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Best of the National Book Festival: David Ignatius, 2018

Welcome to our ongoing celebration of the Library of Congress National Book Festival. Each weekday, we will feature a video presentation from among the thousands of authors who have appeared at the National Book Festival and as part of our new year-long series, National Book Festival Presents. Mondays will feature topical nonfiction; Tuesday: poetry or literary fiction; Wednesday: history, biography, memoir; Thursday: popular fiction; and Friday: authors who write for children and teens. Please enjoy, and make sure to explore our full National Book Festival video collection!

Washington Post columnist and associate editor David Ignatius came to the Genre Fiction stage of the 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival not to talk about some political figure or important person from history, but to discuss his latest thriller, “The Quantum Spy,” about the race between America and China to build a quantum computer. He was interviewed by his colleague Stephanie Merry, editor of The Post’s Book World.

Ignatius begins by talking about his inspiration for the book; he quotes Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynmen, “‘If you think you understand quantum mechanics, you don’t understand quantum mechanics.’” Q&A begins at 30:15.

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Best of the National Book Festival: Raina Telgemeier, 2019

Our ongoing celebration of the Library of Congress National Book Festival continues with children’s author Raina Telgemeier discussing her books “Guts” and “Share Your Smile: Raina’s Guide to Telling Your Own Story” on the Main Stage at the 2019 Festival. This post includes prompts for writing and thinking that young readers, families and teachers can use to explore the author and the author’s work—recommended for ages 8-14.

Best of the National Book Festival: Jericho Brown and Dorianne Laux, 2019

Our ongoing celebration of the Library of Congress National Book Festival continues with poets Jericho Brown and Dorianne Laux discussing “poetry with a purpose” and their new books, “The Tradition” (Brown) and “Only As the Day Is Long” (Laux), on the Poetry & Prose stage at the 2019 Festival. Jericho Brown just received the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for “The Tradition”; Laux’s book, “Only As the Day Is Long,” was a finalist.

Best of the National Book Festival: Carmen Agra Deedy, 2017

Our ongoing celebration of the Library of Congress National Book Festival continues with children’s author Carmen Agra Deedy discussing her book “The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!” on the Children’s Green Stage at the 2017 Festival. This post includes prompts for writing and thinking that young readers, families and teachers can use to explore the author and the author’s work—recommended for ages 6+.