal judiciary. Larson’s book “Walk with Me” covers the life of Hamer, containing new interviews and materials about her life. Moderated by Neda Ulaby. Stage: History & Biography Interests: BIPOC Authors, Biography, Black and African American Interest, Inspiring and Educational, Nonfiction, Social Justice, Understanding Racism
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Thieves and Their Petty Little Secrets with Chelsea Abdullah and M.J. Kuhn

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    11:20 am - 12:20 pm EDT
    West Salon GHI (Street Level, South Building)
    Thieves: We love to hate them! And Chelsea Abdullah and M.J. Kuhn love to write them. Abdullah’s “The Stardust Thief” creates a universe where story is reality and illusion is truth. And in Kuhn’s “Among Thieves,” Ryia Cautella has already earned herself a reputation as the quickest, deadliest blade. But Ryia Cautella is not her real name. Moderated by Ashley Dickerson. Stage: Science Fiction & Fantasy Genres: Adventure Interests: Adventure, Asian and Pacific Islander Interest, BIPOC Authors, Book Series, Debut, Fantasy, Fiction, LGBTQ+, Thriller
  • Event | special events

    Erin Entrada Kelly Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Erin Entrada Kelly signs "Surely Surely Marisol Rainey" in book signing line 2. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Find Yourself in Books

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
    Room 152 (Street Level, North Building)
    We read books, we create works inspired by them and we belong to book clubs and libraries. We read, learn and get creative. Creativity is the core of copyright. Let us take you on a journey through the Copyright Office exhibit’s artifacts to find how each of us contribute to the copyright system in books! Stage: Library of Congress Stage Interests: Inspiring and Educational
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Janelle Monáe Talks About "The Memory Librarian" with Yohanca Delgado and Alaya Dawn Johnson

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT
    Hall D (Level 2, North Building)
    In “The Memory Librarian,” singer-songwriter, writer and actor Janelle Monáe brings to the written page the Afrofuturistic world of one of her critically acclaimed albums, exploring how different threads of liberation become tangled with future possibilities of memory and time. Contributors to “The Memory Librarian” Yohanca Delgado and Alaya Dawn Johnson will join Monáe onstage; Kyle Dargan moderates.
    This event will be livestreamed on loc.gov.
    Stage: Main Stage Interests: BIPOC Authors, Black and African American Interest, Debut, Fiction, LGBTQ+, Literary Collections, Science Fiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers! with Juliet Menéndez

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    11:30 am - 11:55 am EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Discover the true stories behind 40 inspiring women. Join Juliet Menédez’s talk about “Latinitas,” a beautifully illustrated book that features the stories of 40 influential Latinas. From Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to singer Selena Quintanilla, this book shines a light on women who followed and fought for their dreams. Perfect for any aspiring artist, scientist, or activist. Moderated by Catalina Gomez. Interests: Biography, Hispanic Interest, Inspiring and Educational, LGBTQ+, Nonfiction
  • Event | special events

    Nick Offerman Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Nick Offerman signs "Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside" in book signing line 5. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Rob Hart Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Rob Hart signs "The Paradox Hotel: A Novel" in book signing line 3. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Ruby Bridges Talks About Her New Picture Book!

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    11:30 am - 11:55 am EDT
    Hall A (Lower Level)
    Ruby Bridges was just six years old when she made history as the first Black student to integrate an elementary school in the South. In “I Am Ruby Bridges,” she tells the story of that day. Moderated by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Bridges is unable to appear in-person; their recorded interview airs onscreen and Pinkney will be there live to answer questions. Stage: Please Read Me a Story Interests: BIPOC Authors, Black and African American Interest, Book Launch, Inspiring and Educational, Memoir, Nonfiction, Social Justice, Understanding Racism
  • Event | special events

    Ruth Behar Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Ruth Behar signs "Tía Fortuna's New Home: A Jewish Cuban Journey" in book signing line 8. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Victor Manibo Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Victor Manibo signs "The Sleepless" in book signing line 4. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Are We Eating Our Young? with Will Bunch

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    11:40 am - 12:25 pm EDT
    Ballroom B (Level 3, South Building)
    How can we prepare the next generation to face our divided country? In “After the Ivory Tower Falls,” Will Bunch investigates two Americas: those with college degrees and those without. Bunch gives a history of the American university—its failures and success—and proposes a new, more equitable future. Moderated by Alexandra Petri. Stage: Society & Culture Interests: Nonfiction, Social Justice
  • Event | special events

    Daniel Bergner Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Daniel Bergner signs "The Mind and the Moon: My Brother's Story, the Science of Our Brains and the Search for Our Psyches" in book signing line 10. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Meet Me in the Winner's Circle: Award-Winning Writers with Donna Barba Higuera, Darcie Little Badger and Malinda Lo

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
    Room 202 (Level 2, South Building)
    A storyteller in space, a cotton-mouth between worlds, and two women fighting for love and citizenship: Each of these characters share the prestige of starring in an award-winning book. Join Donna Barba Higuera, author of “The Last Quentista;” Darcie Little Badger, author of “A Snake Falls to Earth;” and Malinda Lo, author of “Last Night at the Telegraph Club" in conversation with Dhonielle Clayton. Stage: Young Adult Interests: Adventure, Animals, Asian and Pacific Islander Interest, BIPOC Authors, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ+, Native American Interest, Nature, Science Fiction, Young Adult
  • Event | special events

    Rachel Aviv Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Rachel Aviv signs "Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and the Stories That Make Us" in book signing line 9. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    R.M. Romero Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    R.M. Romero signs "The Ghosts of Rose Hill" in book signing line 12. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Rose Szabo Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Rose Szabo signs "We All Fall Down" in book signing line 11. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America's Bird with Jack E. Davis

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    12:10 pm - 12:55 pm EDT
    Ballroom C (Level 3, South Building)
    Strength. Resolution. Freedom. The bald eagle is among the most enduring American symbols, but there is a complicated history beneath that worship. David M. Rubenstein joins Pulitzer Prize-winning environmentalist and author Jack E. Davis to discuss Davis’ new book, “The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America’s Bird,” to give a fuller picture of our relationship to the national bird. Stage: History & Biography Interests: Animals, History, Nature, Nonfiction, Science
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Families Are the Best, Families Are the Worst with Eleanor Brown and Jennifer Close

