National Book Festival Presents Videos

Experience the National Book Festival all year long with a series featuring outstanding authors, books and related Library treasures.

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    U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland To kick off Native American Heritage Month, Joy Harjo, the first Native American U.S. Poet Laureate, joins Deb Haaland, the first Native American cabinet secretary, in a conversation with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.
    • Contributor: Harjo, Joy - Haaland, Sec. Deb - Hayden, Carla
    • Date: 2021-11-01
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    Wine and Diplomacy: A Conversation with Frederick Ryan Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden talks with Frederick Ryan Jr., author of "Wine and the White House: A History," about how U.S. presidents have used wine as a tool of diplomacy.
    • Contributor: Ryan Jr, Frederick J. - Krowl, Michelle - Hayden, Carla
    • Date: 2021-10-01
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    Cathy Park Hong & Wayétu Moore: The Art of Memoir Poet Cathy Park Hong and novelist Wayétu Moore discuss how their memoirs give voice to history and speak to the present moment.
    • Contributor: Hong, Cathy Park - Casper, Robert - Moore, Wayétu
    • Date: 2021-05-27
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    Walter Isaacson on the Biomedical Future Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of "Leonardo da Vinci," "Einstein" and "Steve Jobs," discusses his new book, "The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing and the Future of the Human Race," with award-winning journalist Katherine Eban.
    • Contributor: Eban, Katherine - Isaacson, Walter
    • Date: 2021-05-20
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    Poetry Spotlight: Victoria Chang and Brenda Shaughnessy In honor of National Poetry Month, poets Victoria Chang and Brenda Shaughnessy discuss their poetry collections, which address issues of loss, fear and the future of the planet.
    • Contributor: Shaughnessy, Brenda - Holmes, Anne - Casper, Robert - Chang, Victoria
    • Date: 2021-04-29
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    Lupita Nyong'o and Carla Hayden A fascinating conversation for young people with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Lupita Nyong'o, Oscar-winning actor and author of the number one best-selling children's book "Sulwe."
    • Contributor: Nyong'o, Lupita - Hayden, Carla
    • Date: 2021-04-08
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    War, Combat and the American Soldier Two of the most prominent historians of war, Margaret MacMillan ("War: How Conflict Shaped Us") and Rick Atkinson ("The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777"), spoke with philanthropist David M. Rubenstein about their work.
    • Contributor: Macmillan, Margaret - Rubenstein, David - Atkinson, Rick
    • Date: 2021-03-25
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    Giants of Racial Justice: Malcolm X & Martin Luther King Jr. In an event celebrating African American History Month, Peniel E. Joseph ("The Sword and the Shield") and Tamara Payne ("The Dead Are Arising") will discuss their books on Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. with NPR television critic Eric Deggans.
    • Contributor: Payne, Tamara - Deggans, Eric - Joseph, Peniel E.
    • Date: 2021-02-18
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    Great American Editors: Nan Talese in Conversation with Margaret Atwood Nan Talese talks with author Margaret Atwood as part of our "Great American Editors" segment in the "Behind the Book" series. These interviews focus on leading gatekeepers in publishing who bring great works to fruition -- from the germ of an idea to the production of a physical book. Talese is one of the unsung heroes of the publishing world who transform promising but...
    • Contributor: Talese, Nan - Atwood, Margaret
    • Date: 2020-12-17
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    Great American Editors: Robert Gottlieb & Robert Caro This interview with editor/publisher Robert Gottlieb and author Robert Caro is the first in a new "Behind the Book" series. These interviews focus on leading gatekeepers in publishing who bring great works to fruition, from the germ of an idea to the production of a physical book.
    • Contributor: Caro, Robert - Gottlieb, Robert
    • Date: 2020-12-03
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    Timely Topic: Anne Applebaum & Carlos Lozada Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, Anne Applebaum ("Twilight of Democracy") and Carlos Lozada ("What Were We Thinking"), discuss the current American frame of mind, the tenuous state of democracy and the 2020 presidential election.
    • Contributor: Applebaum, Anne - Haskell, John - Lozada, Carlos
    • Date: 2020-11-17
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    Jon Meacham on John Lewis and the Power of Hope Jon Meacham discusses his new book, "His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope," in conversation with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.
    • Contributor: Meacham, Jon - Hayden, Carla
    • Date: 2020-10-29
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    Celebrating American Ingenuity: Danielle Allen & Walter Isaacson Danielle Allen and Walter Isaacson speak to the spirit of the 20th anniversary National Book Festival with their conversation on American ingenuity.
    • Contributor: Allen, Danielle - Isaacson, Walter
    • Date: 2020-10-22
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    Race in America: Colson Whitehead Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden talks to two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and National Book Festival veteran (2009, 2012, 2016 and this year) Colson Whitehead about the need for stories from our past to help us contend with the present, especially at moments of great change.
