Heather Cox Richardson talks about her book, “How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America,” during this year’s festival.
Gene Luen Yang, former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, talks about his new books, “Dragon Hoops” and “Superman Smashes the Klan,” during this year’s festival.
Jenna Bush Hager, former first daughter and granddaughter, bestselling author and co-anchor of the “Today” show, shares moving, funny stories about her beloved grandparents and the wisdom they passed on to her in her new book, “Everything Beautiful in Its Time: Seasons of Love and Loss.”
Dark Star trilogy novelist Marlon James, author of “Black Leopard, Red Wolf,” talks with sci-fi/fantasy writer Jeff VanderMeer, author of “A Peculiar Peril,” in a conversation titled “Dystopian Worlds.”
Téa Obreht’s most recent book, “Inland,” is a historical novel set in the drought-ridden Arizona Territory in 1893. Washington Post fiction critic Ron Charles interviewed the author during this year’s National Book Festival.
Colson Whitehead, author of the Pulitzer-winning “The Underground Railroad” and “The Nickel Boys,” discusses his work and receives the 2020 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction at this year’s National Book Festival.
Joy Harjo is the 23rd and current United States Poet Laureate — the first Native American to receive the honor. A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, her most recent poetry collection is “An American Sunrise: Poems,” from which she here reads the poem “Running.”
America has been founded not once, but twice, according to Eric Foner, one of the nation’s foremost historians. At this year’s festival he discusses his newest book, “The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution.”
John Grisham is America’s most popular writer of legal thrillers. “The Guardians” is his hair-raising thriller about wrongful convictions, and “Camino Winds” is a light-hearted novel about a murder investigation undertaken by a bookseller.
Chelsea Clinton discusses her new book, “She Persisted in Sports: American Olympians Who Changed the Game,” which features women athletes who overcame odds and inspired the world.