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Best of the National Book Festival: Natasha Trethewey and Jenny Xie, 2019

Our ongoing celebration of the Library of Congress National Book Festival continues with poets Natasha Trethewey and Jenny Xie discussing “the poetry of place” and their new books, “Monument: Poems New and Selected” (Trethewey) and “Eye Level” (Xie), on the Poetry & Prose stage at the 2019 Festival.

Best of the National Book Festival: Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan, 2019

Our ongoing celebration of the Library of Congress National Book Festival continues with Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan discussing their young adult novel “Watch Us Rise” on the Teens stage at the 2019 Festival. This post includes prompts for writing and thinking that young readers, families and teachers can use to explore the authors and the author’s’ work—recommended for ages 12+.

Best of the National Book Festival: Melting Pot America, 2015

Our ongoing celebration of the Library of Congress National Book Festival continues with Ray Suarez (“Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation”), Erika Lee (“Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America” and “The Making of Asian America: A History”) and Tom Gjelten (“A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story”) discussing the history and complexity of immigration in American culture on the Contemporary Life stage at the 2015 Festival.

Best of the National Book Festival: Jewell Parker Rhodes (2018) and Angie Thomas (2017)

Our ongoing celebration of the Library of Congress National Book Festival continues today with two selections: Jewell Parker Rhodes discussing “Ghost Boy” on the Children’s Green stage at the 2018 Festival, and Angie Thomas discussing “The Hate U Give” on the Teen stage at the 2017 Festival. This post includes prompts for writing and thinking that young readers, families and teachers can use to explore the authors and the authors’ work; prompts for Rhodes’s presentation are recommended for ages 7-12, and prompts for Thomas’s presentation are recommended for ages 13+.