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    12:10 pm - 12:55 pm EDT
    Ballroom A (Level 3, South Building)
    Family is always, um, well, kind of…complicated. Eleanor Brown and Jennifer Close capture the nuances of family emotions in their new novels. Brown’s “Any Other Family” tells the story of three sets of parents who are bound together after adopting four biological siblings. Close’s “Marrying the Ketchups” follows three generations of one family as they navigate their ever-changing lives. Moderated by Shari Werb. Stage: Pop Lit Interests: Family, Fiction, Fun and Funny
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Feeling Burned Out? This Session Is for You with Celeste Headlee

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    12:10 pm - 12:55 pm EDT
    Room 146 (Street Level, North Building)
    Society has normalized working hard to an extreme, leaving little time for hobbies, breaks and families. In “Do Nothing,” Celeste Headlee seeks to shift our internal definition of hard work so that we can learn to take time for ourselves. In this presentation, learn more about the harm formed from our idea of productivity and how we can change. Moderated by Mary Beth Albright. Stage: Life/Style Interests: BIPOC Authors, Health and Wellness, Nonfiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Geraldine Brooks Talks About Her New Novel, "Horse"

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    12:10 pm - 12:55 pm EDT
    East Salon ABC (Street Level, South Building)
    A discarded painting, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: From these strands, Pulitzer winner Geraldine Brooks braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession and injustice across American history in “Horse.” Based on the true story of the thoroughbred Lexington, “Horse” is a novel of art, science and love and our unfinished reckoning with racism. Moderated by Marie Arana. Stage: Writers Studio Interests: Animals, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Understanding Racism
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Time to Meet Her Majesty the Queen of Kindergarten! with Derrick Barnes and Vanessa Brantley-Newton

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    12:10 pm - 12:35 pm EDT
    Hall A (Lower Level)
    The best way to greet the start of a new school year is with confidence—and a tiara! Companion to “The King of Kindergarten,” “The Queen of Kindergarten,” tells the story of MJ, a young Black girl, on her first day of kindergarten, where her tiara reminds her of all the good things she brings to the classroom. Moderated by Allina Migoni. Stage: Please Read Me a Story Interests: BIPOC Authors, Black and African American Interest, Fiction, Fun and Funny, Inspiring and Educational
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    You'll Be Okay: Graphic Novels About Kids Who Keep Going with Johnnie Christmas and Kat Fajardo

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    12:10 pm - 12:45 pm EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Will kids ever be allowed to be in charge of their own lives? Johnie Christmas and Kat Fajardo talk about their new graphic novels that try to find the answer. “Swim Team” features Bree, a girl starting middle school forced to take a dreaded elective. “Miss Quinces” follows Sue, a girl whose summer is now heavy with her family's expectations. Moderated by Megan Halsband. Interests: BIPOC Authors, Black and African American Interest, Debut, Fiction, Hispanic Interest, Sports
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Know Your Rights: An Introduction to the Constitution Annotated

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    12:15 pm - 12:45 pm EDT
    Room 152 (Street Level, North Building)
    "The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation" (Constitution Annotated), published by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), provides a comprehensive review of U.S. Constitutional provisions and the leading U.S. Supreme Court decisions that interpret them. CRS has made this resource available online, via Congress.gov. This presentation will provide an overview of the Constitution Annotated website’s features. Stage: Library of Congress Stage Interests: Inspiring and Educational
  • Event | special events

    Andrea Davis Pinkney and Tybre Faw Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Andrea Davis Pinkney and Tybre Faw sign "Because of You, John Lewis: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship" in book signing line 6. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Ellen Vora Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Ellen Vora signs "The Anatomy of Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming the Body's Fear Response" in book signing line 21. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Juliet Menéndez Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Juliet Menéndez signs "Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers" in book signing line 1. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Kate Clifford Larson Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Kate Clifford Larson signs "Walk with Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer" in book signing line 19. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Mitch Albom Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Mitch Albom signs "Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson, 25th Anniversary Edition" in book signing line 7. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Morgan Talty Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Morgan Talty signs "Night of the Living Rez: Stories" in book signing line 23. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Tomás Q. Morín Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Tomás Q. Morín signs "Let Me Count the Ways: A Memoir" in book signing line 22. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Tomiko Brown-Nagin Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Tomiko Brown-Nagin signs "Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality" in book signing line 18. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Tracy Dennis-Tiwary Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Tracy Dennis-Tiwary signs "Future Tense: Why Anxiety Is Good for You (Even Though It Feels Bad)" in book signing line 20. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Holly Black Talks About Her New Novel "Book of Night"

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    12:40 pm - 1:25 pm EDT
    West Salon GHI (Street Level, South Building)
    Bestselling author Holly Black’s adult debut “Book of Night” is a dark modern fantasy full of crime, betrayal and magicians who can manipulate shadows. A veteran thief and con artist, Charlie Hall is trying to escape her past and work as a bartender. But the secrets and lies won’t let her go. Moderated by Megan Labrise. Stage: Science Fiction & Fantasy Interests: Book Series, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Romance
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Citizens Unite: Creating Community in America with Gal Beckerman and Kathryn Judge

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    12:45 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
    Ballroom B (Level 3, South Building)
    These writers want to create tangible community in our rapidly changing public sphere. In “The Quiet Before,” Gal Beckerman traces the origins of radical thought, arguing that today’s social movements, often mobilized online, wither and burn out. In “Direct,” Kathryn Judge investigates surprising ways that middlemen control our economy and argues for what she calls a return to “direct exchange.” Moderated by Sewell Chan. Stage: Society & Culture Interests: Debut, History, Inspiring and Educational, Nonfiction, Social Justice
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    75 Years of Reading "Goodnight Moon" with Mac Barnett

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    12:50 pm - 1:15 pm EDT
    Hall A (Lower Level)
    Can you believe it? It has been 75 years since the publication of Margaret Wise Brown’s beloved children’s book “Goodnight Moon!” Mac Barnett, author of “The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown,” will be at this year’s National Book Festival to talk about the lasting legacy of this book and its author. Moderated by Clay Smith. Stage: Please Read Me a Story Interests: Animals, Fiction, Inspiring and Educational
  • Event | special events

    Alaya Dawn Johnson Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Alaya Dawn Johnson signs "The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer" in book signing line 17. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Chelsea Abdullah Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Chelsea Abdullah signs "The Stardust Thief" in book signing line 11. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Derrick Barnes and Vanessa Brantley-Newton Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Derrick Barnes and Vanessa Brantley-Newton sign "The Queen of Kindergarten" in book signing line 8. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Hardcourt: 75 Years of Basketball with Fred Bowen and James E. Ransome

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:00 pm - 1:25 pm EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Celebrate 75 years of the NBA with us! “Hardcourt,” by author Fred Bowen and illustrator James E. Ransome, is the story of the biggest league for one of the nation’s most loved sports. Follow the evolution of basketball and learn everything from the groups that paved the way for desegregated teams to the legendary players you love. Moderated by Tajay Ashmeade. Interests: BIPOC Authors, History, Inspiring and Educational, Nonfiction, Sports
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Inspire Learning with the Library of Congress!

