National Book Festival author schedule: History & Biography

Sunday, September 19, 2010; BW09

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.

1:30 P.M.


Evan Thomas is the author of seven works of nonfiction: "Sea of Thunder," "John Paul Jones," "Robert Kennedy," "The Very Best Men," "The Man to See," "The Wise Men" and his latest, "The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst and the Rush to Empire." He lives in Washington, D.C. Signing 3 p.m.

2:05 P.M.


Timothy Egan has worked for the New York Times for 18 years -- as Pacific Northwest correspondent and as a national enterprise reporter. In 2001 he was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that wrote the series "How Race Is Lived in America." He is the author of several books, including "The Worst Hard Time," a history of the Dust Bowl, for which he won the National Book Award, and, most recently, "The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America." Signing 3 p.m.

2:40 P.M.


James McGrath Morris spent five years working on his latest work, "Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print and Power." His previous book, "The Rose Man of Sing Sing: A True Tale of Life, Murder and Redemption in the Age of Yellow Journalism," was named one of the best books of 2004 by The Washington Post. Signing 3:30 p.m.

3:15 P.M.


Steven V. Roberts is the author of "My Fathers' Houses" and co-author of "From This Day Forward." He has worked as a journalist for more than 40 years, including positions at U.S. News & World Report and the New York Times, where he was a bureau chief in Los Angeles and Athens and a correspondent for Congress and the White House. Since 1997 he has been the Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. His new book is "From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the Lives They Made in America." Roberts will be interviewed by his wife, Cokie Roberts. Signing 1 p.m.

3:50 P.M.


Richard Holmes's first book, "Shelley: The Pursuit," won the Somerset Maugham Prize in 1974. "Coleridge: Early Visions" won the 1989 Whitbread Book of the Year, and "Dr. Johnson & Mr. Savage" won the James Tait Black Prize. "Coleridge: Darker Reflections" won the Duff Cooper Prize and the Heinemann Award. His most recent book is "The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and the Terror of Science." Signing 2 p.m.

4:25 P.M.


Stacy Schiff is the author of "Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov)," which won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for biography, and "Saint-Exupéry: A Biography," which was a finalist for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize. Schiff's "A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France and the Birth of America" won the 2006 George Washington Book Prize, the Ambassador Award in American Studies and the Gilbert Chinard Prize of the Institut Français. Her next book is "Cleopatra," which comes out in November. Signing 1:30 p.m.

5 P.M.


David Remnick is the editor of the New Yorker. Previously, he was a staff writer at The Washington Post, where he covered a variety of beats, including four years as a correspondent in Moscow. His book "Lenin's Tomb" is an account of the unraveling of the Soviet empire. His most recent book is "The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama." Signing 11:30 a.m.

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