Tonight at 7 p.m. ET, poet Cathy Park Hong (“Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning”) and novelist Wayétu Moore (“The Dragons, the Giant, the Women”) discuss how their memoirs give voice to history and speak to the present moment.
The Library of Congress kicked off its National Book Festival Presents series in fall of 2019, and throughout the past two seasons we’ve featured an amazing array of authors both in-person and online. I’m thrilled to let you know the final series event for 2020/2021, called “The Art of the Memoir,” is a real knockout.
For this event, we brought together two very different writers—with two powerful books. Cathy Park Hong wrote three books of poetry before she turned to prose with “Minor Feelings: An Asian American Memoir.” Wayétu Moore published her first novel in 2018, and two years later followed up with her memoir “The Dragons, the Giant, the Women.” Both have been unabashed successes, garnering major awards and “best of the year” nods and even a spot on bestseller lists! And both showed the flexibility of the memoir format.
Tune in tonight at 7 p.m. ET on the Library’s Facebook page or YouTube channel (and available afterward on the Library’s website) to learn more about how Hong’s memoir, “a hybrid collection of cultural criticism, memoir, history—with a dash of theory thrown in,” allowed her to be personal; how Moore “genre-hopped” as a novelist but wrote a fictionalized account of her mother’s experience in her memoir; and much much more.
Launched May 26 in honor of Walt Whitman’s May birthday, a new project of the Library’s By the People Whitman campaign focuses on the diaries and notebooks in the Manuscript Division’s Charles E. Feinberg collection of Walt Whitman Papers.
On Thursday, May 20, at 7 p.m. ET, author Walter Isaacson discusses his new book (“The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race”) with journalist Katherine Eban.
Join us for a compelling conversation with Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Ríos as he reads and discusses his poetry. With educator Melissa Alter Smith, Ríos will discuss the power of teaching poetry and the work of living poets.
This “Literary Treasures” post, written by intern Alejandro Pérez, examines an audio recording from the PALABRA Archive featuring poet Laurie Ann Guerrero reading from her work at the Library of Congress on May 4, 2015.
On Thursday, May 6, at 7 p.m. ET, join us for a “Great American Publishers” event celebrating the life and work of DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee. This program, presented in celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, features illustrator Bernard Chang and writers Sarah Kuhn and Minh Lê, and is moderated by former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang.
Jason Reynolds, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, writes in this newsletter about his fears of audiences not liking his books.