A room of one’s own

  • A room of one’s own

    A room of one’s own

    The National Book Festival leaves the Mall for the Porta Potty-free, air-conditioned convention center.

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  • The perilous journey of a book from page to screen

    The perilous journey of a book from page to screen

    When Hollywood adapts an author’s book, the ensuing journey can be perilous (not to mention profitable).

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  • Alice McDermott reflects on the pre-9/11 Book Festival

    Alice McDermott reflects on the pre-9/11 Book Festival

    The award-winning author and essayist recounts how our world, and reading habits, have changed.

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  • Writers on the one question they would ask other writers

    Writers on the one question they would ask other writers

    We asked writers participating in this year’s National Book Festival what they would ask.

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Recent Reviews

‘Football,’ edited by John Schulian

An anthology underscores the best — and worst — about writing on what it calls “the national sport.”

‘The Children Act,’ by Ian McEwan

A judge must decide whether a teen Jehovah’s Witness should be forced to have a blood transfusion.

‘The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone,’ by Adele Griffin

A richly layered, metafictive mystery about the death of a talented New York artist-prankster.

Review: ‘The Family Romanov’

The story of Russia’s last royal family has the elements of an overheated dystopian thriller.

Picture book: ‘My Teacher Is a Monster,’ by Peter Brown

When Bobby looks at Ms. Kirby, he sees scaly green skin, sharp claws and a mouthful of fangs.

‘Crap Taxidermy’ stuffed with weirdness

Kat Su wanted something special for her Brooklyn apartment. She found it.

An exquisitely told tale of Alzheimer’s effect on a family

‘We Are not Ourselves’ is a stunning debut novel by Matthew Thomas.

A complex tale with a predictable ending

Jack Reacher is back for the 19th time, but the action is set in Europe rather than in the United States.

Library of Congress announces $200,000 in literacy prizes

SMART, Room to Read and Turkey’s Mother Child Education Foundation share awards.

‘The Language of Houses,’ by Alison Lurie

Subtitled “How Buildings Speak to Us,” explores evolving design but in a dated, overgeneralized way.

Feminism through the generations

Three scholars explore the evolution and future of the U.S. women’s movement in “Feminism Unfinished.”

Provence comes to life in ‘Lisette’s List,’ by Susan Vreeland

From the author of “Girl in Hyacinth Blue,” a historical novel about a woman’s artistic awakening.

Running from the shadow of prison

Alice Goffman spends six years with young blacks in Philadelphia trying to stay out of prison.

The truth about Parisian resistance to the Nazis

Ronald C. Rosbottom depicts the limits of the Parisian response to Nazi occupation.

Companies pretending to love you

Adam Tanner reveals why corporations want to know everything about you — and are getting the data.

‘The Interior Circuit,’ by Francisco Goldman

A writer finds a tonic for grief navigating the frenetic streets of Mexico City.

‘The Derek Smith Omnibus,’ by Derek Howe Smith

The collection includes four stories from the Golden Age of mysteries.

Decoding your restaurant menu

Language used to describe dishes reveals why you’re paying more, or less, for your meal.

E.L. Doctorow to be honored at the National Book Festival

The celebrated author of “Ragtime,” “Billy Bathgate” and many other novels receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction.

Best new romance novels for September

Stories of unexpected love from Kristen Callihan, Rachel Gibson and Monica McCarty

Review: ‘The Bone Clocks,’ by David Mitchell

Into gothic fantasy or apocalyptic speculation? You’ve got it. Hovering over it all: Serious spookiness.

Graphic novel resurrects superhero, spotlights race issues

The Green Turtle returns in an inventive and culturally intelligent comic marvel.

Alice McDermott: Working overtime for the National Book Festival

The award-winning novelist is making an extra effort to help this year’s festival succeed.

‘Fives and Twenty-fives,’ by Michael Pitre

Road repair in Iraq’s war-torn Anbar Province is a death-defying job for these Marines.

Edward Hirsch’s ‘Gabriel’ and the poetry of lamentation

“Gabriel: A Poem” describes the tumultuous life and tragic death of the poet’s son.

‘You,’ by Zoran Drvenkar is both thriller and road novel

A thriller involving four rebellious teen girls and a stash of stolen heroin uses an unusual narrative technique.

How war is different for female soldiers

Helen Thorpe follows three “soldier girls” to Afghanistan and Iraq and back home over 12 years.

Frederick G. Ruffner Jr., titan of reference books, dies

Mr. Ruffner founded the Gale Research Co., an empire of directories, dictionaries and more.

Quiz: Who wrote what?

Can you tell which author wrote which quote? Hint: Each author is speaking at the National Book Festival.

QUIZ: What kind of reader are you?

Find the activities for you at the National Book Festival on Aug. 30.

National Book Festival: History schedule

Several authors will make presentations and sign copies of their books.

Authors and illustrators present their works for children

Library of Congress National Book Festival offers discussions and signings.

National Book Festival: Contemporary Life authors

Schedule of contemporary life authors and signings at the Library of Congress National Book Festival.

The culinary arts at the National Book Festival

Carla Hall and Cathal Armstrong are among the cookbook authors scheduled to present at the festival

National Book Festival: Schedule for fiction, mystery

There will be nine segments of appearances and book signings with these authors on Aug. 30.

National Book Festival: Science schedule

Authors include Amanda Ripley, Sally Satel, Paul Bogard, Lynn Sherr, Eric H. Cline, David Sibley, Michio Kaku.

National Book Festival: Graphic novels

Several graphic novelists will discuss their work and hold book signings.

National Book Festival: Special events and signings

Alan Greenspan, Clay Risen, James Conaway and Derek Anderson are among those slated to appear.

National Book Festival: Poetry and prose

A listing of National Book Festival author appearances, discussions and contests involving poetry and prose.

National Book Festival: Teens

Several authors will make presentations and sign copies of their books.

Washington Post Bestsellers Aug. 31

The books Washington has been reading.

The Style Blog

Ron Charles

‘Crap Taxidermy’ stuffed with weirdness

Kat Su wanted something special for her Brooklyn apartment. She found it.

The Style Blog

Ron Charles

Library of Congress announces $200,000 in literacy prizes

SMART, Room to Read and Turkey’s Mother Child Education Foundation share awards.

The Style Blog

Ron Charles

E.L. Doctorow to be honored at the National Book Festival

The celebrated author of “Ragtime,” “Billy Bathgate” and many other novels receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction.

Michael Dirda

Michael Dirda

‘The Derek Smith Omnibus,’ by Derek Howe Smith

The collection includes four stories from the Golden Age of mysteries.

Michael Dirda

Michael Dirda

Book World: ‘The Sorcery Club,’ by Elliott O’Donnell

A classic horror story by one of England’s most celebrated ghost-hunters is reprinted.

Michael Dirda

Michael Dirda

‘Agostino,’ by Alberto Moravia

A classic novella by an Italian master about the loss of childhood innocence.

Jonathan Yardley

Jonathan Yardley

The truth about Parisian resistance to the Nazis

Ronald C. Rosbottom depicts the limits of the Parisian response to Nazi occupation.

Jonathan Yardley

Jonathan Yardley

The friendship between two world leaders

In “Harold and Jack,” Christopher Sandford depicts the ties that bound Harold Macmillan and Jack Kennedy

Jonathan Yardley

Jonathan Yardley

The war that fueled American pride

In “When Britain Burned the White House,” Peter Snow recounts the War of 1812.

Literary Calendar

Going Out Guide: Upcoming events

Going Out Guide: Upcoming events

Get the latest on readings, signings and author appearances in the D.C. area.