The National Book Festival
Presented by the library of congress, Hosted by First Lady Laura Bush, Free Admission -- Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Every year, The Washington Post and Book World proudly support the National Book Festival, the largest of its kind in the capital. On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Festival will bring more than 75 writers and illustrators to the Mall to share their experiences and autograph their books. Washington Post editors and writers will introduce many of authors. Book World staff members will be especially active in the presentations. So put on your comfortable shoes, bring the children and come see us at the fair! Pull out this guide and take it with you!

Program Participants | Authors and Artists

Names are followed by the pavilion and time of each person's appearance. Book signings will be held in the special area designated on the map on page 9.

Diane Ackerman is an author, poet and naturalist. She is best known for An Alchemy of Mind and the recently published history The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story. She has the rare distinction of having a molecule -- dianeackerone -- named after her. History & Biography 2:40 p.m. Signing 4 p.m.

Ann Amernick, a five-time nominee for the James Beard Pastry Chef of the Year Award, was an assistant pastry chef at the White House under two presidents. Her latest cookbook is The Art of the Dessert. Home & Family 2:40 p.m. Signing 4 p.m.

M.T. Anderson is an award-winning children's author. His book Feed was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His latest book, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, won the 2006 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Teens & Children 4:15 p.m. Signing 2 p.m.

Maria Celeste Arraras is an Emmy award-winning investigative reporter and author of Selena's Secret. Her newest book, The Magic Cane, is a bilingual publication for young readers. She is host and managing editor of Telemundo/NBC's "Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste." Children 11:20 a.m. Signing 12 p.m.

David Baldacci, attorney turned author, has written 13 consecutive bestsellers, including The Collectors and Simple Genius. With his wife, he is co-founder of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting literacy. Mysteries & Thrillers 4 p.m. Signing 2 p.m.

Michael Beschloss is the author of seven presidential histories. His most recent is Presidential Courage. As NBC News presidential historian, he appears regularly on "Today," "NBC Nightly News" and "Meet the Press." He is also a regular news analyst on PBS's "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer." History & Biography 1:30 p.m. Signing 3 p.m.

Holly Black is the author of award-winning fantasy novels for children and teens, among them

Tithe and The Spiderwick Chronicles. Her latest book, Ironside, is the sequel to Tithe. Teens & Children 2:15 p.m. Signing 3 p.m.

Ashley Bryan has won the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration and six Coretta Scott King Honor awards. He is the author and illustrator of numerous books, many based on African folk tales. His latest is My America, co-illustrated with author Jan Spivey Gilchrist. Children 1:25 p.m. Signing 3 p.m.

Ken Burns is director, producer and co-writer of more than 10 historical documentaries, among them "Brooklyn Bridge," "Baseball," "Jazz" and "The Civil War," which have been nominated for Academy Awards. He is co-author, with Geoffrey Ward, of The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945, which will air as a seven-part documentary this year. History & Biography 4 p.m. Signing 2 p.m.

Stephen L. Carter is a professor of law at Yale, where he has taught since 1982. He has published seven books on topics ranging from affirmative action to religion and politics. His first novel, The Emperor of Ocean Park, became a bestseller. His latest, a thriller, is New England White. Mysteries & Thrillers 12:40 p.m. Signing 2 p.m.

Cat Cora, the first female on the Food Network's smash hit "Iron Chef America," is president and co-founder of Chefs for Humanity, which spearheaded relief efforts in New Orleans and her native Mississippi after the ravages of Hurricane Katrina. Her latest book is Cooking from the Hip. Home & Family 2 p.m. Signing 3 p.m.

Deborah Crombie wrote her first novel, A Share in Death, after living in England and Scotland. Her books since have been nominated for the Agatha, Macavity and Edgar awards. Her fifth, Dreaming of Bones, has been cited as one of the 100 best crime novels of the century. Her latest is Water Like a Stone. Mysteries & Thrillers 10:40 a.m. Signing 12 p.m.

