SUNDAY, SEPT. 23 — Noon-12:45, National Student Poets Program: Five outstanding high school poets will read their work at the debut of National Student Poets Program. The students are beginning a year as literary ambassadors, encouraging other young people to explore and develop new creative capabilities. No signing.

12:55-1:40, Meet student writing winners: This summer the Library of Congress and the D.C. Public Library challenged rising fifth- and sixth-graders to write an essay on the theme “A Book That Shaped Me.” Hear contest winners read their reflections on books that have had an impact on their lives. No signing.

1:50-2:35, Michael Dirda on Sherlock Holmes: Michael Dirda, a Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic for The Washington Post, is the author of the memoir “An Open Book” and four collections of essays. He’ll talk about his new book, “On Conan Doyle: Or, The Whole Art of Storytelling,” a personal introduction to the man who created Sherlock Holmes as well as an insider’s account of the Holmes-loving Baker Street Irregulars. Signing at 4.

2:45-3:30, Celebrating “A Wrinkle in Time”: Hope Larson, Anita Silvey and Leonard Marcus will discuss why “A Wrinkle in Time,” by Madeleine L’Engle, continues to delight readers a half-century after its publication. Larson is a comics creator whose books include the graphic novel “Chiggers.” Silvey is the author of “100 Best Books for Children” and “500 Great Books for Teens.” Marcus is a historian and critic whose reviews appeared in Parenting magazine for 21 years. Signing at 4:30.

3:40-4:25, The world of J.R.R. Tolkien: At Washington College in Chestertown, Md., Corey Olsen teaches classes on Chaucer, courtly love, Arthurian literature, the Bible, Greco-Roman mythology — and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Encouraged by the listeners of his “Tolkien Professor” podcast, he has established the Mythgard Institute, an organization that promotes teaching and research in Tolkien studies, fantasy literature and related fields. Olsen has just published “Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit.’ ” Signing at 4:45.

4:35-5:20, Meet the festival’s poster artist: Get to know this year’s Library of Congress National Book Festival poster artist, Rafael Lopez, whose work is a fusion of colorful graphic style and magical symbolism. Growing up in Mexico City, Lopez developed a style rooted in Mexican surrealism and myths. The 2011 stamps he created for the U.S. Postal Service celebrate such Latin music legends as Carmen Miranda and Selena. Signing at 1:30; also Saturday at 11.

September 14, 2012
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