The 18th Library of Congress National Book Festival will take place on September 1 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in D.C.Authors, illustrators and poets will be among the diverse lineup of 115 participants – including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, eminent historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, acclaimed novelist Amy Tan, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith and two-time Newbery Medal winner Kate DiCamillo. There will be Stages for Adults featuring authors of Fiction, History & Biography, World Affairs, Poetry & Prose - and more.Stages for Young People will include Children, Teens & a Poetry Slam.
Image below: The official poster for the National Book Festival
The O.B. Hardison Poetry Series will present a program titled Won’t You Celebrate With Me?at the Folger Shakespeare Library on September 17.Chancellors from the Academy of American PoetsLinda Pastan, Marilyn Chin & Ellen Basswill celebrate 50 seasons of poetry at the Folger.
Images below: Linda Pastan, Marilyn Chin & Ellen Bass.
The Folger Shakespeare Library will exhibit Churchill's Shakespeare, October 6-January 6.Winston Churchill, the esteemed leader who led Britain during World War II, was a lifelong admirer of Shakespeare, and Churchill's works were "shaped by Shakespeare's writing and ideas." “For the first time, this exhibition brings together photographs, posters, theater programs, personal letters, manuscripts, rare books, and more from the Churchill Archives Centre at Cambridge, the Folger Shakespeare Library, Churchill’s home Chartwell, and other collections. Among other items, Churchill's Shakespeare includes his familiar hat, bow tie, and walking stick—and some of his own copies of Shakespeare's plays. Visitors can also hear Churchill's speeches, listen to Shakespearean actors, and watch key video clips. Georgianna Ziegler, who is the Folger’s Associate Librarian and Head of Reference Emerita, curated the exhibition. Image below: The banner for Churchill's Shakespeare
The Folger Shakespeare Library is exhibiting Form & Function: The Genius of the Book, thru September 23.Visitors can “discover a history beyond what’s printed on the page, seen in the structure, craftsmanship, and beauty of this often-overlooked marvel.” The exhibition explores “the key parts of a book and finds out the many ways they can be combined. View the hidden details revealed by ultraviolet, infrared, transmitted, and raking light. And examine the small elements that a microscope can expose, including the fine touches of a richly embroidered 17th-century binding.” Visitors can touch and feel some of the materials used in books, including leather, fabric, and parchment, and see an early bookbinder's tools & a conservator's modern equipment. The exhibition is curated by Renate Mesmer, the Folger's head of conservation.
Image below:Historic books in the Library’s collection
The National Archives will present a discussion titled Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical is Restaging America's Past on September 27.Clips from the musical will be projected on screen. The panelists will include Professor Renee Romano of Oberlin College; Assistant Professor Joseph Adelman of Framingham University; Claire Bond Potter - Professor & Executive Editor of Public Seminar at The New School, New York; Assistant Professor Brian Herrera of Princeton University; and Professor Mike O'Malley of George Mason University. A book signing will follow the program.