Carmen Agra Deedy, a native of Havana, is the author of many books for children, including The Yellow Star, which won a Parents' Choice Gold Award. Her newest picture book is Martina the Beautiful Cockroach. Children 3:40 p.m. Signing 1 p.m.

Elizabeth Drew is the award-winning author of 13 books, including her latest, Richard M. Nixon 1969-1974, a volume in the American Presidents series. She is a regular political correspondent for the New York Review of Books and a former Washington correspondent for the New Yorker. History & Biography 12:55 p.m. Signing 2 p.m.

Jan Spivey Gilchrist is recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award for Nathaniel Talking and the Coretta Scott King Honor for Night on Neighborhood Street. Her latest book of children's poems is My America, co-illustrated with Ashley Bryan. Children 1:25 p.m. Signing 3 p.m.

Jan Crawford Greenburg is a legal correspondent for ABC News. She previously served as the Supreme Court analyst for PBS and CBS and was the chief legal affairs writer for the Chicago Tribune. Her latest book is Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court. History & Biography 10 a.m. Signing 11 a.m.

Sanjay Gupta is a neurosurgeon at Grady Memorial Hospital and assistant professor at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. The Emmy award-winning chief medical correspondent at CNN, he is also a columnist for Time and a contributor to the CBS Evening News. His latest book is Chasing Life: New Discoveries in the Search for Immortality. Home & Family 12 p.m. Signing 1 p.m.

Brian Haig, a former special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is the bestselling author of five novels featuring attorney Sean Drummond. His most recent book is Man in the Middle. Mysteries & Thrillers 11:20 a.m. Signing 12 p.m.

Carolyn Hart is the creator of the "Henrie O" and "Death on Demand" series. Her books have won multiple Agatha, Anthony and Macavity awards. Her latest novel is Set Sail for Murder. Mysteries & Thrillers 1:20 p.m. Signing 2 p.m.

Francisco Hern¿ndez has published over 20 prize-winning books of poetry in Spanish, among them Mar de fondo and Diario sin fechas de Charles B. Waite. Several of his poems have been translated into English and appear in anthologies such as Connecting Lines: New Poetry from Mexico. Poetry 1:45 p.m. Signing 2:30 p.m.

Jennifer L. Holm is the author of several novels including the "Boston Jane" trilogy, the "Babymouse" series and Penny from Heaven. Her most recent is Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf. Teens & Children 10:40 a.m. Signing 12 p.m.

Stephen Hunter is a film critic for The Washington Post and the recipient of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He has published two collections of film criticism, a nonfiction work and 13 novels, including The 47th Samurai. Mysteries & Thrillers 10 a.m. Signing 11 a.m.

David Ignatius, a columnist for The Washington Post, has covered the CIA and the Middle East for 25 years, serving at various times as a reporter, foreign correspondent and editor. He is the author of six novels, the most recent of which is Body of Lies. Mysteries & Thrillers 2 p.m. Signing 3 p.m.

J. A. Jance is the bestselling author of the "J.P. Beaumont" series and the "Joanna Brady" series. Her latest is Justice Denied. Mysteries & Thrillers 3:20 p.m. Signing 4 p.m.

Edward P. Jones won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Known World. His most recent work, All Aunt Hagar's Children, is a collection of short stories. Fiction & Fantasy 12:40 p.m. Signing 2 p.m.

David M. Kennedy is a professor of history at Stanford University. His book Freedom From Fear was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent publication is The Library of Congress World War II Companion. History & Biography 3:20 p.m. Signing 4 p.m.

Doro Bush Koch, daughter of former president George H. W. Bush, is the author of My Father, My President, a memoir. Home & Family 4:35 p.m. Signing 3 p.m.

Gail Carson Levine's first book, Ella Enchanted, was a bestseller and Newbery Honor Book. She has since written the "Princess Tales" series and several works of historical and contemporary fiction. Her most recent book is Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand. Teens & Children 12:15 p.m. Signing 1 p.m.

Patricia MacLachlan has written numerous books for children of all ages including Arthur, For the Very First Time and Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal and the subject of a television movie series. Her latest is Edward's Eyes. Teens & Children 10 a.m. Signing 11 a.m.

