This Library of Congress event at the Washington Convention Center on September 1 boasts an all-star lineup, with literary darlings (Jennifer Egan, Lorrie Moore), political heavyweights (Sonia Sotomayor, Madeleine Albright), and nonfiction notables (Ron Chernow, David Grann) all scheduled to appear (free). We asked a few speakers what they think Washingtonians should be reading.
Reporter: A Memoir by Seymour M. Hersh
“This is topical and extremely well written, both a colorful account of Hersh’s career as an investigative reporter in Washington and absolutely inspirational for journalists everywhere.”
“There are times when I read to escape, but there are also times when I read to keep going. These are books every American should be reading right now.”
The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
“Fiction may well be the best refuge from the madness of the moment. I just reread this, and it perfectly captures the human drama of an hour of shifting manners and morals.”
The Displaced, edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen
“This beautiful collection offers intimate stories of authors from around the world. The chilling details of their ordeals offer us accounts of unspeakable losses. But more important, it offers a nuanced look at finding a new home and identity in places where, often, one is unwanted.”
This article appears in the September 2018 issue of Washingtonian.