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
    Room 152 (Street Level, North Building)
    The Library of Congress supports K-16 teachers with primary source-inspired programs, classroom materials, fellowships and grants. The session will introduce a sampling of these opportunities and allow time for Q&A, as well as participant input about how they have used Library resources. Stage: Library of Congress Stage Interests: Inspiring and Educational
  • Event | special events

    Janelle Monáe Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Janelle Monáe signs "The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer" in book signing line 15. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Jason Reynolds Presents with Candice Iloh and Ebony LaDelle

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
    Hall D (Level 2, North Building)
    At the Library of Congress, we know that in addition to being a beloved writer, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jason Reynolds is also an excellent mentor to other writers, so we asked him to moderate this program to spotlight two talented writers he’d like you to know more about: Candice Iloh’s new novel is “Break This House;” Ebony LaDelle’s is “Love Radio.” Stage: Main Stage Interests: BIPOC Authors, Black and African American Interest, Debut, Family, Fiction, LGBTQ+, Romance, Young Adult
  • Event | special events

    Johnnie Christmas Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Johnnie Christmas signs "Swim Team" in book signing line 13. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Kat Fajardo Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Kat Fajardo signs "Miss Quinces: A Graphic Novel" in book signing line 14. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    M.J. Kuhn Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    M.J. Kuhn signs "Among Thieves" in book signing line 12. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Will Bunch Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Will Bunch signs "After the Ivory Tower Falls: How College Broke the American Dream and Blew Up Our Politics―and How to Fix It" in book signing line 10. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Yohanca Delgado Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Yohanca Delgado signs "The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer" in book signing line 16. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Bring on the Blur: Reality vs. Fantasy with Kim Fu and Lidia Yuknavitch

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:15 pm - 2:15 pm EDT
    East Salon ABC (Street Level, South Building)
    Lidia Yuknavitch and Kim Fu’s new books are set in reality but…off-kilter realities. In Yuknavitch’s “Thrust,” a girl with the gifts of a carrier travels through water and time to rescue vulnerable figures from the margins of history. In Fu’s “Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century,” the strange is made familiar and the familiar strange. Moderated by Kevin Larimer. Stage: Writers Studio Interests: BIPOC Authors, Fiction, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ+, Literary Collections, Science Fiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    How to Invest with David M. Rubenstein

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:15 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
    Room 146 (Street Level, North Building)
    What do most successful investors have in common? David M. Rubenstein, co-founder of The Carlyle Group, has interviewed the greatest investors in the world to discover the time-tested principles and indispensable tools that guide their practices. In his new book, “How to Invest,” Rubenstein reveals the thinking of top investors. Hear his transformative discoveries and advice in this presentation. Moderated by Neil Irwin. Stage: Life/Style Interests: Book Launch, Inspiring and Educational, Nonfiction
  • Event | concerts and performances

    The Library of Congress Crime Classics Series Presents a Performance from "The Conjure-Man Dies"

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:15 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
    Ballroom A (Level 3, South Building)
    “The Conjure-Man Dies” by Rudolph Fisher is a groundbreaking American mystery, the first ever to feature a Black detective and all Black characters, recently republished in the Library of Congress’ Crime Classics series. During this program, actors will perform a scene from the original stage adaptation of the novel and you’ll hear from Crime Classics series editor and mystery expert Leslie S. Klinger. Stage: Pop Lit Interests: Black and African American Interest, Fiction, Mystery, Performances and Special Programs, Thriller
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    NBF and DCPL Present: DC Reads Writer Clint Smith

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:15 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
    Ballroom C (Level 3, South Building)
    In this collaboration with DC Public Library, we present Clint Smith talking about his book “How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America,” the latest DC Reads selection. “How the Word Is Passed” was named a Best Book of 2021 by The New York Times, among other media outlets. Moderated by Frederick Wherry. Stage: History & Biography Interests: BIPOC Authors, Black and African American Interest, History, Nonfiction, Social Justice, Understanding Racism
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    You're Such a Nightmare: Horror Novels with Tiffany D. Jackson and Ryan La Sala

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:15 pm - 2:15 pm EDT
    Room 202 (Level 2, South Building)
    Move over, Carrie and Heathers: We’ve ramped it up with Maddie Washington and The Honeys. In “The Weight of Blood,” Tiffany D. Jackson exposes racism and bullying in a Georgia high school, culminating in a hair-raising prom night, and in “The Honeys,” Ryan La Sala exposes the rot behind the glittering group of popular girls in a dark academia setting. Moderated by Sasha Dowdy. Stage: Young Adult Interests: BIPOC Authors, Black and African American Interest, Book Launch, Family, Fiction, LGBTQ+, Mystery, Thriller, Understanding Racism, Young Adult
  • Event | special events

    Celeste Headlee Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Celeste Headlee signs "Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing and Underliving" in book signing line 22. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Darcie Little Badger Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Darcie Little Badger signs "A Snake Falls to Earth" in book signing line 4. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Donna Barba Higuera Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Donna Barba Higuera signs "The Last Cuentista" in book signing line 3. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Eleanor Brown Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Eleanor Brown signs "Any Other Family: A Novel" in book signing line 21. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Geraldine Brooks Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Geraldine Brooks signs "Horse: A Novel" in book signing line 2. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Jack E. Davis Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Jack E. Davis signs "The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America's Bird" in book signing line 19. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Jennifer Close Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Jennifer Close signs "Marrying the Ketchups: A Novel" in book signing line 20. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Let's Find Out Where Wonder Grows! with Xelena González

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:30 pm - 1:55 pm EDT
    Hall A (Lower Level)
    Wonder grows in Grandma’s garden! Or at least it does in Xelena González’s book, “Where Wonder Grows,” which follows several young girls as their Grandma invites them to explore her special garden and all the treasures that live there. The girls find that the treasures hold stories and wonder alike. Moderated by Lauren Roszak. Stage: Please Read Me a Story Interests: BIPOC Authors, Family, Fiction, Hispanic Interest, Nature
  • Event | special events

    Malinda Lo Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Malinda Lo signs "Last Night at the Telegraph Club" in book signing line 5. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    OMG, Gordon Korman Has Written 100 Books!

