2020 Festival Videos

Presenters included Madeleine Albright, Jenna Bush Hager, John Grisham, Colson Whitehead, Melinda Gates, Leigh Bardugo, Ann Druyan, Haben Girma, James McBride, Kate DiCamillo, Ann Patchett, Jason Reynolds, Salman Rushdie, Gene Luen Yang, Tomi Adeyemi, Sarah M. Broom, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Joy Harjo, Robert Pinsky, Tracy K. Smith, Juan Felipe Herrera, Walter Isaacson, Sandra Cisneros, Amy Tan and Jon Meacham.

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    Jon Meacham: National Book Festival 2020 Jon Meacham, one of America's best-known historians, has written about American presidents, including Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson and George H.W. Bush, as well as sweeping histories that get at the spirit of this country. Here, he speaks about "His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope" (Random House), his biography of civil rights icon John Lewis, a longtime member of...
    • Contributor: Meacham, Jon
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Jenna Bush Hager: National Book Festival 2020 The former first daughter and granddaughter, bestselling author and co-anchor of the "Today" show, Jenna Bush Hager shares moving, funny stories about her beloved grandparents and the wisdom they passed on to her. Hager launches her new book, "Everything Beautiful in Its Time: Seasons of Love and Loss" (William Morrow), at the Festival. Interview with Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation...
    • Contributor: Bush Hager, Jenna - Lucas, Lisa
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Heather Cox Richardson: National Book Festival 2020 While the North prevailed in the Civil War, ending slavery and giving the country a "new birth of freedom," Heather Cox Richardson's new provocative work, "How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America" (Oxford University), argues that democracy's blood-soaked victory was ephemeral. The system of racial dominance that had sustained the South soon moved...
    • Contributor: Richardson, Heather Cox
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Erica Armstrong Dunbar: National Book Festival 2020 Erica Armstrong Dunbar's "She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman" (37 Ink) is a lively, informative and illustrated tribute to an American heroine whose fearlessness and activism still resonate today. Filled with rare outtakes of commentary, an expansive timeline of Tubman's life, photos and commissioned illustrations, the book is a stunning and powerful mix of pop culture and scholarship.
    • Contributor: Armstrong Dunbar, Erica - Hayden, Carla
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Eric Foner: National Book Festival 2020 From the Pulitzer Prize-winning scholar Eric Foner, "The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution" (Norton) is a timely history of the constitutional changes that built equality into the nation's foundation and how those guarantees have been shaken over time. "The Second Founding" launches at the Festival.
    • Contributor: Foner, Eric
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    David Rubenstein: National Book Festival 2020 In the essential leadership playbook, "How to Lead: Wisdom from the World's Greatest CEOs, Founders and Game Changers" (Simon & Schuster), David Rubenstein plumbs the principles and guiding philosophies of Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey and many others through illuminating conversations about their remarkable lives and careers. In conversation with veteran journalist Andrea Mitchell.
    • Contributor: Rubenstein, David - Mitchell, Andrea
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Walter Mosley: National Book Festival 2020 Bestselling mystery author Walter Mosley has proven himself a master of narrative tension, both with his extraordinary fiction and gripping writing for television. "The Awkward Black Man: Stories" (Grove) collects 17 of Mosley's most accomplished short stories to showcase the full range of his talent. Interview by Maureen Corrigan, NPR book critic.
    • Contributor: Mosley, Walter
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Tomi Adeyemi: National Book Festival 2020 In "Children of Virtue and Vengeance" (Henry Holt), the second book of the Legacy of Orisha, Tomi Adeyemi picks up the thread she began in "Children of Blood and Bone," taking Zelie into a civil war between the monarchy and the maji. As one critic said, the novel "poses thought-provoking questions about race, class and authority that hold up a warning mirror to our...
    • Contributor: Adeyemi, Tomi
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Mary Robinette Kowal: National Book Festival 2020 Mary Robinette Kowal continues her Hugo and Nebula award-winning Lady Astronaut series with "The Relentless Moon: A Lady Astronaut Novel" (Tor), following "The Calculating Stars" and "The Fated Sky." In this novel, planet Earth is reaching the boiling point, a meteor has left its mark and Elma York is on her way to Mars, even as political turmoil threatens her mission.
    • Contributor: Kowal, Mary Robinette
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Leigh Bardugo: National Book Festival 2020 "Ninth House" (Flatiron), the mesmerizing debut novel for adults from Leigh Bardugo--an award-winning young adult novelist--is a tale of power, privilege, dark magic and murder set among the Ivy League elite.
    • Contributor: Bardugo, Leigh
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Alaya Dawn Johnson: National Book Festival 2020 Winner of the Nebula award, Alaya Dawn Johnson's novel "Trouble the Saints" (Tor) is a dazzling, daring story set against the darkly glamorous backdrop of New York City at the very start of World War II. In it, a young woman from Harlem is hired as an assassin, falls in love and tries to change her fate before it's too late.
