News from the Library of Congress

August 2017

July 2017

  • July 11, 2017  (17-099)
    Prize for American Fiction to Be Awarded Posthumously to Denis Johnson Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that Denis Johnson, author of the critically acclaimed collection of short stories “Jesus’ Son” and the novel “Tree of Smoke,” will posthumously receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival, Sept. 2.The National Book Festival and the prize ceremony will take place at the Walter E. Washington...
    • Date: 2017-07-11
  • July 10, 2017  (17-094)
    Walkowicz Named Astrobiology Chair at Kluge Center Lucianne Walkowicz will hold the fifth Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. She will begin on Oct. 1, 2017, and be in residence for 12 months.Walkowicz is an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium, in Chicago, where she studies stellar magnetic activity and its influence on planetary habitability, using data from...
    • Date: 2017-07-10

June 2017

  • June 20, 2017  (17-089)
    Librarian of Congress Names Tony Bennett Next Recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that Tony Bennett is the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.Tony Bennett is not just an artist for the ages, but an artist for all ages. His interpretations and re-interpretations have introduced new generations to the Great American Songbook. He is one of a handful of artists to have new albums...
    • Date: 2017-06-20
  • June 14, 2017  (17-083)
    Librarian of Congress Names Tracy K. Smith Poet Laureate Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the appointment of Tracy K. Smith as the Library’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2017-2018. Smith will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season in September with a reading of her work in the Coolidge Auditorium.Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and a professor at Princeton University, succeeds Juan Felipe...
    • Date: 2017-06-14
  • June 9, 2017  (17-086)
    Letters About Literature Reading-Writing Program Winners Announced Letters About Literature, a Library of Congress national reading- and writing-promotion program, has announced its winners for 2017. The program, now in its 25th year, asks young people in grades 4 through 12 to write to an author (living or deceased) about how his or her book affected their lives.More than 43,700 young readers from across the country participated in the annual initiative, which...
    • Date: 2017-06-09
  • June 7, 2017  (17-077)
    Educators Nationwide to Participate in Summer Teacher Institutes Several educators from across the nation have been selected to participate in five Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institutes to take place from June through August.Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for a group of K-12 educators to attend one of its five teacher institutes in Washington, D.C.During the five-day program, participants work with Library education specialists...
    • Date: 2017-06-07

May 2017

  • May 5, 2017  (17-064)
    FEDLINK Announces Annual Awards for Federal Librarianship The Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) has announced the winners of its national awards for federal librarianship, which recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of government, business, scholarly communities and the American public.FEDLINK will honor the 2016 award winners at the FEDLINK Spring Exposition on May 9, 2017, at the Library of Congress...
    • Date: 2017-05-05

January 2017

  • January 31, 2017  (17-013)
    Stephen King Joins Library in Announcing Applications for the 2017 Literacy Awards Award-winning author and literacy advocate Stephen King helped the Library of Congress today launch its call for nominations for the 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards. The annual awards support organizations working to promote literacy, both in the United States and worldwide, and are made possible through the generosity of David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group.No one person or group...
    • Date: 2017-01-31
  • January 12, 2017  (17-002)
    New Scholars Working on American Film, History and Library Studies Arrive at Kluge Center Four distinguished scholars—David Bordwell, Timothy Breen, Jose Casanova and Wayne Wiegand—began residencies at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress on Jan. 9.  They will conduct research at the Library for four months.David Bordwell, the Jacques Ledoux Professor of Film Studies Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is a film theorist and historian. He has written more than 15 volumes...
    • Date: 2017-01-12

December 2016

  • December 20, 2016  (16-211)
    Poet Laureate Selects 2017 Witter Bynner Fellow, Ray Gonzalez The 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, Juan Felipe Herrera, has selected poet Ray Gonzalez for the 2017 Witter Bynner Fellowship.Herrera will introduce a program celebrating Gonzalez at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540.  The event is free and...
    • Date: 2016-12-20
  • December 14, 2016  (16-209)
    With "20,000 Leagues," the National Film Registry Reaches 700 Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 motion pictures that have been inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance.  This year’s titles range from the Disney animated blockbuster “The Lion King” and the seminal coming-of-age drama “The Breakfast Club” to the 1990 documentary “Paris Is Burning,” chronicling...
    • Date: 2016-12-14

November 2016

  • November 16, 2016  (16-204)
    Smokey Robinson Honored as the King of Song at Star-Studded Gershwin Prize Tribute The two-day celebration of Smokey Robinson’s 50-year career—and his selection as the 2016 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song—began in the nation’s capital with a touching trip down the keyboard of George Gershwin’s piano and ended with a rollicking concert.
    • Date: 2016-11-16
  • November 3, 2016  (16-190)
    Library of Congress Announces Winner of 2016 Holland Prize A drawing, by a team of Puerto Rican students, of a 19th-century health institution in Puerto Rico, Lazaretto Isla de Cabras, is the 2016 Holland Prize winner, the Library of Congress and National Park Service announced today.
    • Date: 2016-11-03