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:40 pm - 2:05 pm EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Can you believe Gordon Korman has written 100 books? That’s like one a day or something, right? At this year’s National Book Festival, Gordon will talk about his latest book, “The Fort,” which is the story of a middle-school band of brothers—five friends who need to stick together after they set up a hideout in an abandoned bomb shelter. Moderated by Karen Yang. Interests: Adventure, Fiction, Nature
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Come Into My World: Vivid Places and People in Fiction with Tochi Onyebuchi and Leslye Penelope

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:45 pm - 2:45 pm EDT
    West Salon GHI (Street Level, South Building)
    Sometimes characters and places in novels can feel more vivid than reality. Tochi Onyebuchi’s sci-fi novel, “Goliath,” set in the 2050s, imagines what happens as the wealthy have fled Earth for space colonies. In Leslye Penelope’s fantasy “The Monsters We Defy,” it’s 1925 in Washington, D.C.—and Clara Johnson must ensure her community doesn’t disappear. NPR’s B.A. Parker moderates and records for “Code Switch.” Stage: Science Fiction & Fantasy Interests: BIPOC Authors, Black and African American Interest, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Nature, Science Fiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Virtual Volunteering with By the People: Explore, Transcribe and Learn

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:45 pm - 2:15 pm EDT
    Room 152 (Street Level, North Building)
    The Library’s By the People program invites the public to help transcribe our digitized collections at crowd.loc.gov. Since 2018, our virtual volunteers have completed over 500,000 transcriptions improving search, accessibility and discovery for the papers of Theodore Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Walt Whitman, Susan B. Anthony, and more. Learn how transcribers are impacting the Library while exploring pages from history—and how you can get involved! Stage: Library of Congress Stage Interests: Inspiring and Educational
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Who Do You Trust?: Conspiracies in America with Brendan McConville and Elizabeth Williamson

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:50 pm - 2:35 pm EDT
    Ballroom B (Level 3, South Building)
    Explore two conspiracy theories in American history 200 years apart. In “The Brethren,” Brendan McConville tells the story of a group of Revolutionary-era farmers fearing for their religious freedom, and in “Sandy Hook,” Elizabeth Williamson tells the story of deniers who attempted to change the story of one of the nation’s most shocking mass shootings. Moderated by Roswell Encina. Stage: Society & Culture Interests: Debut, History, Nonfiction
  • Event | special events

    Fred Bowen and James E. Ransome Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Fred Bowen and James E. Ransome sign "Hardcourt: Stories from 75 Years of the National Basketball Association" in book signing line 10. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Gal Beckerman Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Gal Beckerman signs "The Quiet Before: On the Unexpected Origins of Radical Ideas" in book signing line 12. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Holly Black Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Holly Black signs "Book of Night" in book signing line 9. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Kathryn Judge Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Kathryn Judge signs "Direct: The Rise of the Middleman Economy and the Power of Going to the Source" in book signing line 13. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Dolen Perkins-Valdez on Her New Novel "Take My Hand"

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    2:20 pm - 3:05 pm EDT
    Ballroom A (Level 3, South Building)
    Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s latest novel, “Take My Hand,” revolves around Civil Townsend, a Black nurse we follow from the early days of her career in 1973 to her eventual retirement. Inspired by true events, the novel lays bare the shameful history of state-sanctioned abuses against Black girls and women by medical professionals in America. Moderated by Linda Villarosa. Stage: Pop Lit Interests: BIPOC Authors, Black and African American Interest, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Social Justice, Understanding Racism
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Kwame Alexander Previews His New Novel!

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    2:20 pm - 2:45 pm EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Kwame Alexander presents his forthcoming book “The Door of No Return,” which follows 11-year-old Kofi Offin, a boy who constantly dreams about water and swims like a minnow. One day, an unthinkable tragedy occurs during a wrestling match at a village festival. Kofi’s world turns upside down and sends him into a fight for his life. Interests: Adventure, BIPOC Authors, Black and African American Interest, Book Launch, Historical Fiction, Poetry
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Little Pieces of Hope with Todd Doughty

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    2:20 pm - 3:05 pm EDT
    Room 146 (Street Level, North Building)
    Need something to brighten your day? In “Little Pieces of Hope,” Todd Doughty does just that. As a collection of quotes, short essays, prompts, playlists and more, this book is composed of the small joys in life, allowing the reader to take a thoughtful break in the middle of any day. Hear more from Doughty himself in this presentation. Moderated by Jummy Olabanji. Stage: Life/Style Interests: Debut, Fun and Funny, Health and Wellness, Inspiring and Educational, Nonfiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    River of the Gods: The Search for the Source of the Nile with Candice Millard

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    2:20 pm - 3:05 pm EDT
    Ballroom C (Level 3, South Building)
    Renowned historian Candice Millard will discuss “River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile,” an engaging account of two 19th-century explorers sent by Great Britain to uncover secrets of ancient Egypt and the conflicts that arose between them, plus the story of an enslaved person who made the expedition possible. David M. Rubenstein moderates. Stage: History & Biography Interests: History, Nature, Nonfiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    African American Genealogical Research

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
    Room 152 (Street Level, North Building)
    Doing genealogical research for African Americans can be quite challenging and requires some creativity when deciding what resources and records to search for information. Using real-life examples, this presentation will provide researchers with some of the basic tools and resources to begin their search. Stage: Library of Congress Stage Interests: Black and African American Interest, Inspiring and Educational
  • Event | special events

    Candice Iloh Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Candice Iloh signs "Break This House" in book signing line 7. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Clint Smith Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Clint Smith signs "How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America" in book signing line 11. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Deaf Utopia with Nyle DiMarco

