Welcome to the final day of the fabulous 10-day Library of Congress National Book Festival! We’ve shared amazing and fascinating talks with dozens and dozens of intriguing authors over the past ten days — we hope you’ve enjoyed it! On the final day of live programming, we feature special all-Q&A sessions with children’s and teen’s authors in the afternoon sessions, then close with a celebration of poetry at 6 p.m. Here’s more details on the Children and Teens author lineup, and here’s the detailed schedule for today:
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.
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.
The Festival Continues
Today, tomorrow and onward — you can stream author talks and watch them anytime, on your schedule! There are already dozens of author videos ready for you to view here, and we’ll be adding recorded versions of our live conversations and Q&As with authors very soon. Here are some highlights:
- Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam discuss “Punching the Air” (Balzer + Bray) with Library of Congress teen interns Eti Gulati and Karen Yang. Co-authored by Zoboi and prison reform activist Salaam of the Exonerated Five, the book is a novel in verse about a boy who is wrongfully incarcerated.
- Heather McGhee discusses her new book, “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together” (One World), with Errin Haines, editor-at-large of The 19th and a contributor at MSNBC.
- Elizabeth Hand, author of “The Book of Lamps and Banners” (Mulholland), and Alex Michaelides, author of “The Maidens” (Celadon), discuss their new books with NPR Books editor Petra Mayer.
You’ll be able to see all of the talks, interviews, Q&A sessions and special presentations from the full 10-day Festival on our Library of Congress YouTube channel and on the Library of Congress website. Enjoy the National Book Festival the year round!
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Thanks to Our Sponsors
With our final day of programming of this 2021 National Book Festival, we want to take another moment to thank all of the folks who bring the National Book Festival to life — authors, moderators, Library of Congress staff, curators and coordinators, contractors, partners, volunteers and other Festival “ambassadors” — in addition to the devoted and generous Festival sponsors, who provide the essential support necessary to bring our National Book Festival to the public.
And Thank YOU … and See You Next Labor Day!
Last, but never least, thank you. You’ve supported our efforts and helped us celebrate books, authors and reading in this difficult pandemic year. Thanks for your participation, your viewership, and for creating your personalized National Book Festival experience this year. We’ve made plans to be back in-person at the Washington Convention Center for the 22nd Library of Congress National Book Festival during Labor Day weekend 2022, and we hope to see you there!