August 2 would have been the 96th birthday of James Baldwin, a literary icon widely known for his compelling, powerful writing, social advocacy, and civil rights activism. With the ongoing conversations about race and racism in the United States, Baldwin’s words have been echoed and analyzed and remain relevant for adults and teens alike.
Tonight at 7 PM EST we're excited to air the last event in our National Book Festival Presents series "Hear You, Hear Me," which features the newest of our Library literary ambassadors: Colson Whitehead, our 2020 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction winner.
Tonight the Library of Congress presents the second virtual program in its series “Hear You, Hear Me,” featuring Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden with Joy Harjo and Tracy K. Smith—the two U.S. Poets Laureate she has appointed.
Looking forward to the 2020 National Book Festival? In the meantime, you can watch past festival presentations by exploring our full National Book Festival video collection—which includes this video of Natasha Trethewey and Jenny Xie discussing “the poetry of place” and their new books, “Monument: Poems New and Selected” (Trethewey) and “Eye Level” (Xie), on the Poetry & Prose stage at the 2019 Festival.