National Book Festival: Schedule for fiction, mystery author appearances

August 22

10-10:45 E.L. Doctorow, this year’s recipient of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, will be interviewed by Marie Arana. He is the author of “Ragtime,” “Billy Bathgate,” “The Book of Daniel” and many other novels. Among his honors are the National Book Award, three National Book Critics Circle Awards, the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction and the National Humanities Medal. His newest novel is “Andrew’s Brain.”Signing at 11.

10:55-11:40 Sierra Leone-born Ishmael Beah gained worldwide fame with his memoir, “A Long Way Gone,” which recounted his experiences as a child soldier in his country’s civil war. Beah’s new novel, “Radiance of Tomorrow,” is about two friends who return to their home town after the war in Sierra Leone that claimed some 70,000 lives. Signing at noon.

11:50-12:35 A Cherokee tribal citizen, Sara Sue Hoklotubbe is the author of the Sadie Walela mystery series. Her book “Deception on All Accounts” won the 2004 Writer of the Year Award from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. “The American Cafe” won the 2012 Willa Literary Award for Original Softcover Fiction by Women Writing the West and the New Mexico-Arizona Award for Best Mystery. Her latest book is “Sinking Suspicions.”Signing at 1.

12:45-1:30 Claire Messud’s first novel, “When the World Was Steady,” was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award. “The Emperor’s Children” was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Messud has taught creative writing at the University of Maryland, Kenyon and Amherst colleges and Johns Hopkins University. Her most recent novel is “The Woman Upstairs.”Signing at 2.

1:40-2:25 Tiphanie Yanique is the author of the short story collection “How to Escape from a Leper Colony,” the picture book “I Am the Virgin Islands” and the novel “Land of Love and Drowning.” Her writing has won the 2011 Bocas Prize for Caribbean Fiction, the Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a Pushcart Prize and an Academy of American Poets Prize. A Fulbright scholar, she has been listed by the National Book Foundation as one of the “5 Under 35.” Signing at 3.


"The Woman Upstairs" by Claire Messud (Knopf)

2:35-3:20 Siri Hustvedt, a writer of Norwegian descent, spent many of her early years in Norway and Iceland. Her first novel, “The Blindfold,” was published in 1992. Subsequent novels include “The Enchantment of Lily Dahl,” “The Sorrows of an American,” “What I Loved” and “The Summer Without Men.” The Washington Post’s Frances Sellers will interview her about her new novel, “The Blazing World,” a send-up of gender bias in the art world. Signing at 4.

3:30-4:15 Lisa See was born in Paris and grew up in Los Angeles, where she lived with her mother, Carolyn See, a longtime book reviewer for The Post. She also spent time with her father’s family in Chinatown, which inspired her first book, “On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family.” Her articles have appeared in Vogue, Self and More, and she has written the libretto for an opera based on “On Gold Mountain.” See’s new novel is “China Dolls.”Signing at 5.

4:25-5:10 Characters Jim Chee, Joe Leaphorn and Bernadette Manuelito, made famous by Tony Hillerman, get a new story line in “Spider Woman’s Daughter,” by Hillerman’s daughter, Anne Hillerman. She is also the author of “Tony Hillerman’s Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn.” Hillerman has been editorial page editor of the Albuquerque Journal and the Santa Fe New Mexican. She is a director of the Wordharvest Writers Workshops and the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference.Signing at 2:30.


"China Dolls" by Lisa See (Random House/Random House)

5:20-6 Alice McDermott, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, won the National Book Award for her 1998 novel, “Charming Billy.” Her novels “That Night,” “At Weddings and Wakes” and “After This” were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Her new novel is “Someone.” (See her essay on Page 2.)Signing at 3:30.

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