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.

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Saturday September 3, 2022

  • 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

    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
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    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 | 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

    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 | 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
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    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

    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
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    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 | 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 | 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
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    "The Parts That Can't Be Made to Fit:" Poetry with Linda Gregerson

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    6:00 pm - 6:45 pm EDT
    East Salon ABC (Street Level, South Building)
    Poetry is our way to contend with the unthinkable, the unknowable. In her seventh poetry collection, “Canopy”—her first in over a decade—award-winning poet Linda Gregerson speaks of our humanitarian and ecological crises with beauty and conviction. Moderated by Ron Charles. Stage: Writers Studio Interests: Literary Collections, Nature, Poetry