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September 2016

Monday, September 19, 6:30 PM
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: KO UN

Korean poet Ko Un and his translator, Brother Anthony, give a bi-lingual reading of Ko’s work, followed by a brief moderated discussion with Frank Stewart, writer and editor of MANOA: A Pacific Journal of International Writing. Co-sponsored by Asian Division of the Library of Congress, MANOA: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, and the Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea).

Location: Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Thursday, September 29, 7:00 PM
THE LIFE OF A POET: TERRANCE HAYES

Poet Terrance Hayes will discuss his work with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post's Book World. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Co-sponsored by the Hill Center and the Washington Post.

Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

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October 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 PM
ASIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE TODAY: KUNDIMAN SPOTLIGHT

Poets Janine Joseph and Aimee Nezhukumatathil read and discuss their work with Kundiman Advisory Board Co-Chair Jennifer Chang. Presented in partnership with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center; The Asian American Literary Review; and the Asian American Studies Program, University of Maryland.

Location: Montpelier Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Tuesday, October 18, 4:00 PM
POETRY, PUBLISHING AND RACE

Rob Casper, head of the Poetry and Literature Center will lead a discussion with poets/editors, Cathy Park Hong (New Republic), Don Share (Poetry Magazine), Evie Shockley (Feminist Studies), Carmen Giménez Smith (Puerto del Sol/Noemi Press) on the ways poetry helps us navigate race in contemporary American culture.   

Location: Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact:  (202) 707-5394

Thursday, October 20, 6:30 PM
LAW & LITERATURE

Lawyer and poet Monica Youn reads from her new book, Blackacre, and participates in a discussion with Martha Dragich, Professor Emerita of Law at the University of Missouri. Co-sponsored by the Law Library of Congress.

Location: Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact:  (202) 707-5394; (202) 707-6462

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November 2016

Thursday, November 3, 4:00 PM
INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT

Program residents Khaled Alkhamissi (Egypt), Ukamaka Olisakwe (Nigeria), Yaroslava Pulinovich (Russia), and Zhou Jianing (China) read selections of their work and participate in a moderated discussion with Christopher Merrill, director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Presented in partnership with the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, and PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

Location: Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Friday, November 4, 12:00 PM
CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS AND WRITERS: SHENAZ PATEL

Mauritian writer Shenaz Patel will read selections of her work and participate in a moderated discussion with Eve Ferguson, Africa Area Specialist in the African and Middle Eastern Division. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division, and presented in partnership with the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa, the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

Location: African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, LJ-220, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Friday, November 18, 12:00 PM
CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS AND WRITERS: KWAME DAWES

Ghanaian writer Kwame Dawes will read selections of his work and participate in a moderated discussion with Angel Batiste, Africa Area Specialist in the African and Middle Eastern Division. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division, and presented in partnership with the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa.

Location: African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, LJ-220, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

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December 2016

Friday, December 2, 12:00 PM
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: MIGUEL DE CERVANTES

William Egginton, Andrew W. Mellon Professor at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss his new book The Man Who Invented Fiction: How Cervantes Ushered in the Modern World. Co-sponsored by the Hispanic Division.  

Location:  Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building (3rd floor) <view map>
Contact: [email protected]

February 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 7:00 PM
THE LIFE OF A POET:
BRENDA SHAUGHNESSY

Poet Brenda Shaughnessy will discuss her work with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post's Book World. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Co-sponsored by the Hill Center and the Washington Post.

Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Friday, February 10, 1:00 PM
CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS AND WRITERS: AFRICAN POETRY BOOK FUND SPOTLIGHT

During the annual AWP Conference, African Poetry Book Fund board members Chris Abani, Matthew Shenoda, and Aracelis Girmay discuss contemporary African poetry with Mary Jane Deeb, chief of the African and Middle Eastern Division. Immediately following, Kwame Dawes will introduce African poets Yasmin Belkhyr, Chekwube O. Danladi, Safia Elhillo, Tsitsi Jaji, Mukoma Wa Ngugi, Ladan Osman, Hope Wabuke, and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley who read from their work. This event is free and open to the public with book sales and signing to follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division and presented in partnership with the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa and Prairie Schooner.

Location: Whittall Pavilion, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Monday, February 13 - Tuesday, February 14, 4:00 PM
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: PABLO NERUDA

Two events celebrating Chilean poet and Nobel Prize winner, Pablo Neruda.

  • Monday, February 13, 4:00 PM: (Mary Pickford Theater) Special advanced screening of Neruda, internationally co-produced biographical film directed by Pablo Larraín starring Gael Garcia Bernal. Co-sponsored by the Hispanic Division and presented in partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Theatreand the Embassy of Chile, Washington, D.C.
  • Tuesday, February 14, 4:00 PM: (Mumford Room) Poet and translator, Forrest Gander will read from his new book, Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda and participate in a discussion with Chilean-born author Marjorie Agosín and Georgette Dorn, chief of the Hispanic Division. Co-sponsored by the Hispanic Division and presented in partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Theatre.

Location: Mary Pickford Theater, third floor, James Madison Building (3rd floor) <view map>
                Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact:  (202) 707-5394

Thursday, February 16, 6:30 PM
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: IMMANUEL MIFSUD

Maltese poet and fiction writer, Immanuel Mifsud will read and discuss his work with Lucia Wolf, Reference Librarian in the European Division. This event is free and open to the public. Co-Sponsored by Library of Congress European Division and presented in partnership with Embassy of the Republic of Malta supported by the Arts Council of Malta, New York

Location: Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394; [email protected]

March 2017

Thursday, March 30, 4:00 PM
US/CA CAPITAL POETRY EXCHANGE

Canadian poets Suzanne Buffam, Liz Howard and David O’Meara share and discuss selections of their work with Monty Reid, director of VERSeFest. The event is free and open to the public. Book sales and signing will follow. Co-sponsored by VERSeFest and the Embassy of Canada, Washington, D.C.  

Location: Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

April 2017

Monday, April 3, 7:00 PM
FICTION, FAITH, AND THE IMAGINATION

Authors/scholars Geraldine Brooks, Paul Harding, Steven Knapp, and Alan Lightman join 2016 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction winner, Marilynne Robinson in a panel discussion centered on intersections of fiction, faith, and the imagination. This event is free and open to the public with book sales and signing to follow. Co-sponsored by the Kluge Center.

Location: Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Tuesday, April 4, 7:00 PM
THE LIFE OF A POET:
DANA LEVIN

Poet Dana Levin will discuss her work with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post's Book World. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Co-sponsored by the Hill Center and the Washington Post.

Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Wednesday, April 12, 12:00 PM
CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS AND WRITERS: LIDUDUMALINGANI MQOMBOTHI

South African author and 2016 Caine Prize winner Lidudumalingani Mqombothi will read from his prize-winning short story “Memories We Lost” and participate in a moderated discussion with Laverne Page, Africa Area Specialist in the African and Middle Eastern Division. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division, Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa, and The Caine Prize for African Writing.

Location: African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, LJ-220, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

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