September 2016

  • September 30, 2016  (16-168)
    Koussevitzky Foundation Announces Commission Winners The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to five composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the organizations that will present performances of the newly composed works.
    • Date: 2016-09-30
  • September 26, 2016  (16-167)
    National Collegiate Book-Collecting Contest Winners Announced The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Library’s Rare Book and Special Collections Division, along with the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America, the Fellowship of American Bibliographic Societies and the Grolier Club have announced the winners.
    • Date: 2016-09-26
  • September 23, 2016  (16-159)
    Library of Congress Literacy Award Winners Announced Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the winners of the 2016 Library of Congress Literacy Awards today at the Library of Congress National Book Festival gala.
    • Date: 2016-09-23
  • September 21, 2016  (16-162)
    2016-2017 Class of National Digital Stewardship Residents Selected The Library of Congress, in conjunction with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, has named five members to the 2016-2017 class of the National Digital Stewardship Residency program.
    • Date: 2016-09-21
  • September 14, 2016  (16-161)
    Carla D. Hayden Sworn In as 14th Librarian of Congress Carla D. Hayden, longtime chief executive of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore and a former president of the American Library Association, was sworn in today as the 14th Librarian of Congress, for a renewable 10-year term, by Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr.
    • Date: 2016-09-14
  • September 9, 2016  (16-163)
    Library of Congress Selects Early Elementary Teacher-in-Residence Teresa St. Angelo, a kindergarten teacher from Manalapan, New Jersey, has been selected to serve as the 2016-2017 Teacher-in-Residence at the Library of Congress.
    • Date: 2016-09-09
  • September 8, 2016  (16-148)
    Library to Host 2016 Américas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature Authors Pam Muñoz Ryan and Ashley Hope-Perez will receive the Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature during a special awards presentation on Sept. 22 at the Library of Congress.
    • Date: 2016-09-08
  • September 8, 2016  (16-158)
    National Book Festival Summer Writing Contest Winners Announced The Library of Congress today announced the winners of its "A Book That Shaped Me" Summer Writing Contest, a program that asks rising fifth- and sixth-graders to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact in their lives.
    • Date: 2016-09-08
  • September 6, 2016  (16-150)
    Barry Posen Begins Tenure as Kissinger Chair at John W. Kluge Center Political scientist Barry R. Posen, who was named the Henry A. Kissinger chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center, arrived today, Sept. 6.
    • Date: 2016-09-06
  • September 6, 2016  (16-151)
    Toyin Falola Begins Tenure as Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South Toyin Falola, a professor of African studies from the University of Texas at Austin, has arrived at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress to serve as Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South.
    • Date: 2016-09-06

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

  • June 28, 2016  (16-111)
    Luis Campos Named Astrobiology Chair at the John W. Kluge Center Luis Campos will hold the fourth Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology at the Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center. He will begin on Oct. 1, 2016, and be in residence for 12 months.
    • Date: 2016-06-28
  • June 21, 2016  (16-109)
    Barry Posen Named Kissinger Chair at the John W. Kluge Center Political scientist Barry R. Posen has been appointed the next Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center. He will begin on Sept. 6, 2016, and be in residence for six months.
    • Date: 2016-06-21
  • June 10, 2016  (16-101)
    Indiana and Michigan Libraries Honored The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in the Library of Congress today recognized two libraries in Indiana and Michigan for outstanding service to readers who are visually or physically disabled.
    • Date: 2016-06-10

May 2016

April 2016

  • April 13, 2016  (16-068)
    Juan Felipe Herrera Named Poet Laureate for Second Term Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao has appointed Juan Felipe Herrera to serve a second term as the 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.
    • Date: 2016-04-13
  • April 5, 2016  (16-064)
    Wendy Hall Named Kluge Chair in Technology and Society Dame Wendy Hall, professor of computer science at the University of Southampton, England, and an early pioneer in serious research on computing and the web, has arrived at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress as the Kluge Chair in Technology and Society.
    • Date: 2016-04-05

March 2016

  • March 29, 2016  (16-058)
    Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction Awarded to Marilynne Robinson Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao has announced that Marilynne Robinson, author of such critically acclaimed novels as “Gilead” and “Home,” will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival, Sept. 24.
    • Date: 2016-03-29
  • March 8, 2016  (16-041)
    Library of Congress to Honor Mario Vargas Llosa The Library of Congress will present its Living Legend award to Mario Vargas Llosa, the renowned Peruvian novelist, journalist, public intellectual and political commentator on April 11.
    • Date: 2016-03-08

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