Past Events

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    Live! at the Library: Celebrating Pride Month Join the Library in Celebrating Pride Month with a discussion from journalist James Kirchick on his new book, “Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington,” and Washington Post writer Jonathan Capehart.
    • Date: 2022-06-09
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    Live! at the Library: Joy Williams Novelist, short-story and non-fiction author Joy Williams, known for works such as “State of Grace” and “The Quick and the Dead” and 2021 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction winner, will present a “Manifesto for the Future” and participate in a conversation with the Library's Clay Smith.
    • Date: 2022-05-19
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    Live! at the Library: "Castor and Patience" Performance & Discussion Former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith and composer Gregory Spears will discuss their new opera “Castor and Patience” in a performance of excerpts on the stage of the Library's Coolidge Auditorium. The new opera will have its world premiere in July at Cincinnati Opera.
    • Date: 2022-05-12
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    Joy Harjo Dance Party
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    To conclude her laureateship, U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo hosts a dance party featuring DJ Tnyce (Haliwa-Saponi).
    • Date: 2022-04-29
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    U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo Closing Event To celebrate the conclusion of her laureateship, U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo (an enrolled member of the Mvskoke Nation) reads and discusses her favorite “ancestor poems.” The evening features a performance by singer-songwriter Jennifer Kreisberg (Tuscarora, North Carolina) and a reading by poet Portlyn Houghton-Harjo (Mvskoke, Seminole), concluding with Harjo’s performance of her poem “Remember.”
    • Date: 2022-04-28
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    U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo at the Miami Book Fair U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo talks with Robert Casper, head of Poetry and Literature at the Library of Congress, about her new memoir, “Poet Warrior,” as well as her work in the position and her signature project, “Living Nations, Living Words.” Presented in partnership with the Miami Book Fair and O, Miami.
    • Date: 2021-11-15
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    U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland To kick off Native American Heritage Month, Joy Harjo, the first Native American U.S. Poet Laureate, joins Deb Haaland, the first Native American cabinet secretary, in a conversation with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.
    • Date: 2021-11-01
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    Joy Harjo at the American Indian Community Housing Organization U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo visits Minnesota to talk with students and the local community in partnership with the Minnesota Center for the Book.
    • Date: 2021-10-18
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    Tennessee Center for the Book with Jason Reynolds Jason Reynolds, Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, discusses his ambassador platform, GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story, and his award-winning book "Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks," and he also demonstrates new ways educators can connect to kids.
    • Date: 2021-10-07
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    Wine and the White House: A Conversation with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Frederick J. Ryan Jr. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden talks with Frederick Ryan Jr., author of “Wine and the White House: A History,” about how U.S. presidents have used wine as a tool of diplomacy. With Manuscript Division historian Michelle Krowl.
    • Date: 2021-10-01
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    Edith Grossman and Mario Vargas Llosa Nobel Prize in Literature recipient Mario Vargas Llosa and his longtime Spanish-to-English translator, Edith Grossman, discuss their work together. Throughout her celebrated career, Grossman has also translated works of other writers such as Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Mayra Montero and Miguel de Cervantes.
    • Date: 2021-06-24
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    Paul Hendrickson on Frank Lloyd Wright Paul Hendrickson, author of “Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright,” discusses how his book was “made” through his use of the unparalleled collections of the Library of Congress. According to Hendrickson, Wright was plagued by fire both literally and metaphorically throughout his life.
    • Date: 2021-06-10
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    The Art of the Memoir Poet Cathy Park Hong (“Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning”) and novelist Wayétu Moore (“The Dragons, the Giant, the Women”), both nominees for the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography, discuss how their memoirs give voice to history and speak to the present moment.
    • Date: 2021-05-27
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    Walter Isaacson on the Biomedical Future Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of “Leonardo da Vinci,” “Einstein” and “Steve Jobs,” discusses his new book, “The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing and the Future of the Human Race,” with award-winning journalist Katherine Eban. Nobel winner Doudna and her colleagues have ignited a revolution with the gene-editing tool known as CRISPR, which offers great promise, while raising enormous moral questions.
    • Date: 2021-05-20
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    Talking About Race, Love and Truth: Live Q&A Join us for a live Q&A session with the creators of the highly acclaimed middle grade anthology “The Talk: Conversations on Race, Love & Truth.” Authors Adam Gidwitz and Renée Watson and editors/publishers Wade and Cheryl Willis Hudson will be available to take your questions in real time. Registration is required.
    • Date: 2021-05-13
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    Jim Lee and Asian American Superheroes For Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, an event that celebrates the life and work of DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee. He will appear in conversation with illustrator Bernard Chang (“Generations Forged”) and writers Sarah Kuhn (“Shadow of the Batgirl”) and Minh Lê (“Green Lantern: Legacy”). Moderated by former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang (“Superman Smashes the Klan”). Select...
    • Date: 2021-05-06
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    Talking About Race, Love and Truth: For Kids and Teens Adam Gidwitz and Renée Watson, authors of the highly acclaimed middle grade anthology “The Talk: Conversations on Race, Love & Truth,” will discuss their writing process and how they navigate conversations about race. Gidwitz and Watson will also answer pre-recorded student questions. Parents, teachers, and all other caregivers are encouraged to attend with children and teens; the target audience for this presentation is ages...
    • Date: 2021-05-03
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    Talking About Race, Love and Truth: For Caregivers and Teachers Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson, editors of the highly acclaimed middle grade anthology “The Talk: Conversations on Race, Love & Truth,” will discuss their dedication to diversity in children’s book publishing and the tools to help young people talk about race.
    • Date: 2021-05-03
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    Poetry Spotlight: Victoria Chang and Brenda Shaughnessy Poets Victoria Chang (“Obit”) and Brenda Shaughnessy (“The Octopus Museum”) discuss their poetry collections, which address issues of loss, fear and the future of the planet. A National Poetry Month event.
    • 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 No. 1 best-selling children’s book “Sulwe.”
    • Date: 2021-04-08
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    Pop Life: Literature and Culture The Prize for American Fiction spring event, featuring longtime friends Colson Whitehead and Kevin Young—a poet and the new director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture—in a lively conversation on how pop culture influences art. Moderated by best-selling author and pop culture expert Isaac Fitzgerald.
    • Date: 2021-04-01
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    Colson Whitehead's New York The 2020 recipient of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, Colson Whitehead, in conversation with the director of New York’s Empire Center for the Book, Rocco Staino. The two-time Pulitzer winner talks about growing up in New York, where he continues to live, and how it has influenced his writing.
    • Date: 2021-03-29
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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”), will be in conversation with philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.
    • Date: 2021-03-25
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    Rediscovering Eleanor Roosevelt David Michaelis’ new book “Eleanor” is a biography of America’s longest-serving first lady. Much of its research was conducted in the Library’s Manuscript Division, including the papers of the NAACP and the National Women’s Trade League, as well as the personal papers of Kermit and Belle Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt Jr. and Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, second wife of President Wilson.
    • Date: 2021-03-18
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    2021 Diversity in Children's Literature Symposium 2021 Diversity in Children's Literature Symposium: “Listening, Learning, Creating Communities,” followed by the Walter Dean Myers Awards for Outstanding Children's Literature ceremony. This event, co-hosted by We Need Diverse Books, will demonstrate how diversity in children's books helps us better understand each other, resulting in a stronger sense of community.
    • Date: 2021-03-12