Schedule

The 2022 Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Sept. 3, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (doors open at 8:30 a.m.). A selection of programs will be livestreamed online and videos of all programs will be available shortly after the Festival. View and download the Festival program; note that any last-minute schedule adjustments will only be updated on the website and will not be reflected in the Festival program PDF.

Video On-Demand

You can watch more than 100 author talks and performances from the 11 stages of our 2022 Festival anytime from the comfort of your home or on your smartphone, in addition to special interviews and programming created especially for online presentation.

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    2022 National Book Festival: 75 Years of Reading "Goodnight Moon" with Mac Barnett

    Can you believe it? It has been 75 years since the publication of Margaret Wise Brown's beloved children's book "Goodnight Moon!" Mac Barnett, author of "The Important Thing about Margaret Wise Brown," discusses the lasting legacy of this book and its author. Moderated by Clay Smith.
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    2022 National Book Festival: African American Genealogical Research

    Doing genealogical research for African Americans can be quite challenging and requires some creativity when deciding what resources and records to search for information. Using real-life examples, this presentation will provide researchers with some of the basic tools and resources to begin their search.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Altered Americas with B.L. Blanchard and Lucinda Roy

    If you've ever asked what America would be like if things happened differently, then you're in good company. In B.L. Blanchard's "The Peacekeeper," North America was never colonized and the U.S. and Canada don't exist. The second in Lucinda Roy's Dreambird Chronicle series, "Flying the Coop," takes place in a near-future America where slavery is the norm. Moderated by Derrick Young.
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    2022 National Book Festival: An Immense World: Animal Senses with Ed Yong

    What do bees see? What do crocodiles feel? In "An Immense World," Ed Yong takes us on a journey, illustrating the ability of Earth's creatures to feel textures, vibrations, and even magnetic fields. Yong's goal is to expand our understanding of animals in order to help us move beyond our own sensory perceptions. Moderated by Kirk R. Johnson.
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    2022 National Book Festival: An Introduction to the Constitution Annotated

    "The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation" (Constitution Annotated), published by the Congressional Research Service, provides a comprehensive review of U.S. Constitutional provisions and the leading U.S. Supreme Court decisions that interpret them. CRS has made this resource available online, via Congress.gov. This presentation will provide an overview of the Constitution Annotated website's features.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Are We Eating Our Young? with Will Bunch

    How can we prepare the next generation to face our divided country? In "After the Ivory Tower Falls," Will Bunch investigates two Americas: those with college degrees and those without. Bunch gives a history of the American university -- its failures and success -- and proposes a new, more equitable future. Moderated by Alexandra Petri.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Are You Smarter Than the Library?

    Join an engaging program for all ages that combines fun with learning about the Library of Congress' history and collections.
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    2022 National Book Festival: At the Heart of Modernity with Howard W. French

    What happens when you consider the origins of modernity and center Africa rather than Europe? Howard W. French's book, "Born in Blackness," explores that very question as he investigates the forgotten history of how Africa and its relations to the Western world played an integral role in the development of the modern world. Moderated by Lanisa Kitchiner.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Because of You, John Lewis with Andrea Davis Pinkney and Tybre Faw

    Andrea Davis Pinkney and Tybre Faw discuss "Because of You, John Lewis," based on the true story of how 10-year-old history buff Faw befriended his idol, Congressman John Lewis. Enjoy a heartening story told in verse about activism, the friendship's impact and how leaders of the civil rights movement have left unfading marks on future generations. Moderated by Lee Ann Potter.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Believe in Yourself: What We Learned from Arthur with Marc Brown

    It's the 25th anniversary of the award-winning "Arthur" TV series. Creator Marc Brown celebrates this milestone with the publication of his book, "Believe in Yourself: What We Learned from Arthur," a collection of the best quotes and life lessons from the longest-running children's show in U.S. history, all carefully compiled to inspire readers of all ages. Moderated by Alison Starling.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Bienvenidos a la Biblioteca

    Explore the Library in Spanish: an overview of the Library's history, fun facts about its collections and an invitation to join the Library for Hispanic Heritage Month.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Black Girls Sew with Hekima Hapa and Lesley Ware

    Black and brown girls and boys need a space where they do not have to encounter misrepresentation of their culture. "Black Girls Sew" offers the tools, knowledge and vocabulary to help young people take back their fashion narrative. In this program, writers and fashion designers Hekima Hapa and Lesley Ware discuss their new book with Desiree Woodard.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Born-Digital Preservation, Book Digitization and Access

    The Library's preservation services division is busy with projects that enable digital research. We'll show you how specialized hardware and software is used to save collections that live on external media like floppy disks, CDs and hard drives. We'll also highlight how the Library digitizes millions of pages of books, newspapers and legal gazettes and makes them available for researchers online.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Bring on the Blur: Reality vs. Fantasy with Kim Fu and Lidia Yuknavitch

    Lidia Yuknavitch and Kim Fu's new books are set in reality but...off-kilter realities. In Yuknavitch's "Thrust," a girl with the gifts of a carrier travels through water and time to rescue vulnerable figures from the margins of history. In Fu's "Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century," the strange is made familiar and the familiar strange. Moderated by Kevin Larimer.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Citizens Unite with Gal Beckerman and Kathryn Judge

