Sunday, September 20, 2009
For the past nine years, The Washington Post and Book World have proudly supported the National Book Festival, which is organize d by the Library of Congress, with, this year, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as honorary chairs. On Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., the Festival will bring more than 75 writers and illustrators to the Mall to talk about their work and autograph their books. The Washington Post is a charter sponsor, and our editors and writers will introduce many of the authors. This special pull-out guide will help you find your way around the Festival, with information about the participants, a map of the festivities and a schedule of author appearances. We look forward to seeing you down at the Mall.
-- Rachel Hartigan Shea, editor of Book World
Names are followed by the pavilion and time of each person's appearance.
SABIHA AL KHEMIR was born in Tunisia and now lives in London. Her second novel, "The Blue Manuscript," published last year, focuses on the interaction of Western and Islamic cultures. FICTION & FANTASY 12:45 P.M. SIGNING 2:30 P.M.
JULIA ALVAREZ calls herself an American, yet her writing bridges the realms of Latina and American culture. Her latest books include "Return to Sender" and "Once Upon a Quinceañera: Coming of Age in the USA." FICTION & FANTASY 1:20 P.M. SIGNING 3 P.M.
DAVID BALDACCI, attorney turned author, has written screenplays, short stories, a novella, a children's book series and 14 consecutive bestsellers. Baldacci's latest release is "First Family." He lives in Virginia. MYSTERIES & THRILLERS 4:30 P.M. SIGNING 1:30 P.M.
DAN BALZ has reported on politics for The Washington Post since 1978. He is co-author, with Haynes Johnson, of "The Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election." HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY 3:50 P.M. SIGNING 4:30 P.M.
MARY BRIGID BARRETT is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator, a professional educator and president and executive director of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance. She is also the organizer of the Library of Congress's chapter book called "The Exquisite Corpse Adventure," which makes its debut in the Children's Pavilion at the 2009 National Book Festival and at www.read.gov. CHILDREN 10 A.M. SIGNING 11:30 A.M.
HOLLY BLACK is a bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for children and teens. Her latest is "The Wyrm King," the final book in the Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles series. CHILDREN 2:30 P.M. SIGNING 12:30 P.M.
JUDY BLUME has sold more than 80 million copies of such young-adult novels as "Blubber: Just as Long as We're Together" and "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" as well as the adult titles "Summer Sisters," "Smart Women" and "Wifey." Her newest book is "Friend or Fiend? With the Pain & the Great One." TEENS & CHILDREN 5 P.M. SIGNING 11:30 A.M.
DOUGLAS BRINKLEY is a professor of history at Rice University. His book "The Great Deluge" won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He also wrote the foreword to David A. Taylor's "Soul of a People: The WPA Writers' Project Uncovers Depression America." HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY 10:35 A.M. SIGNING 12 P.M.
KEN BURNS may be best known for his monumental documentary "The Civil War," which was viewed by more than 40 million people when it premiered in 1990. His newest project is "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," to be broadcast on PBS in six episodes beginning Sept. 27. His collaborator on the series is Dayton Duncan. HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY 4:35 P.M. SIGNING 3 P.M.
PATRICK CARMAN is the acclaimed author of the "Land of Elyon" series, as well the "Atherton" and "Elliot's Park" series. He is the author of "The Black Circle," the newest installment in the bestselling multimedia adventure series "The 39 Clues." His multimedia ghost story "Skeleton Creek" was published early this year. The follow-up title, "Ghost in the Machine," will be published next month. TEENS & CHILDREN 3:50 P.M. SIGNING 2 P.M.
LEE CHILD is the pen name of British thriller writer Jim Grant. Each of Child's novels follows the adventures of a former American military policeman named Jack Reacher. "Gone Tomorrow" is his 13th Jack Reacher adventure. MYSTERIES & THRILLERS 2:05 P.M. SIGNING 12:30 P.M.
MARY JANE CLARK has written 12 novels, all set in the high-stakes world of broadcast journalism, including "Dying for Mercy." Covering the 1992 presidential conventions led to the idea for her first book, "Do You Want to Know a Secret?" The anthrax scares in 2001 inspired "Nowhere to Run." MYSTERIES & THRILLERS 12:20 P.M. SIGNING 3:30 P.M.
MARGARET COEL is the author of the acclaimed Wind River mystery series, set among the Arapahos on Wyoming's Wind River Reservation and featuring Jesuit priest John O'Malley and Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden. The latest is "The Silent Spirit." MYSTERIES & THRILLERS 10:35 A.M. SIGNING 12 P.M.
