Author Talks

The House on Mango Street | Sandra Cisneros

Good Night Thoughts | Max Greenfield

the year of the buttered cat Susan & Lexi Haas

The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store | James McBride

Just for the Summer | Abby Jimenez

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Night Flyer | Tiya Miles

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Music and Mind |Renée Fleming

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Featured Books

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The House on Mango Street is one of the most cherished novels of the last fifty years. Readers from all walks of life have fallen for the voice of Esperanza Cordero, growing up in Chicago and inventing for herself who and what she will become. “In English my name means hope,” she says. “In Spanish it means too many letters. It means sadness, it means waiting.”

Good Night Thoughts by Max Greenfield

Good Night Thoughts by Max Greenfield

What do we do when we can’t fall asleep? The child in this story has racing thoughts–funny, silly, and scary–that are running on a cycle they can’t stop. It’s only when they begin to think to themselves: Do any of these thoughts have merit? Am I in any danger right here and now? that they are finally able to settle down.

the year of the buttered cat by Susan and Lexi Haas

the year of the buttered cat by Susan & Lexi Haas

Thirteen years ago, when she was just a tiny baby, something terrible happened to Lexi Haas. Something criminal. It left her with an out-of-control body and without a voice. Now, as a precocious, superhero-obsessed teen, Lexi is counting down the final 24 hours to a risky brain surgery that might help her talk or–dare she dream it?–to walk and use her hands.

The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store

The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride

In 1972, when workers in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, were digging the foundations for a new development, the last thing they expected to find was a skeleton at the bottom of a well. Who the skeleton was and how it got there were two of the long-held secrets kept by the residents of Chicken Hill, the dilapidated neighborhood where immigrant Jews and African Americans lived side by side and shared ambitions and sorrows.

Just for the Summer by Abby Jimenez

Just for the Summer by Abby Jimenez

Justin has a curse, and thanks to a Reddit thread, it’s now all over the internet. Every woman he dates goes on to find their soul mate the second they break up. When a woman slides into his DMs with the same problem, they come up with a plan: They’ll date each other and break up. Their curses will cancel each other’s out, and they’ll both go on to find the love of their lives. It’s a bonkers idea… and it just might work.

Night Flyer by Tiya Miles

Night Flyer by Tiya Miles

Harriet Tubman is among the most famous Americans ever born and soon to be the face of the twenty-dollar bill. Yet often she’s a figure more out of myth than history, almost a comic-book superhero. Tiya Miles’s extraordinary Night Flyer changes all that. With her characteristic tenderness and imaginative genius, Miles explores beyond the stock historical grid to weave Tubman’s life into the fabric of her world.

Music and Mind by Renee Fleming

Music and Mind by Renée Fleming

World-renowned soprano and arts/health advocate Renée Fleming curates a collection of essays from leading scientists, artists, creative arts therapists, educators, and healthcare providers about the powerful impacts of music and the arts on health and the human experience. Renée Fleming draws upon her own experience as an advocate to showcase the breadth of this booming field, inviting leading experts to share their discoveries.


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PBS Books is pleased to present the 2024 Library of Congress National Book Festival Virtual Author Talk Series. Sit down with featured authors from this year’s Festival to discuss their latest books and discover the stories behind their stories with a focus on how “Books Build Us Up,” the 2024 National Book Festival theme.

The 24th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, August 24, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.