The Bebop Bridge

East may be East, and West may be West – but music is universal, and if the music is jazz, it’s even open all night!

On Wednesday, Sept. 30 from noon to 1 p.m., Larry Appelbaum, the Library of Congress’ jazz music specialist, will co-anchor “A Russian-American Jazz Summit – Conversations on the American Influence on Russian Jazz” with Cyril Moshkow, editor-in-chief of the site   The dialogue will be in Dining Room C of the Library’s James Madison Memorial Building at 101 Independence Ave., S.E. in Washington.  The event, cosponsored by the Open World Leadership Center and the Library’s Music Division, is free and open to the public.

Appelbaum says he knows Moshkow “because we’re both jazz journalists and have met in various cities around the world” at jazz events they’ve both covered.

“When I heard he was coming to Washington, I thought it would be nice to have a conversation with Cyril about what’s going on on the Russian jazz scene and specifically, how much of the language of Russian jazz is American, and how much is Russian? In other words, what is Russian about Russian jazz? So we’re going to try and get at that in our conversation.”

Washington Post Coverage of the National Book Festival

The Washington Post had some nice coverage of Saturday’s National Book Festival, including a video asking authors what they would do if they were “literature czar” and what their favorite books are.  Also featured was a brief interview with the always delightful poet laureate (a position appointed by the Library of Congress), Kay Ryan. By […]

A Dozen Ways to Experience the National Book Festival

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Wired into the National Book Festival, Wirelessly

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By the Time We Got to Bookstock …

Right now, here and there all over the world, people are sitting down with a good book and enjoying a good read. Sprawled on the lawn, curled up on the sofa, sitting on the steps in the piazza — they’re communing with a great author, or a funny author, or an author who’s telling them […]

Do Your Homework (Literally!)

In today’s economic environment, there are good reasons to wonder about the feasibility of working from home.  And we’re not talking telecommuting, here – we’re talking about self-employment.  It doesn’t have to be all about Hard Times.  Perhaps you’re just ready to do what you love, all the time – like the local woman who […]