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Schedule: Contemporary Life pavilion

SATURDAY, SEPT. 24

10:00 A.M. JIM LEHRER

Jim Lehrer, who until last June headed the PBS NewsHour, is the author of “Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain,” among other books. Signing at 11 a.m.

10:55 A.M. LEON FLEISHER

Pianist Leon Fleisher is the author, with Washington Post classical music critic Anne Midgette, of the memoir “My Nine Lives: A Memoir of Many Careers in Music.” Signing at 12:30 p.m.

11:50 A.M. HODA KOTB

Hoda Kotb has been co-anchor with Kathie Lee Gifford of the fourth hour of “Today” since 2007. She is the author of “Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer and Kathie Lee.” Signing at 1 p.m.

12:45 P.M. SYLVIA NASAR

Sylvia Nasar, the John S. and James. L Knight Professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, is the author of “A Beautiful Mind” and, most recently, “Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius.” Signing at 2:30 p.m.

1:40 P.M. SARAH VOWELL

Sarah Vowell is a contributing editor for National Public Radio’s “This American Life.” She is the author of “Radio On,” “Take the Cannoli” and “The Partly Cloudy Patriot.” Her new book, “Unfamiliar Fishes,” chronicles the Americanization of Hawaii. Signing at 3 p.m.

2:35 P.M. JESSICA B. HARRIS

Historian Jessica B. Harris is an authority on the culinary culture of the African diaspora. Her 11th book is “High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America.” Signing at 4 p.m.

3:30 P.M. JOSHUA FOER

Joshua Foer’s first book, “Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything,” recounts his participation in the USA Memory Championship. Signing at 2 p.m.

4:25 P.M. AMY CHUA

Amy Chua is the author of “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” which created a sensation by advocating strict parenting. The John M. Duff Jr. Professor of Law at Yale, Chua is also the author of “World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability” and “Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance — and Why They Fall.” Signing at 3 p.m.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 25

1:00 P.M. JOEL ACHENBACH

Washington Post science and politics writer Joel Achenbach’s latest book is “A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea: The Race to Kill the BP Oil Gusher.” His other books include “The Grand Idea: George Washington’s Potomac and the Race to the West” and “Captured by Aliens: The Search for Life and Truth in a Very Large Universe.” Signing at 3:30 p.m.

2:50 P.M. MARC KAUFMAN

Washington Post science writer Marc Kaufman is the author of “First Contact: Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth.” Signing at 1:30 p.m.

3:45 P.M. SIDDHARTHA MUKHERJEE

Siddhartha Mukherjee, the author of “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer,” which won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, is a cancer physician and researcher. Signing at 1 p.m.

4:40 P.M. BOB EDWARDS

Bob Edwards is the host of “The Bob Edwards Show” on Sirius XM Radio and “Bob Edwards Weekend,” distributed to public radio stations. He hosted NPR’s “Morning Edition” for 24 years. He is the author of “Fridays with Red,” “Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism” and, most recently, “A Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio.” Signing at 1:30 p.m.

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