National Book Festival: Contemporary Life pavilion

Saturday, Sept. 21

10:00-10:45 Linda Ronstadt has won 12 Grammy awards during her career as a singer and songwriter, pursuing genres as diverse as pop, rock, country, ranchera, classical, jazz and American Songbook. The top-selling female artist of the 1970s, she has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. She also starred in Broadway and film versions of “The Pirates of Penzance.” She recently released “Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir.” Signing at 11:30.

(ASSOCIATED PRESS) - Singer Linda Ronstadt performs at the Providence Civic Center in Providence, R.I., on Aug. 8, 1978.

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10:55-11:40 Pati Jinich, host of “Pati’s Mexican Table” on PBS, started out as a political analyst, but she had a passion for food and launched her television program in 2007. Her new book is “Pati’s Mexican Table.” Signing at noon.

11:50-12:35 Bonnie S. Benwick is deputy food editor of The Washington Post, where she also writes the weekly Dinner in Minutes column. In 2012, she put together the newspaper’s first cookbook, “The Washington Post Cookbook: Readers’ Favorite Recipes.Signing at 1.

12:45-1:30 Chad “Corntassel” Smith served three four-year terms as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. He is a lawyer and has taught Indian law at Northeastern State University, Rogers State University and Dartmouth College. Smith’s new book is “Leadership Lessons from the Cherokee Nation.” Signing at 2.

1:40-2:25 Jeff Chu writes on international affairs, social issues and design for Fast Company magazine. An elder at the Old First Reformed Church in Brooklyn, he is the author of “Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America.” Signing at 3.

2:35-3:20 Andrew Solomon won the National Book Award in 2001 for “The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression,” which was also a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize. In “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity,” Solomon focuses on families’ struggles in raising exceptional children. The book won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2012 for nonfiction. Signing at 4.

3:30-4:15 Daniel Pink is the author of five books and many articles on business and technology. His book “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” challenged conventional wisdom about motivation. His new book is “To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others.” Signing at 1:30.

4:25-5:10 Charles Wheelan is a journalist, author and regular contributor to “The Motley Fool” program on NPR. His books “Naked Economics” and “Naked Statistics” introduced lay readers to those fields of study. His new work, “The Centrist Manifesto,” offers guidance on forming a new party that will champion America’s political center. Signing at 2:30.

5:20-6:05 Hoda Kotb co-hosts the fourth hour of NBC’s “Today” show and has reported from around the world for the newsmagazine “Dateline.” She is also the author of “Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee.” Her second book is “Ten Years Later: Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives.” Signing at 3:30.

Sunday, Sept. 22

Noon-12:45 Mario Livio is a senior astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute as well as a self-proclaimed art fanatic. He has combined his interests in five books, including “The Equation That Couldn’t Be Solved” and “Is God a Mathematician?” His new book is “Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein — Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe.” Signing at 1:30.

12:55-1:40 Stuart E. Eizenstat has held senior U.S. government positions in three presidential administrations, including ambassador to the European Union and deputy secretary of the Treasury. He is the author of “Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor, and the Unfinished Business of World War II.” His latest book is “The Future of the Jews: How Global Forces Are Impacting the Jewish People, Israel, and Its Relationship with the United States.” Signing at 2.

1:50-2:35 Alfredo Corchado is the Mexico bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News and is one of the few journalists still reporting from the field on the violent drug war south of the border. His new book is “Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness.” Signing at 3.

2:45-3:30 D.T. Max is the author of “Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace” and “The Family That Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery,” about strange neurological illnesses that almost always result in death. Signing at 4.

3:40-4:25 David Finkel received a MacArthur Foundation “genius award” in 2012. A longtime reporter and editor for The Washington Post, he also has won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting and the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Journalism. His new book, “Thank You for Your Service,” tackles the subject of post-traumatic stress disorder, focusing on soldiers who have returned home from the war in Iraq. Signing at 2.

4:35-5:20 Wesley Granberg-Michaelson served for 17 years as general secretary of the Reformed Church in America. Before that he spent six years as director of church and society for the World Council of Churches in Geneva. His books include “Unexpected Destinations: An Evangelical Pilgrimage to World Christianity” and, most recently, “From Times Square to Timbuktu: The Post-Christian West Meets the Non-Western Church.” Signing at 1:30.

5:30-6:15 George Weigel is the distinguished senior fellow and chair of Catholic studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, and was the founding president of the James Madison Foundation. He is the author of a biography of Pope John Paul II, “Witness to Hope.” His new book is “Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church.” Signing at 4.

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