National Book Festival author schedule: History & Biography

Sunday, September 19, 2010

10 A.M.


A professor of history at Brown University, Gordon S. Wood is the author of several critically acclaimed and widely read histories, including "Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different" and "The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History." His book in the multi-volume Oxford History of the United States, "Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815," was recently published. Signing 11 a.m.

10:35 A.M.


In 2001 Laura Bush joined with the Library of Congress to launch the first National Book Festival in Washington. She is the co-author with her daughter Jenna of "Read All About It!" Mrs. Bush's most recent book is the memoir "Spoken from the Heart." There will not be a book signing.

11:10 A.M.


Nell Irvin Painter is the Edwards Professor of American History emerita at Princeton University, where she was director of African American Studies from 1997 to 2000. Her books include "Creating Black Americans," "Southern History Across the Color Line" and, most recently, "The History of White People." Signing 1 p.m.

11:45 A.M.


David E. Hoffman has served The Washington Post as White House correspondent, diplomatic correspondent, Moscow bureau chief and assistant managing editor for foreign news. His first book, based on reporting in Moscow, was "The Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia." His most recent work, "The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy," won the Pulitzer Prize. Signing 1:30 p.m.

12:20 P.M.


Wil Haygood is a Washington Post staff writer and an acclaimed biographer. His "In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis Jr." won the Zora Neale Hurston-Richard Wright Legacy Award, the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award and was named nonfiction book of the year by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. "King of the Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell Jr." was named a New York Times Notable Book. His family memoir, "The Haygoods of Columbus," received the Great Lakes Book Award. He has been an Alicia Patterson fellow and, for his newspaper work, a Pulitzer Prize finalist. His new book is "Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson." Signing 2:30 p.m.

12:55 P.M.


Adele Logan Alexander's research and teaching incorporate the black Atlantic world, African American history, family history, gender issues, and military and social history. She is an adjunct professor of history at George Washington University. Her latest book is "Parallel Worlds: The Remarkable Gibbs-Hunts and the Enduring (In)Significance of Race." Signing 11:30 a.m.

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