National Book Festival author schedule: Poetry & Prose

Sunday, September 19, 2010; BW07

10 A.M.


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.

10:35 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.

11:10 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.

11:45 A.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.

12:20 P.M.


Poetry Out Loud encourages high school students to memorize and perform great poems. Award-winning students will read poems during this event.

12:55 P.M.


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.

1:30 P.M.


Chang-rae Lee took a job on Wall Street in 1987, but the work was unfulfilling, so he resigned and decided to work on a novel. That novel was never published, but his next one, "Native Speaker," was. "Native Speaker" won the American Book Award and the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. His new novel is "Surrendered." Signing 3 p.m.

2:05 P.M.


Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul and grew up in a large family in the city's wealthy westernized district. Until the age of 22, he devoted himself largely to painting and dreamed of becoming an artist. At 23, Pamuk decided to become a novelist and retreated into his flat and began to write. In 2006 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. His new book is "The Museum of Innocence." Signing 12:30 p.m.

3:10 P.M.


Natasha Trethewey's most recent collection of poetry is "Native Guard," for which she won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize. Her newest book is "Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf." Signing 1:30 p.m.

4 P.M.


Allegra Goodman's first book -- a collection of short stories -- was published in 1989, on the day she graduated from Harvard. Her novels include "The Family Markowitz," "Paradise Park" and "Intuition." Her newest book is "The Cookbook Collector." Signing 2:30 p.m.

4:35 P.M.


Jane Smiley is the author of several critically acclaimed and popular novels, including "The Age of God," "The Greenlanders," "Ordinary Love and Good Will," "A Thousand Acres" (winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award), "Horse Heaven," "Good Faith" and a new young adult novel, "The Georges and the Jewels." Smiley's new novel for adults is "Private Life." Smiley will also appear in the Teens & Children pavilion at 12 p.m. Signing 1:30 p.m.

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