    These writers want to create tangible community in our rapidly changing public sphere. In "The Quiet Before," Gal Beckerman traces the origins of radical thought, arguing that today's social movements, often mobilized online, wither and burn out. In "Direct," Kathryn Judge investigates surprising ways that middlemen control our economy and argues for what she calls a return to "direct exchange." Moderated by Sewell Chan.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Come Into My World: Vivid Places and People in Fiction with Tochi Onyebuchi and Leslye Penelope

    Sometimes the characters and places in a novel can feel more vivid, more real than our everyday realities. Tochi Onyebuchi's sci-fi novel, "Goliath," set in the 2050s, imagines what happens as the wealthy have fled Earth for space colonies. In Leslye Penelope's fantasy "The Monsters We Defy," it's 1925 in Washington, D.C.- and Clara Johnson must ensure her community doesn't disappear. B.A. Parker moderates.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Creating Connection and Bridging Divides with Geoffrey L. Cohen

    Everyone desires to feel a sense of community. In "Belonging," Geoffrey L. Cohen uses his research in psychology to explain how individuals can overcome differences and forge lasting connections, leading to decreased polarization and allowing for individuals to flourish in their workplace. This presentation is essential for anyone who wants those around them to thrive. Moderated by Crosby Kemper.
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    2022 National Book Festival: D.C. Reads Writer Clint Smith

    In this collaboration with D.C. Public Library, Clint Smith talks about his book "How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America," the latest D.C. Reads selection. "How the Word Is Passed" was named a Best Book of 2021 by The New York Times, among other media outlets. Moderated by Frederick Wherry.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Deaf Utopia with Nyle DiMarco

    Before becoming the actor, producer, advocate, and model that people know today, Nyle DiMarco was half of a pair of Deaf twins born to a multi-generational Deaf family in Queens, New York. In his new memoir "Deaf Utopia," DiMarco shares stories, both heartbreaking and humorous, of what it means to navigate a world built for hearing people. Moderated by Jonathan Capehart.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Deep Adventure Stories with Lev Grossman and Julian Randall

    Isn't it great when kids are left to solve the world's hardest problems?! Lev Grossman's "The Golden Swift," a sequel to "The Silver Arrow," follows Kate as she breaks the rules trying to restore balance to nature. Julian Randall's "Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa" follows Pilar as she unravels her cousin's mysterious disappearance during Rafael Trujillo's dictatorship. Moderated by Stephanie Handy.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Did You Know That the First Cat in Space Ate Pizza? with Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris

    Rats are eating the moon! Only one hero is right for the job: a cat. Blasted into space and joined only by the bossy Moon Queen and a toenail clipping robot, can these unlikely heroes save the world? Join Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris as they discuss their hilarious new action-packed graphic novel, "The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza." Moderated by Sasha Dowdy.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Dolen Perkins-Valdez on "Take My Hand"

    Dolen Perkins-Valdez's latest novel, "Take My Hand," revolves around Civil Townsend, a Black nurse we follow from the early days of her career in 1973 to her eventual retirement. Inspired by true events, the novel lays bare the shameful history of state-sanctioned abuses against Black girls and women by medical professionals in America. Moderated by Linda Villarosa.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Dragonkind Unite!: 10 Years of Wings of Fire Adventures with Tui T. Sutherland

    Whether you're a fan or a newcomer to the series, all dragon lovers are welcome! After a decade writing her Wings of Fire series, Tui T. Sutherland is releasing her 15th installment, "The Flames of Hope." Watch Luna the dragon as she works to do what she always wanted: change the world. Sutherland discusses her bestselling series with moderator Catherine Fravel.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Families Are the Best, Families Are the Worst with Eleanor Brown and Jennifer Close

    Eleanor Brown and Jennifer Close capture the nuances of family emotions in their new novels. Brown's "Any Other Family" tells the story of three sets of parents who are bound together after adopting four biological siblings. Close's "Marrying the Ketchups" follows three generations of one family as they navigate their ever-changing lives. Moderated by Shari Werb.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Feeling Burned Out? This Session Is for You with Celeste Headlee

    Society has normalized working hard to an extreme, leaving little time for hobbies, breaks and families. In "Do Nothing," Celeste Headlee seeks to shift our internal definition of hard work so that we can learn to take time for ourselves. Learn more about the harm formed from our idea of productivity and how we can change. Moderated by Mary Beth Albright.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Find Yourself in Books

    We read books, we create works inspired by them and we belong to book clubs and libraries. We read, learn and get creative. Creativity is the core of copyright. This video explores the Copyright Office exhibit's artifacts to find how each of us contribute to the copyright system in books.
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    2022 National Book Festival: From Mind to Mindfulness with Tracy Dennis-Tiwary and Ellen Vora

    Anxiety affects more than 40 million Americans - a number that continues to climb following the pandemic. In "The Anatomy of Anxiety," psychiatrist Dr. Ellen Vora offers a shift in our understanding of anxiety: that it's not a brain disorder but a whole-body condition. And in "Future Tense," psychologist Tracy Dennis-Tiwary reveals how the anxiety-as-disease story is false and it's harming us.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Geraldine Brooks Talks About Her New Novel, "Horse"

