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What’s On: Festival Program Guide for Monday, Sept. 20

Authors appearing in live Festival presentations on Monday, Sept. 20 include (L-R) Kristen Arnett, Raven Leilani and Lawrence Wright.

Welcome to Day Four of the Library of Congress National Book Festival! Each morning, we’ll run down the schedule for the day’s live presentations and preview the following day’s schedule, so you won’t miss a thing. (You can always review the full Festival schedule here.) You can get this notice sent to your inbox each morning by subscribing to the National Book Festival blog. Here’s the rundown for today:

Today: Monday, Sept. 20 LIVE

3 p.m. ET: The Visible Book: A Look Inside at Book Construction, Historic to Modern. Look inside the covers and learn how books are constructed. The Library’s Conservation Division shows you how to identify the influences of historic book structures in the modern bindings of today.

5 p.m. ETLive Conversation with Kristen Arnett and Raven Leilani. Kristen Arnett, author of “With Teeth” (Riverhead), and Raven Leilani, author of “Luster” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), discuss their new books with New Republic writer Jo Livingstone.

6 p.m. ET: Live Conversation with Lawrence Wright. Lawrence Wright discusses “The Plague Year: America in the Time of COVID” (Knopf) with philanthropist and National Book Festival co-chairman David M. Rubenstein.

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Videos On-Demand: Watch Anytime

Explore 35 conversations with authors that you can stream and watch anytime! Here’s a small sampling of the talks available:

  • Trung Le Nguyen discusses “The Magic Fish” (Random House), a graphic novel addressing the complexity of family and how stories bring us together, with Sean Basran and Lexi Montoya, student ambassadors from 2020-2021 National Ambassador Jason Reynolds’ GRAB THE MIC program.
  • Tahereh Mafi discusses “An Emotion of Great Delight” (HarperCollins), a novel about a Muslim teenager living in post-9/11 America, navigating a dual identity and reclaiming a right to joy, with Ava Schifferns and Bailey Carbary, student ambassadors from 2020-2021 National Ambassador Jason Reynolds’ GRAB THE MIC program.
  • Traci Chee discusses “We Are Not Free” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), the fictional account of second-generation Japanese American citizens whose lives are irrevocably changed by the mass U.S. incarcerations of World War II, with Library of Congress teen intern Adeline Yu.

More Author Talks & Festival Events Near You

Our media partners have joined us to broaden the National Book Festival celebration this year to include conversations with many of our Festival authors. Check out the full list here.

Available today:

Other NPR podcasts:

In addition, local organization and affiliate Centers for the Book have found ways to bring the National Book Festival closer to you. Find watch parties, community conversations, story walks, poetry slams, book club meetings and more.

You can also explore these events by state and discover Great Reads from Great Places through the Festival Near You interactive map.

Tomorrow: Tuesday, Sept. 21 LIVE

3 p.m. ET: Copyright: The Engine of Free Expression. You are an owner of copyright-protected material. Learn how writing a story, creating a work of art, composing or recording music, or simply taking a picture engages with copyright. Find out more about how this automatic right affects your work and what it covers. Learn about the U.S. Copyright Office and the work it does to encourage creativity.

4 p.m. ET: Live Conversation with Kristin Hannah and Maggie Shipstead. Kristin Hannah, author of “The Four Winds” (St. Martin’s), and Maggie Shipstead, author of “Great Circle” (Knopf), discuss their new books with Washington Post book critic Ron Charles.

5 p.m. ET: Live Conversation with Simon Winchester. Simon Winchester discusses “Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World” (Harper) with Osita Nwanevu, a contributing editor at The New Republic.

6 p.m. ET: Live Conversation with Danielle Evans and Charles Yu. Danielle Evans, author of “The Office of Historical Corrections” (Riverhead), and Charles Yu, author of “Interior Chinatown” (Pantheon), discuss their new books with Amy Stolls, director of Literary Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts.

7 p.m. ET: Live Conversation with Adrienne Raphel and Will Shortz. Adrienne Raphel, author of “Thinking Inside the Box: Adventures with Crosswords and the Puzzling People Who Can’t Live Without Them” (Penguin), and Will Shortz, author of “The New York Times Hardest Crosswords Volume 8” (St. Martin’s Griffin) and “The New York Times Super Sunday Crosswords Volume 10” (St. Martin’s Griffin), discuss crosswords with NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro in the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium. (Tickets required.) This in-person event will be live-streamed on loc.gov/bookfest.

Authors appearing in live Festival presentations on Tuesday, Sept. 21 include (L-R, from top) Kristin Hannah, Maggie Shipstead, Simon Winchester, Danielle Evans, Charles Yu, Adrienne Raphel and Will Shortz.

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