    • Contributor: Dawn Johnson, Alaya
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Téa Obreht: National Book Festival 2020 With "Inland" (Random House), Téa Obreht, the bestselling author of "The Tiger's Wife," returns in what Entertainment Weekly called "a bracingly epic and imaginatively mythic journey across the American West." Interview by Ron Charles, fiction critic of The Washington Post.
    • Contributor: Charles, Ron - Obreht, Téa
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Salman Rushdie: National Book Festival 2020 A satire about the world we live in, Salman Rushdie's latest novel "Quichotte" (Random House) pays Miguel de Cervantes a great, clever compliment with this Don Quixote for modern times. This postmodern dystopian tale tackles everything from global warming to the rise of white supremacism to the opioid crisis -- all the ills of our contemporary society.
    • Contributor: Rushdie, Salman
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Kali Fajardo-Anstine: National Book Festival 2020 Latinas of Indigenous descent living in the American West take center stage in "Sabrina & Corina" (One World), a haunting debut story collection from Kali Fajardo-Anstine. It is a powerful meditation on friendship, mothers and daughters, and the deep-rooted truths of our homelands. This book was a National Book Award finalist in 2019.
    • Contributor: Fajardo-Anstine, Kali
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    John Grisham: National Book Festival 2020 The first winner of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction (2009), John Grisham is America's most popular writer of legal thrillers. "The Guardians" (Doubleday) is his hair-raising thriller about wrongful convictions. "Camino Winds" (Doubleday) is a light-hearted novel about a murder investigation undertaken by a bookseller.
    • Contributor: Grisham, John
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    James McBride: National Book Festival 2020 From National Book Award-winner James McBride, "Deacon King Kong" (Riverhead) is the story of a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat, who shuffles into the courtyard of a housing project in south Brooklyn one day, pulls a .45 from his pocket and in full public view shoots the project's drug dealer at point-blank range.
    • Contributor: McBride, James
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Dystopian Worlds: National Book Festival 2020 Dark Star trilogy novelist Marlon James, "Black Leopard, Red Wolf" (Riverhead), talks with sci-fi/fantasy author Jeff VanderMeer, "A Peculiar Peril" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). In the first novel in James's Dark Star trilogy, he explores what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child; VanderMeer's new novel is a head-spinning epic quest revolving around portals to an alternate Earth called Aurora,...
    • Contributor: James, Marlon - Vandermeer, Jeff
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Colson Whitehead: National Book Festival 2020 In "The Nickel Boys" (Anchor), a bravura follow-up to "The Underground Railroad" and his first Pulitzer Prize, Colson Whitehead dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. It won a second Pulitzer for him in 2020. Interview with Marie Arana, literary director of the Library of Congress.
    • Contributor: Whitehead, Colson
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Jesse Dougherty: National Book Festival 2020 "Buzz Saw: The Improbable Story of How the Washington Nationals Won the World Series" (Simon & Schuster) is the remarkable story of the 2019 World Series champion Washington Nationals told by the Washington Post writer who followed the team most closely, Jesse Dougherty.
    • Contributor: Dougherty, Jesse
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    David Kamp: National Book Festival 2020 From bestselling writer David Kamp, "Sunny Days: The Children's Television Revolution That Changed America" (Simon & Schuster) tells the engrossing, behind-the-scenes story of the cultural heroes who created the beloved children's TV programs "Sesame Street," "The Electric Company," "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," "Free to Be...You and Me" and "Schoolhouse Rock!" which collectively transformed American childhood for the better, teaching kids about diversity, the ABCs and...
    • Contributor: Kamp, David
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Bill Buford: National Book Festival 2020 "Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking" (Knopf) is a hilariously self-deprecating, highly obsessive account of Bill Buford's adventures in the world of French haute cuisine. Buford has been a writer and editor for the New Yorker since 1995 and is the bestselling author of "Heat."
    • Contributor: Buford, Bill
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Levers of Power: National Book Festival 2020 Peter Baker and Susan Glasser launch their new book "The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III" (Doubleday) at the Festival in a conversation with George Packer, "Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century" (Knopf), moderated by Judy Woodruff of "PBS NewsHour." From three of America's most revered political journalists come two definitive biographies...
    • Contributor: Woodruff, Judy - Glasser, Susan - Baker, Peter - Packer, George
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Don Tate Live Q&A: 2020 National Book Festival Don Tate answers questions from the virtual audience about his work at the 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival.
    • Contributor: Valentine, Monica - Tate, Don
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Jerry Craft Live Q&A: 2020 National Book Festival Jerry Craft answers questions from the virtual audience about his work at the 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival.
    • Contributor: Craft, Jerry - Dowdy, Sasha
    • Date: 2020-09-26
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    Kate DiCamillo & Ann Patchett Live Q&A: 2020 National Book Festival Kate DiCamillo and Ann Patchett questions from the virtual audience about their work at the 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival.
    • Contributor: Dicamillo, Kate - Patchett, Ann - Lamolinara, Guy
    • Date: 2020-09-26