Janelle Monáe and Nick Offerman headline Library of Congress National Book Festival

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The National Book Festival returns to the Washington Convention Center on Saturday for free events on 10 stages from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the theme “Books Bring Us Together.”

OMCP’s Jason Fraley gives an overview of the National Book Festival (Part 1)

The national book day returns to the Washington Convention Center on Saturday for free events on 10 stages from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the theme “Books Bring Us Together.”

“We’ve been running the book festival for 22 years,” festival director Jarrod MacNeil told OMCP. “For the past two years we’ve been forced to do it virtually due to the pandemic…but this year we’re coming back in person and we’re really excited.”

This year’s lineup includes acclaimed singer/actress Janelle Monáe, who will talk about her debut book “The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer”.

“She’s an American songwriter, she’s an actress, she’s a fashion icon,” MacNeil said. “She recently had a great conversation with the Librarian of Congress and I know that Dr. Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, is very excited about her coming to our main stage.”



You’ll also hear from Nick Offerman, better known as Ron Swanson on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” who will discuss his new book, “Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside “. .”

Nyle DiMarco of “America’s Next Top Model” and “Dancing with the Stars” will discuss her new memoir “Deaf Utopia: A Memoir―and a Love Letter to a Way of Life.”

You’ll also meet Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize winner, author of ‘Year of Wonders’, ‘March’ and her new book ‘Horse: A Novel’, which MacNeil calls ‘an interesting story about…the most unknown horse famous when it comes to the horse racing industry.

Mitch Albom will celebrate the 25th anniversary of ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’, while actress Megan Mullaney will interview ‘comic master’ Leslie Jordan.

“Being able to come back to an in-person event for the National Book Festival is really rewarding,” MacNeil said. “Books bring us together.”

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OMCP’s Jason Fraley gives an overview of the National Book Festival (Part 2)

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