Bookworms and RBG devotees will have plenty to ponder at the 2019 National Book Festival, set for August 31 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and dozens of other notable authors are slated to participate in the festival, organized by the Library of Congress and now in its 19th edition.
Ginsburg, for one, will talk about her 2016 book “My Own Words” with NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg, according to a release from the Library. Also planned to appear is celebrity D.C. chef José Andrés, who will be interviewed by retired talk show host Diane Rehm about his new cookbook, “Vegetables Unleashed,” and his humanitarian efforts. Additional guests:
“David McCullough, one of America’s most-read historians, will talk about ‘The Pioneers: The Heroic Stories of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West.’
Raina Telgemeier will greet thousands of her fans and introduce them to ‘Share Your Smile: Raina’s Guide to Telling Your Own Story.’
American historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. will offer two presentations, one for children on his new book ‘Dark Sky Rising’ and one for adults on Race in America.
Presidential historian Michael Beschloss will talk about ‘Presidents of War.’
Matthew Gray Gubler, one of the stars of CBS’ ‘Criminal Minds,’ will present his children’s book ‘Rumple Buttercup.’
Graphic novelist Ngozi Ukazu, who has rewritten the rules of publishing, will discuss ‘Check, Please!’
Award-winning novelist Laila Lalami will talk about ‘The Other Americans.’
Julia Alvarez will look back on her novel ‘In the Time of the Butterflies,’ an international sensation when it was published 25 years ago.”
Susan Choi will discuss her highly acclaimed novel ‘Trust Exercise.’”
Over 140 total authors—including novelists, poets, and historians—are expected to join the free festival, which is sponsored by a range of public and private groups. Children’s and teen literature be featured at the event, too. The venue is located at 801 Mount Vernon Place NW.