Thomas Mallon is a novelist, essayist and critic -- recipient of the Ingram Merrill Award for outstanding work as a writer. His novels based on U.S. history include Dewey Defeats Truman, Henry and Clara, Bandbox and Fellow Travelers. Fiction & Fantasy 3:20 p.m. Signing 4 p.m.

Judith Martin has covered society, thea ter and drama for The Washington Post. In 1978, she created the nationally syndicated "Miss Manners" column. She has written 12 "Miss Manners" books, a history of American manners and two novels. Her most recent release, No Vulgar Hotel, is her first travel book. Home & Family 11:20 a.m. Signing 12 p.m.

Mercer Mayer's first book, A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog, told its story completely through pictures. Five more books in this series followed, including There's a Nightmare in My Closet. His latest is The Bravest Knight. Children 4:20 p.m. Signing 10 a.m.

Patricia McCormick is the author of several novels, including Cut, My Brother's Keeper and Sold. Her books have been honored as National Book Award finalists and American Library Association Best Books. Teens & Children 3:35 p.m. Signing 2 p.m.

Megan McDonald is the author of Judy Moody. By popular demand, Judy Moody's little brother, Stink, now has his own series. Her most recent book is Judy Moody & Stink: The Holly Joliday. Children 10 a.m. Signing 11 a.m.

N. Scott Momaday is a poet, novelist, playwright, storyteller, artist and professor of English and American literature. His books of poetry include In the Bear's House and In the Presence of the Sun. His first novel, House Made of Dawn (1969), won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Poetry 2:30 p.m. Signing 3 p.m.

Shelia P. Moses is the ninth of 10 chil dren raised on Rehobeth Road in Rich Square, N.C., where her award-winning The Legend of Buddy Bush is set. Her newest book, The Baptism, is about family life in a small North Carolina town. She is a Coretta Scott King Honor winner and a National Book Award finalist. Teens & Children 1:35 p.m. Signing 3 p.m.

Sena Jeter Naslund is the author of five novels, including Ahab's Wife and Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette. She is currently a professor and writer in residence at the University of Louisville and program director of the Spalding University brief-residency Master in Fine Arts in Writing. Fiction & Fantasy 2:40 p.m. Signing 4 p.m.

Joan Nathan, author of 10 cookbooks, is the host of "Jewish Cooking in America" on PBS. She is a two-time recipient of the James Beard Award and the IACP/Julia Child Cookbook Award for her book Jewish Cooking in America and The New American Cooking. Home & Family 3:20 p.m. Signing 4 p.m.

Joyce Carol Oates is the author of more than 70 books, including bestselling novels, short story collections, poetry volumes, plays, literary criticism and essays. She is a recipient of the National Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award and the Common Wealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature. Her most recent novel is The Gravedigger's Daughter. Fiction & Fantasy 1:20 p.m. Signing 2 p.m.

Michael B. Oren has written dozens of scholarly and popular articles on the history and politics of the Middle East. He is the author of Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East. His most recent book is Power, Faith and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present. History & Biography 2:05 p.m. Signing 3 p.m.

Nancy Pearl is a librarian whose books include Book Lust and Book Crush , which feature recommended reading for children and teens. She is credited with starting the One Book, One Community reading promotion initiative, "If All Seattle Read the Same Book," which has spread throughout the U.S. Home & Family 12:40 p.m. Signing 2 p.m.

Jodi Picoult is the author of 14 novels, including My Sister's Keeper, The Tenth Circle and Nineteen Minutes. She has also written for the DC Comics Wonder Woman comic book series. Fiction & Fantasy 4 p.m. Signing 2 p.m.

Terry Pratchett is the author of the bestselling Discworld series, which includes The Colour of Magic and Making Money. He is the author of two sf novels and seven books for younger readers, and his novels have sold more than 45 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 27 languages. Fiction & Fantasy 12 p.m. Signing 1 p.m.

