2012 National Book Festival: Contemporary Life

September 14, 2012

Schedule of events:

SATURDAY, SEPT. 22

10:00-10:45 Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman and Johns Hopkins University professor Michael Mandelbaum are the co-authors of “That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back.” Friedman, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, is also the author of “The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century” and “Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — and How It Can Renew America.” Mandelbaum, director of the American Foreign Policy program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, has written 10 books on U.S. foreign policy. Signing at 11.


Author Steve Inskeep (Linda Fittante)

10:55-11:40 Joy Harjo The poetry of Native American writer Joy Harjo has been influenced by her Muscogee Creek heritage as well as her feminist and social interests. Her most recent book is “Crazy Brave: A Memoir.” Signing at noon.

11:50 -12:35 Linda Greenhouse Pulitzer Prize-winner Linda Greenhouse, author of “The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction,” covered the court for nearly 30 years for the New York Times. In 2005 she published “Becoming Justice Blackmun: Harry Blackmun’s Supreme Court Journey.” Signing at 10:30.

12:45-1:30 Marilynne Robinson won the PEN/Hemingway award for best first novel for “Housekeeping”; 24 years later she released her second novel, “Gilead,” which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Robinson teaches at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. Her new essay collection is “When I Was a Child I Read Books.” Signing at 2.

1:40-2:25 Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella , best known as the author of legal suspense novels, wrote her latest book, “Best Friends, Occasional Enemies: The Lighter Side of Life as a Mother and Daughter,” with her daughter, Francesca Serritella. The two write a humor column called “Chick Wit” in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Scottoline, a former litigator who is also a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, published a new mystery, “Come Home,” earlier this year. Signing at 3.

2:35-3:20 Jeffrey Toobin, a former assistant U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, is the author of several books on legal affairs, including “The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court.” He is a staff writer for the New Yorker and a senior analyst for CNN. His new book is “The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court.” Signing at 4.

3:30-4:15 Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair magazine. His books include “The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast” and, most recently, “Cronkite,” a biography of the legendary newsman. Signing at 2.

4:25-5:10 Donna Britt , a former reporter and columnist for The Washington Post, is the author of “Brothers (& Me): A Memoir of Loving and Giving,” an exploration of issues surrounding gender and race. Signing at 2:30.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 23

Noon-12:45 Daniel Yergin, author of “The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World,” is chairman and founder of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates and serves as an energy expert for CNBC. In 1992 he won the Pulitzer Prize for “The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil Money & Power.” Signing at 1.

12:55-1:40 Christopher Bram’s books include “Father of Frankenstein,” a novel imagining the last days of film director James Whale and the basis for the movie “Gods and Monsters.” His most recent book is “Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America.” Signing at 2.

1:50-2:35 Charles Kupchan, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, is professor of international affairs at Georgetown University. He is a former director for European affairs on the National Security Council. His most recent book is “No One’s World: The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn.” Signing at 4:30.

2:45-3:30 Eric Weiner , author of “The Geography of Bliss,”is a former foreign correspondent for NPRwho has reported from more than three dozen countries. His most recent book is “Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine.” Signing at 4:30.

3:40-4:25 John Lewis In 1965, a group of voting rights protesters led by John Lewis and the Rev. Hosea Williams was attacked by state troopers as they tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. — a confrontation that became known as “Bloody Sunday.” The incident is part of the history reflected in a new book by Lewis, who since 1987 has been a Democratic congressman from Georgia, called “Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change.” Signing at 4:45.

4:35-5:20 Steve Inskeep, author of “Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi,” has reported for NPR from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. As a co-host of NPR’s “Morning Edition” since 2004, he has broadcast the program from New Orleans, Detroit, Karachi, Cairo and Tehran.

Signing at 3.

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