Schedule

All National Book Festival events on Aug. 31 will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. NOTE: Using the “Add to Calendar” tool places individual events in your personal calendar. It does not constitute a reservation or ticket to the event, nor does it guarantee you a seat.

Main Stage

Children's Green Stage

Children's Purple Stage

Teens

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    Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan Presentation 10:00 am - 10:35 pm EDT
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    Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan discuss "Watch Us Rise" (Bloomsbury). Introduced by: Monica Valentine. Teens
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    Kathleen Glasgow Presentation 10:50 am - 11:25 am EDT
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    Kathleen Glasgow discusses "How to Make Friends with the Dark" (Delacorte). Introduced by: Nicole Y. Chung. Teens
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    Scott Westerfeld Presentation 11:40 am - 12:15 pm EDT
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    Scott Westerfeld discusses "Impostors" (Scholastic). Introduced by: Joe Heim. Teens
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    Holly Black Presentation 12:30 pm - 1:05 pm EDT
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    Holly Black discusses "The Wicked King" (Little, Brown). Introduced by: Monica Valentine. Teens
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    Conversation: Finding Their Voices 1:20 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
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    Mitali Perkins discusses "Forward Me Back to You" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) and Misa Sugiura discusses "This Time Will Be Different" (HarperTeen) in a panel conversation moderated by Lee Ann Potter. Teens
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    Ngozi Ukazu Presentation 2:15 pm - 2:50 pm EDT
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    Ngozi Ukazu discusses "Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey" (First Second). Introduced by: Warren Bernard. Teens
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    Conversation: Growing Up Hard 3:05 pm - 3:45 pm EDT
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    Monica Hesse discusses "The War Outside" (Little, Brown) and Jarrett J. Krosoczka discusses "Hey, Kiddo" (Graphix/Scholastic) in a panel conversation moderated by Maria Russo. Teens
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    Markus Zusak Presentation 4:00 pm - 4:40 pm EDT
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    Markus Zusak discusses "Bridge of Clay" (Knopf). Introduced by: Steven Levingston. Teens
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    Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks Presentation 4:50 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
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    Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks launch their new book "Pumpkinheads" (First Second) in a discussion with Linda Holmes, author of "Evvie Drake Starts Over" (Ballantine). Introduced by: Neely Tucker. Teens
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    Poetry Slam 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
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    A poetry slam is a contest in which poets read or recite their poems, which are then judged by a panel. This year's event will include some of the Metro area’s top youth slam groups. Team delegates from DC, Baltimore, and Salisbury, Maryland will compete to be named the festival's top youth slammer by performing new works on books and reading. Emcee: Elizabeth Acevedo.... Teens

Fiction

Genre Fiction

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    Panel: Western Writers 10:00 am - 10:50 am EDT
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    Johnny D. Boggs discusses "The Kansas City Cowboys" (Blackstone), Anne Hillerman discusses "The Tale Teller: A Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novel" (HarperCollins), Paul Andrew Hutton discusses "The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History" (Broadway) and Craig Johnson discusses "Depth of Winter" (Viking) in a panel conversation. Introduced by: Roswell... Genre Fiction
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    Victoria "V.E." Schwab Genre Fiction Presentation 11:00 am - 11:45 am EDT
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    Victoria "V.E." Schwab discusses "Vengeful" (Tor) with Jennifer Abella. Genre Fiction
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    Seanan McGuire Presentation 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm EDT
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    Seanan McGuire discusses "Middlegame" (Tor). Introduced by: John Kelly. Genre Fiction
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    John Scalzi Presentation 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm EDT
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    John Scalzi discusses "The Consuming Fire" (Tor). Introduced by: Phoebe Connelly. Genre Fiction
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    Brianna Labuskes Presentation 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm EDT
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    Brianna Labuskes discusses "Girls of Glass" (Thomas & Mercer) with Colleen Shogan. Genre Fiction
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    Charlie Jane Anders Presentation 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm EDT
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    Charlie Jane Anders discusses "The City in the Middle of the Night" (Tor). Introduced by: Phoebe Connelly. Genre Fiction
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    Conversation: Historical Novels 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm EDT
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    Margaret George discusses "The Splendor Before the Dark: A Novel of the Emperor Nero" (Berkley) and Philippa Gregory discusses "Tidelands" (Atria) in a panel conversation moderated by Petra Mayer. Genre Fiction
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    Joe Ide Presentation 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm EDT
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    Joe Ide discusses "Wrecked: An IQ Novel" (Mulholland). Introduced by: Stephanie Merry. Genre Fiction
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    Sara Paretsky Presentation 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm EDT
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    Sara Paretsky discusses "Shell Game: A V.I. Warshawski Novel" (William Morrow) with Maureen Corrigan. Genre Fiction
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    James Ellroy Presentation 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm EDT
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    James Ellroy discusses "This Storm" (Knopf). Introduced by: Tina Jordan. Genre Fiction

