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Latest News: Author Lineup for National Book Festival

Book lovers of all ages will find something to enjoy at the 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 2. A star-studded and diverse lineup of more than 100 authors, illustrators and poets will be presenting from the festival stages at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., from 9:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Doors to the convention center will open at 8:30 a.m.

A few festival highlights:

  • The eminent historian and Pulitzer Prize-winner David McCullough will open the festival’s Main Stage, which features six other best-selling authors and allows seating for more than 2,500. He will discuss his new book, “The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For.”

  • Dav Pilkey, beloved creator of Captain Underpants, will delight with his latest story, “Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties,” on the Children’s Purple Stage.

  • On the Children’s Green Stage, two-time Newbery Medal winner Kate DiCamillo will discuss her latest novel, “Raymie Nightingale.”

  • Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess will talk to teens about their poetic verse novel, “Solo.” The Teens Stage will conclude with one of the festival’s most popular events, a poetry slam.

  • In Contemporary Life, Roxane Gay promises to offer an unvarnished discussion of what it’s like to be fat (her preferred term) in a world that prizes the body beautiful.

  • National Book Award winner Alice McDermott will be on the Fiction Stage, offering another of her tales of the Irish in America, this time in the 1940s and ’50s, with the launch of a new novel, “The Ninth Hour.”

  • A story that most Americans never knew was the subject of “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly. She will be on the History & Biography Stage, which will also offer a panel of authors focusing on the legacy of John F. Kennedy in this 100th anniversary year of his birth.

  • Fans of Ernest Hemingway will not want to miss the panel of Mary Dearborn (“Ernest Hemingway: A Biography”), Paul Hendrickson (“Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost”) and Nicholas Reynolds (“Writer, Sailor, Soldier Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures”) on the Poetry & Prose Stage. The distinguished author of “A Lesson Before Dying,” Ernest Gaines, also will speak about “The Tragedy of Brady Sims,” his new novel, launching at the festival.

  • Longtime best-selling writer Scott Turow has just published a new legal thriller, “Testimony.” He will be on the Thrillers & Fantasy Stage, as will science-fiction master John Scalzi, with “The Collapsing Empire.”

  • Finally, the popular Graphic Novels Stage will feature “Big Nate” author Lincoln Peirce, hilarious New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang.

A complete schedule, along with other information, is available at loc.gov/bookfest/schedule/.

The Library has launched an updated National Book Festival app, which provides a festival-at-your-fingertips experience with the complete schedule of author talks, book signings, special presentations and fun activities. Users can plan their full day’s personalized schedule in advance, receive bulletin-style notifications on-site in the event of schedule or location changes on the day of the festival, and more. The app also includes sponsor information, general festival guidelines and frequently asked questions.

The app, available at no charge for iOS and Android users, can be found at loc.gov/apps. Also follow the festival on Twitter @librarycongress with hashtag #NatBookFest. Subscribe to the National Book Festival blog here: go.usa.gov/xXkJn.

The National Book Festival is made possible by the generous support of private- and public- sector sponsors who share the Library’s commitment to reading and literacy, led by National Book Festival Co-Chairman David M. Rubenstein. Charter sponsors include the Institute of Museum and Library Services, The James Madison Council, The Jeffersonian Fund, The Washington Post and Wells Fargo; Patron sponsor is the National Endowment for the Arts; the Contributor-level sponsors are Thomas V. Girardi, Beverly and Lyman Hamilton, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Scholastic Inc. and the Junior League of Washington; and, in the Friends category, Candlewick Press, Marshall B. Coyne Foundation Inc., Joseph and Lynn Deutsch, Embassy of Ireland, Embassy of Sweden, The Hay-Adams, J.J. Medveckis Foundation, Mensa Foundation, the Mexican Cultural Institute, Timothy and Diane Naughton, Reading Is Fundamental, the Nora Roberts Foundation, Patricia Glass Schuman and Vincent Civello and the White House Historical Association. Media Partners are C-SPAN2’s Book TV and NPR. Those interested in supporting the National Book Festival can contact the Library at [email protected].

Following is the complete author lineup for the 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival:

  • Main Stage: David Baldacci, Thomas L. Friedman, Diana Gabaldon, Michael Lewis, David McCullough, Condoleezza Rice, J.D. Vance.
  • Children’s Purple Stage: Mike Curato, Emma Donoghue, Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson, Shelia P. Moses, Kadir Nelson, Dav Pilkey, Nathaniel Philbrick, Sherri Duskey Rinker and John Rocco, Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang, Rachel Renee Russell and Nikki Russell, Reshma Saujani, Ronald L. Smith, Javaka Steptoe.
  • Children’s Green Stage: Letters About Literature: A Book That Shaped Me summer writing contest, Kelly Barnhill, Michael Buckley, Carmen Agra Deedy, Kate DiCamillo, Travis Foster and Ethan Long, Jack Gantos, Amy Sarig King, Verónica Murguía, Ellen Oh with Kwame Alexander, Meg Medina and Tim Tingle, R.J. Palacio, Cokie Roberts, Chris Van Dusen.
  • Teens Stage: Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess, M.T. Anderson, David Baldacci, Falling in Love panel (Melissa de la Cruz, Sandhya Menon and Nicola Yoon), Growing Up is Hard panel (Kathleen Glasgow and Angie Thomas), Marie Lu, Andrew McCarthy, Tanya Lee Stone, Sabaa Tahir. The stage will close with a poetry slam.
  • Contemporary Life Stage: Danielle Allen, Graham Allison, Matthew Desmond, Michael Eric Dyson and Ibram X. Kendi in conversation, Roxane Gay, Sam Kean, Mark Kurlansky, Leland Melvin, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Dava Sobel.
  • Fiction Stage: Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction: Denis Johnson (d. May 24, 2017) – ceremony with prize presentation to his wife Cindy Johnson, Nathan Hill, Katie Kitamura and Hari Kunzru in conversation, Ha Jin, Alice McDermott, Claire Messud, Elizabeth Strout, Colm Tóibín, Amor Towles, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Jesmyn Ward.
  • Graphic Novels Stage: Roz Chast, Mike Lester and Ann Telnaes in conversation, Lincoln Peirce, Gene Luen Yang.
  • History & Biography Stage: Scott Berg, Sidney Blumenthal, Helene Cooper, Peter Cozzens, John A. Farrell, John F. Kennedy 100th anniversary panel (Steven Levingston, Kathy McKeon and Thomas Oliphant), Ben Macintyre, Margot Lee Shetterly, Adm. James Stavridis, Ronald C. White.
  • Poetry & Prose Stage: Poetry Out Loud, Peter Ho Davies and Lisa Ko in conversation, Ernest Gaines, Julia Glass and Jennifer Haigh in conversation, Ernest Hemingway panel (Mary Dearborn, Paul Hendrickson and Nicholas Reynolds), former Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, Marie Howe and Adrian Matejka in conversation, Bill Roorbach and Brad Watson in conversation.
  • Thrillers & Fantasy: Megan Abbott, Chris Bohjalian, Dan Chaon, Jenny Rogneby, John Scalzi, Karin Slaughter, Scott Turow, Don Winslow.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov; access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov; and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.

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