Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith Inaugural Reading
Video: Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith Inaugural Reading
Tracy K. Smith gave her inaugural reading as the 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. She was joined by National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, who opened the event with an original poem.
Speaker Biography: Tracy K. Smith was born in Falmouth, Mass. in 1972 and raised in Fairfield, Calif. She is the author of three books of poetry, including "Life on Mars," winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; "Duende," winner of the 2006 James Laughlin Award and the 2008 Essence Literary Award; and "The Body's Question," winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith is also the author of a memoir, "Ordinary Light," a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Nonfiction and selected as a Notable Book by The New York Times and The Washington Post. Her fourth poetry collection, "Wade in the Water," will be published in 2018.
For transcript and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=8113
Dolly Parton Dedicates Her Imagination Library's 100 Million
Video: Dolly Parton Dedicates Her Imagination Library's 100 Millionth Book to the Library of Congress
Singer-songwriter Dolly Parton joined Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden for a presentation of the 100 millionth book in Parton's Imagination Library program, donated to the Library of Congress. The program featured a reading with school children and an announcement about a new literacy collaboration between Parton's program and the Library of Congress. Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a book-gifting organization that has, to date, mailed 100 million books to children in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States. Each month, the program currently mails a specially selected, high-quality, age appropriate book to more than 1 million registered children from birth until they start Kindergarten in participating communities.
For transcript and more information, visit https://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=8289
Matthew Desmond: 2017 National Book Festival
Video: Matthew Desmond: 2017 National Book Festival
Matthew Desmond discusses "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" at the 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: Matthew Desmond is the John L. Loeb associate professor of the social sciences at Harvard University. His research focuses on urban sociology, race and ethnicity, poverty, social theory, organizations and work, and ethnography. Desmond was awarded a MacArthur grant in 2015 for his work on poverty. He is the author of four books, including the award-winning "On the Fireline." His most recent book, "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" is the winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction.
For transcript and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=8090
Library of Awesome: Paul Levitz and DC Comics
Video: Library of Awesome: Paul Levitz and DC Comics
The Library of Congress will celebrate the 1000th issue of seminal DC comic book series Action Comics, a commemoration of 80 years of Superman, with a live interview featuring DC legends. Former publisher and president of DC, Paul Levitz, will join famed DC writer and artist Dan Jurgens, known for his work on the Superman series and the pop culture phenomenon “The Death of Superman,” for a conversation about the history of superhero comics, the writers and artists who create comics and the legacy of DC’s iconic Superman character.
Levitz and Jurgens will be interviewed by creator Michael Cavna, of the Eisner-nominated “Comic Riffs” column for The Washington Post.
The event coincides with Awesome Con, which will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center beginning March 30.
Seen & Heard: The Power of Books
Video: Seen & Heard: The Power of Books
A symposium on diversity in children's literature, "Seen and Heard: The Power of Books" included prominent authors and followed the 2018 ceremony for the Walter Dean Myers Awards, honoring literature for young readers. The symposium was co-sponsored by the We Need Diverse Book organization.
For transcript and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=8300
Ishmael Reed: 2015 National Book Festival
Video: Ishmael Reed: 2015 National Book Festival
Ishmael Reed discusses "The Complete Muhammad Ali" at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and a finalist for two National Book Awards, Ishmael Reed is a novelist, poet, playwright, editor, lyricist and essayist with more than 25 published books. His works include "Yellow Black Radio Broke-Down," "The Last Days of Louisiana Red," "Mixing It Up: Taking on the Media Bullies and Other Reflections" and "MultiAmerica, Essays on Cultural Wars and Cultural Peace." In his nonfiction book "Going Too Far: Essays About America's Nervous Breakdown," Reed challenges the idea that racism is no longer a factor in American life. His new book is "The Complete Muhammad Ali." He is also the founder of the Before Columbus Foundation, an organization that administers the American Book Awards, which recognize contributions to multicultural literature.
For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=6930
House Science & National Labs Caucus: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Video: House Science & National Labs Caucus: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson kicked off the House Science & National Labs Caucus with a lecture at the Library of Congress.
Speaker Biography: Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist and science communicator. He is currently the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space and a research associate in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. He has appeared on or hosted several television programs promoting science and space exploration.
For captions, transcript, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=5790.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Correctional Housi
Video: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Correctional Housing Units for Veterans
The Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress, in collaboration with the National Institute of Corrections, will host a panel discussion on the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on veterans and how to support those who have run afoul of the law by providing appropriate treatment. The panel is being presented in honor of Memorial Day and in anticipation of National PTSD Awareness Month.
The panel will be moderated by Jonathan Elias, the host of WJLA-TV’s “Salute to Veterans” and an Army War College professor. Opening remarks will be offered by Veterans History Project director Karen Lloyd, Bureau of Prisons director Mark Inch and Middlesex County, Massachusetts sheriff Peter Koutoujian. The keynote speech will be delivered by James Wright, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, historian and president emeritus at Dartmouth College.
The speakers for the program are:
Judge Michael Jackson, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Malik Muhammad, Orange County, Florida
Ron Perez, COVER Program Coordinator, San Francisco, California
Bernard Edelman, Vietnam Veterans of America
Greg Crawford, National Institute of Corrections
More information is available at https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-18-043/.
Kristian Bezuidenhout Pre-Concert Conversation
Video: Kristian Bezuidenhout Pre-Concert Conversation
Anne McLean and David Plylar interviewed fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout prior to her Library of Congress concert.
For transcript and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=8307
Shonda Rhimes: 2016 National Book Festival
Video: Shonda Rhimes: 2016 National Book Festival
Shonda Rhimes discusses "Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person" with David M. Rubenstein at the 2016 Library of Congress Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: Shonda Rhimes is an award-winning television producer and writer well-known for her groundbreaking series "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal." She is also the executive producer of the acclaimed series "How to Get Away with Murder." Rhimes has received numerous awards, including a Golden Globe, a Peabody Award, a Writer's Guild of America Award for best new series and multiple NAACP Image Awards for outstanding writing in a dramatic series and outstanding drama series. Her new book, "Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person," is a call to arms by one of the most powerful women in Hollywood, in which she reveals how saying "yes" changed her life. Rhimes lives with her family in Los Angeles.
For transcript and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=7677