Gallery Talks

A series of noontime gallery talks on Wednesdays will be presented by Library curators and specialists in the Southwest Gallery, second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (10 First Street SE) for the duration of the America Reads exhibition. Free and open to the public; no tickets or registration required. For general event information, please email [email protected] or call (202) 707–9070. To request ADA accommodations at least five business days in advance, contact (202) 707-6362 or [email protected]

Additional talks will be added as the schedule is finalized.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 12 noon
Mark Dimunation, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, presents “What I Read: Selections from the Library of Congress Readers’ Poll”

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 12 noon
Meg Metcalf, Humanities and Social Sciences Division, presents “Between the Waves: Reconstructing Feminist Narratives at the Library of Congress”

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 12 noon
Jackie Coleburn, Rare Materials Section, presents “Pay No Attention to that Man Behind the Curtain!: The Wizard of Oz and the Wonderful World of Children’s Literature”

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 12 noon
Abby Yochelson, Humanities and Social Sciences Division, presents “Books Go to War: American Service Editions in World War II”

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 12 noon
Ahmed Johnson, Local History and Genealogy, presents “Alex Haley’s Roots and Genealogical Research at the Library of Congress”

Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 12 noon
Curator Guy Lamolinara, The Center for the Book, presents “Fiction: Why Are Stories of People Who Never Lived So Important to Readers?”

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 12 noon
Connie Carter, Science Reference Section (Retired), presents “Mastering the Art of Cooking through Library of Congress Collections”

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 12 noon
Barbara Bair, Manuscript Division, and Eric Frazier, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, co-present “Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass

Thursday, October 13 Noon-1:00 p.m. Pickford Theater
Mike Canning: “Novels Into Film: Like Apples and Oranges”
Mike Canning is the film critic for the Hill Rag newspaper and a freelance writer on film, politics, and public affairs. He has lectured widely on the intersection between film and the depiction of Washington, DC, and is author of the book Hollywood on the Potomac.”

Monday, November 14 Noon-1:00 p.m. Pickford Theater
Maureen Corrigan “The Not-So-Great Gatsby: How Hollywood Misinterprets America’s Greatest Novel”
Maureen Corrigan is the critic for NPR”s cultural program “Fresh Air” and is the critic-in-residence and lecturer at Georgetown University. She is the author of And So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures.

* Will be updated.