National Book Festival: Contemporary Life author schedule

Rep. John Lewis and former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor to speak


Former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor will interview brother H. Alan Day and Lynn Wiese Sneyd, who wrote “The Horse Lover: A Cowboy’s Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs.” (Matt York/Associated Press)
August 22, 2014

10-10:45 James Clyburn has served as the U.S. representative for South Carolina’s 6th Congressional District since 1993, and he was House majority whip from 2007 to 2011. A champion of the civil rights movement, Clyburn chronicles his journey from the Jim Crow-era South to Washington in his memoir, “Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black.” Signing at 11:30.

10:55-11:40 Peter Baker is the chief White House correspondent for the New York Times and author of “Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the End of Revolution.” In his new book, “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House,” Baker chronicles the eight years of the George W. Bush administration based on his extensive research into internal documents, as well as hundreds of interviews with key players. Signing at noon.

11:50-12:35 Sandra Day O’Connor, who served on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1981 to 2006, will interview her brother, H. Alan Day, and Lynn Wiese Sneyd, who co-wrote “The Horse Lover: A Cowboy’s Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs.” In the book, which includes a foreword by the former justice, Day recounts his mission to found the Mustang Meadows Ranch of South Dakota, the first government-sponsored, wild-horse sanctuary in the United States. He and O’Connor are the authors of the memoir “Lazy B,” about growing up on a cattle ranch. Signing at 1.

12:45-1:30 John Lewis has served as the U.S. representative for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District since 1987 and is the House Democrats’ senior chief deputy whip. In the first volume of his graphic memoir trilogy, “March,” published with aide and co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell, Lewis recounts his lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. The book won a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book. Signing at 2.

1:40-2:25 At age 4, Maria Venegas emigrated from Mexico to the United States. One day her father left in a bulletproof vest and never returned to his family. In her memoir, “Bulletproof Vest: The Ballad of an Outlaw and His Daughter,” Venegas tells the story of their estrangement and eventual reckoning. Signing at 3.

2:35-3:20 David Treuer is a novelist, critic and professor of English at USC whose honors and awards include a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Bush Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation. An Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota, Treuer examines Native American reservation life — past and present — in his book “Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life.” Signing at 4.

3:30-4:15 Francisco Goldman’s book “Say Her Name,” about his late wife, Aura Estrada, and her accidental death, won the 2011 Prix Femina Étranger. In his latest book, “The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle,” Goldman, a professor of English at Trinity College in Connecticut, continues the story, focusing on his emergence from grief as he explores Mexico City. Signing at 5.

4:25-5:10 Brando Skyhorse gained national attention with his first novel, “The Madonnas of Echo Park,” which received the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award. His new memoir, “Take This Man,” tells the story of his dysfunctional childhood and the discovery of his biological father. Signing at 5:20.

5:20-6 Chinese-American writer Anchee Min has written several historical novels and two memoirs, including “Red Azalea,” which describes growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution. Her second memoir, “The Cooked Seed,” picks up with her story of immigration to America, where she arrived with no English, money or clear direction — aside from a plan to study art in Chicago. Signing at 3:30.

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