History & Biography

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    David Maraniss Presentation 10:00 am - 10:45 am EDT
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    David Maraniss discusses "A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father" (Simon & Schuster) with Adam Kushner. Welcome by: Ryan Ramsey. History & Biography
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    Joanne B. Freeman Presentation 11:00 am - 11:45 am EDT
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    Joanne B. Freeman discusses "The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) with John Haskell. History & Biography
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    Brenda Wineapple Presentation 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm EDT
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    Brenda Wineapple discusses "The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation" (Random House) with Dan Balz. Introduced by: John Haskell. History & Biography
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    Casey Gerald Presentation 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm EDT
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    Casey Gerald discusses "There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir" (Riverhead) with Colleen Shogan. History & Biography
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    Conversation: Native American History 1:55 pm - 2:45 pm EDT
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    Colin G. Calloway discusses "The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans and the Birth of the Nation" (Oxford University) and David Treuer discusses "The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present" (Riverhead) in a panel conversation moderated by Gal Beckerman. History & Biography
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    Elaine Weiss Presentation 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm EDT
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    Elaine Weiss discusses "The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote" (Viking). Introduced by: Amy Argetsinger. History & Biography
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    Douglas Brinkley Presentation 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm EDT
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    Douglas Brinkley discusses "American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race" (HarperCollins) with David M. Rubenstein. History & Biography
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    Evan Thomas Presentation 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm EDT
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    Evan Thomas discusses "First: Sandra Day O’Connor" (Random House) with Colleen Shogan. History & Biography
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    Andrew Roberts Presentation 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm EDT
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    Andrew Roberts discusses "Churchill: Walking with Destiny" (Viking) with David M. Rubenstein. History & Biography
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    Rick Atkinson Presentation 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm EDT
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    Rick Atkinson discusses "The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777" (Henry Holt). Introduced by: Manuel Roig-Franzia. History & Biography

International

Poetry & Prose

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    Jericho Brown and the Poetry Out Loud Winners 10:00 am - 10:45 am EDT
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    Poetry Out Loud is a contest that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, this program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Poetry & Prose
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    Panel: Fiction Through a Different Lens 11:00 am - 11:50 am EDT
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    Aminatta Forna discusses "Happiness: A Novel" (Atlantic Monthly), R.O. Kwon discusses "The Incendiaries: A Novel" (Riverhead) and Valeria Luiselli discusses "Lost Children Archive: A Novel" (Knopf) in a panel conversation. Introduced by: Anya Creightney. Poetry & Prose
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    Conversation: Poetry With a Purpose 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm EDT
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    Jericho Brown discusses "The Tradition" (Copper Canyon) and Dorianne Laux discusses "Only as the Day Is Long: New and Selected Poems" (Norton) in a panel conversation moderated by Rob Casper. Poetry & Prose
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    Conversation: The Art of the Short Story 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm EDT
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    Brendan Mathews discusses "This Is Not a Love Song" (Little, Brown) and Lydia Millet discusses "Fight No More: Stories" (Norton) in a panel conversation moderated by Nora Krug. Poetry & Prose
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    Conversation: The Poetry of Place 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm EDT
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    Natasha Trethewey discusses "Monument: Poems New and Selected" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Jenny Xie discusses "Eye Level: Poems" (Graywolf) in a panel conversation moderated by Anya Creightney. Poetry & Prose
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    Julia Alvarez Presentation 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm EDT
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    Julia Alvarez discusses "In the Time of the Butterflies" (Algonquin) with Marie Arana. Introduced by: Amy Stolls. Poetry & Prose
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    Conversation: The Poetry of Silence 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm EDT
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    Sheila Black discusses "The Right Way to Be Crippled and Naked: The Fiction of Disability" (Cinco Puntos) and Ilya Kaminsky discusses "Deaf Republic: Poems" (Graywolf) in a panel conversation. Introduced by: Rob Casper. Poetry & Prose
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    Panel: How to Raise a Reader 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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    Pamela Paul and Maria Russo launch their new book "How to Raise a Reader" (Workman) in a panel conversation with Linda Sue Park, author of "Nya’s Long Walk: A Step at a Time" (Clarion), Jon Scieszka, author of "AstroNuts Mission One: The Plant Planet" (Chronicle), and Renée Watson, author of "Watch Us Rise" (Bloomsbury). Moderated by: Lee Ann Potter. Introduced by: Mary Anne Carter. Poetry & Prose
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    Nathan Englander Presentation 6:10 pm - 6:55 pm EDT
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    Nathan Englander discusses "kaddish.com: A Novel" (Knopf) with Glen Weldon. Introduced by: Jessica Flynn. Poetry & Prose
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    Panel: The Enduring Appeal of the Odyssey 7:05 pm - 7:55 pm EDT
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    Alberto Manguel discusses "Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey: A Biography" (Grove), Madeline Miller discusses "Circe" (Little, Brown) and Emily Wilson discusses her translation of "The Odyssey" (Norton) in a panel conversation. Introduced by: Amy Stolls. Poetry & Prose

