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Unless otherwise noted, tickets to and reservations for these events are not required.

SEPTEMBER 2019

Wednesday, September 11, 7:00 PM
LIFE OF A POET: CARMEN GIMÉNEZ SMITH

Poet Carmen Giménez Smith will discuss her work with Ron Charles, book critic at The Washington Post. 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

Thursday, September 19, 7:00 PM
POET LAUREATE INAUGURAL READING

Joy Harjo will give her inaugural reading as 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. She will be joined by Robert Muller and Howard Cloud in a special musical performance.  Free tickets required. Book sales and signing to follow. Co-sponsored by Library of Congress National Book Festival Presents.

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

Tuesday, September 24, 7:00 PM
NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL PRESENTS: EDWIDGE DANTICAT

Author Edwidge Danticat will discuss her new short story collection, Everything Inside. This event is free and open to the public. Free tickets required (external link); signed copies are also available for pre-purchase. Presented in partnership with National Book Festival Presents.

Location: Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: [email protected]

NOVEMBER 2019

Wednesday, November 6, 1:00 PM
OCCUPATIONAL POETRY ROUNDTABLE

Occupational poets Jerry Brooks (miner), Meezie Hermansen (fisher), Bill Jones (veteran), and Vess Quinlan (cowboy) will read and discuss their work with John Fenn, head of research and programs at the Library of Congress American Folklife Center. Free tickets encouraged. Co-sponsored by Veterans History Project.

Location: LJ-119, first floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: [email protected] (include the subject line “occupational poetry”) or (202) 707-1196

Wednesday, November 6, 7:00 PM
NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL PRESENTS: KAREN ARMSTRONG

Religion scholar Karen Armstrong will discuss her new book, The Lost Art of Scripture. This event is free and open to the public. Free tickets required; signed copies are also available for pre-purchase. Presented in partnership with National Book Festival Presents.

Location: Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: [email protected]

Friday, November 8, 6:00 PM
NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL PRESENTS: BRAD MELTZER AND CHRIS ELIOPOULOS

Writer Brad Meltzer and illustrator Chris Eliopoulos will discuss the launch of their new PBS KIDS series, “Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum,” based on their books for children, Ordinary People Change the World, featuring the newest titles, I Am Walt Disney and I Am Marie Curie. This event is free and open to the public. Free tickets required; signed copies are also available for pre-purchase. Presented in partnership with National Book Festival Presents.

Location: Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: [email protected]

Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 PM
NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL PRESENTS: ANDRÉ ACIMAN

Author André Aciman will discuss his new novel, Find Me, the sequel to his bestselling novel Call Me By Your NameFree tickets required; signed copies are also available for pre-purchase. Presented in partnership with National Book Festival Presents.

Location: Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: [email protected]

Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 PM
LIFE OF A POET: REGINALD DWAYNE BETTS 

Poet Reginald Dwayne Betts will discuss his work with Ron Charles, book critic at The Washington Post. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required (external link). Co-sponsored by Hill Center and The Washington Post.

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

Saturday, November 23, 2:00 PM
MIAMI BOOK FAIR: JOY HARJO IN CONVERSATION

23rd U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo will discuss her work with Rob Casper, head of the Poetry and Literature Center. Tickets required. Co-sponsored by O, Miami.

Location: Miami Dade College, 300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132, Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor)
Contact: (305) 237-3258

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