Event | Special Events National Book Festival Presents Douglas Brinkley, Jeanne Theoharis and Michel Martin

Date and Location

  • When: Thursday, February 13, 2020

    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST

  • This event will be livestreamed on Facebook External and YouTube External. It will be available for viewing afterwards in the Library's Event Videos collection.

  • Where: Thomas Jefferson Building - Coolidge Auditorium (LJG45A)

    10 1st Street SE, Washington, DC 20540

Part of National Book Festival Presents

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National Book Festival Presents “Rosa Parks: The History and the Heart,” featuring Douglas Brinkley (“Rosa Parks: A Life”), Jeanne Theoharis (“The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks”) and NPR's Michel Martin.

This event will be livestreamed on the Library's Facebook and YouTube pages.

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Presented as part of National Book Festival Presents. The Library of Congress National Book Festival has expanded to include a yearlong series of events featuring high-caliber authors, their books and related Library treasures. National Book Festival Presents events are free to the public, but tickets are required. Subscribe here for email updates on ticketing and book sales. More information about the series is available on the National Book Festival Presents website.


  • Douglas Brinkley

    Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and CNN’s official historian. In 2005, he published “Rosa Parks: A Life.” He is a member of the Century Association and the Council on Foreign Relations and an honorary member of the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress. His new book is “American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race.”
  • Jeanne Theoharis

    Jeanne Theoharis is the author or co-author of nine books and numerous articles on the civil rights and black power movements, the politics of race and education, social welfare and civil rights in post-9/11 America. Her biography “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks” won a 2014 NAACP Image Award, the Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians, and was named one of the 25 Best Academic Titles of 2013 by Choice.
  • Michel Martin

    National Public Radio’s Michel Martin is the weekend host of “All Things Considered,” where she draws on her deep reporting and interviewing experience to dig in to the week's news. Outside the studio, she has also hosted “Michel Martin: Going There,” an ambitious live event series in collaboration with member stations. Martin came to NPR in 2006 and launched “Tell Me More,” a one-hour daily NPR news and talk show that aired on NPR stations nationwide from 2007 to 2014.