Schedule: Poetry & Prose pavilion
SATURDAY, SEPT. 24
10:00 A.M. MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM
Michael Cunningham is the author of the novels “A Home at the End of the World,” “Flesh and Blood,” “The Hours,” which won the Pen/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and “Specimen Days.” Cunningham’s most recent book is “By Nightfall.” Signing at 11:30 a.m.
10:55 A.M. RITA DOVE
In 1993 Rita Dove was appointed poet laureate of the United States by the Library of Congress, making her the youngest person and the first African American to receive this honor. “Thomas and Beulah,” a collection of interrelated poems loosely based on her grandparents’ life, earned her the 1987 Pulitzer Prize. Her latest work is “Sonata Mullatica: Poems.” Signing at 12 p.m.
11:50 A.M. JONATHAN YARDLEY
The 1981 Pulitzer Prize-winner for criticism, Jonathan Yardley is a book critic for The Washington Post. In 2003, he began his “Second Reading” series in which he “reconsiders notable and/or neglected books from the past.” He ended the series in 2010, and this year a compilation volume, “Second Reading,” was published. Signing at 1 p.m.
12:45 P.M. LINDA PASTAN
Linda Pastan is the author of many works of poetry, including “Carnival Evening,” “Queen of a Rainy Country,” “Waiting for My Life,” “PM/AM,” “The Last Uncle” and her latest work, “Traveling Light: Poems.” Signing at 3:30 p.m.
1:40 P.M. MARY GORDON
Mary Gordon’s first novel, “Final Payments,” was published in 1978 to critical acclaim. This was followed by “The Company of Women,” “Men and Angels,” “The Other Side,” “Spending” and “Pearl.” Her new book is “The Love of My Youth.” Signing at 12 p.m.
2:35 P.M. CLAUDIA EMERSON
Claudia Emerson is the author of “Pharaoh, Pharaoh,” “Pinion: An Elegy,” “Late Wife” and her latest work, “Figure Studies.” “Late Wife” won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. The poet laureate of Virginia from 2008 to 2010, Emerson is professor of English and Arrington Distinguished Chair of Poetry at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. Signing at 4 p.m.
3:30 P.M. KIMIKO HAHN
Kimiko Hahn has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and she is a distinguished professor at Queens College of the City University of New York. Her latest book of poems is “Toxic Flora.” Signing at 1:30 p.m.
4:25 P.M. DAVE EGGERS
The author of the memoir “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,” Dave Eggers is also the founder of the literacy project 826 Valencia, named after its address in San Francisco. His latest work is “Zeitoun.” Signing at 2:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 25
1:00 P.M. POETRY OUT LOUD
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with the state arts agencies of the United States to create Poetry Out Loud, which encourages high school students to memorize and perform great poems. Award-winning students will read poems during this event.
1:55 P.M. TERRANCE HAYES
The 2010 National Book Award for poetry went to Terrance Hayes for his collection “Lighthead.” Hayes is a professor of creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University. Signing at 3 p.m.
2:50 P.M. JOHN MILLIKEN THOMPSON
John Milliken Thompson is the author of “America’s Historic Trails” and “Wildlands of the Upper South” and co-author of “The National Geographic Almanac of American History.” His first novel is “The Reservoir,” based on the true story of the 1885 discovery of a young woman’s body in a reservoir in Richmond, Va. Signing at 4:30 p.m.
3:45 P.M. YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA
The 1994 Pulitzer Prize-winner for “Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems,” Yusef Komunyakaa teaches at New York University. His latest work is “The Chameleon Couch: Poems.” Signing at 1 p.m.
4:40 P.M. GARRISON KEILLOR
Garrison Keillor is the host of “A Prairie Home Companion” and the daily radio show “The Writer’s Almanac.” “Good Poems, American Places” is his latest book, in which he offers some of his favorite poems, organized by regions of America. Signing at 2 p.m.