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What’s On: Festival Program Guide for Saturday, Sept. 25

Authors appearing in live Festival presentations on Saturday, Sept. 25 include (L-R, from top) Kekla Magoon, Trung Le Nguyen, Tahereh Mafi, Traci Chee, Margot Livesey, Sue Miller, P. Djèlí Clark and Nikki Giovanni.

Wow! It’s Day Nine of the amazing 10-day Library of Congress National Book Festival! Every morning we’ve been running down the schedule for the day’s live presentations and previewing the following day’s schedule, so you won’t miss a thing. (You can always review the full Festival schedule here.) And remember, you can get this notice sent to your inbox each morning by subscribing to the National Book Festival blog. Here’s what’s going on today:

Today: Saturday, Sept. 25 Live

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25-26 feature special all-Q&A sessions with five children’s authors and five teen’s authors in the afternoon sessions of the Festival. Here’s more details on the Children and Teens author lineup, and here’s the full schedule for Saturday:

1 p.m. ET: Live Q&A with Kekla Magoon. Kekla Magoon, author of “Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People” (Candlewick), answers your questions. Don’t forget to check out Kekla Magoon’s video where she discusses her book.

2 p.m. ET: Live Q&A with Trung Le Nguyen. Trung Le Nguyen, author of “The Magic Fish” (Random House), answers your questions. Don’t forget to check out Trung Le Nguyen’s video where he discusses his book.

3 p.m. ET: Live Q&A with Tahereh Mafi. Tahereh Mafi, author of “An Emotion of Great Delight” (HarperCollins), answers your questions. Don’t forget to check out Tahereh Mafi’s video where she discusses her book.

4 p.m. ET: Live Q&A with Traci Chee. Traci Chee, author of “We Are Not Free” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), answers your questions. Don’t forget to check out Traci Chee’s video where she discusses her book.

5 p.m. ET: Live Conversation with Margot Livesey and Sue Miller. Margot Livesey, author of “The Boy in the Field” (Harper), and Sue Miller, author of “Monogamy” (Harper), discuss their new books with New York Times Book Review editor Elisabeth Egan.

6 p.m. ET: Live Conversation with P. Djèlí Clark. P. Djèlí Clark discusses “A Master of Djinn” (Tor) and “Ring Shout” (Tor) with Amal El-Mohtar, science fiction and fantasy columnist for The New York Times.

7 p.m. ET: Live Conversation with Nikki Giovanni. Nikki Giovanni discusses her new collection, “Make Me Rain: Poems & Prose” (William Morrow), with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. Program note: This event is no longer onsite at the Library and will be exclusively virtual.

Videos On-Demand: Watch Anytime

View conversations with authors that you can stream and watch anytime! Here’s the full list.

  • Joy Williams, author of “Harrow” (Knopf) and recipient of the 2021 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, discusses her new book with Robert Casper, head of poetry and literature at the Library of Congress.
  • Jay Coles discusses “Things We Couldn’t Say” (Scholastic), a novel about a bi Black boy finding first love while facing the return of his absent mother, with Library of Congress teen interns Courtney Kim and Christina Lu.
  • Jason Reynolds, Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, discusses his ambassador platform, GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story, and his award-winning book “Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks” (Atheneum), with teen interviewers Courtney Kim and Brandon Marshall.

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. Listen to 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: Sunday, Sept. 26 Live

1 p.m. ET: Live Q&A with Derrick Barnes. Derrick Barnes, author of “I Am Every Good Thing” (Nancy Paulsen), answers your questions. Don’t forget to check out Derrick Barnes’ video where he discusses his book.

2 p.m. ET: Live Q&A with Rep. Sharice Davids. Rep. Sharice Davids, author of “Sharice’s Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman” (HarperCollins Kids), answers your questions. Don’t forget to check out Rep. Sharice Davids’ video where she discusses her book.

3 p.m. ET: Live Q&A with Jerry Pinkney. Jerry Pinkney, author of “The Little Mermaid” (Little, Brown), answers your questions. Don’t forget to check out Jerry Pinkney’s video where he discusses his book in conversation with Meg Medina.

4 p.m. ET: Live Q&A with Mindy Thomas. Mindy Thomas, co-author of “Wow in the World: The How and Wow of the Human Body: From Your Tongue to Your Toes and All the Guts in Between” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), answers your questions. Don’t forget to check out Mindy Thomas’ video where she discusses her book with co-author Guy Raz.

5 p.m. ET: Live Q&A with Dan Gutman. Dan Gutman, author of “Houdini and Me” (Holiday House), answers your questions. Don’t forget to check out Dan Gutman’s video where he discusses his book.

6 p.m. ET: Live Conversation with Claudia Rankine, Phillip B. Williams and Kevin Young. Claudia Rankine, author of “Just Us: An American Conversation” (Graywolf), and Phillip B. Williams, author of “Mutiny” (Penguin), discuss their new books with Kevin Young, editor of “African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song” (Library of America). Young is director of the National Museum of African American History & Culture.

Authors appearing in live Festival presentations on Sunday, Sept. 26 include (L-R, from top) Derrick Barnes, Rep. Sharice Davids, Jerry Pinkney, Mindy Thomas, Dan Gutman, Claudia Rankine, Phillip B. Williams and Kevin Young.

How Are We Doing? Let Us Know

As we come down to the wire with this year’s event, we’re looking for feedback! Let us know about your Festival experience: please take a brief survey, and help us improve the Library of Congress National Book Festival for everyone. Thank you!

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