Discover New Authors & Beloved Favorites

Check out more than 70 of the nation's best authors, poets and illustrators, who will discuss their work and answer your questions at your National Book Festival.

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    Joy Harjo Joy Harjo served as the 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. The first Native American poet to serve in the position, Harjo is an enrolled member of the Muscogee Creek Nation. She was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 9, 1951, and is the author of nine books of poetry.
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    Meg Medina National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Meg Medina is the author of the Newbery Medal-winning book “Merci Suárez Changes Gears.” She is also the author of award-winning young adult novels and picture books, including “Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away,” illustrated by Sonia Sánchez; “Mango, Abuela and Me,” illustrated by Angela Dominguez, which was a Pura Belpré Author and Illustrator Award Honor Book; and...

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    Jesmyn Ward Jesmyn Ward is the acclaimed author of the novels “Where the Line Bleeds,” “Salvage the Bones,” winner of the 2011 National Book Award, and “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” winner of the 2017 National Book Award. Her nonfiction work includes the memoir “Men We Reaped,” a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the 2020 work “Navigate Your Stars.”
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