Showing posts with label National Book Festival. Show all posts
Showing posts with label National Book Festival. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

PR: Library of Congress National Book Festival Announces Full Author Lineup

[Comics arts people that I know of are marked in bold; corrections welcomed]

June 25, 2019 

Library of Congress National Book Festival Announces Full Author Lineup

More than 140 Authors to Participate in 19th Annual Event on Aug. 31

 Amy Tan speaks with National Book Festival Literary Director Marie Arana on the Main Stage, September 1, 2018. Photo by Shawn Miller, Library of Congress.

The 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival will offer an outstanding lineup of authors for readers of all ages for the festival's 19th year, with more than 140 nationally recognized authors, poets and illustrators, as well as the addition of stages devoted to science and international subjects.

On Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, doors will open at 8:30 a.m., with programs beginning at 9 a.m. and running until 8 p.m.

The stellar lineup includes U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, eminent historians David McCullough and Michael Beschloss, celebrity D.C. chef and humanitarian José Andrés, graphic novel superstar Raina Telgemeier and Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction recipient Richard Ford.

The 2019 festival also will invite visitors to Explore America's Changemakers, part of a yearlong initiative coinciding with a series of exhibitions, events and programs at the Library. Among numerous festival programs dedicated to the theme of Changemakers, a special panel will feature new books on Winston Churchill by Andrew Roberts, Frederick Douglass by David Blight and visionary women including Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall and Alice Waters, by Andrea Barnet.

Here are a few festival highlights:
  • U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will participate in a conversation with NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg; Ginsburg will discuss her career and her book "My Own Words."
  • David McCullough, one of America's most-read historians, will talk about "The Pioneers: The Heroic Stories of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West."
  • José Andrés will review his humanitarian work, especially when he helped feed the people of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Diane Rehm, whose radio show on NPR aired for nearly 40 years, will interview Andrés, who will also discuss his new vegetable cookbook.
  • Raina Telgemeier will greet thousands of her fans and introduce them to "Share Your Smile: Raina's Guide to Telling Your Own Story."
  • American historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. will offer two presentations, one for children on his new book "Dark Sky Rising" and one for adults on Race in America.
  • Presidential historian Michael Beschloss will talk about "Presidents of War."
  • Matthew Gray Gubler, one of the stars of CBS' "Criminal Minds," will present his children's book "Rumple Buttercup."
  • Graphic novelist Ngozi Ukazu, who has rewritten the rules of publishing, will discuss "Check, Please!"
  • Award-winning novelist Laila Lalami will talk about "The Other Americans."
  • Julia Álvarez will look back on her novel "In the Time of the Butterflies," an international sensation when it was published 25 years ago.
  • Susan Choi will discuss her highly acclaimed novel "Trust Exercise."
Authors participating in this year's festival will make their presentations on the following stages:
Stages for Adults
Main Stage: José Andrés, Michael Beschloss, David Brooks, Richard Ford, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, David McCullough and Raina Telgemeier
Fiction: Louis Bayard, Ann Beattie, Susan Choi, Barbara Kingsolver, Laila Lalami, Rebecca Makkai, Thomas Mallon, Sigrid Nunez, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Powers and Roxana Robinson
Genre Fiction: Charlie Jane Anders, Johnny D. Boggs, James Ellroy, Margaret George, Philippa Gregory, Anne Hillerman, Paul Andrew Hutton, Joe Ide, Craig Johnson, Brianna Labuskes, Seanan McGuire, Sara Paretsky, John Scalzi and Victoria Schwab
History & Biography: Rick Atkinson, Douglas Brinkley, Colin G. Calloway, Joanne B. Freeman, Casey Gerald, David Maraniss, Andrew Roberts, Evan Thomas, David Treuer, Elaine Weiss and Brenda Wineapple
International: Liliana Colanzi, María Dueñas, Melba Escobar, Inga Gaile, Cristina Rivera Garza, Amitav Ghosh, Olga Grjasnowa, Caoilinn Hughes, Claudia Salazar Jiménez, Jeanine Leane, Brenton McKenna, Kim Scott and Kim Thúy
Poetry & Prose: Julia Álvarez, Sheila Black, Jericho Brown, Nathan Englander, Aminatta Forna, Ilya Kaminsky, R.O. Kwon, Dorianne Laux, Valeria Luiselli, Alberto Manguel, Madeline Miller, Brendan Mathews, Lydia Millet, Pamela Paul, Linda Sue Park, Maria Russo, Jon Scieszka, Natasha Trethewey, Renée Watson, Emily Wilson, and Jenny Xie
Science: Peter Brannen, Alexandra Horowitz, Beth Macy, Thomas W. Malone, Lisa Margonelli, Jim Ottaviani, David Quammen, Douglas Rushkoff, Daniel Stone, Frans de Waal and David Sloan Wilson
Understanding Our World: Andrea Barnet, David Blight, David Epstein, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Judge Richard Gergel, Reyna Grande, David Grann, Amy Gutmann,  Joshua Hammer, Aleksandar Hemon, Parag Khanna, Steve Luxenberg, Alberto Manguel, Suketu Mehta, Jonathan Moreno, Elaine Pagels, Steven Pearlstein and Andrew Roberts