MICHAEL CONNELLY's first novel to feature LAPD Detective Hieronymus Bosch, "The Black Echo," was based in part on a true crime that had occurred in Los Angeles. It won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America. Connelly has followed up with many more Bosch books and other novels. His 20th novel, "The Scarecrow," was released last spring. MYSTERIES & THRILLERS 10 A.M. SIGNING 11 A.M.
SHARON CREECH is the bestselling author of the Newbery Medal winner "Walk Two Moons" and the Newbery Honor winner "The Wanderer." Her most recent book is "The Unfinished Angel." TEENS & CHILDREN 2:05 P.M. SIGNING 11 A.M.
CARMEN AGRA DEEDY has written seven children's books. "The Yellow Star" has won more than a dozen awards, including the 2001 Christopher Award and the 2001 Jane Addams Peace Association Honor Book Award. Her most recent book is "14 Cows," on which she collaborated with Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah. TEENS & CHILDREN 12:55 P.M. SIGNING 3:30 P.M.
PAULA DEEN is the author of many bestselling cookbooks of Southern food. Her latest is "The Deen Family Cookbook." TEENS & CHILDREN 11:45 A.M. SIGNING 1 P.M.
JUNOT DÍAZ is the author of the short story collection "Drown" and the novel "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," which won the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. FICTION & FANTASY 3:35 P.M. SIGNING 12:30 P.M.
KATE DICAMILLO's first children's book, "Because of Winn Dixie," was a Newbery Honor Book, and her second book, "The Tiger Rising," was a National Book Award finalist. DiCamillo's "The Tale of Despereaux" is the winner of the 2004 Newbery Award. Her newest book is "The Magician's Elephant" (see review on page 11). CHILDREN 10 A.M. TEENS & CHILDREN 2:40 P.M. SIGNING 11:30 A.M.
TONY DITERLIZZI's spooky picture book "The Spider and the Fly" was a Caldecott Honor Medal winner. The Spiderwick Chronicles series, which he created with Holly Black, is based on an idea he had in the works for 20 years. DiTerlizzi's latest project, "Kenny and the Dragon," marks his debut as a chapter book writer. He is also the illustrator of "The Wyrm King," the final book in the Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles series. CHILDREN 2:30 P.M. SIGNING 12:30 P.M.
KIRSTIN DOWNEY became a staff writer for The Washington Post in 1988. In 2000 she was awarded a Nieman fellowship at Harvard University. The fellowship gave Downey the opportunity to focus full-time on research for her new book, "The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR's Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience." In 2008 Downey shared in the Pulitzer Prize awarded to The Washington Post staff for coverage of the campus slayings at Virginia Tech. HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY 10 A.M. SIGNING 11 A.M.
DAYTON DUNCAN is an award-winning writer, documentary filmmaker and the author of nine books. He was a consultant on Ken Burns's series "The Civil War," "Baseball" and "Jazz." He is also Burns's collaborator on "The National Parks: America's Best Idea." HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY 4:35 P.M. SIGNING 3 P.M.
W. RALPH EUBANKS is the author of "Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey into Mississippi's Dark Past," which Washington Post book critic Jonathan Yardley named as one of the best nonfiction books of 2003. His newest book is "The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South." Eubanks lives in Washington, D.C., and is the director of publishing at the Library of Congress. POETRY & PROSE 2:30 P.M. SIGNING 3 P.M.
"THE EXQUISITE CORPSE ADVENTURE" is the name of a story that will be updated every two weeks on the Library of Congress's website, read.gov. Jon Scieszka will present the first chapter at the National Book Festival, with later episodes to be written by Kate DiCamillo, Nikki Grimes, Shannon Hale, Steven Kellogg and Megan McDonald. CHILDREN 10 A.M.
JULIA GLASS was awarded the 2002 National Book Award for Fiction for "Three Junes," her first novel. Her newest book is "I See You Everywhere." POETRY & PROSE 10 A.M. SIGNING 10:30 A.M.
ANNETTE GORDON-REED, a professor of law at New York Law School and winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in history for her book "The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family," is one of the country's most distinguished presidential scholars. HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY 12:20 P.M. SIGNING 3:30 P.M.
NIKKI GRIMES is the recipient of the 2006 National Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her works include the American Library Association Notable Book "What Is Goodbye?" and the novels "Jazmin's Notebook," "Dark Sons" and "The Road to Paris," which is a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book. Her recent books are "Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book," "Voices of Christmas" and "Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel," all published this year. CHILDREN 10 A.M. AND 11:35 A.M. SIGNING 2:30 P.M.