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
    Hall D (Level 2, North Building)
    Before becoming the actor, producer, advocate, and model that people know today, Nyle DiMarco was half of a pair of Deaf twins born to a multi-generational Deaf family in Queens, New York. In his new memoir “Deaf Utopia,” DiMarco shares stories, both heartbreaking and humorous, of what it means to navigate a world built for hearing people. Moderated by Jonathan Capehart. Stage: Main Stage Interests: Debut, LGBTQ+, Memoir, Nonfiction
  • Event | special events

    Ebony LaDelle Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Ebony LaDelle signs "Love Radio" in book signing line 8. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Gordon Korman Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Gordon Korman signs "The Fort" in book signing line 1. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Jason Reynolds Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Jason Reynolds signs "Ain't Burned All the Bright" in book signing line 6. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Kim Fu Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Kim Fu signs "Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century: Stories" in book signing line 22. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Lidia Yuknavitch Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Lidia Yuknavitch signs "Thrust: A Novel" in book signing line 23. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Rage Against the System: Teens Who Don't Back Down with Samira Ahmed and Sabaa Tahir

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
    Room 202 (Level 2, South Building)
    Many teens face racism, financial challenges, and family dysfunction–but all of them fight for truth, hope, and control of their lives. Samira Ahmed, author of “Hollow Fires” and Sabaa Tahir, author of “All My Rage” discuss these conflicts and the resilience possessed by the characters in their stories with moderators Sasa Aakil and Nandini Kotamurthy. Stage: Young Adult Interests: Asian and Pacific Islander Interest, BIPOC Authors, Family, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Understanding Racism, Young Adult
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    The Power of Laughter with Nuar Alsadir

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    2:35 pm - 3:20 pm EDT
    East Salon ABC (Street Level, South Building)
    Taking laughter’s revelatory capacity as a starting point, and rooted in Nuar Alsadir’s experience as a poet and psychoanalyst, “Animal Joy” seeks to recover the sensation of being present. A bold and insatiably curious prose debut, “Animal Joy“ is an ode to spontaneity and feeling alive. Moderated by Steven Leyva. Stage: Writers Studio Interests: BIPOC Authors, Debut, Inspiring and Educational, Nonfiction, Poetry
  • Event | concerts and performances

    Literature to Life Presents a Performance from Richard Wright's "Black Boy"

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    2:50 pm - 3:35 pm EDT
    Hall A (Lower Level)
    Join us for a performance of Richard Wright’s “Black Boy,” presented by Literature to Life. Actor Tarantino Smith brings the book to life before your eyes: one person telling the story, performing all of the characters, and transforming an important work of American literature into a live theatrical experience. This production was adapted and directed by Wynn Handman. Stage: Please Read Me a Story Interests: Black and African American Interest, Memoir, Nonfiction, Performances and Special Programs, Understanding Racism
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Under Water: Climate Change and Me with Juli Berwald and Edith Widder

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    2:55 pm - 3:40 pm EDT
    Ballroom B (Level 3, South Building)
    The planet’s future isn’t just a public issue—for some, it’s a personal crusade. In “Life on the Rocks,” Juli Berwald describes her admiration of coral reefs and relates their uncertain future to her life. In “Below the Edge of Darkness,” Edith Widder details her fascination with bioluminescence, using it as a lens to understand optimism, communication, even her own health. Moderated by Liz Neeley. Stage: Society & Culture Interests: Animals, Memoir, Nature, Nonfiction, Science
  • Event | special events

    Brendan McConville Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Brendan McConville signs "The Brethren: A Story of Faith and Conspiracy in Revolutionary America" in book signing line 17. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Elizabeth Williamson Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Elizabeth Williamson signs "Sandy Hook: An American Tragedy and the Battle for Truth" in book signing line 18. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Kwame Alexander Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Kwame Alexander signs current and past titles in book signing line 14. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Leslye Penelope Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Leslye Penelope signs "The Monsters We Defy" in book signing line 21. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    National Book Festival Poster Signing with Gail Anderson

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Gail Anderson signs the 2022 National Book Festival poster in signing line 16. A limited number of posters will be distributed at the signing. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Tochi Onyebuchi Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Tochi Onyebuchi signs "Goliath: A Novel" in book signing line 20. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Tough with a Gooey Center: Kids Who Learn to Be Themselves with David Bowles and Jennifer Ziegler

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    3:00 pm - 3:35 pm EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Entering middle school often means putting on a mask and powering through the rough years. David Bowles’ "They Call Her Fregona" continues the story in "They Call Me Güero," capturing a bittersweet romance as Güero finds the softness behind Fregona’s tough exterior. Jennifer Ziegler's "Worser" follows William, an awkward middle schooler adapting to a new life after his mom’s stroke. Moderated by Dani Thurber. Interests: BIPOC Authors, Book Launch, Fiction, Hispanic Interest, Inspiring and Educational, Poetry, Romance
  • Event | special events

    Xelena González Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Xelena González signs "Where Wonder Grows" in book signing line 19. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    The Magic of Music and Movies with Alex Jennings and Nghi Vo

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    3:05 pm - 4:05 pm EDT
    West Salon GHI (Street Level, South Building)
    Songs, sirens and spells! In Alex Jennings’ debut novel, “The Ballad of Perilous Graves,” Perry knows the rhythm of New Orleans like his own heartbeat and can tell trouble is brewing. And in Nghi Vo’s “Siren Queen,” Luli Wei wants to be a movie star but knows the worst monsters in Hollywood are not the ones she plays on screen. Moderated by Lupita Aquino. Stage: Science Fiction & Fantasy Interests: Asian and Pacific Islander Interest, BIPOC Authors, Black and African American Interest, Debut, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ+
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Made at the Library

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    3:15 pm - 3:45 pm EDT
    Room 152 (Street Level, North Building)
    The Library of Congress welcomes researchers every day as they explore our collections for forthcoming books, but researchers and authors work at the Library, too. Come to discover how staff use the Library’s resources to enhance their work and learn how Library resources might inspire your next creative idea! Stage: Library of Congress Stage Interests: Inspiring and Educational
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    At the Heart of Modernity: Africa and Africans with Howard W. French