    A discarded painting, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: From these strands, Pulitzer winner Geraldine Brooks braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession and injustice across American history in "Horse." Based on the true story of the thoroughbred Lexington, "Horse" is a novel of art, science and love and our unfinished reckoning with racism. Moderated by Marie Arana.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Get Into the School for Good and Evil with Soman Chainani

    Soman Chainani talks about his fantasy series "The School for Good & Evil" and the film inspired by these books coming to Netflix this October. Learn about the making of the series, the movie, and his new book, "Rise of the School for Good & Evil," initiating a new era at the fairy tale school. Moderated by Natalie Miller.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Hardcourt: 75 Years of Basketball with Fred Bowen and James E. Ransome

    Celebrate 75 years of the NBA with us! "Hardcourt," by author Fred Bowen and illustrator James E. Ransome, is the story of the biggest league for one of the nation's most loved sports. Follow the evolution of basketball and learn everything from the groups that paved the way for desegregated teams to the legendary players you love. Moderated by Tajay Ashmeade.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Heal Thyself? Mental Illness and Me with Rachel Aviv and Daniel Bergner

    Despite recent efforts to destigmatize mental illness, it's still not something everyone feels free to discuss. Why is that? And what effect does America's health care system have on how mental health is treated? Rachel Aviv, author of "Strangers to Ourselves," and Daniel Bergner, author of "The Mind and the Moon," have been thinking about these questions.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Holly Black Talks About Her New Novel "Book of Night"

    Bestselling author Holly Black's adult debut "Book of Night" is a dark modern fantasy full of crime, betrayal and magicians who can manipulate shadows. A veteran thief and con artist, Charlie Hall is trying to escape her past and work as a bartender. But the secrets and lies won't let her go. Moderated by Megan Labrise.
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    2022 National Book Festival: How Racism Happens with Robert Samuels and Linda Villarosa

    What is systemic racism? In "Under the Skin," Linda Villarosa exposes forces in our healthcare system that cause Black people to "live sicker and die quicker." In "His Name is George Floyd," Robert Samuels draws upon hundreds of interviews to illustrate how inequalities in housing, education, health care, criminal justice, and policing affected Floyd's life and legacy. Moderated by Eric Deggans.
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    2022 National Book Festival: How to Invest with David M. Rubenstein

    What do most successful investors have in common? David M. Rubenstein, co-founder of The Carlyle Group, has interviewed the greatest investors in the world to discover the time-tested principles and indispensable tools that guide their practices. In his new book, "How to Invest," Rubenstein reveals the thinking of top investors. Hear his transformative discoveries and advice in this presentation. Moderated by Neil Irwin.
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    2022 National Book Festival: How Ya'll Doing?: Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well-Lived with Leslie Jordan

    When actor Leslie Jordan learned he had gone viral, he had no idea what that meant. Now, in "How Ya'll Doing?," he recounts how his life has changed and does what he does best: tell stories that make us laugh. This video features Jordan in conversation with the actor who played his mortal enemy on the original "Will and Grace," Megan Mullally.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Inspire Learning with the Library of Congress

    The Library of Congress supports K-16 teachers with primary source-inspired programs, classroom materials, fellowships and grants. The videos introduces a sampling of these opportunities.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Is Anything Funnier Than Politics? Susan Coll, Grant Ginder, Xochitl Gonzalez

    Politics are hilarious - when they're fiction, of course! No one knows better than these three novelists. Susan Coll's "Bookish People," Grant Ginder's "Let's Not Do That Again" and Xochitl Gonzalez's "Olga Dies Dreaming" are comedies centered around the chaos that happens when politics and families collide. Join us for a laugh in this program moderated by Roswell Encina.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Jason Reynolds Presents with Candice Iloh and Ebony LaDelle

    At the Library of Congress, we know that in addition to being a beloved writer, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Jason Reynolds is also an excellent mentor to other writers, so we asked him to moderate this program to spotlight two talented writers he'd like you to know more about: Candice Iloh's new novel is "Break This House;" Ebony LaDelle's is "Love Radio."
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    2022 National Book Festival: Jason Reynolds Talks About His Latest Books

    We all want to be seen, to say "yes, that's exactly how it is"! Jason Reyonlds is here to give us all that and more in his new poetry and art smash-up "Ain't Burned All the Bright." The Library's National Ambassador for Young People's Literature talks with Monica Valentine and Gabrielle Maitra.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Jumping for Joy! with Brittany J. Thurman

    Come take flight with us in this program with Brittney J. Thurman as she discusses her latest book, "Fly," which follows Africa, a young Black girl, as she tries to follow in her grandmother's footsteps and become a double Dutch champion. With perseverance, confidence and the support of her friends, Africa just might succeed! Moderated by Monica Valentine.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Kelly Lytle Hernández on the Mexican Revolution

    The Mexican Revolution happened over a century ago, but its impact continues to resonate beyond its borders. Historian and MacArthur "Genius" Fellow Kelly Lytle Hernández's book "Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire and Revolution in the Borderland" details this history in compelling and often harrowing ways. Hernández discusses the book with moderator Rafael Ulloa.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Kwame Alexander Previews His New Novel

    Kwame Alexander presents his forthcoming book "The Door of No Return," which follows 11-year-old Kofi Offin, a boy who constantly dreams about water and swims like a minnow. One day, an unthinkable tragedy occurs during a wrestling match at a village festival. Kofi's world turns upside down and sends him into a fight for his life. Moderated by Nic Stone.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers! with Juliet Menéndez