JOHN GRISHAM has written one novel a year since publishing "A Time to Kill" in 1988, and all of them have become international bestsellers, with more than 235 million books in print. His latest novel is "The Associate." Grisham lives in Mississippi and Virginia. FICTION & FANTASY 10:00 A.M. SIGNING 11 A.M.
SHANNON HALE is the author of "The Goose Girl," "Enna Burning" and "River Secrets." With "Austenland" and "The Actor and the Housewife" she has also crossed over into books for adults. Her other book this year is "Forest Born," for young adults. CHILDREN 10 A.M. TEENS & CHILDREN 12:20 P.M. SIGNING 2 P.M.
CRAIG HATKOFF is the author of the picture book "Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship," which was published in 2006 and became an international phenomenon. His newest picture book, "Winter's Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again," is the inspiring true story of a rescued baby dolphin that learned to swim using a prosthetic tail. CHILDREN 12:10 P.M. SIGNING 1 P.M.
EDWARD HIRSCH's first collection of verse, "For the Sleepwalkers," received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets and the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University. His second collection, "Wild Gratitude," received the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1986. His book "How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry" was a bestseller in 1999. He wrote the Poet's Choice column for The Washington Post from 2002 to 2004. POETRY & PROSE 11 A.M. SIGNING 11:30 A.M.
JANE HIRSHFIELD is the author of six collections of poetry, including "After," which was chosen as one of the best books of 2006 by The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Financial Times. POETRY & PROSE 1 P.M. SIGNING 1:30 P.M.
GWEN IFILL is the bestselling author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama" as well as the moderator and managing editor of Public Broadcasting's "Washington Week" and senior correspondent for "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer." HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY 3:15 P.M. SIGNING 4 P.M.
JOHN IRVING is the bestselling author of "The World According to Garp," "The Hotel New Hampshire," "The Cider House Rules" and "A Prayer for Owen Meany," among other novels. Irving wrote the screenplay for the 1999 film adaptation of "The Cider House Rules" and won an Oscar for his work. His most recent novels include "The Fourth Hand," "Until I Find You" and "Last Night in Twisted River," which will be published next month. FICTION & FANTASY 2:10 P.M. SIGNING 12 P.M.
CRAIG JOHNSON has received both critical and popular praise for his western novels. "Another Man's Moccasins" was the recipient of the Western Writers of America's Spur Award as Novel of the Year in 2008 and the Mountains and Plains Book of the Year. MYSTERIES & THRILLERS 11:10 A.M. SIGNING 1:30 P.M.
HAYNES JOHNSON is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a bestselling author and a television commentator. His latest work is "The Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election," which he wrote with Dan Balz. HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY 3:50 P.M. SIGNING 4:30 P.M.
STEVEN KELLOGG has written or illustrated, or both, nearly 90 books for children and young people. The most recent book he has illustrated is "The Pied Piper's Magic." CHILDREN 10 A.M. AND 3:40 P.M. SIGNING 1 P.M.
LIZ KESSLER's popular Emily Windsnap series for middle-grade readers features the deep-sea adventures of Emily, half-girl, half-mermaid. Kessler's newest release is "Philippa Fisher and the Dream-Maker's Daughter," the second book in a new fantasy series. TEENS & CHILDREN 10:35 A.M. SIGNING 12 P.M.
SUE MONK KIDD is the author of the widely acclaimed nonfiction books "The Dance of the Dissident Daughter" and "When the Heart Waits." Her first novel, "The Secret Life of Bees," has sold more than 5 million copies and was made into a motion picture. Her most recent novel is the bestseller "The Mermaid Chair." She has recently collaborated with her daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor, on "Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story." HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY 1:30 P.M. SIGNING 11 A.M.
JEFF KINNEY began to formulate ideas for "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" in 1998. He published daily installments of the Diary online before releasing it as a book, which became a bestseller. He followed that success with two other Diary books. The newest in the series is "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw." TEENS & CHILDREN 4:25 P.M. SIGNING 1 P.M.
MARK KURLANSKY's books "Cod," "Salt" and "1968" were all bestsellers. His latest, "The Food of a Younger Land," is based on writings from the Depression, when food was seasonal, regional and traditional. HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY 11:10 A.M. SIGNING 2 P.M.
