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Race in America: 2017 National Book Festival

Race in America: 2017 National Book Festival

>>From the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.>>Steve Inskeep: Michael Eric Dyson is the author of Tears We Cannot Stop, A Sermon to White America. Michael Eric Dyson you may know from television. He’s an ordained minister. Has been an ordained minister for 35 years, since you were seven years old. Is that correct [laughter]?>>Michael Eric Dyson: Bless you [inaudible].>>Steve Inskeep: He’s also a professor of sociology at Georgetown University and has written for the New York Times and many…

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Jon Meacham: 2018 National Book Festival

Jon Meacham: 2018 National Book Festival

>>Jennifer Szalai: Good afternoon everyone. I’m Jennifer Szalai and I’m the nonfiction book critic at the New York Times. The Times is proud to have partnered this year with the Library of Congress for the National Book Festival. And we’d like to thank everyone for coming out on this Labor Day weekend for an event that’s not only a celebration, but also, I think, an opportunity to think about the role of books in our culture. At a time when…

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Sophie Blackall: 2019 National Book Festival

Sophie Blackall: 2019 National Book Festival

>>Karen Walfall: The next presenter is Sophie Blackall. Please give her a round of applause. [ Applauding ]>>Sophie Blackall: Thank you. My introducer person is not here yet. So I have a very good friend, Susannah Richards who is a children’s literature professor, she’s an extraordinary person and she once said, “I would do anything for you” and I have forced her to come up and she’s going to introduce me, spur of the moment just>>Susannah Richards: Like she needs…

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Library of Congress Super Users: 2019 National Book Festival

Library of Congress Super Users: 2019 National Book Festival

>>The most beautiful thing in the world is not a freshly cut scented rose, it’s not a sunny day, blue skies with scattered white clouds, nor is it any piece of art by da Vinci, Michelangelo, or Picasso. The most beautiful thing is the glow of a woman who has life inside of her life. The most beautiful thing is the shape of a woman who carries the product of her own creation. The most beautiful thing is the mere…

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Read & Meet / Popular Science: 2019 National Book Festival

Read & Meet / Popular Science: 2019 National Book Festival

>>Nanette Gibbs: Good afternoon and thank you for coming to this presentation today. I realize it’s at the end of the day, but sometimes we save the best for last. Little bit down. Good. My name is Nanette Gibbs, and I’m a Business Reference Librarian at the Library of Congress. And, you might say, “Do I have the right presentation?” You do. I happen to write on business applications of technology. I write about artificial intelligence. I write about autonomous…

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Richard Powers: 2019 National Book Festival

Richard Powers: 2019 National Book Festival

>>Peter Vankevich: We’re really fortunate to have Richard Powers here, and Ron Charles from “The Washington Post,” who tells me that all he does is review books at “The Washington Post.” So I’m leaving it at that, Ron, and you can [laughter] — I want to welcome you both here to our fiction stage.>>Ron Charles: Thank you. Thank you very much. [ Applause ] First, a word of thanks to our co-chairman of the festival, David Rubenstein, and the other…

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David Epstein: 2019 National Book Festival

David Epstein: 2019 National Book Festival

>>Jon Parrish Peede: Good morning book lovers. How are you? Great.>>Carla Hayden: They’re ready.>>Jon Parrish Peede: Can we just stop for a moment and acknowledge the Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden and her hard working staff at the libraries and the volunteers? [ Applauding ]>>Jon Parrish Peede: Absolutely. [ Applauding ] I’m Jon Peede, the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and we are proud to continue our sponsorship of the National Book Festival. Any age embraces the…

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Presenting the Thomas Jefferson Building: 2019 National Book Festival

Presenting the Thomas Jefferson Building: 2019 National Book Festival

>>Susan Mordan White: Well, welcome to the Book Festival. This morning, I’m going to be talking to you about our Thomas Jefferson Building, and a little bit history about why we have a Library of Congress. So, our first slide that I’m going to bring up, is going to show you what Washington D.C. looked like in 1800, when they moved the capital, or the federal city, from Philadelphia to Washington. Very rural, pastureland, not a whole lot going on….

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National Book Festival Presents Edwidge Danticat

National Book Festival Presents Edwidge Danticat

[ Applause ]>>Shari Werb: Good evening, everyone. Thank you for joining us tonight. This is the third event in our new special series called The National Book Festival Presents. I’m Shari Werb. I’m Director of the Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement here at the Library of Congress. Among many things, the Center is responsible for organizing our National Book Festival, which we held for the 19th time last month on August 31st. As we’ve come to expect with the…

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National Book Festival Presents Neil Patrick Harris

National Book Festival Presents Neil Patrick Harris

>>Carla Hayden: Well, good evening. Good evening, and welcome. I told you that — when I come it’s like official. Welcome to the Library of Congress. I’m Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress. So… [ Cheering ] Oh, I’ll get on this side. This is pretty fun. How are you doing? Oh, so, as you can see, the people now in the auditorium are looking at us. [ Cheering ] We thought that was a nice touch. So, we can…

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