National Book Festival: History and Biography pavilion

Nikki Kahn/THE WASHINGTON POST - Taylor Branch, author of "At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years 1965-68," is photographed at his home in Baltimore, Maryland, on Wednesday, January 18, 2006.

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10:55-11:40 Christel Schmidt is a film historian and co-editor of “Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture.” The two fellowships she received from the National Endowment for the Humanities resulted in her recent book, “Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies.” Signing at noon.

11:50-12:35 Walter Stahr, who has been a lawyer for three decades, published his first book, “John Jay: Founding Father,” in 2005. His most recent book is a biography of the 16th president’s secretary of state: “Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man.” Signing at 1.

12:45-1:30 Taylor Branch won a Pulitzer Prize for “Parting the Waters,” the first book in his “America in the King Years” trilogy. His eight-year project to gather a sitting president’s comprehensive oral history on tape resulted in “The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President” (1990). Most recently, he has returned to the civil rights period for “The King Years: Moments in the Civil Rights Movement.” Signing at 2:30.

1:40-2:25 Kenneth W. Mack is the inaugural Lawrence Biele professor of law at Harvard University and the co-faculty leader of the Harvard Law School law and history program. His book “Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer” was published in 2012. Signing at 3.

2:35-3:20 Steve Vogel, who covers the federal government and the military for The Washington Post, published “The Pentagon: A History” in 2007. In “Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks That Saved the Nation,” he tells the story of the British attack on Washington in 1814, when Rear Adm. Cockburn “waged a campaign of terror along the Chesapeake Bay.” Signing at 4.

3:30-4:15 David Nasaw, the Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. professor of history at the City University of New York, is the author of “The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst,” “Andrew Carnegie” and his most recent biography, “The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy.” Signing at 2.

4:25-5:10 Henry Wiencek’s “Master of the Mountain” has been the subject of fierce debate for its unflattering portrait of Thomas Jefferson: He depicts the third president as a cruel slaveholder who valued money more than the principles he espoused as a founding father. Signing at 3.

5:20-6:05 Marie Arana’s writing often reflects her life as the daughter of a Peruvian father and an American mother. Her memoir, “American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood,” was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001. A former editor of The Washington Post’s Book World, she is also the author of the novels “Cellophane” and “Lima Nights.” She recently turned to biography with “Bolívar: American Liberator.” Signing at 4.

Sunday, Sept. 22

Noon-12:45 A. Scott Berg won a National Book Award for his first book, “Max Perkins: Editor of Genius.” His third book, “Lindbergh,” about the famous aviator, won the Pulitzer Prize. Most recently, he has chronicled the life of Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United States, in “Wilson.” Signing at 1:30.

12:55-1:40 William P. Jones, an associate professor of history at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, is the author of “The Tribe of Black Ulysses: African American Lumber Workers in the Jim Crow South.” His new book is “The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights.” Signing at 2:30.

1:50-2:35 Sheila Miyoshi Jager, chair of the East Asian studies department at Oberlin College, is the author of “Narratives of Nation Building in Korea: A Genealogy of Patriotism” and co-editor of “Ruptured Histories: War, Memory, and the Post-Cold War in Asia.” Her new book, “Brothers at War: The Unending Conflict in Korea,” is a military, political and cultural history told from the American, North and South Korean, Soviet-Russian, and Chinese perspectives. Signing at 3:30.

2:45-3:30 Denise Kiernan has written for the Wall Street Journal, Ms. magazine and many other publications, and she was head writer for the television quiz show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” during its first season. Her new book on the Manhattan Project is “The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II.” Signing at 4:30.

3:40-4:25 Evan Thomas is well known to viewers of the PBS public affairs show “Inside Washington.” In 2010, he published “The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898.” Thomas has since turned again to the post-WWII era with “Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World,” portraying the 34th president as an underrated leader who prevented a nuclear war. Signing at 4:45.

4:35-5:20 Rick Atkinson, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, was a reporter and editor at The Washington Post for 20 years. He is the author of six works of narrative military history. The most recent, “The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945,” completes his Liberation Trilogy, which he began in 2002 with “An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943.” Signing at 3.

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