Stages for Young People
Children: Mac Barnett, Cece Bell, Sophie Blackall, Tonya Bolden, Fred Bowen, Max Brallier, Molly Brooks, Pablo Cartaya, Fabien Cousteau, Lucy Ruth Cummins, Gale Galligan, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Brian Floca, Matthew Gray Gubler, Shannon Hale, Jennifer Holm, Matthew Holm, Jon Klassen, Ann M. Martin, Juana Medina, R.J. Palacio, Linda Sue Park, LeUyen Pham, Matt Phelan, Greg Pizzoli, Sherri Duskey Rinker, Sharon Robinson, Adam Rubin, Victoria Schwab, Jon Scieszka, Ronald L. Smith, Jennifer Swanson and Steven Weinberg
Teens: Holly Black, Monica Hesse, Kathleen Glasgow, Ellen Hagan, Faith Erin Hicks, Linda Holmes, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Mitali Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, Misa Sugiura, Ngozi Ukazu, Renée Watson, Scott Westerfeld and Markus Zusak
Poetry Slam: The National Book Festival Youth Poetry Slam will include some of the nation's top youth slam groups from the nation's capital. Champion delegates from these groups will compete to be named the festival's top youth slammer by performing new works.

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 are the Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Washington Post and Wells Fargo; Patron sponsors are the James Madison Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Champions are Thomas V. Girardi, the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, PBS and Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program; and, in the Friends category, Booklovers Circle Members, Bookshare - a Benetech initiative, Buffy Cafritz, Embassy of Australia, Embassy of Canada, Embassy of Germany, Embassy of Ireland, Embassy of Latvia, Embassy of Peru, Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction administered by The University of Alabama School of Law, The Hay-Adams, Inter-American Development Bank, The Junior League of Washington, Andy King, Leon Levy Center for Biography (CUNY), Library of Congress Federal Credit Union, Mexican Cultural Institute, Timothy and Diane Naughton, Planet Word, Scholastic Inc, Small Press Expo (SPX), Spain Arts & Culture and Western Writers of America; Media Partners are C-SPAN2's Book TV, The New York Times and NPR. Those interested in supporting the National Book Festival can contact the Library at

Later this summer, the National Book Festival app for iOS and Android smartphones will be updated with complete presenter, schedule and wayfinding information. Follow the festival on Twitter @librarycongress with hashtag #NatBookFest, and subscribe to the National Book Festival Blog at

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, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at and register creative works of authorship at

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Roz Chast does 2017 Book Festival poster

2017 National Book Festival Poster Depicts Delightful World of Books

2017 National Book Festival poster by cartoonist Roz Chast.

Spring is in the air and with it begins anticipation for our summer celebration of books and reading – the Library of Congress National Book Festival – which this year will take place on Sept. 2. Two weeks ago the diverse author lineup for the 2017 festival was announced and today the poster is being revealed!

The poster artist is Roz Chast, a cartoonist whose work has been published in The New Yorker, Scientific American, the Harvard Business Review, Redbook, and more. Chast started drawing cartoons as a child growing up in Brooklyn, and went on to graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has won numerous awards for her books and illustrations.

Cindy Moore, a graphic specialist at the Library of Congress, led a team of other graphics specialists at the Library in selecting Chast to design this year's poster. However, the theme Chast came up with was all her own.

"Books have always been a major part of my life from the time I learned to read," explains Chast. "They are a way to escape from the world, but also a way to feel more deeply connected to it. I wanted to make a poster that expressed the excitement, appreciation, and delight I have for the books of my life."

By the looks of this lively whimsical poster, she succeeded wildly!