Jack Prelutsky, named the nation's first Children's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation, is the author of more than 40 books of verse and editor of several poetry anthologies. His classics include A Pizza the Size of the Sun and The New Kid on the Block. His latest books are In Aunt Giraffe's Green Garden and The Wizard. Poetry 1 p.m. Signing 2 p.m.

Kevin Prufer is the author of three books of poetry, including Fallen From a Chariot. He is also editor of The New Young American Poets, Pleiades and Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems with Joy Katz. He is the recipient of three Pushcart prizes. Poetry 10 a.m. Signing 10:30 a.m.

Martha Raddatz is chief White House correspondent for ABC News. She has covered national security and foreign policy for more than 12 years. Her recent book is A Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family. Home & Family 4 p.m. Signing 2 p.m.

Steven Raichlen is an author, journalist, cooking teacher and TV host. His 27 bestselling books include The B arbecue Bible, How to Grill and Raichlen on Ribs, Ribs, Outrageous Ribs . He is the recipient of five James Beard Awards and three awards from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Home & Family 1:20 p.m. Signing 2 p.m.

Arnold Rampersad is the author of several biographies, including The Life of Langston Hughes, Jackie Robinson and Ralph Ellison. He also collaborated with tennis great Arthur Ashe on his memoir, Days of Grace. He is a professor of the humanities at Stanford University. History & Biography 10:35 a.m. Signing 12 p.m.

Victoria Rowell is a two-time Emmy Award-nominated actress who has won the NAACP Image Award 11 times. In her memoir, The Women Who Raised Me, she honors the people who played starring roles in her personal life. Home & Family 10 a.m. Signing 10:30 a.m.

Judy Schachner, illustrator and writer of children's books, won the first E.B. White Read Aloud Book Award for Skippyjon Jones. Her latest book is Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones. Children 2:20 Signing 3 p.m.

Patricia Schultz is the author of the bestseller 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and executive producer of the Travel Channel's television show based on the book. She has just published 1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. & Canada Before You Die. Home & Family 10:40 a.m. Signing 12 p.m.

Lisa Scottoline's bestselling mysteries draw on her experiences as a trial lawyer. She wrote her first novel, Everywhere That Mary Went, while serving as an administrative law clerk. She has now written 14 suspense novels, including her latest, Daddy's Girl. Mysteries & Thrillers 12 p.m. Signing 1 p.m.

Meryle Secrest is the biographer of artists and art collectors such as Kenneth Clark, Salvador Dal¿, Frank Lloyd Wright and Duveen. She has also written biographies of figures in Broadway theater, including Leonard Bernstein, Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim. Her latest book is Shoot the Widow: Adventures of a Biographer in Search of Her Subject. History & Biography 11:10 a.m. Signing 12 p.m.

Jeff Shaara is the author of many historical novels covering the American Revolution through World War II. His first publication was Gods and Generals, one of two volumes that completed the Civil War trilogy begun by his father, Michael Shaara, in the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic The Killer Angels. His latest novel is The Rising Tide, the first of a planned World War II trilogy. Fiction & Fantasy 10:40 a.m. Signing 12 p.m.

Daniel Silva began his writing career as a journalist for United Press International, traveling in the Middle East and covering the Iran-Iraq war, terrorism and political conflicts. The success of his first novel, The Unlikely Spy, persuaded him to write full-time. His latest book is The Secret Servant. Mysteries & Thrillers 2:40 p.m. Signing 4 p.m.

Charles Simic, recently appointed 15th U.S. Poet Laureate, will begin his term this fall. The author of 18 books of poetry, he is also an essayist, translator and editor. His awards include the Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for his book of prose poems The World Doesn't End. His most recent poetry volume is My Noiseless Entourage. Poetry 12 p.m. Signing 1 p.m.

Cynthia Leitich Smith is recipient of the 2001 Wordcraft Circle Award for children's literary prose. Her latest novel, Tantalize, marks her debut as an author of dark fantasy for young adults. She is a tribal member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Teens & Children 12:55 p.m. Signing 2 p.m.

Jon Stallworthy, a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Literature, is acting president of Wolfson College. He has published seven books of poetry, including Body Language, and has edited several poetry collections. His biography of poet Wilfred Owen won the E. M. Forster Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Poetry 3 p.m. Signing 3:30 p.m.

