National Book Festival author schedule: Poetry & Prose
Elizabeth Alexander is a poet, essayist, playwright and teacher. A collection of her poetry, "American Sublime," was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Most recently she published "Miss Crandall's School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color," her first young-adult collection (co-written with Marilyn Nelson). Last year she composed and delivered the poem "Praise Song for the Day" for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Alexander is chair of African American Studies at Yale University. Signing 11:30 a.m.
The 2001 National Book Award for fiction went to Jonathan Franzen's "The Corrections," a sprawling family drama that was one of the decade's bestselling works of literary fiction. The novel was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Franzen's new novel is "Freedom." Signing 11:30 a.m.
After graduation, Gail Godwin worked as a reporter for the Miami Herald, which inspired her novel "Queen of the Underworld." She then traveled to Europe, working for the U.S. Travel Service at the U.S. Embassy in London. These years are documented in volume 1 of "The Making of a Writer" (volume 2 is scheduled for publication this year). Her PhD dissertation from the University of Iowa was published in 1970 as her first novel, "The Perfectionists." Her latest book is "Unfinished Desires." Signing 12 p.m.
Rae Armantrout is the 2010 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for "Versed," which the Pulitzer committee cited as "a book striking for its wit and linguistic inventiveness." Signing 12:30 p.m.
POETRY OUT LOUD
Poetry Out Loud encourages high school students to memorize and perform great poems. Award-winning students will read poems during this event.
Thomas Mallon's novels include "Henry and Clara," "Two Moons," "Dewey Defeats Truman" and "Aurora 7." This year he became director of the creative writing program at George Washington University. His new book is "Yours Ever: People and Their Letters." Signing 2:30 p.m.