You can download a copy of the poster from the Library of Congress National Book Festival website.
The 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival, which is free for everyone, will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 2. The festival is made possible by the generosity of sponsors. You too can support the festival by making a gift now.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Stephan Pastis: 2015 National Book Festival

Stephan Pastis: 2015 National Book Festival

Sep 28, 2015

Cartoonist Stephan Pastis appears at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Speaker Biography: Stephan Pastis used to be a lawyer. Now, he is the award-winning cartoonist who creates "Pearls Before Swine," a syndicated daily comic strip that runs in 750 newspapers around the world. The humorous comic strip's host of friends -- Rat, Pig, Goat and Zebra -- deliver a smart, witty and painfully honest commentary on modern issues ranging from politics to pop culture. Pastis tends to produce his comics at an unusual five to nine months ahead of the deadline. His latest collection is "Pearls Gets Sacrificed: A Pearls Before Swine Treasury." In addition to creating "Pearls Before Swine," Pastis is the author of the best-selling children's chapter book series Timmy Failure.

For transcript, captions, and more information, visit
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

8/30: Cartoonists at the National Book Festival

Cartoonists' schedules at the National Book Festival 

10:00 am-10:30 amJeffrey Brown 11:00 am-noon
11:20 am-11:50 amDav Pilkey 12:30 pm-1:30 pm
12:45 pm-1:30 pmAndrew Aydin 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
12:45 pm-1:30 pmRep. John Lewis2:00 pm-3:00 pm
2:00 pm-2:30 pmBrian Biggs 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
2:40 pm-3:10 pmBob Staake 3:30 pm-4:30 pm
4:40 pm-5:10 pmJules Feiffer 3:30 pm-4:30 pm
4:40 pm-5:10 pmGene Luen Yang 3:30 pm-4:30 pm

Graphic Novels Super Session

6:00 pm-6:35 pmRaina Telgemeier7:00 pm-8:00 pm
6:45 pm-7:20 pmBryan Lee O'Malley 8:00 pm-9:00 pm
7:30 pm-8:05 pmVivek Tiwary8:30 pm-9:30 pm
7:30 pm-8:05 pmKyle Baker 8:30 pm-9:30 pm
8:15 pm-8:50 pmLiza Donnelly9:00 pm-10:00 pm
9:00 pm-9:45 pmJeff Smith 7:30 pm-8:30 pm
There will be a raffle during the Graphic Novel super session in the evening. Jeff Smith and Vivek Tiwary have donated signed items, with promises from some of the others. You must be present to win.

Friday, July 11, 2014

2014 National Book Festival comics guests

Comic bookers who will be guests at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Aug. 30 include: Bryan Lee O'Malley, Jeff Smith, Raina Telegemeier, Gene Luen Yang, Jeffrey Brown, Jules Feiffer, Kyle Baker, Brian Biggs, Andrew Aydin and Rep. John Lewis.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Hernandez Brothers interview from the National Book Festival

This one is by someone else (whom I don't know).

"We Don't Know How To Sell Out" – Talking With Los Bros Hernandez At This Year's National Book Festival
By David Dissanayake
Broken Frontier September 23, 2013

I imagine the interview I did with Jaime will appear on the Library of Congress site eventually.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sept 25: Cartoonists at National Book Festival (corrected)

It's on the Mall today, and includes Richard Thompson, Kazu Kibuishi and others. I'll be introducing Kibuishi at 1:55, so feel free to grab me to say hello.

Here's my intro, as it stands now:

Kazu Kibuishi (KAH-zoo Kee-boo-EE-shee), was born in Japan in 1979, but came to the United States as a young child. Trained in film-making, he worked in animation, , but as comics evolved in recent years, he has distinguished himself in new formats. He began his webcomic Copper in 2002, and the short stories follow the dreamlike adventures of Fred and his dog Copper. These stories were collected in a book in 2010. Kibuishi began the Flight anthology book series in 2004 to showcase the work of young cartoonists, including animators. It was originally published by Image Comics, but moved to mainstream publishers to get into bookstores. He recently ended the series with book #8. While working on Flight, he also created the steampunk graphic novel Daisy Kutter: The Last Train which was an American Library Association 2006 pick for Best Books for Young Adults. In 2008, he began Amulet a child-friendly steampunk series published by Scholastic. His newest book is Amulet #4: The Last Council which debuted this month on the New York Times’ bestsellers lists.

Here's more details on the cartoonists:

The National Book Festival Is Cartoon-Friendly, Too
by Mike Rhode on Sep. 23, 2011