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National Book Festival

September 1, 2018 at 9:00 am - 7:30 pm


This Library of Congress event 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.
Kai Bird
The Good Spy
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.”

Celeste Ng
Little Fires Everywhere
Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin, The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt, and Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit

“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.”

Jon Meacham
The Soul of America
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.”

Meg Medina
Burn Baby Burn
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.”


September 1, 2018
9:00 am - 7:30 pm
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801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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