Washington, July 25 (Canadian-Media): It was announced by the Library of Congress (LoC) today that a yearlong series of events -- to be known as National Book Festival Presents -- would be included in the LoC National Book Festival featuring high-caliber authors, their books and related Library treasures beginning this fall, following the signature daylong festival on Aug. 31, LoC reports said.
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“With the incredible success of the National Book Festival, we aim to engage even more readers of every age all year long with timely programs that celebrate storytelling, books and creativity,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “National Book Festival Presents will feature a wide variety of subjects for diverse audiences and will highlight groundbreaking works in the humanities and science to fuel our ideas and imaginations.”
LoC, the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States and extensive materials from around the world -- both on-site and online -- is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.
Founded in 2001, the Library’s National Book Festival (LNBF) would be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2020 and will continue to host the signature daylong festival each year,
Author events at 'National Book Festival Presents' will be free to the public, though registration will be required.
More information on Email updates on ticketing and book sales, which will be announced in August will be available at loc.gov.
The first three authors featured in the new series 'National Book Festival Presents' at the Library in September will be: Neil Patrick Harris, Edwidge Danticat and Joy Harjo.
Neil Patrick Harris, Edwidge Danticat and Joy Harjo will be the first three authors featured in the new series National Book Festival Presents at the Library in September. Photos by Mark Veltman, Mark Dellas and Shawn Miller, respectively. Credit: Library of Congress
Authors will be featured in conversation during special evening programs at the Library. Some children’s events may also be held on Saturdays in the future.
The following authors would be featured in 'National Book Festival Presents' in the in fall 2019:
Sept. 11 – Neil Patrick Harris an accomplished actor, producer, television host, author and magician, will kick off the new series at the Library on Sept. 11 with his new book, “The Magic
Misfits,” a bestselling series that is his debut for middle school children.
Sept. 19 – Joy Harjo, an enrolled member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, with her Native American identity at the centre of her work, begins her formal duties as the new U.S. poet laureate with an inaugural reading of her work at the Library, including from her new book of poetry, “An American Sunrise.”
Sept. 24 – Edwidge Danticat, a prominent Haitian-American writer, speaks on her new book, “Everything Inside: Stories.” as well as numerous books, including “The Art of Death,” “Claire of the Sea Light” and “I’m Dying.”
Oct. 11 – Dav Pilkey on his new book, “Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls.” Pilkey’s “Captain Underpants” series has more than 80 million copies in print worldwide, and his series for children emphasizes ethics and civic engagement. His latest creation, “Dog Man,” is a No. 1 New York Times bestselling series.
Oct. 15 – Malcolm Gladwell, the author of five New York Times bestsellers, speaks on his new book, “Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know.” He has also been included in the Time 100 Most Influential People, among other honors.
Oct. 24 – Alexander McCall Smith, born in Zimbabwe, and at present a professor of medical law at the University of Edinburgh, is a leading writer of contemporary mysteries and known for placing women in the role of detectives speaks on his new book, “To the Land of Long Lost Friends: No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series.”
Nov. 6 – Karen Armstrong, the author of numerous groundbreaking works on world religions and a speaker of often on how faith shapes civic conversation, speaks on her new book, “The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts.”
Nov. 8 – Brad Meltzer, speaks on the launch of his new PBS series, “Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum,” based on his books for children, “Ordinary People Change the World.” The PBS series focuses on discovering fun artifacts that connect children to historical figures.
Nov. 13 – André Aciman, would highlight on the launch of his new book, “Find Me,” the sequel to his bestselling “Call Me By Your Name,” which was made into an Academy Award-winning film.