National Book Festival: Fiction and Mystery pavilion


In this April 9, 2008 file photo, author Don DeLillo speaks at "The Time of His Life", A Celebration of the Life of Norman Mailer tribute at Carnegie Hall in New York. (Stephen Chernin/AP)
September 13, 2013
Saturday, Sept. 21

10-10:45 Don DeLillo, the author of such celebrated postmodern novels as “Mao II,” “Libra” and “Underworld,” is the first recipient of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction — an award he will receive prior to his presentation in the Fiction Pavilion. His 1985 novel, “White Noise,” won the National Book Award. “The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories” is DeLillo’s most recent work. Signing at noon.

10:55-11:40 Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 50 volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction and nonfiction, including “The Blind Assassin,” which won the Booker Prize in 2000, and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which was made into a motion picture. Her new novel, “MaddAddam,” the concluding work in her dystopian trilogy, was preceded by “Oryx and Crake” and “The Year of the Flood.” Signing at noon.

11:50-12:35 Brad Meltzer offers this advice to budding writers: “Don’t let anyone tell you no. I got 24 rejection letters on my first novel.” A week after the 24th rejection, he began the book that became the best-selling “The Tenth Justice.” His new thriller is “The Fifth Assassin.” Signing at 1.

12:45-1:30 Ayana Mathis is the author of “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie,” which covers several decades in a family’s journey from the segregated South. Oprah Winfrey selected it in 2012 for her Book Club 2.0. Signing at 2.

1:40-2:25 William Martin has written 10 novels, a PBS documentary and a horror movie (Roger Corman’s “Humanoids From the Deep”). His first Peter Fallon novel, “Back Bay,” launched his career in historical fiction. His latest thriller is “The Lincoln Letter.” Signing at 3.


Don DeLillo International Festival of Literature press Conference, Rome, Italy on May 18, 2011. (AGF s.r.l. / Rex Features/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

2:35-3:20 Justin Cronin has won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize. His most recent book, “The Twelve,” is the second volume of his apocalyptic Passage Trilogy, featuring vampirelike creatures called “virals.” Signing at 4.

3:30-4:15 James McBride, a former staff writer for The Washington Post, is an author, musician and screenwriter whose works include the memoir “The Color of Water” and the novel “Miracle at St. Anna,” which was made into a movie directed by Spike Lee. McBride’s new novel is “The Good Lord Bird,” featuring the abolitionist John Brown. Signing at 2.

4:25-5:10 Thomas Keneally is the author of “Schindler’s Ark,” which won the Booker Prize and was adapted into the Academy Award-winning film “Schindler’s List.” Keneally is also a playwright and writer of nonfiction. His latest novel, “The Daughters of Mars,” is set during World War I. Signing at 1:30.

Sunday, Sept. 22

Noon-12:45 Terry McMillan’s third novel, “Waiting to Exhale,” was made into a movie starring Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett. Her other works include a sequel, “Getting to Happy,” and, most recently, “Who Asked You?Signing at 1:30.

12:55-1:40 Christopher Buckley is a satirist and novelist who worked as a speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush. He is the author of “The White House Mess,” “Thank You for Smoking” (made into a film in 2005), “Little Green Men,” “No Way to Treat a First Lady” and “Florence of Arabia.” He lampoons America’s relationship with China in his new novel, “They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?” Signing at 2.

National Book Festival Book World Select-o-matic quiz

1:50-2:35 Adam Johnson won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 for “The Orphan Master’s Son,” a novel set in North Korea. Johnson is an associate professor of creative writing at Stanford University. Signing at 3.

2:45-3:30 Roxana Robinson is the author of five novels, three collections of short stories and the biography “Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life.” Her most recent novel, “Sparta,” focuses on the estrangement that modern soldiers face as they attempt to rejoin civilian society. Signing at 4.

3:40-4:25 Mark Helprin is the author of three collections of short stories, six novels and three children’s books, ranging over disparate genres and styles. His novels include “Refiner’s Fire,” “Winter’s Tale,” “A Soldier of the Great War” and, most recently, “In Sunlight and in Shadow.” Signing at 2.

4:35-5:20 Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul; his family sought and was granted asylum in the United States the year after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. In 1993, Hosseini earned a medical degree. Ten years later, he published “The Kite Runner” and, after that, “A Thousand Splendid Suns.” Hosseini’s most recent novel is “And the Mountains Echoed.” Signing at 2:30.

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