september, 2020

tue22sepAll DayVirtual EventCelebrating American IngenuityThe Library of Congress National Books Festival(All Day: tuesday)

Hoda Kotb


All Day (Tuesday)

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In this powerful and inspiring program, a thrilling diversity of best-selling authors join thousands of book lovers across the country to celebrate American ingenuity — what it means to them, how it fires their minds and imaginations and why books are so important to us in these times.

“The Library of Congress National Book Festival: Celebrating American Ingenuity,” will air Sunday, Sept. 27, 6-8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings) and will be hosted by Hoda Kotb of NBC News’ “TODAY.”

The broadcast will feature a variety of presentations and interviews by two dozen of the nation’s most beloved literary voices, all brimming with insight as they welcome us into their work spaces to give us a glimpse of their minds and hearts.

The broadcast will feature an impressive group of authors, including the following:

  • Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and 2020 recipient of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction Colson Whitehead.
  • Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
  • National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jason Reynolds.
  • NBC News “TODAY” co-host Jenna Bush Hager.
  • Master of the legal thriller John Grisham.
  • Melinda Gates, philanthropist and co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham on civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis.
  • A conversation between longtime friends Ann Patchett, whose recent novel, “The Dutch House,” is a Pulitzer finalist, and two-time Newbery winner Kate DiCamillo, whose recent book is “Stella Endicott and the Anything-Is-Possible Poem.”
  • Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie.
  • Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang.
  • Fantasy novelist Leigh Bardugo.
  • Haben Girma, disability rights advocate, author and the first deaf-blind graduate of Harvard Law School.
  • National Book Award-winning novelist James McBride.
  • Ann Druyan, Emmy Award-winning writer, producer and director specializing in science.

Additional luminaries included in this celebration of reading are:

  • Laura Bush, co-founder of the National Book Festival in 2001.
  • Current U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and former U.S. Poets Laureate Tracy K. Smith, Juan Felipe Herrera and Robert Pinsky.
  • Sarah Broom, whose debut memoir caused a literary sensation.
  • Tomi Adeyemi, recipient of the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.
  • Kali Fajardo-Anstine, National Book Award finalist.

Throughout the program, the writers Walter Isaacson, Sandra Cisneros and Amy Tan will offer thought-provoking commentary on how “American Ingenuity” has led this nation though the best and worst of times and how that spirit has helped guide our journey toward a more perfect union.

Hoda Kotb



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