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    3:25 pm - 4:10 pm EDT
    Ballroom C (Level 3, South Building)
    What happens when you consider the origins of modernity and center Africa rather than Europe? Howard W. French’s book, “Born in Blackness,” explores that very question as he investigates the forgotten history of how Africa and its relations to the Western world played an integral role in the development of the modern world. Moderated by Lanisa Kitchiner. Stage: History & Biography Interests: BIPOC Authors, Black and African American Interest, History, Nonfiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Belonging: The Science of Creating Connection and Bridging Divides with Geoffrey L. Cohen

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    3:25 pm - 4:10 pm EDT
    Room 146 (Street Level, North Building)
    Everyone desires to feel a sense of community. In “Belonging,” Geoffrey L. Cohen uses his research in psychology to explain how individuals can overcome differences and forge lasting connections, leading to decreased polarization and allowing for individuals to flourish in their workplace. This presentation is essential for anyone who wants those around them to thrive. Moderated by Crosby Kemper. Stage: Life/Style Interests: Book Launch, Debut, Health and Wellness, Inspiring and Educational, Nonfiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Is Anything Funnier Than Politics? with Susan Coll, Grant Ginder and Xochitl Gonzalez

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    3:25 pm - 4:25 pm EDT
    Ballroom A (Level 3, South Building)
    Politics are hilarious–when they’re fiction, of course! No one knows better than these three novelists. Susan Coll's "Bookish People," Grant Ginder's "Let's Not Do That Again" and Xochitl Gonzalez's "Olga Dies Dreaming" are comedies centered around the chaos that happens when politics and families collide. Join us for a laugh in this program moderated by Roswell Encina. Stage: Pop Lit Interests: BIPOC Authors, Debut, Family, Fiction, Fun and Funny, Hispanic Interest, Nature, Romance
  • Event | special events

    Candice Millard Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    3:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Candice Millard signs "River of the Gods: Genius, Courage and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile" in book signing line 5. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    David M. Rubenstein Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    3:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    David M. Rubenstein signs "How to Invest: Masters on the Craft" in book signing line 15. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Dolen Perkins-Valdez Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    3:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Dolen Perkins-Valdez signs "Take My Hand" in book signing line 3. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Todd Doughty Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    3:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Todd Doughty signs "Little Pieces of Hope: Happy-Making Things in a Difficult World" in book signing line 4. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    My Body, Not My Self: Wrestling with Identity with Diana Goetsch and Sarah Ruhl

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    3:40 pm - 4:35 pm EDT
    East Salon ABC (Street Level, South Building)
    Who hasn’t at some point felt like their body isn’t the same as the person, the soul inhabiting that body? In “This Body I Wore,” Diana Goetsch chronicles a full account of her trans life. In “Smile,” Ruhl shares her story after suffering partial face paralysis that left her incapable of accurately communicating her feelings. Moderated by Rob Casper. Stage: Writers Studio Interests: Health and Wellness, Inspiring and Educational, LGBTQ+, Memoir, Nonfiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Love Me Like a Love Song: Fresh Takes on Romance with Ebony LaDelle and David Valdes

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    3:45 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
    Room 202 (Level 2, South Building)
    “Boy, you played through my mind like a symphony,” a wise woman has sung. We continue the wisdom by making music-romance connections. Ebony La Delle’s “Love Radio” gives a teen DJ love doctor three dates to connect with an ambitious author-to-be, and David Valdes’ “Spin Me Right Round” sends a gay teen back in time to save a closeted classmate’s life. Celia Roskin moderates. Stage: Young Adult Interests: BIPOC Authors, Debut, Fiction, Fun and Funny, Hispanic Interest, LGBTQ+, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Get Into the School for Good and Evil with Soman Chainani!

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    3:50 pm - 4:15 pm EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Join Soman Chainani for a behind-the-curtain look into his fantasy series The School for Good & Evil and the film inspired by these books coming to Netflix this October. Hear about the making of the series, the movie, and his new book, “Rise of the School for Good & Evil,” initiating a new era at the fairy tale school. Moderated by Natalie Miller. Interests: Adventure, Asian and Pacific Islander Interest, BIPOC Authors, Book Series, Family, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
  • Event | concerts and performances

    Literature to Life Presents a Performance from James Baldwin's "If Beale Street Could Talk"

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    3:50 pm - 4:35 pm EDT
    Hall A (Lower Level)
    Join us for a performance of James Baldwin’s “If Beale Street Could Talk,” presented by Literature to Life. Actor Channie Waites brings the book to life before your eyes: one person telling the story, performing all of the characters, and transforming an important work of American literature into a live theatrical experience. This production was adapted and directed by Elise Thoron. Stage: Please Read Me a Story Interests: Black and African American Interest, Fiction, Performances and Special Programs, Romance, Understanding Racism
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    The All-Stars of "Blackout" with Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Ashley Woodfolk and Nicola Yoon

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
    Hall D (Level 2, North Building)
    Six young adult writers, six fictional couples, and now one novel that’s been called “a celebration of Black teen love and the magic of possibility.” Five of the six writers—Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Ashley Woodfolk and Nicola Yoon—will be in conversation with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden about “Blackout” and the forthcoming sequel, “Whiteout” during this program. Stage: Main Stage Interests: BIPOC Authors, Black and African American Interest, Book Series, Fiction, Fun and Funny, LGBTQ+, Romance, Young Adult
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Bits of the Library: Born-Digital Preservation, Book Digitization and Access at the Library of Congress

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
    Room 152 (Street Level, North Building)
    The Preservation Services Division is busy with projects that enable digital research. We'll show you how specialized hardware and software is used to save collections that live on external media like floppy disks, CDs and hard drives. We'll also highlight how the Library digitizes millions of pages of books, newspapers, and legal gazettes and makes them available for researchers online. Stage: Library of Congress Stage Interests: Inspiring and Educational
  • Event | special events