Science

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    David Sloan Wilson Presentation 10:00 am - 10:45 am EDT
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    David Sloan Wilson discusses "This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution" (Pantheon) with Gal Beckerman. Welcome by: Shari Werb. Science
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    Jim Ottaviani Presentation 11:00 am - 11:45 am EDT
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    Jim Ottaviani discusses "Hawking" (First Second). Introduced by: Michael Cavna. Science
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    Conversation: Animal Emotions & Human-Animal Relations 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm EDT
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    Alexandra Horowitz launches her new book "Our Dogs, Ourselves: The Story of a Singular Bond" (Scribner) and Frans de Waal discusses "Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves" (Norton) in a panel conversation moderated by Betsy Herrelko. Science
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    Thomas W. Malone Presentation 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm EDT
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    Thomas W. Malone discusses "Superminds: The Surprising Power of People and Computers Thinking Together" (Little, Brown). Introduced by: Adam Kushner. Science
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    Peter Brannen Presentation 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm EDT
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    Peter Brannen discusses "The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions" (Ecco) with John Haskell. Science
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    Beth Macy Presentation 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm EDT
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    Beth Macy discusses "Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America" (Little, Brown) with Pamela Paul. Introduced by: Leonard Bernstein. Science
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    Daniel Stone Presentation 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm EDT
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    Daniel Stone discusses "The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats" (Dutton). Introduced by: Bonnie S. Benwick. Science
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    Lisa Margonelli Presentation 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm EDT
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    Lisa Margonelli discusses "Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology" (Scientific American/Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Introduced by: Leonard Bernstein. Science
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    David Quammen Presentation 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm EDT
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    David Quammen discusses "The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life" (Simon & Schuster). Introduced by: Manuel Roig-Franzia. Science
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    Douglas Rushkoff Presentation 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm EDT
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    Douglas Rushkoff discusses "Team Human" (Norton). Introduced by: Steven Levingston. Science

Understanding Our World

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    David Epstein Presentation 10:00 am - 10:45 am EDT
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    David Epstein discusses "Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World" (Riverhead) with Anne-Imelda Radice. Welcome by: Jon Parrish Peede. Understanding Our World
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    Panel: Changemakers 11:00 am - 12:15 pm EDT
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    Andrea Barnet discusses "Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall and Alice Waters Changed Our World" (Ecco), David W. Blight discusses "Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom" (Simon & Schuster) and Andrew Roberts discusses "Churchill: Walking with Destiny" (Viking) in a panel conversation moderated by Kai Bird. Introduced by: Shari Werb. Understanding Our World
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    Conversation: The Future of Western Capitalism and the Rise of Asia 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm EDT
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    Parag Khanna discusses "The Future Is Asian" (Simon & Schuster) and Steven Pearlstein discusses "Can American Capitalism Survive?: Why Greed Is Not Good, Opportunity Is Not Equal and Fairness Won’t Make Us Poor" (St. Martin’s) in a panel conversation moderated by David M. Rubenstein. Understanding Our World
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    Amy Gutmann and Jonathan D. Moreno Presentation 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm EDT
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    Amy Gutmann and Jonathan D. Moreno launch their new book "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die: Bioethics and the Transformation of Health Care in America" (Liveright) in a discussion with Andrea Mitchell. Introduced by: Paul Farhi. Understanding Our World
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    David Grann Presentation 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm EDT
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    David Grann discusses "The White Darkness" (Doubleday) with Carlos Lozada. Understanding Our World
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    Panel: From the Many, One—Immigration Memoirs 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
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    Reyna Grande discusses "A Dream Called Home: A Memoir" (Atria), Aleksandar Hemon discusses "My Parents: An Introduction/This Does Not Belong to You" (MCD/Farrar, Straus & Giroux) and Suketu Mehta discusses "This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) in a panel conversation moderated by Carlos Lozada. Understanding Our World
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    Conversation: Essential Libraries 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
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    Joshua Hammer discusses "The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts" (Simon & Schuster) and Alberto Manguel discusses "Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions" (Yale University) in a panel conversation moderated by Carla Hayden. Understanding Our World
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    Elaine Pagels Presentation 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
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    Elaine Pagels discusses "Why Religion?: A Personal Story" (Ecco) with Jon Parrish Peede. Understanding Our World
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    Panel: Race in America 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm EDT
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    Henry Louis Gates Jr. discusses "Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy and the Rise of Jim Crow" (Penguin), Judge Richard Gergel discusses "Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring" (Sarah Crichton) and Steve Luxenberg discusses "Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation" (Norton)... Understanding Our World

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