    • Contributor: Whitehead, Colson - Hayden, Carla
    • Date: 2020-07-16
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    Race in America: Joy Harjo & Tracy K. Smith Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden talks with her U.S. Poets Laureate appointees, Tracy K. Smith (2017-2019) and Joy Harjo (2019-current), about poetry in times of crisis as well as its enduring power to promote social justice.
    • Contributor: Smith, Tracy K. - Harjo, Joy - Hayden, Carla
    • Date: 2020-07-09
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    Poetry Ancestors: How Invention Meets Influence As part of our National Book Festival Presents series for June, "Connecting the World With Words," American Book Award winner Kimiko Hahn and fellow award-winning poet Rajiv Mohabir talk about invention and influence across borders, and how poetry serves as a model for our moment, with Washington Post Book World critic Ron Charles.
    • Contributor: Charles, Ron - Hahn, Kimiko - Mohabir, Rajiv
    • Date: 2020-06-25
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    Race in America: Jason Reynolds & Jacqueline Woodson To commemorate Juneteenth, the holiday marking the end of slavery, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden chats with current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Jason Reynolds and former National Ambassador Jacqueline Woodson about ways to hear and support kids during a period of nationwide protest against injustice.
    • Contributor: Woodson, Jacqueline - Reynolds, Jason - Hayden, Carla
    • Date: 2020-06-19
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    Winston Churchill: The Right Words at the Right Time As part of our National Book Festival Presents series for June, "Connecting the World With Words," Erik Larson discusses his latest book, "The Splendid and the Vile," which tells the story of Winston Churchill during the London Blitz of World War II, with philanthropist and National Book Festival co-chairman David Rubenstein.
    • Contributor: Rubenstein, David - Larson, Erik
    • Date: 2020-06-18
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    Ha Jin on the Legendary Poet Li Bai National Book Award winner Ha Jin discusses his new book, "The Banished Immortal: A Life of Li Bai," in which he draws on a range of historical and literary sources to weave the life story of the eighth-century Chinese poet Li Bai, with the Library's Rob Casper.
    • Contributor: Jin, Ha - Casper, Robert
    • Date: 2020-06-11
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    Carla Hayden & Lonnie Bunch: Cultural Institutions at Times of Social Unrest Carla Hayden and Lonnie Bunch discuss the future of their institutions and how they remain accessible and relevant during a period of global pandemic coupled with nationwide protests against injustice.
    • Contributor: Hayden, Carla D. - Bunch III, Lonnie G.
    • Date: 2020-06-05
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    Richard Ford: A Good Story Knows No Borders As part of our National Book Festival Presents series for June, "Connecting the World With Words," this spring event honors 2019 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction winner Richard Ford, in conversation with Marie Arana, Library of Congress literary director. Ford, whose work has been translated into dozens of languages, will speak on the universality of fiction. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden selected...
    • Contributor: Ford, Richard - Arana, Marie - Hayden, Carla
    • Date: 2020-06-04
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    Eric Cervini on Celebrating 50 Years of LGBTQ Pride In honor of LGBTQ Pride month (June) and the 50th anniversary of Pride celebrations, Eric Cervini discusses his book "The Deviant's War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America," with Roswell Encina, Library of Congress chief communications officer.
    • Contributor: Encina, Roswell - Cervini, Eric
    • Date: 2020-05-28
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    Jill Lepore on How This Pandemic Will Go Down in History As part of our "National Book Festival Presents" series, Jill Lepore (bestselling historian and Harvard professor) and John Haskell (director of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress) discuss how the current pandemic, its effects and our reaction to them say something very real about America in this moment and in the historical record that will emerge from it.
    • Contributor: Haskell, John - Lepore, Jill
    • Date: 2020-05-21
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    Home Alone in a Simulated Mars NASA astronaut and scientist Kate Greene discusses her forthcoming book, "Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars: Space, Exploration and Life on Earth," with the Library's Marie Arana. Greene lived in a simulated Martian environment located on the slopes of Mauna Loa in Hawai'i and spent several months in isolation, doing research. She has a lot to say about the stress, loneliness and...
    • Contributor: Greene, Kate - Arana, Marie
    • Date: 2020-05-14
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    How One Pandemic, SARS, Predicted Another, COVID-19 Author and journalist Karl Taro Greenfeld discusses his prescient book on the SARS epidemic, which foreshadowed the more devastating COVID-19 pandemic, with Roswell Encina, chief of communications at the Library of Congress.
    • Contributor: Encina, Roswell - Greenfeld, Karl Taro
    • Date: 2020-05-07