    Discover the true stories behind 40 inspiring women. Join Juliet Menéndez's talk about "Latinitas," a beautifully illustrated book that features the stories of 40 influential Latinas. From Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to singer Selena Quintanilla, this book shines a light on women who followed and fought for their dreams. Moderated by Catalina Gomez.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Let's Celebrate the Small and Mighty Marisol with Erin Entrada Kelly

    Being a kid is harder than it looks. Erin Entrada Kelly presents her new standalone novel "Surely Surely Marisol Rainey," a companion to the well-loved "Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey." This novel celebrates the small but mighty Marisol as she learns how to be brave when facing a dilemma she and her bestie Jada can't avoid: learning to play kickball. Moderated by Eun Yang.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Let's Find Out Where Wonder Grows! with Xelena González

    Wonder grows in Grandma's garden! Or at least it does in Xelena González's book, "Where Wonder Grows," which follows several young girls as their Grandma invites them to explore her special garden and all the treasures that live there. The girls find that the treasures hold stories and wonder alike. Moderated by Lauren Roszak.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction Honoree Jesmyn Ward

    Jesmyn Ward is the latest honoree of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. In this video, she talks about her work with Clay Smith and receives the Prize for American Fiction from the Librarian of Congress.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Literature to Life Presents a Performance from James Baldwin's "If Beale Street Could Talk"

    Watch a performance of James Baldwin's "If Beale Street Could Talk," presented by Literature to Life. Your favorite book comes to life before your eyes: one person telling the story, performing all of the characters, and transforming an important work of American literature into a live theatrical experience shared by all.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Literature to Life Presents a Performance from Junot Díaz's "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao"

    Watch a performance of Junot Díaz's "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," presented by Literature to Life. Your favorite book comes to life before your eyes: one person telling the story, performing all of the characters, and transforming an important work of American literature into a live theatrical experience shared by all.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Literature to Life Presents a Performance from Richard Wright's "Black Boy"

    Watch a performance of Richard Wright's "Black Boy," presented by Literature to Life. Your favorite book comes to life before your eyes: one person telling the story, performing all of the characters, and transforming an important work of American literature into a live theatrical experience shared by all.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Little Pieces of Hope with Todd Doughty

    Need something to brighten your day? In "Little Pieces of Hope," Todd Doughty does just that. As a collection of quotes, short essays, prompts, playlists and more, this book is composed of the small joys in life, allowing the reader to take a thoughtful break in the middle of any day. Hear more from Doughty himself in this presentation. Moderated by Jummy Olabanji.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Love Me Like a Love Song with Ebony LaDelle and David Valdes

    "Boy, you played through my mind like a symphony," a wise woman has sung. We continue the wisdom by making music-romance connections. Ebony La Delle's "Love Radio" gives a teen DJ love doctor three dates to connect with an ambitious author-to-be, and David Valdes' "Spin Me Right Round" sends a gay teen back in time to save a closeted classmate's life. Celia Roskin moderates.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Lying Runs in the Family with E. Lockhart

    When your family's life is nothing but a tangle of secrets, all you might ask is: How did I get here? In this talk, E. Lockhart traces the roots of the mysterious Sinclair family in her book "Family of Liars," prequel to the massively bestselling "We Were Liars" and dive into the decades-long secrets that endlessly haunt them. Moderated by Kahîn Mohammad.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Made at the Library

    The Library of Congress welcomes researchers every day as they explore our collections for forthcoming books, but researchers and authors work at the Library, too. Discover how staff use the Library's resources to enhance their work and learn how Library resources might inspire your next creative idea.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Made Possible by You - Philanthropy at the Library

    Donors have been a vital member of the Library of Congress family for more than a century. Their gifts help to broaden the Library's reach, educate visitors, expand collections and host public programs like the National Book Festival. Learn more about the Library's history of philanthropy and how you might contribute to this rich history by becoming a Friend of the Library of Congress.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Magic to Haunt You: Innovative Storytelling with R.M. Romero and Rose Szabo

    R.M. Romero's "The Ghosts of Rose Hill" channels the spirit of myth into an original tale inspired by her experiences restoring Jewish cemeteries in Eastern Europe. Moderated by Meg Metcalf.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Meet Me in the Winner's Circle with Donna Barba Higuera, Darcie Little Badger and Malinda Lo

    A storyteller in space, a cotton-mouth between worlds, and two women fighting for love and citizenship: Each of these characters share the prestige of starring in an award-winning book. Donna Barba Higuera, author of "The Last Quentista;" Darcie Little Badger, author of "A Snake Falls to Earth;" and Malinda Lo, author of "Last Night at the Telegraph Club" in conversation with Dhonielle Clayton.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Memories, Maladies, Mysteries and Murders with Rob Hart and Victor Manibo

    What do you do when you can't trust your memories and people are dying? Keep looking for answers! In Rob Hart's "The Paradox Hotel," January Cole, security director at a time traveler hotel, finds a body no one can see, and in Victor Manibo's debut, "The Sleepless," journalist Jamie Vega is the main suspect for a suspicious suicide he's investigating. Moderated by Miwa Messer.
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    2022 National Book Festival: My Body, Not My Self: Wrestling with Identity with Diana Goetsch and Sarah Ruhl