LOIS LOWRY is a two-time recipient of the Newbery Medal for her novels "Number the Stars" and "The Giver." In her first picture book, "Crow Call," which is out next month, Lowry pairs with artist Bagram Ibatoulline to deliver a story about a child becoming reacquainted with her father after his return from World War II. CHILDREN 12:45 P.M. SIGNING 3 P.M.
VALERIE MARTÍNEZ's first book of poetry, "Absence, Luminescent," won the Larry Levis Prize and a Greenwall Grant from the Academy of American Poets. Her forthcoming books include "Each and Her," a book-length poem, and "And They Called It Horizon," her third poetry collection. She is an associate professor of English and creative writing at the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico and was named the poet laureate of Santa Fe last year. POETRY & PROSE 10:30 A.M. SIGNING 11 A.M.
MEGAN MCDONALD is the author of the critically acclaimed Judy Moody series that has won numerous awards, including Publishers Weekly's Best Book of the Year and the International Reading Association Children's Choice Award. Her newest book is "The Rule of Three," which is a Sisters Club story about the Acton family. CHILDREN 10 A.M. AND 1:55 P.M. SIGNING 4 P.M.
JON MEACHAM's latest book, "American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House," won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for biography. Meacham is also the editor of Newsweek, where he began as a writer in 1995. HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY 2:05 P.M. SIGNING 3:30 P.M.
ANA MENENDEZ is the author of the novel "Loving Che" and the short story collection "In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd." Her second novel is "The Last War." Since 1991 Menendez has worked as a journalist in the United States and abroad, including the last three years as a prize-winning columnist for the Miami Herald. POETRY & PROSE 1:30 P.M. SIGNING 2 P.M.
RICKEY MINOR is the Emmy-nominated music director of "American Idol." The ultimate "American Idol" insider recalls his journey from South Central Los Angeles to center stage in his memoir, "There's No Traffic on the Extra Mile." HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY 11:45 A.M. SIGNING 3:30 P.M.
WALTER MOSLEY is the author of the critically acclaimed Easy Rawlins mystery series. Mosley's latest book is "The Long Fall: The First Leonid McGill Mystery." MYSTERIES & THRILLERS 11:45 A.M. SIGNING 4 P.M.
AZAR NAFISI is best known as the author of the national bestseller "Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books." Her new book, "Things I Have Been Silent About: Memories," a memoir about her mother, was published this year. She lives in Washington, D.C. POETRY & PROSE 3 P.M. SIGNING 4 P.M.
WILSON KIMELI NAIYOMAH collaborated on "14 Cows" with Carmen Agra Deedy. His story of life as a Maasai warrior is at the center of Deedy's book. TEENS & CHILDREN 12:55 P.M. SIGNING 3:30 P.M.
KADIR NELSON has illustrated many celebrated picture books for children, including two Caldecott Honor titles, "Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad" and "Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom." His own book, "We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball," won numerous honors, including the 2009 Coretta Scott King Author Award. Nelson is the illustrator of "Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson," written by Sharon Robinson. CHILDREN 1:20 P.M. SIGNING 2:30 P.M.
KATHERINE NEVILLE's books "The Eight," "A Calculated Risk" and "The Magic Circle" are bestsellers in more than 30 languages. "The Fire," published last year is Neville's long-awaited sequel to "The Eight." She lives in Virginia, Santa Fe, N.M., and Washington, D.C. FICTION & FANTASY 11:35 A.M. SIGNING 12:30 P.M.
TIM O'BRIEN received the National Book Award in Fiction in 1979 for his novel "Going After Cacciato." In 2005 "The Things They Carried" was named by the New York Times as one of the 20 best books of the last quarter-century. O'Brien's other works include "If I Die in a Combat Zone," "Northern Lights," "Tomcat in Love" and "July, July." POETRY & PROSE 4:15 P.M. SIGNING 2:30 P.M.
JAMES PATTERSON holds the New York Times bestseller list record, with 46 titles overall. His latest adult novel is "Swimsuit." "Daniel X: Watch the Skies" is his latest for young adults. His ReadKiddoRead website is "dedicated to making kids readers for life." TEENS & CHILDREN 10 A.M. MYSTERIES & THRILLERS 12:55 P.M. SIGNING 11 A.M.