    David Bowles Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    David Bowles signs "They Call Her Fregona: A Border Kid's Poems" in book signing line 9. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Edith Widder Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Edith Widder signs "Below the Edge of Darkness: A Memoir of Exploring Light and Life in the Deep Sea" in book signing line 12. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Jennifer Ziegler Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Jennifer Ziegler signs "Worser" in book signing line 10. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Juli Berwald Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Juli Berwald signs "Life on the Rocks: Building a Future for Coral Reefs" in book signing line 11. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Nuar Alsadir Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Nuar Alsadir signs "Animal Joy: A Book of Laughter and Resuscitation" in book signing line 7. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Nyle DiMarco Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Nyle DiMarco signs "Deaf Utopia: A Memoir―and a Love Letter to a Way of Life" in book signing line 13. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Sabaa Tahir Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Sabaa Tahir signs "All My Rage: A Novel" in book signing line 23. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Samira Ahmed Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Samira Ahmed signs "Hollow Fires" in book signing line 22. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Writing Is Thinking: The Essay in an Age of Speed with Morten Høi Jensen, Shawn McCreesh and Becca Rothfeld

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    4:00 pm - 4:45 pm EDT
    Ballroom B (Level 3, South Building)
    In a whirlwind of headlines and tweets, the essay has become a mode of deep thinking and indelible critique. In this program, Liberties Journal contributors Morten Høi Jensen (“The Fiction That Dare Not Speak Its Name”), Shawn McCreesh (“The Hatboro Blues”) and Becca Rothfeld (“Sanctimony Literature”) will discuss the power of the modern essay. Moderated by Celeste Marcus. Stage: Society & Culture Interests: Literary Collections, Nonfiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Altered Americas with B.L. Blanchard and Lucinda Roy

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    4:25 pm - 5:25 pm EDT
    West Salon GHI (Street Level, South Building)
    If you’ve ever asked what America would be like if things happened differently, then you’re in good company. In B.L. Blanchard’s “The Peacekeeper,” North America was never colonized and the U.S. and Canada don’t exist. The second in Lucinda Roy’s Dreambird Chronicle series, “Flying the Coop,” takes place in a near-future America where slavery is the norm. Moderated by Derrick Young. Stage: Science Fiction & Fantasy Interests: BIPOC Authors, Black and African American Interest, Book Series, Debut, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Native American Interest, Science Fiction
  • Event | special events

    Alex Jennings Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Alex Jennings signs "The Ballad of Perilous Graves" in book signing line 3. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Geoffrey L. Cohen Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Geoffrey L. Cohen signs "Belonging: The Science of Creating Connection and Bridging Divides" in book signing line 16. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    How Many Times Do Kids Have to Save the World?: Deep Adventure Stories with Lev Grossman and Julian Randall

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    4:30 pm - 5:05 pm EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Isn’t it great when kids are left to solve the world’s hardest problems?! Lev Grossman’s “The Golden Swift,” a sequel to “The Silver Arrow,” follows Kate as she breaks the rules trying to restore balance to nature. Julian Randall’s “Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa” follows Pilar as she unravels her cousin’s mysterious disappearance during Rafael Trujillo’s dictatorship. Moderated by Sasha Dowdy. Interests: Adventure, BIPOC Authors, Book Series, Debut, Fantasy, Fiction, Hispanic Interest, LGBTQ+
  • Event | special events

    Howard W. French Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Howard W. French signs "Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War" in book signing line 17. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Nghi Vo Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Nghi Vo signs "Siren Queen" in book signing line 4. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    "Rebel Historian" Kelly Lytle Hernández on the Mexican Revolution

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    4:30 pm - 5:15 pm EDT
    Ballroom C (Level 3, South Building)
    The Mexican Revolution happened over a century ago, but its impact continues to resonate beyond its borders. Historian and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Kelly Lytle Hernández’s book “Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire and Revolution in the Borderlands” details this history in compelling and often harrowing ways. Hernández will discuss the book with moderator Rafael Ulloa. Stage: History & Biography Interests: BIPOC Authors, Hispanic Interest, History, Nonfiction, Social Justice
  • Event | special events

    Soman Chainani Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Soman Chainani signs "Rise of the School for Good and Evil" in book signing line 1. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Made Possible by You: Philanthropy at the Library

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    4:45 pm - 5:15 pm EDT
    Room 152 (Street Level, North Building)
    Donors have been a vital member of the Library of Congress family for more than a century. Their gifts help to broaden the Library's reach, educate visitors, expand collections and host public programs like the National Book Festival! Learn more about the Library’s history of philanthropy and how you might contribute to this rich history by becoming a Friend of the Library of Congress. Stage: Library of Congress Stage Interests: Inspiring and Educational
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    We Knew Them Before They Were Famous: Historical Fiction with Louis Bayard and Karen Joy Fowler

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    4:45 pm - 5:40 pm EDT
    Ballroom A (Level 3, South Building)
    Ever wondered about the origins of historical figures, before they were famous? Louis Bayard, author of “Jackie & Me,” and Karen Joy Fowler, author of “Booth,” are professionals at doing just that. Delving into the lives of Jackie Kennedy and John Wilkes Booth’s family, Bayard and Fowler imagine their histories from new perspectives. Moderated by Colleen J. Shogan. Stage: Pop Lit Interests: Fiction, Historical Fiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    What Happens Next in Sequelland? with Victoria Aveyard, Namina Forna and Chloe Gong

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    4:45 pm - 5:45 pm EDT
    Room 202 (Level 2, South Building)
    The worst thing about a good fantasy? The inevitable end. These authors are our heroes for expanding their worlds. A realm on the edge of destruction in “Blade Breaker” by Victoria Aveyard; West Africa-inspired Otera in “Merciless Ones” by Namina Forna; and a monstrous version of 20s Shanghai in “Our Violent Ends” by Chloe Gong are explored with moderators Austin Ferraro and Ava Luo. Stage: Young Adult Interests: Asian and Pacific Islander Interest, BIPOC Authors, Black and African American Interest, Book Series, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ+, Romance, Young Adult
  • Event | concerts and performances

    Literature to Life Presents a Performance from Junot Díaz's "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao"

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    4:50 pm - 5:35 pm EDT
    Hall A (Lower Level)
    Join us for a performance of Junot Díaz’s “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” presented by Literature to Life. Actor Kelvin Grullon brings the book to life before your eyes: one person telling the story, performing all of the characters, and transforming an important work of American literature into a live theatrical experience. This production was adapted and directed by Elise Thoron. Stage: Please Read Me a Story Interests: Family, Fiction, Hispanic Interest, Performances and Special Programs
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Rebecca Miller on Her New Story Collection, "Total"