    Who hasn't at some point felt like their body isn't the same as the person, the soul inhabiting that body? In "This Body I Wore," Diana Goetsch chronicles a full account of her trans life. In "Smile," Ruhl shares her story after suffering partial face paralysis that left her incapable of accurately communicating her feelings. Moderated by Rob Casper.
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    2022 National Book Festival: My Book Is Talking to Me - Audiobooks

    Audiobooks have exploded in popularity and show no signs of slowing. In this video, you will hear from leading voice actors Michael Kramer, Kimberly Schraf and Dawn Ursula about how they bring a writer's work to life, courtesy of the creators of the first talking book, the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled. Moderated by Kathryn Marguy.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Nick Offerman Goes Where the Deer and the Antelope Play

    Nick Offerman feels a particular affection for the Land of the Free - not just for the people but to the land itself: the bedrock, the topsoil, and everything in between. In "Where the Deer and the Antelope Play," Offerman travels through America to talk to people who inhabit the land about what that means to them. Moderated by National Park Service ranger Millie...
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    2022 National Book Festival: OMG, Gordon Korman Has Written 100 Books!

    Can you believe Gordon Korman has written 100 books? Gordon talks about his latest book, "The Fort," which is the story of a middle-school band of brothers - five friends who need to stick together after they set up a hideout in an abandoned bomb shelter. Moderated by Karen Yang.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Past Pain, Future Hope with Tomás Q. Morín and Morgan Talty

    Tomás Q. Morín and Morgan Talty's new books feature characters who contend with life's challenges - sometimes well, sometimes not so well. Morgan Talty's "Night of the Living Rez" is a collection of stories set in a Native community in Maine, while Morín's "Let Me Count the Ways" is a memoir about his OCD as a mechanism to survive childhood. Moderated by Tope Folarin.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe with David Maraniss

    Olympic champion Jim Thorpe (1887-1953) is known as one of America's great sportsmen. In his book "Path Lit By Lightning: the Life of Jim Thorpe," two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author David Maraniss details the discrimination and injustices Thorpe battled as a Native American. With moderator Kevin Gover.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Rage Against the System with Samira Ahmed and Sabaa Tahir

    Many teens face racism, financial challenges, and family dysfunctioN - but all of them fight for truth, hope, and control of their lives. Samira Ahmed, author of "Hollow Fires" and Sabaa Tahir, author of "All My Rage" discuss these conflicts and the resilience possessed by the characters in their stories with moderators Sasa Aakil and Nandini Kotamurthy.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Rebecca Miller's New Story Collection "Total"

    Rebecca Miller returns to short fiction for the first time since her prodigious collection of stories, "Personal Velocity," with the arresting, darkly prescient "Total." Each of the seven stories in "Total" is a world of its own, painted with vivid strokes, whose people and questions stay with the reader long after the story has ended. Miller will be in conversation with Danielle Kurtzleben.
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    2022 National Book Festival: River of the Gods: The Search for the Source of the Nile with Candice Millard

    Renowned historian Candice Millard discusses "River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile," an engaging account of two 19th-century explorers sent by Great Britain to uncover secrets of ancient Egypt and the conflicts that arose between them, plus the story of an enslaved person who made the expedition possible. David M. Rubenstein moderates.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Shine Bright: A Personal History of Black Women in Pop with Danyel Smith

    With a career in media and journalism spanning nearly three decades, Danyel Smith - host of the music podcast Black Girl Songbook - masterfully chronicles formerly unrecognized stories of Black women who shaped America's music scene. Sidney Madden will join Smith to discuss "Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop."
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    2022 National Book Festival: The 25th Anniversary of "Tuesdays with Morrie" with Mitch Albom

    "Tuesdays with Morrie" is one of the bestselling memoirs of all time, even now, 25 years after its original publication. Written by Mitch Albom, the book recounts several visits to Albom's former college professor and mentor, Morrie Schwartz, in the final months of Schwatz's life. Join Albom as he reflects on Morrie's lasting contributions to the world. Moderated by David M. Rubenstein.
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    2022 National Book Festival: The All-Stars of "Blackout" with Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Ashley Woodfolk and Nicola Yoon

    Six young adult writers, six fictional couples, and now one novel that's been called "a celebration of Black teen love and the magic of possibility." Five of the six writers -- Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Ashley Woodfolk and Nicola Yoon -- discuss "Blackout" and the forthcoming sequel, "Whiteout" with Carla Hayden.
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    2022 National Book Festival: The Bald Eagle with Jack E. Davis

    Strength. Resolution. Freedom. The bald eagle is among the most enduring American symbols, but there is a complicated history beneath that worship. David M. Rubenstein joins Pulitzer Prize-winning environmentalist and author Jack E. Davis to discuss Davis' new book, "The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America's Bird," to give a fuller picture of our relationship to the national bird.
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    2022 National Book Festival: The Magic of Music and Movies with Alex Jennings and Nghi Vo

    Songs, sirens and spells! In Alex Jennings' debut novel, "The Ballad of Perilous Graves," Perry knows the rhythm of New Orleans like his own heartbeat and can tell trouble is brewing. And in Nghi Vo's "Siren Queen," Luli Wei wants to be a movie star but knows the worst monsters in Hollywood are not the ones she plays on screen. Moderated by Lupita Aquino.
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    2022 National Book Festival: The Parts That Can't Be Made to Fit: Linda Gregerson

