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    Poetry Spotlight: Victoria Chang and Brenda Shaughnessy In honor of National Poetry Month, poets Victoria Chang and Brenda Shaughnessy discuss their poetry collections, which address issues of loss, fear and the future of the planet.
    • Contributor: Shaughnessy, Brenda - Holmes, Anne - Casper, Robert - Chang, Victoria
    • Date: 2021-04-29
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    Lupita Nyong'o and Carla Hayden A fascinating conversation for young people with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Lupita Nyong'o, Oscar-winning actor and author of the number one best-selling children's book "Sulwe."
    • Contributor: Nyong'o, Lupita - Hayden, Carla
    • Date: 2021-04-08
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    War, Combat and the American Soldier Two of the most prominent historians of war, Margaret MacMillan ("War: How Conflict Shaped Us") and Rick Atkinson ("The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777"), spoke with philanthropist David M. Rubenstein about their work.
    • Contributor: Macmillan, Margaret - Rubenstein, David - Atkinson, Rick
    • Date: 2021-03-25
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    Giants of Racial Justice: Malcolm X & Martin Luther King Jr. In an event celebrating African American History Month, Peniel E. Joseph ("The Sword and the Shield") and Tamara Payne ("The Dead Are Arising") will discuss their books on Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. with NPR television critic Eric Deggans.
    • Contributor: Payne, Tamara - Deggans, Eric - Joseph, Peniel E.
    • Date: 2021-02-18
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    Timely Topic: Anne Applebaum & Carlos Lozada Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, Anne Applebaum ("Twilight of Democracy") and Carlos Lozada ("What Were We Thinking"), discuss the current American frame of mind, the tenuous state of democracy and the 2020 presidential election.
    • Contributor: Applebaum, Anne - Haskell, John - Lozada, Carlos
    • Date: 2020-11-17
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    Celebrating American Ingenuity: Danielle Allen & Walter Isaacson Danielle Allen and Walter Isaacson speak to the spirit of the 20th anniversary National Book Festival with their conversation on American ingenuity.
    • Contributor: Allen, Danielle - Isaacson, Walter
    • Date: 2020-10-22
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    Tracy K. Smith: National Book Festival 2020 Tracy K. Smith served as the 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States from 2017 to 2019 and is now chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. A Pulitzer Prize winner for her 2011 collection, "Life on Mars," she here reads "The United States Welcomes You" from her latest collection of poetry, "Wade in the Water: Poems" (Graywolf). Her recent...
    • Contributor: Smith, Tracy K.
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Confronting Racism and Bigotry: National Book Festival 2020 From Ibram X. Kendi, the National Book Award-winning author of "How to Be an Antiracist" (One World), comes a groundbreaking approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality. From Saeed Jones, winner of the 2019 Kirkus Prize in nonfiction, comes "How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir" (Simon & Schuster), a devastating memoir about power (who has it, how and why we deploy...
    • Contributor: Martin, Michel - Jones, Saeed - Kendi, Ibram X.
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Daniel Markovits: National Book Festival 2020 From eminent Yale Law professor Daniel Markovits, "The Meritocracy Trap: How America's Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class and Devours the Elite" (Penguin) presents a revolutionary new argument attacking the false promise of meritocracy, the axiom of American life that advantage should be earned through ability and effort.
    • Contributor: Markovits, Daniel
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Richard Haass: National Book Festival 2020 "The World: A Brief Introduction" (Penguin) is an invaluable primer from Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, that is meant to help experts and non-experts alike navigate a time in which many of our biggest challenges come from the world beyond our borders. Interview by David Rubenstein.
    • Contributor: Rubenstein, David - Haass, Richard
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Haben Girma: National Book Festival 2020 "Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law" (Twelve) is the incredible life story of Haben Girma, the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, and her journey from isolation to extraordinary accomplishment. Girma's advocacy for people with disabilities won her the Helen Keller Achievement Award as well as praise from President Obama, who named her White House Champion of Change.
    • Contributor: Girma, Haben
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Melinda Gates: National Book Festival 2020 For the past 20 years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. Throughout this journey, one thing has become increasingly clear to her: If you want to lift a society up, you need to stop keeping women down. Her new book is "The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the...
    • Contributor: Gates, Melinda - Rubenstein, David
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Jason Reynolds: National Book Festival 2020 Jason Reynolds, the Library of Congress's National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, talks about "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You" (Little, Brown), the bestselling book that he and African-American studies scholar Ibram X. Kendi have produced to give us a timely, crucial and empowering exploration of racism -- and antiracism -- in America.
    • Contributor: Reynolds, Jason
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Reinventing the Festival: National Book Festival 2020 To talk about the ways this book festival and so many others are having to reimagine themselves in the age of COVID-19 and the virtual world, Marie Arana (literary director of the Library of Congress and the National Book Festival) joins Peter Florence (founder of the Hay Festival), Cristina Fuentes La Roche (executive director of the Hay Festival), Mitchell Kaplan (co-founder of the Miami...