GEORGE PELECANOS, the author of 15 crime novels set in and around Washington, D.C., has won several awards, including International Crime Novel of the Year for "The Big Blowdown" and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for "Hell to Pay" in 2003 and again in 2004 for "Soul Circus." His most recent novel is "The Way Home." He works regularly as a screenwriter and independent-film producer and was a writer and producer for the acclaimed HBO television series "The Wire." He lives in Maryland. MYSTERIES & THRILLERS 2:40 P.M. SIGNING 11:30 A.M.
JODI PICOULT wrote her first novel, "Songs of the Humpback Whale," in 1992, while she was pregnant with her first child. She is now the author of 15 bestsellers, including her latest, "Handle with Care." FICTION & FANTASY 11 A.M. SIGNING 12:30 P.M.
JERRY PINKNEY has illustrated more than 100 books for children since 1964. The recipient of multiple Caldecott Honor Medals and Coretta Scott King Awards and Honors, his most recent book for children is "The Lion and the Mouse," a wordless adaptation of one of Aesop's most beloved fables (see review on page 11). CHILDREN 4:15 P.M. SIGNING 2 P.M.
POETRY OUT LOUD is a nationwide contest sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts and the Poetry Foundation to encourage students to learn poetry through recitation and performance. POETRY & PROSE 11:30 A.M.
RICK RIORDAN is the author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series for children and the Tres Navarre mystery series for adults. For 15 years, Riordan taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. His adult fiction has won the top three national awards in the mystery genre: the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. TEENS & CHILDREN 3:15 P.M. SIGNING 1:30 P.M.
MARILYNNE ROBINSON is the author of the novels "Gilead" -- winner of the Pulitzer Prize -- and "Housekeeping" and two books of nonfiction, "Mother Country" and "The Death of Adam." Her latest novel is "Home," a National Book Award finalist. POETRY & PROSE 3:45 P.M. SIGNING 2 P.M.
SHARON ROBINSON, daughter of legendary baseball hero and civil rights pioneer Jackie Robinson, is the author of several books for young readers, including the acclaimed "Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America" and the novels "Safe at Home" and "Slam Dunk." In her first picture book, "Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson," illustrated by Kadir Nelson, Robinson shares a childhood memory about her father. CHILDREN 1:20 P.M. SIGNING 2:30 P.M.
S.J. ROZAN is the author of 11 novels, including "The Shanghai Moon," her latest. Her work has won the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero and Macavity awards, and she has served on the national boards of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. MYSTERIES & THRILLERS 1:30 P.M. SIGNING 2:30 P.M.
KAY RYAN is in her second year as the Library of Congress's Poet Laureate. Ryan's latest book, published in 2008, is an illustrated collection of poems titled "The Jam Jar Lifeboat." POETRY & PROSE 12 P.M. SIGNING 1 P.M.
CHARLES SANTORE is the latest in a line of distinguished illustrators who have created the poster art for the National Book Festival. In addition to the 2009 poster, Santore has also illustrated such classics as "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and "Aesop's Fables." Santore also writes and illustrates his own books. His latest works are "The Little Mermaid: From the Story by Hans Christian Andersen" and "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus," an illustration of an L. Frank Baum tale. CHILDREN 11 A.M. SIGNING 12 P.M. AND 3 P.M.
SIMON SCHAMA is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. His books have been translated into 15 languages and include "Patriots and Liberators: Revolution and Government in the Netherlands 1780-1813," "The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age," "Rembrandt's Eyes" and "The Power of Art," which was also an eight-part series on PBS. His new book is "The American Future: A History," which is also the title of his four-part BBC documentary. HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY 2:40 P.M. SIGNING 4 P.M.
JON SCIESZKA is the first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, a program sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Children's Book Council. He is the author of "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs," the Time Warp Trio chapter book series, the Caldecott Honor Book "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Fairy Tales" and the Trucktown series. Among several books that Scieszka will soon publish is "Robot Zot!," illustrated by David Shannon. CHILDREN 10 A.M. AND 4:50 P.M. SIGNING 11:30 A.M.
LISA SCOTTOLINE wrote her first novel, "Everywhere That Mary Went," while serving as an administrative law clerk. She has now written 16 bestselling legal-suspense novels, with more than 25 million copies in print. Her most recent novel is "Look Again." MYSTERIES & THRILLERS 3:15 P.M. SIGNING 1 P.M.
DAVID SHANNON won the Caldecott Honor in 1998 for "No, David!," which he wrote as well as illustrated. Shannon is also the illustrator of Jon Scieszka's "Robot Zot!" CHILDREN 4:50 P.M. SIGNING 11:30 A.M.
