Mal Haselberger, a 2020-21 intern in Literary Initiatives, reflects on her virtual internship at the Library of Congress.
Novelist, short-story and non-fiction writer Joy Williams, known for books such as “State of Grace” and “The Quick and the Dead,” has won the 2021 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction.
Tonight at 7 p.m. ET, Nobel Prize in Literature recipient Mario Vargas Llosa and his longtime Spanish-to-English translator, Edith Grossman, discuss their work together. This conversation is part of our Behind the Book series, which provides a behind-the-scenes view of the world of American book publishing.
In commemoration of Juneteenth, Manuscript Division curator Barbara Bair explores Ralph Ellison’s unfinished second novel, which was not published until after his 1994 death. The resulting novel, “Juneteenth,” reflects Ellison’s deep thinking about the rifts in American society—the dissonance, melodies and harmonies, and the strife of racial prejudice and discrimination. Like Ellison’s novel, the idea of Juneteenth as a national holiday has been a long time coming.
Join us for a conversation with former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins about his signature laureate project, Poetry 180, which brings poetry to schools for each of the 180 days of the school year.
The Library of Congress has launched a new public access online version of the Hannah Arendt Papers manuscript collection. To celebrate, Manuscript Division curator Barbara Bair asked Arendt researcher Samantha Rose Hill a few questions about her exploration of and relationship with Arendt’s work.
Today is a big day in the literary world, with the announcement of the Pulitzer Prizes. And this year’s winners in poetry and fiction have strong connections to the Library of Congress—and to our poet laureate’s efforts to champion the voices of Native Americans.
Jason Reynolds, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, devotes his June newsletter to the mysteries of doing the laundry.
On Thursday, June 10, at 7 p.m. ET, author Paul Hendrickson discusses how his new book (“Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright”) was “made” through his use of the unparalleled collections of the Library of Congress.
2020 National Youth Poet Laureate Meera Dasgupta reflects on her laureateship year and offers encouragement and thanks to those working to empower their communities.