    • Contributor: Kaplan, Mitch - Florence, Peter - Fuentes La Roche, Cristina - Arana, Marie - Kim, Lois
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    How Liberty Flourishes: National Book Festival 2020 Jared Diamond, "Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis" (Little, Brown), appears in conversation with James A. Robinson, "The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies and the Fate of Liberty" (Penguin). Diamond's book centers on why some nations recover from trauma and others don't, positing a more contemporary version of his bestselling "Guns, Germs and Steel." Robinson's book (co-authored with Daron Acemoglu) answers the question of...
    • Contributor: Diamond, Jared - Robinson, James A. - Shourie, Moira
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Big Brother Is Watching: National Book Festival 2020 Barton Gellman, "Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State" (Penguin), appears in conversation with Thomas Rid, "Active Measures: The Secret History of Disinformation and Political Warfare" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), and Washington Post columnist and spy novelist David Ignatius (moderator), "The Paladin: A Spy Novel" (Norton). Gellman's narrative of the modern surveillance state is based on unique access to Edward Snowden and...
    • Contributor: Gellman, Barton - Rid, Thomas - Ignatius, David
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    The Ray Bradbury Effect: National Book Festival 2020 Ann Druyan, "Cosmos: Possible Worlds" (National Geographic), and Leland Melvin, "Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace and Second Chances" (Amistad), talk about Ray Bradbury's effect on their lives and their work. The Bradbury centennial is currently being celebrated by fiction writers, astronomers, astronauts and readers throughout the world. Melvin is one of NASA's first African American astronauts. Ann Druyan, widow of astronomer...
    • Contributor: Melvin, Leland - Druyan, Ann
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Sarah Scoles: National Book Festival 2020 In "They Are Already Here: UFO Culture and Why We See Saucers" (Pegasus), veteran science writer Sarah Scoles gives us an anthropological glimpse into the UFO community. Scoles tells of her experiences with researchers -- believers in space alien visitations as well as skeptics -- as they pursue mysteries, both terrestrial and cosmic.
    • Contributor: Scoles, Sarah
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Insect World: National Book Festival 2020 Edward D. Melillo, "The Butterfly Effect: Insects and the Making of the Modern World" (Knopf), appears in conversation with Wendy Williams, "The Language of Butterflies: How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists and Other Obsessives Unlocked the Secrets of the World's Favorite Insect" (Simon & Schuster). Amherst professor Melillo gives us an insightful, entertaining dive in the fruitful, centuries-long relationship between humans and insects, while Williams --...
    • Contributor: Palca, Joe - Williams, Wendy - Melillo, Edward D.
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Katherine Eban: National Book Festival 2020 From award-winning journalist Katherine Eban, "Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom" (Ecco) is an explosive narrative investigation of the generic drug boom that reveals fraud and life-threatening dangers on a global scale, achieving for the pharmaceutical industry what Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" did for the meatpacking industry.
    • Contributor: Eban, Katherine
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Ann Druyan: National Book Festival 2020 In "Cosmos: Possible Worlds" (National Geographic), the sequel to Carl Sagan's blockbuster "Cosmos" -- written by Sagan's widow and collaborator, Ann Druyan -- we continue an electrifying journey through space and time, connecting with worlds billions of miles away and envisioning a future of science tempered with wisdom.
    • Contributor: Druyan, Ann
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Joy Harjo: National Book Festival 2020 Joy Harjo is the 23rd and current United States Poet Laureate -- the first Native American to receive the honor. A member of the Muskogee (Creek) nation, her most recent poetry collection is "An American Sunrise: Poems" (Norton), from which she here reads the poem "Running." Her recent anthology is "When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton...
    • Contributor: Harjo, Joy
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Amy Tan: National Book Festival 2020 Amy Tan began her career with her groundbreaking novel about Chinese-American families, "The Joy Luck Club." Its phenomenal success was followed by her equally successful novels, "The Kitchen God's Wife" and "The Bonesetter's Daughter." In her new memoir, "Where the Past Begins: Memory and Imagination" (Ecco), she talks about how memory and ancestral history have guided her in her lifelong work as a novelist.
    • Contributor: Tan, Amy
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Walter Isaacson: National Book Festival 2020 Walter Isaacson is the author of many bestselling biographies, including "Kissinger," "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life," "Einstein: His Life and Universe," "Steve Jobs" and, most recently, "Leonardo da Vinci" (Simon & Schuster). He here speaks about the elements of ingenuity, especially his subjects' most powerful, nurturing gift -- that of the imagination.
    • Contributor: Isaacson, Walter
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    From the African Diaspora: Writers on Writing: National Book Festival 2020 Ishmael Beah, "Little Family" (Riverhead), joins novelist Maaza Mengiste, "The Shadow King" (Norton), to talk about the ways African diaspora writers are too often dismissed as narrow narrators of war and immigration, whereas novels such as theirs can portray deeper human traits and dramas that cross races and culture in ways that relate to all humanity.
    • Contributor: Beah, Ishmael - Mengiste, Maaza
    • Date: 2020-09-26