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    4:55 pm - 5:40 pm EDT
    East Salon ABC (Street Level, South Building)
    Rebecca Miller returns to short fiction for the first time since her prodigious collection of stories, “Personal Velocity,” with the arresting, darkly prescient “Total.” Each of the seven stories in “Total” is a world of its own, painted with vivid strokes, whose people and questions stay with the reader long after the story has ended. Miller will be in conversation with Danielle Kurtzleben. Stage: Writers Studio Interests: Fiction, Literary Collections
  • Event | special events

    Becca Rothfeld Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Becca Rothfeld, author of the essay “Sanctimony Literature,” signs Liberties Journal in book signing line 12. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    David Valdes Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    David Valdes signs "Spin Me Right Round" in book signing line 2. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Diana Goetsch Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Diana Goetsch signs "This Body I Wore: A Memoir" in book signing line 8. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Grant Ginder Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Grant Ginder signs "Let's Not Do That Again: A Novel" in book signing line 6. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Morten Høi Jensen Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Morten Høi Jensen, author of the essay “The Fiction That Dare Not Speak Its Name,” signs Liberties Journal in book signing line 10. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Sarah Ruhl Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Sarah Ruhl signs "Smile: The Story of a Face" in book signing line 9. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Shawn McCreesh Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Shawn McCreesh, author of the essay “The Hatboro Blues,” signs Liberties Journal in book signing line 11. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Susan Coll Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Susan Coll signs "Bookish People: A Novel" in book signing line 5. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Xochitl Gonzalez Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Xochitl Gonzalez signs "Olga Dies Dreaming: A Novel" in book signing line 7. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    An Immense World: Animal Senses with Ed Yong

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    5:05 pm - 5:50 pm EDT
    Ballroom B (Level 3, South Building)
    What do bees see? What do crocodiles feel? In “An Immense World,” Ed Yong takes us on a journey, illustrating the ability of Earth’s creatures to feel textures, vibrations, and even magnetic fields. Yong’s goal is to expand our understanding of animals in order to help us move beyond our own sensory perceptions. Moderated by Kirk R. Johnson. Stage: Society & Culture Interests: Animals, BIPOC Authors, Nature, Nonfiction, Science
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Dragonkind Unite!: 10 Years of Wings of Fire Adventures with Tui T. Sutherland

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    5:20 pm - 5:45 pm EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Whether you’re a fan or a newcomer to the series, all dragon lovers are welcome! After a decade writing her Wings of Fire series, Tui T. Sutherland is releasing her fifteenth installment, “The Flames of Hope.” Join Luna the dragon as she works to do what she always wanted: change the world. Sutherland discusses her bestselling series with moderator Catherine Fravel. Interests: Adventure, Book Series, Fantasy, Fiction
  • Event | special events

    Ashley Woodfolk Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Ashley Woodfolk signs "Blackout: A Novel" in book signing line 22. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Dhonielle Clayton Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Dhonielle Clayton signs "Blackout: A Novel" in book signing line 19. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    How Ya'll Doing?: Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well-Lived with Leslie Jordan

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
    Hall D (Level 2, North Building)
    When actor Leslie Jordan learned he had gone viral, he had no idea what that meant. Now, in “How Ya’ll Doing?,” he recounts how his life has changed and does what he does best: tell stories that make us laugh. For this program, Jordan will be in conversation with the actor who played his mortal enemy on the original “Will and Grace,” Megan Mullally. Stage: Main Stage Interests: Fun and Funny, LGBTQ+, Memoir, Nonfiction
  • Event | special events

    Julian Randall Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Julian Randall signs "Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa" in book signing line 16. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Kelly Lytle Hernández Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Kelly Lytle Hernández signs "Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire and Revolution in the Borderlands" in book signing line 14. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Lev Grossman Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Lev Grossman signs "The Golden Swift" in book signing line 15. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Nic Stone Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Nic Stone signs "Blackout: A Novel" in book signing line 20. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Nicola Yoon Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Nicola Yoon signs "Blackout: A Novel" in book signing line 23. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Ryan La Sala Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Ryan La Sala signs "The Honeys" in book signing line 17. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Tiffany D. Jackson Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Tiffany D. Jackson signs "Blackout: A Novel" and "The Weight of Blood" in book signing line 18. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop with Danyel Smith

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    5:35 pm - 6:20 pm EDT
    Ballroom C (Level 3, South Building)
    With a career in media and journalism spanning nearly three decades, Danyel Smith—host of the music podcast Black Girl Songbook—masterfully chronicles formerly unrecognized stories of Black women who shaped America’s music scene. Sidney Madden will join Smith to discuss "Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop." Stage: History & Biography Interests: BIPOC Authors, Biography, Black and African American Interest, Inspiring and Educational, Memoir, Nonfiction
  • Event | special events

    B.L. Blanchard Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    B.L. Blanchard signs "The Peacekeeper: A Novel" in book signing line 8. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Chloe Gong Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Chloe Gong signs "Our Violent Ends" in book signing line 5. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Jason Reynolds Talks About His Latest Books

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    6:00 pm - 6:45 pm EDT
    Room 202 (Level 2, South Building)
    We all want to be seen, to say “yes, that’s exactly how it is”! Jason Reyonlds is here to give us all that and more in his new poetry and art smash-up “Ain’t Burned All the Bright.” The Library’s very own National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is here to talk with Monica Valentine and Gabrielle Maitra and give what all of our souls... Stage: Young Adult Interests: BIPOC Authors, Black and African American Interest, Inspiring and Educational, Poetry, Social Justice, Understanding Racism, Young Adult
  • Event | special events

    Karen Joy Fowler Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Karen Joy Fowler signs "Booth: A Novel" in book signing line 7. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Louis Bayard Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Louis Bayard signs "Jackie & Me: A Novel" in book signing line 6. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | special events

    Lucinda Roy Book Signing

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
    Hall C (Lower Level)
    Lucinda Roy signs "Flying the Coop" in book signing line 9. Stage: Book Signings
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    My Book Is Talking to Me: Live Audiobook Readings

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    6:00 pm - 6:45 pm EDT
    Ballroom A (Level 3, South Building)
    Audiobooks have exploded in popularity and show no signs of slowing. During this event, you’ll hear from leading voice actors Michael Kramer, Kimberly Schraf and Dawn Ursula about how they bring a writer’s work to life, courtesy of the creators of the first talking book, The Library of Congress’ National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled. Moderated by Kathryn Marguy. Stage: Pop Lit Interests: Fiction,