    Poetry is our way to contend with the unthinkable, the unknowable. In her seventh poetry collection, "Canopy" - her first in over a decade - award-winning poet Linda Gregerson speaks of our humanitarian and ecological crises with beauty and conviction. Moderated by Ron Charles.
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    2022 National Book Festival: The Power of Laughter with Nuar Alsadir

    Taking laughter's revelatory capacity as a starting point, and rooted in Nuar Alsadir's experience as a poet and psychoanalyst, "Animal Joy" seeks to recover the sensation of being present. A bold and insatiably curious prose debut, "Animal Joy" is an ode to spontaneity and feeling alive. Moderated by Steven Leyva.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Thieves and Their Petty Little Secrets with Chelsea Abdullah and M.J. Kuhn

    Thieves: We love to hate them! And Chelsea Abdullah and M.J. Kuhn love to write them. Abdullah's "The Stardust Thief" creates a universe where story is reality and illusion is truth. And in Kuhn's "Among Thieves," Ryia Cautella has already earned herself a reputation as the quickest, deadliest blade. But Ryia Cautella is not her real name. Moderated by Ashley Dickerson.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Tía Fortuna's New Home, A Jewish Cuban Journey with Ruth Behar

    How do you leave the place you call home? With the support of your family, of course! Ruth Behar captures the struggle of saying goodbye in "Tía Fortuna's New Home," which follows Estrella, a young girl, as she learns about her culture while she helps her Tía Fortuna pack up her apartment to move to an assisted living community. Moderated by Cecilia Cackley.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Time to Meet Her Majesty the Queen of Kindergarten! with Derrick Barnes and Vanessa Brantley-Newton

    The best way to greet the start of a new school year is with confidence - and a tiara! Companion to "The King of Kindergarten," "The Queen of Kindergarten," tells the story of MJ, a young Black girl, on her first day of kindergarten, where her tiara reminds her of all the good things she brings to the classroom.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Tough with a Gooey Center: Kids Who Learn to Be Themselves with David Bowles and Jennifer Ziegler

    Entering middle school often means putting on a mask and powering through the rough years. David Bowles' "They Call Her Fregona" continues the story in "They Call Me Güero," capturing a bittersweet romance as Güero finds the softness behind Fregona's tough exterior. Jennifer Ziegler's "Worser" follows William, an awkward middle schooler adapting to a new life after his mom's stroke. Moderated by Dani Thurber.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Truer Than True Crime with Kirstin Chen, Katie Gutierrez and Amanda Eyre Ward

    What's with America's fascination with true crime? These novelists have a few thoughts. Kirstin Chen's "Counterfeit," Katie Gutierrez's "More Than You'll Ever Know" and Amanda Eyre Ward's "The Lifeguards" are novels that are thrilling and suspenseful but also reflect on what our intrigue with true crime says about us. Moderated by Marion Winik.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Under Water: Climate Change and Me with Juli Berwald and Edith Widder

    The planet's future isn't just a public issue - for some, it's a personal crusade. In "Life on the Rocks," Juli Berwald describes her admiration of coral reefs and relates their uncertain future to her life. In "Below the Edge of Darkness," Edith Widder details her fascination with bioluminescence, using it as a lens to understand optimism, communication, even her own health. Moderated by...
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    2022 National Book Festival: Virtual Volunteering with By the People

    The Library of Congress "By the People" program invites the public to help transcribe our digitized collections at crowd.loc.gov. Since 2018, our virtual volunteers have completed over 500,000 transcriptions improving search, accessibility and discovery for the papers of Theodore Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Walt Whitman, Susan B. Anthony and more. Learn how transcribers are impacting the Library while exploring pages from history -- and how...
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    2022 National Book Festival: We Knew Them Before They Were Famous with Louis Bayard & Karen Joy Fowler

    Ever wondered about the origins of historical figures, before they were famous? Louis Bayard, author of "Jackie & Me," and Karen Joy Fowler, author of "Booth," are professionals at doing just that. Delving into the lives of Jackie Kennedy and John Wilkes Booth's family, Bayard and Fowler imagine their histories from new perspectives. Moderated by Colleen J. Shogan.
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    2022 National Book Festival: What Happens Next in Sequelland? with Victoria Aveyard, Namina Forna and Chloe Gong

    The worst thing about a good fantasy? The inevitable end. These authors are our heroes for expanding their worlds. A realm on the edge of destruction in "Blade Breaker" by Victoria Aveyard; West Africa-inspired Otera in "Merciless Ones" by Namina Forna; and a monstrous version of 20s Shanghai in "Our Violent Ends" by Chloe Gong are explored with moderators Austin Ferraro and Ava Luo.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Who Do You Trust? Conspiracies in America with Brendan McConville and Elizabeth Williamson

    Explore two conspiracy theories in American history 200 years apart. In "The Brethren," Brendan McConville tells the story of a group of Revolutionary-era farmers fearing for their religious freedom, and in "Sandy Hook," Elizabeth Williamson tells the story of deniers who attempted to change the story of one of the nation's most shocking mass shootings. Moderated by Roswell Encina.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement with Tomiko Brown-Nagin and Kate Clifford Larson

