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Stage Spotlight: History & Biography

The following is a guest post by Guy Lamolinara, co-director of the Library of Congress National Book Festival.

The National Book Festival is just a few days away! Our 16th annual event offers one of the best lineups of authors, poets and illustrators in the festival’s history.

Speaking of history, our History & Biography stage (Ballroom A, third floor of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center) features many of America’s best writers covering a diverse range of topics.

Seemingly inexhaustible subjects such as FDR (Douglas Brinkley), Thomas Jefferson (Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf) and the Marquis de Lafayette (Sarah Vowell) are represented. George Herbert Walker Bush is given the biographical treatment by historian Jon Meacham, and Candice Millard reports on Winston Churchill and the Boer War.

Memoirs come from Katherine Paterson, America’s most-honored writer for young people, and Margo Jefferson, whose “Negroland” has garnered rave reviews.

The witches of Salem still are  fodder for a great book more than three centuries later (Stacy Schiff). And there is no more urgent topic in the news today than “The Rise of Isis.” Joby Warrick’s history will keep readers riveted until the very end.

History & Biography is always one of the most popular stages at the National Book Festival, so come early. We hope to see you there.

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.

One Comment

  1. ADEODATO PIAZZA NICOLAI
    January 7, 2017 at 1:06 am

    TOO BAD I LIVE IN ITALY AS A U.S. CITIZEN ABROAD, OTHERWISE I WOULD PARTECIPE AT EVERY NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL HELD IN THE STATES. KEEP THIS EVENT ALIVE AND WELL, PLEASE….

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