Events at the Library of Congress

Tuesday August 16, 2022

Wednesday August 17, 2022

Thursday August 18, 2022

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
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    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.
    This event will be livestreamed on youtu.be External.

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
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    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.

Wednesday August 24, 2022

Thursday August 25, 2022

  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Live! at the Library: Celebrating the Audiobook

    Thursday
    August 25, 2022
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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    Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)
    Attend Voices in the Stacks: Celebrating the Audiobook at the Library of Congress at 7 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium, featuring authors and professional narrators reading from works in the Library’s collections. Explore a pop-up exhibit from the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled in the Great Hall from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • 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
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    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.

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
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    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.
    This event will be livestreamed on youtu.be External.

Tuesday August 30, 2022

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
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    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.
  • 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
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    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.
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    How Racism Happens with Robert Samuels and Linda Villarosa

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    9:30 am - 10:15 am EDT
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    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.
    This event will be livestreamed on loc.gov.
  • 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
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    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.
  • 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
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    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.
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Black Girls Sew with Hekima Hapa and Lesley Ware

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    10:00 am - 10:45 am EDT
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    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.
  • 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
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    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.
  • 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
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    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.
    This event will be livestreamed on loc.gov.
  • 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
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    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.
  • 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
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    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.
    This event will be livestreamed on loc.gov.
  • 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
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    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.
  • 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
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    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.
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Jumping for Joy! with Brittany J. Thurman

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    10:10 am - 10:35 am EDT
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    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.
  • 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
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    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.
    This event will be livestreamed on loc.gov.
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    Bienvenidos a la Biblioteca

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    10:45 am - 11:15 am EDT
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    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.