The television broadcast program “Open a Book, Open the World: The Library of Congress National Book Festival,” hosted by LeVar Burton, will premiere Sunday, Sept. 12 on PBS. Television viewers can see an inspiring introduction to the 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival and its exciting lineup of authors, poets and writers in this one-hour special.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.