Two Blockbuster Thursday Nights, with Ian McEwan and the U.S. Poet Laureate

It’s hard to believe that less than two weeks ago the Library hosted its first in-person National Book Festival in three years! I hope all of you who were able to make it to the Convention Center enjoyed seeing authors back on a literal stage as much as we did.

Now that the fall literary season has officially started, I want to let you know about two upcoming literary events as part of our highly successful “LIVE! at the Library” series. Next Thursday, September 22nd, Library of Congress Literary Director Clay Smith will lead a moderated conversation with the bestselling British writer Ian McEwan. This is McEwan’s sole stop in the DC area, so for those of you who loved “Atonement”–the book or the Oscar-winning film–or any of McEwan’s other award-winning novels, here is your chance to see him up close. I’m happy to report there are a few seats left, so register now!

The week following, on September 29th, we will welcome Ada Limón to the Library of Congress for her opening reading as U.S. Poet Laureate. Limón’s laureateship announcement garnered significant press–I’ll go into that more in the lead-up to the event–and her event already reached capacity, so we just added more seats. Please do register now if you want to come.

Ada Limón, the Nation’s New Poet Laureate

The following is a post by Neely Tucker, a writer-editor in the Library’s Office of Communication. It originally appeared on the Library of Congress Blog.   Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the appointment of Ada Limón as the nation’s 24th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2022-2023. Limón will take up her duties in […]

Walt Whitman and Modern Voices in Poetry: A Resource Guide

Among the diverse and modern voices Whitman envisioned would follow him are three recent U.S. Poet Laureate Consultants to the Library of Congress: Joy Harjo, Tracy K. Smith, and Juan Felipe Herrera. They served in association with the Library from 2015 to 2022 and were all inspired in their own ways by Whitman.