National Book Festival: Poetry & Prose pavilion

September 13, 2013
Saturday, Sept. 21

10:00-10:45 Poetry Out Loud: High school students will perform in an event sponsored by Poetry Out Loud. The program encourages students to learn about poetry and their literary heritage through memorization and recitation — a practice that also improves public-speaking skills and builds self-confidence.

10:55-11:40 In 2006, the National Book Foundation named Amity Gaige one of its “5 Under 35” important emergent writers. She is the author of three novels — “O My Darling,” “The Folded World” and, most recently, “Schroder,” the story of a father embroiled in a bitter custody battle who abducts his 6-year-old daughter. Gaige is a visiting writer at Amherst College. Signing at noon.

11:50-12:35 Cristina García, whose novels include “Dreaming in Cuban,” “The Lady Matador’s Hotel” and “Dreams of Significant Girls,” writes for both adults and young people. She is the University Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University at San Marcos. She recently published “King of Cuba,” a darkly comic novel featuring a fictionalized Fidel Castro. Signing at 1.

12:45-1:30 Albert Goldbarth has won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry twice, in 1991 for “Heaven and Earth: A Cosmology” and in 2001 for “Saving Lives.” In 2008, he received the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Award for Humorous Poetry. His latest collection is “Everyday People.” Signing at 2.

1:40-2:25 Jamaica Kincaid’s books have been called semi-autobiographical, but she warns readers not to read them too literally: “Everything I say is true, and everything I say is not true,” she once told the Missouri Review. Her first book was a collection of short stories, “At the Bottom of the River”; her subsequent books include “Annie John,” “A Small Place” and, most recently, “See Now Then.” Signing at 3:30.


U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey (Nancy Crampton)

2:35-3:20 Natasha Trethewey is in her second term as poet laureate of the United States; she is also poet laureate of her home state of Mississippi. A professor of English and creative writing at Emory University, Trethewey is the author of four poetry collections, including “Native Guard,” which won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, and her newest, “Thrall.” She is also the author of the nonfiction book “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.” Signing at 4.

3:30-4:15 Dean Young’s numerous collections of poetry include “Strike Anywhere,” “Skid” and “Elegy on Toy Piano.” His work has frequently been published in the annual “Best American Poetry” series. His new collection is “Bender: New and Selected Poems.” Signing at 4:45.

4:25-5:10 Nicholson Baker is the author of novels and nonfiction books; he won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2001 for “Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper.” His other books include “Vox,” “The Anthologist” and “Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization.” His new novel is “Traveling Sprinkler.” Signing at 2:30.

Sunday, Sept. 22

Noon-12:45 Benjamin Percy is from the high desert of central Oregon, which has inspired much of his fiction. Bigfoot appears in several of Percy’s stories. His short story “Refresh, Refresh” won a Pushcart Prize and was included in “Best American Short Stories 2006.” Percy recently published his second novel, “Red Moon.” Signing at 1:30.

12:55-1:40 Manil Suri, born in Bombay, is a professor of mathematics and an affiliate professor of Asian studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is the author of the novels “The Death of Vishnu,” “The Age of Shiva” and the recently published “The City of Devi.” Signing at 2.

1:50-2:35 Joyce Carol Oates has published more than 40 novels, as well as plays, short stories, novellas, poetry and nonfiction. A professor of creative writing at Princeton University, she writes for approximately eight hours every day — in longhand. Oates won the National Book Award for “them” in 1970, and her most recent book is “The Accursed,” a historical novel with elements of the supernatural. Signing at 3.

2:45-3:30 Heather McHugh, whose poetry collections include “Eyeshot” and “Hinge & Sign,” was the recipient of a 2009 MacArthur Foundation “genius award.” In addition to poetry, she has written a collection of literary essays. Her new book is “Upgraded to Serious.” Signing at 4.


National Book Festival Book World Select-o-matic quiz

3:40-4:25 Alyson Hagy is an English professor at the University of Wyoming. Her books include the story collection “Ghosts of Wyoming” and the novels “Snow, Ashes” and, more recently, “Boleto.” Signing at 2.

4:35-5:20 Juan Felipe Herrera is the poet laureate of California and the winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award for “Half the World in Light” (2008). In 1990, Herrera was a distinguished teaching fellow at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and he has taught elsewhere, including in prisons. His latest collection is “Senegal Taxi.” Signing at 2.

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