Anne Stevenson is author of more than 15 collections of poetry and the inaugural winner of Britain's literary prize, the Northern Rock Foundation Writer's Award. She has published a biography of Sylvia Plath, a book of essays titled Between the Iceberg and the Ship and two critical studies of Elizabeth Bishop's work. Her latest poetry book is Stone Milk. Poetry 4 p.m. Signing 4:30 p.m.

James L. Swanson is author of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer, which won an Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime. Born on Lincoln's birthday, he has studied and collected books, documents, art and artifacts connected with Lincoln since he was 10 years old. He is also co-author (with Daniel Weinberg) of Lincoln's Assassins: Their Trial and Execution. History & Biography 12:20 p.m. Signing 1 p.m.

Lalita Tademy was vice president and general manager of a Silicon Valley Fortune 500 company before turning to writing. Her historical novel Cane River is the result of extensive research into her family's history. She blends American history with stories of her ancestors in her newest book, Red River. Fiction & Fantasy 11:20 a.m. Signing 12 p.m.

Diane Thiel is the author of six books of poetry, including Echolocations, winner of the Nicholas Roerich Prize. She has also published nonfiction and creative writing pedagogy, including Crossroads and Open Roads. Her translation of Alexis Stamatis's novel American Fugue received a 2007 NEA International Literature Award. Poetry 10:30 a.m. Signing 11 a.m.

Harry Turtledove is the author of more than 70 books, including sf, fantasy, historical fiction and alternate history. His latest novel, The Gladiator, is the fifth in his alternate-history adventure series "Crosstime Traffic." He is the recipient of several awards, including a Hugo, a Nebula, two Sidewise Awards and a Hal Clement Award for best Young Adult science fiction. Fiction & Fantasy 2 p.m. Signing 3 p.m.

Susan Vreeland is the author of three novels based on art: Girl in Hyacinth Blue, The Passion of Artemisia and Luncheon of the Boating Party. Her books have been translated into 25 languages. Fiction & Fantasy 10 a.m. Signing 11 a.m.

Geoffrey C. Ward is the author of 14 books, including Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson and co-author, with Ken Burns, of The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945. He has also written or co-written many documentary films about American history, including "The Civil War," "Baseball" and "Jazz." History & Biography 4 p.m. Signing 2 p.m.

Rosemary Wells, a former book designer, has been writing and illustrating for more than 30 years. Her most recent books are Max's ABC and Red Moon at Sharpsburg. She spearheaded a national campaign for early literacy called "Read to Your Bunny: The Most Important Twenty Minutes of Your Day." Children 12 p.m. Signing 1 p.m.

David Wiesner studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, where Tom Sgouros and David Macaulay taught him the fundamentals of drawing and painting and fostered his imaginative spirit. He has published more than 20 books for young readers, among them Tuesday, The Three Pigs and Flotsam. He is the second person to win the Caldecott Medal three times. Children 3 p.m. Signing 4 p.m.

Douglas L. Wilson is a two-time winner of the Lincoln Prize. He received the prize in 1999 for Honor's Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln and in 2007 for Lincoln's Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words. History & Biography 11:45 a.m. Signing 1 p.m.

Jacqueline Wilson was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 2002 and is the current U.K. Children's Laureate (2005-2007). Her latest book is Candyfloss. Children 10:40 a.m. Signing 12 p.m.

Gene Luen Yang received the Xeric Grant, a comics industry award, for Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks, his first comics work. His other works include Duncan's Kingdom (with art by Derek Kirk Kim) and The Rosary Comic Book. His first graphic novel, American Born Chinese, was a National Book Award finalist. Teens & Children 2:55 p.m. Signing 4 p.m.

Kevin Young is the author of five poetry collections including For the Confederate Dead. His first book, Most Way Home, won the Zacharis First Book Prize from Ploughshares. He is also editor of several collections including the anthology, Giant Steps: The New Generation of African American Writers. Poetry 3:30 p.m. Signing 4 p.m.

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