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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    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
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    Spillover: Animal Infections & the Next Pandemic Prize-winning science writer David Quammen discusses his book "Spillover," in which he tracks the animal origins of human diseases through the centuries, with National Book Festival Co-Chairman David Rubenstein.
    • Contributor: Quammen, David - Rubenstein, David
    • Date: 2020-04-30
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    No One Was Immune: Mapping the Great Pandemics from Columbus to COVID-19 The Library's John Hessler and Marie Arana discuss the sweep of history from the 1500s smallpox pandemic that decimated the indigenous population of the Americas to the meticulous work that is being done now to map COVID-19.
    • Contributor: Arana, Marie - Hessler, John
    • Date: 2020-04-23
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    John M. Barry on "The Great Influenza" John M. Barry, author of "The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History," talks with David Rubenstein about the 1918 influenza pandemic, how the world responded and lessons to be learned during the present COVID-19 crisis.
    • Contributor: Rubenstein, David - Barry, John M. - Hayden, Carla
    • Date: 2020-04-07
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    Rosa Parks: The History and the Heart "Rosa Parks: The History and the Heart" was a panel conversation featuring Parks biographers Douglas Brinkley ("Rosa Parks: A Life") and Jeanne Theoharis ("The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks"), moderated by NPR host Michel Martin.
    • Contributor: Theoharis, Jeanne - Martin, Michel - Brinkley, Douglas
    • Date: 2020-02-13
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    Fearless: A Tribute to Irish American Women This event celebrated the powerful role of history and tradition among generations of Irish American women, with three pillars in the fields of literature, media and politics: Alice McDermott, Margaret Brennan, and Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon. The event was co-sponsored ith the Embassy of Ireland in the United States in honor of St. Brigid's Day (Feb. 1).
    • Contributor: McDermott, Alice - Brennan, Margaret - Scanlon, Rep. Mary Gay
    • Date: 2020-02-06
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    Jason Reynolds: National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Inauguration Jason Reynolds was inaugurated by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden as the seventh National Ambassador for Young People's Literature at a ceremony at the Library of Congress. For his two-year term as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Reynolds will visit small towns across America to have meaningful discussions with young people. The National Ambassador program was established by the Library of Congress, the...
    • Contributor: Reynolds, Jason - Hayden, Carla
    • Date: 2020-01-16
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    The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts At a time of intolerance and mutual incomprehension, renowned scholar and TED Prize-winner Karen Armstrong's latest book, "The Lost Art of Scripture," shines fresh light on the world's major religions to help us build bridges between faiths and rediscover a creative and spiritual engagement with holy texts.
    • Contributor: Armstrong, Karen
    • Date: 2019-11-16
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    National Book Festival Presents Andre Aciman Andre Aciman discusses the launch of his new book, "Find Me," the sequel to his bestselling "Call Me By Your Name," which was made into an Academy Award-winning film.
    • Contributor: Aciman, Andre - Encina, Roswell
    • Date: 2019-11-13
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    National Book Festival Presents Brad Meltzer Author Brad Meltzer and illustrator Chris Eliopoulos present the new PBS KIDS series, "Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum," based on their bestselling children's book series, "Ordinary People Change the World."
    • Contributor: Encina, Roswell - Meltzer, Brad - Eliopoulos, Chris
    • Date: 2019-11-08
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    National Book Festival Presents Alexander McCall Smith Alexander McCall Smith discusses his new book, "To the Land of Long Lost Friends: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series."
    • Contributor: McCall Smith, Alexander - Shogan, Colleen
    • Date: 2019-10-24