DANIEL SILVA burst onto the scene in 1997 with "The Unlikely Spy," a novel of love and deception set during the Allied invasion of France in World War II. "The Defector" is his ninth novel to feature art restorer and sometime Israel secret agent, Gabriel Allon. Silva lives in Washington, D.C. MYSTERIES & THRILLERS 3:50 P.M. SIGNING 1 P.M.
PATRICIA SMITH's fifth book of poetry, "Blood Dazzler," chronicles the human, physical and emotional toll exacted by Hurricane Katrina. It was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award. POETRY & PROSE 2 P.M. SIGNING 2:30 P.M.
NICHOLAS SPARKS is the author of such bestsellers as "The Notebook," "Message in a Bottle" and "Nights in Rodanthe" -- all of which have been turned into popular films. His most recent books are "The Lucky One" and "The Last Song." FICTION & FANTASY 3 P.M. SIGNING 12 P.M.
PATRICIA SULLIVAN is the author of "Days of Hope: Race and Democracy in the New Deal Era," co-editor of "Civil Rights in the United States" and the author of "Freedom Writer: Virginia Foster Durr, Letters from the Civil Rights Years." Her most recent book is "Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement." HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY 12:55 P.M. SIGNING 2:30 P.M.
JAMES L. SWANSON is the author of "Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer," upon which the young people's version, "Chasing Lincoln's Killer," is based. He serves on the advisory board of the Ford's Theatre Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Campaign and also on the advisory committee of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Swanson lives in Washington, D.C. TEENS & CHILDREN 11:10 A.M. SIGNING 2 P.M.
ANN KIDD TAYLOR has co-written with her mother, Sue Monk Kidd, a spiritual memoir called "Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story," about a series of pilgrimages the two made together through Greece, France, Turkey and Switzerland. HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY 1:30 P.M. SIGNING 11 A.M.
DAVID A. TAYLOR is the author of "Ginseng," a book about the ancient herb, and "Success Stories," a collection of nonfiction stories. He has most recently written "Soul of a People: The WPA Writers' Project Uncovers Depression America" and wrote and co-produced the documentary of the same name. He lives in Virginia. HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY 10:35 A.M. SIGNING 12 P.M.
JEANNETTE WALLS has been a reporter for New York magazine, Esquire, USA Today and MSNBC.com, where she currently works. Her memoir, "The Glass Castle," was a bestseller and is being turned into a movie. Walls is also the author of "Dish: The Inside Story of the World of Gossip." Her newest work is "Half Broke Horses: A True Life Novel," the story of her grandmother, which will be published this October. Walls lives in Virginia. FICTION & FANTASY 12:10 P.M. SIGNING 1:30 P.M.
COLSON WHITEHEAD's first novel, "The Intuitionist," concerned intrigue in the Department of Elevator Inspectors and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and a winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club's New Voices Award. "John Henry Days," an investigation of the steel-driving man of American folklore, followed in 2001. It was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. "Apex Hides the Hurt" (2006) is a novel about a "nomenclature consultant" who gets an assignment to name a town, and was a recipient of the PEN/Oakland Award. "Sag Harbor," published this year, is a novel about teenagers hanging out in Sag Harbor, Long Island, during the summer of 1985. He calls it his "autobiographical fourth novel." FICTION & FANTASY 4:10 P.M. SIGNING 1:30 P.M.
MO WILLEMS worked for nine years on "Sesame Street," where he won six Emmy Awards and developed characters such as Suzy Kabloozie. He later created "Sheep in the Big City" for the Cartoon Network and "The Off-Beats" for Nickelodeon. His first book, "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!," won a Caldecott Honor in 2004. The following year, "Knuffle Bunny" won another Caldecott Honor. Among Willems's most recent books are "Pigs Make Me Sneeze! (An Elephant & Piggie Book)" and "Big Frog Can't Fit In," both published this year. CHILDREN 3:05 P.M. SIGNING 12:30 P.M.
JACQUELINE WOODSON's books have won the Newbery, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King awards, among others. Her latest book is "Peace, Locomotion," about two foster children who are forced to live in separate families after the death of their parents. TEENS & CHILDREN 1:30 P.M. SIGNING 4 P.M.
DAVID WROBLEWSKI grew up in rural central Wisconsin, not far from the Chequamegon National Forest, where "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" is set. "Edgar Sawtelle" is his first book and was chosen for Oprah Winfrey's Book Club. FICTION & FANTASY 4:45 P.M. SIGNING 2 P.M.