    Constance Baker Motley and Fannie Lou Hamer were two crucial figures in the civil rights movement. Tomiko Brown-Nagin's book "Civil Rights Queen" tells Motley's story as an activist lawyer who became the first Black woman appointed to the federal judiciary. Kate Clifford Larson's book "Walk with Me" covers the life of Hamer, containing new interviews and materials about her life. Moderated by Neda Ulaby.
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    2022 National Book Festival: Writing Is Thinking with Morten Høi Jensen, Shawn McCreesh and Becca Rothfeld

    In a whirlwind of headlines and tweets, the essay has become a mode of deep thinking and indelible critique. Liberties Journal contributors Morten Høi Jensen ("The Fiction That Dare Not Speak Its Name"), Shawn McCreesh ("The Hatboro Blues") and Becca Rothfeld ("Sanctimony Literature") will discuss the power of the modern essay. Moderated by Celeste Marcus.
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    2022 National Book Festival: You'll Be Okay with Johnnie Christmas and Kat Fajardo

    Will kids ever be allowed to be in charge of their own lives? Johnie Christmas and Kat Fajardo talk about their new graphic novels that try to find the answer. "Swim Team" features Bree, a girl starting middle school forced to take a dreaded elective. "Miss Quinces" follows Sue, a girl whose summer is now heavy with her family's expectations.
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    2022 National Book Festival: You're Such a Nightmare with Tiffany D. Jackson and Ryan La Sala

    Move over, Carrie and Heathers: We've ramped it up with Maddie Washington and The Honeys. In "The Weight of Blood," Tiffany D. Jackson exposes racism and bullying in a Georgia high school, culminating in a hair-raising prom night, and in "The Honeys," Ryan La Sala exposes the rot behind the glittering group of popular girls in a dark academia setting. Moderated by Sasha Dowdy.
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    Leslie Jordan Coming to the National Book Festival

    Leslie Jordan, the Emmy Award winning comic actor turned Instagram star turned author, brings his "How Y'all Doing?" to the National Book Festival on Sept. 3. He'll be interviewed by Megan Mullally, his former "Will & Grace" co-star.
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    The Library of Congress Crime Classics Series Presents "The Conjure-Man Dies"

    "The Conjure-Man Dies" by Rudolph Fisher is a groundbreaking American mystery, the first ever to feature a Black detective and all Black characters, recently republished in the Library of Congress' Crime Classics series. In this video, actors will perform a scene from the original stage adaptation of the novel and you'll hear from Crime Classics series editor and mystery expert Leslie S. Klinger.
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    Library of Congress National Book Festival Author Talk: Clint Smith

    PBS Books, in collaboration with Maryland Public Television, hosts a conversation celebrating the Library of Congress National Book Festival with Clint Smith, author of "How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America," to discuss his work and involvement in the Festival. The author will be interviewed American Black Journal's Stephen Henderson.
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    Library of Congress National Book Festival Author Talk: Dhonielle Clayton

    PBS Books, in collaboration with San Diego's KPBS, hosts a conversation celebrating the Library of Congress National Book Festival with Dhonielle Clayton, co-author of "Blackout: A Novel," to discuss her work and involvement in the Festival.
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    Library of Congress National Book Festival Author Talk: Geraldine Brooks

    PBS Books, in collaboration with Georgia Public Broadcasting, hosts a conversation celebrating the Library of Congress National Book Festival with Geraldine Brooks, author of "Horse: A Novel," to discuss her work and involvement in the Festival.
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    Library of Congress National Book Festival Author Talk: Juliet Menéndez

    PBS Books, in collaboration with South Florida PBS and Between the Covers, hosts a conversation celebrating the Library of Congress National Book Festival with Juliet Menéndez, author of "Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers," to discuss her work, her dedication to promoting Latina voices and her involvement in the Festival. The author will be interviewed by Between the Covers' Ann Bocock.
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    Library of Congress National Book Festival Author Talk: Kate Clifford Larson

    PBS Books, in collaboration with Chicago's WTTW, hosts a conversation celebrating the Library of Congress National Book Festival with Kate Clifford Larson, author of "Walk with Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer," to discuss her work and involvement in the Festival.
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    Library of Congress National Book Festival Author Talk: Katie Gutierrez

    PBS Books, in collaboration with GBH in Boston, hosts a conversation celebrating the Library of Congress National Book Festival with Katie Gutierrez, author of "More Than You'll Ever Know: A Novel," to discuss her work and involvement in the Festival.
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    Library of Congress National Book Festival Author Talk: Kelly Lytle Hernández

    PBS Books, in collaboration with Dallas/Fort Worth's KERA and Kansas City PBS, hosts a conversation celebrating the Library of Congress National Book Festival with Kelly Lytle Hernández, author of "Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire and Revolution in the Borderlands," to discuss her work and involvement in the Festival.
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    Library of Congress National Book Festival Author Talk: Leslye Penelope and Lucinda Roy

    PBS Books, in collaboration with Virginia Public Media, hosts a conversation with Leslye Penelope, author of "The Monsters We Defy," and Lucinda Roy, author of "Flying the Coop," to discuss their work, their dedication to creating strong empowered female heroines and their involvement in the Library of Congress National Book Festival. The authors will be interviewed by VPM's Samantha Willis and Angie Miles.
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    Library of Congress National Book Festival Author Talk: Mitch Albom

