METRO EVENTS – (PHOTOS) The Library of Congress gathers book lovers at 2023 National Book Festival


By Nina Glick, Photojournalist

August 13, 2023

Photos by Nina Glick and DC Spotlight Newspaper

The Library of Congress hosted its annual National Book Festival on Saturday at Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Downtown Washington, DC.

The biggest crowd of the day was for actor Elliot Page discussing his new book Pageboy with Semafor’s Gina Chua.

Chasten Buttigieg, husband of Transportation Scretary and former Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, discussed the new edition of his book titled I Have Something to Tell You: For Young Adults with CBS News correspondent David Begnaud.

NPR’s Jenn White hosted a conversation titled “History Is Heating Up: Environmental Awakening vs. Climate Change Denial” featuring Douglas Brinkley (middle) who wrote, Silent Spring Revolution, a book about environmental activism from 1960-1973 and David Lipsky (left) whose book The Parrot and the Igloo examines the history and advancement of climate denial and environmental science.

David Rubenstein, the chair of the festival as well co-founder and co-chairman of the private equity firm The Carlyle Group, moderated a conversation with Beverly Gage, author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning book G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century and the author of Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington James Kirchick.

David Rubenstein

Beverly Gage

James Kirchick

The host of NPR’s All Things Considered, Mary Louise Kelly, discussed her new book It. Goes. So. Fast.: The Year of No Do-Overs with the host of NPR’s “Book of the Day” podcast Andrew Limbong.

Pulitzer-Prize winning author and professor of sociology at Princeton University Matthew Desmond discussed his new book Poverty, by America.

R.K. Russell, the first active NFL player to come out as bisexual, spoke about his book The Yards Between Us: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Football.

Monica Valentine, a program specialist in the Library of Congress Informal Learning Office, working primarily in the Young Readers Center and Programs Lab, moderated a conversation titled “I’m Already Stressed About Homework. You Need Me to Solve a Mystery Too?” with Young Adult book authors Karen M. McManus and native Washingtonian Nick Brooks.

NPR’s Ayesha Rascoe moderated “The World Offers Itself to Your Imagination: Nature Poetry with Camille T. Dungy and Joy Harjo.” Dungy is a poet and author of Soil: The Story of a Black Mother’s Garden” and Harjo was the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold that honor.


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