    PBS Books, in collaboration with Philadelphia's WHYY, hosts a conversation celebrating the Library of Congress National Book Festival with Mitch Albom, author of "Tuesdays with Morrie," to discuss his work and involvement in the Festival. The author will be interviewed by former Michigan Radio host Cynthia Canty.
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    Library of Congress National Book Festival Author Talk: Rachel Aviv

    PBS Books, in collaboration with Washington, D.C.'s WETA, hosts a conversation celebrating the Library of Congress National Book Festival with Rachel Aviv, author of "Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and the Stories That Make Us," to discuss her work and involvement in the Festival.
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    Library Unbound: Amal Morsey

    Library of Congress Unbound a video series aiming to highlight the 2022 National Book Festival theme: Books Bring Us Together. We hope the series allows us to shed light on individuals across the library and emphasize the power storytelling, literature, and books have in forging connections between us all.
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    Library Unbound: Carla Hayden

    Library of Congress Unbound a video series aiming to highlight the 2022 National Book Festival theme: Books Bring Us Together. We hope the series allows us to shed light on individuals across the library and emphasize the power storytelling, literature, and books have in forging connections between us all.
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    Library Unbound: Jarrod MacNeil

    Library of Congress Unbound a video series aiming to highlight the 2022 National Book Festival theme: Books Bring Us Together. We hope the series allows us to shed light on individuals across the library and emphasize the power storytelling, literature, and books have in forging connections between us all.
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    Library Unbound: Jennifer Evers

    Library of Congress Unbound a video series aiming to highlight the 2022 National Book Festival theme: Books Bring Us Together. We hope the series allows us to shed light on individuals across the library and emphasize the power storytelling, literature, and books have in forging connections between us all.
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    Library Unbound: John Cole

    Library of Congress Unbound a video series aiming to highlight the 2022 National Book Festival theme: Books Bring Us Together. We hope the series allows us to shed light on individuals across the library and emphasize the power storytelling, literature, and books have in forging connections between us all.
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    Library Unbound: Sasha Dowdy

    Library of Congress Unbound a video series aiming to highlight the 2022 National Book Festival theme: Books Bring Us Together. We hope the series allows us to shed light on individuals across the library and emphasize the power storytelling, literature, and books have in forging connections between us all.
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    Library Unbound: Tamara Rorie

    Library of Congress Unbound a video series aiming to highlight the 2022 National Book Festival theme: Books Bring Us Together. We hope the series allows us to shed light on individuals across the library and emphasize the power storytelling, literature, and books have in forging connections between us all.
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    Library Unbound: Xander Harcourt

    Library of Congress Unbound a video series aiming to highlight the 2022 National Book Festival theme: Books Bring Us Together. We hope the series allows us to shed light on individuals across the library and emphasize the power storytelling, literature, and books have in forging connections between us all.
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    National Book Festival Author Talk: Dhonielle Clayton

    New York Times bestselling author of The Belles series Dhonielle Clayton talks about coming to the 2022 Library of Congress National Book Festival and "Blackout: A Novel."
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    National Book Festival Author Talk: Leslie Jordan

    Actor and author Leslie Jordan talks coming to the 2022 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. and his performing, writing and social media career.
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    National Book Festival Author Talk: Nick Offerman

    Actor, author and woodworker Nick Offerman talks about coming to the 2022 Library of Congress National Book Festival and his book "Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside."
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    National Book Festival Author Talk: Nyle DiMarco

    Advocate, producer, actor and model Nyle DiMarco talks about coming to the 2022 Library of Congress National Book Festival and "Deaf Utopia: A Memoir and a Love Letter to a Way of Life."
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    National Book Festival Author Talk: Ruth Behar

    Award-winning author Ruth Behar talks about coming to the 2022 Library of Congress National Book Festival and her children's picture book, "Tía Fortuna's New Home: A Jewish Cuban Journey."
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    National Book Festival Author Talk: Xochitl Gonzalez

    Author and Brooklyn native Xochitl Gonzalez talks about coming to the 2022 Library of Congress National Book Festival and her New York Times bestselling debut book, "Olga Dies Dreaming: A Novel."
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    National Book Festival Opening Celebration: Books Bring Us Together

    On the eve of the 2022 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., join Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and festival co-chairman David M. Rubenstein as they welcome five of the more than 100 authors appearing at this year's festival to talk about their work and their love of books. This special event, live from the Library and sponsored by AARP, features Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist...
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    Ruby Bridges Talks About Her New Picture Book!

    Ruby Bridges was just six years old when she made history as the first Black student to integrate an elementary school in the South. In "I Am Ruby Bridges External," she tells the story of that day. Moderated by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Bridges is unable to appear in-person; their recorded interview airs onscreen and Pinkney will be there live to answer questions.
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    Xochitl Gonzalez brings "Olga Dies Dreaming" to the National Book Festival

    Xochitl's Gonzalez brings her breakout novel, "Olga Dies Dreaming," to the National Book Festival. The bestseller, a smart romantic comedy about a New York wedding planner of Puerto Rican descent, also takes up the issues of colonialism and the colonized in Puerto Rican life.