MICHAEL CHABON is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, A Model World, Wonder Boys, Werewolves in their Youth, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Summerland, The Final Solution, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Maps & Legends, Gentlemen of the Road, Telegraph Avenue, and the picture book The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, the novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.
RICHARD PRICE is the author of several novels—including Clockers and Lush Life—all of which have won universal praise for their vividly etched portrayals of urban America. He is the creator/writer of HBO's acclaimed show The Night Of. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, the novelist Lorraine Adams.
Jacqueline Woodson presents "Another Brooklyn" and Jay McInerney presents "Bright, Precious Days" in a panel discussion on stories based in New York with Leigh Haber, books editor for O, the Oprah Magazine at the 2016 Library of Congress Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: For her dedication to children and young-adult literature, Jacqueline Woodson received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2006. Woodson is known for exploring important themes in her works, including issues of gender, class, race, family and history. Her picture books, middle-grade and young-adult novels take the reader on an emotional journey by portraying characters in relatable, realistic situations. Woodson has written more than 20 books; some of the most notable include Newbery Honor Medal winners "Show Way," "Feathers," and "After Tupac and D Foster," and the Coretta Scott King Award-winning "Miracle's Boys." Her recent book "Brown Girl Dreaming" received a Newberry Honor and won the 2014 National Book Award for young people's literature. Her latest novel for adults, "Another Brooklyn" , follows August and her friends as childhood transitions to adulthood.
Speaker Biography: Jay McInerney is the best-selling author of "Bright Lights, Big City," which has been translated into more than 20 languages. His other novels include "Ransom," "Story of My Life," "Brightness Falls," "The Last of the Savages," "Model Behavior," "How It Ended" and "The Good Life." McInerney writes a monthly wine column for Town & Country Magazine and his work has appeared in various publications including the Wall Street Journal, House and Garden, New York Magazine, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. His wine columns have been collected in "Bacchus and Me: Adventures in the Wine Cellar" and "A Hedonist in the Cellar: Adventures in Wine," and his most recent book on wine is "The Juice: Vinous Veritas." In 2006, McInerney received the James Beard MFK Fisher Award for distinguished writing. In his latest novel, "Bright, Precious Days" , Corrine and Russell Calloway still feel as if they're living the dream that drew them to New York City, but their lifestyle comes at a cost which is testing their marriage more severely than they ever imagined. McInerney lives in New York and Tennessee.
When Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ella Morton set out to write Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide To The World's Hidden Wonders, their goal was to create a catalog of all the places, people, and things that inspire wonder (after all, when you can buy a plane ticket and be in Borneo in less than a day, the world can feel awfully small).
Atlas Obscura reveals the world's deepest places, hidden tunnels, greatest self-made castles, notable arbotecture (the art of shaping a living tree in order to create art or furniture), giant Buddha statues, abandoned film sets you can visit, murder houses, dinosaur parks, lake monsters of the USA, historical methods of preventing premature burial, a guide to psychotropic drugs used to enhance religious experiences, abandoned nuclear power plants, and much, much more.
Science writer Ed Yong came into London to speak about his new book "I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life".
About the book:
Your body is teeming with tens of trillions of microbes. It's an entire world, a colony full of life. In other words, you contain multitudes. These microscopic companions sculpt our organs, protect us from diseases, guide our behaviour, and bombard us with their genes. They also hold the key to understanding all life on earth.
In I Contain Multitudes, Ed Yong opens our eyes and invites us to marvel at ourselves and other animals in a new light, less as individuals and more as thriving ecosystems.
We learn the invisible and wondrous science behind the corals that construct mighty reefs and the squid that create their own light shows. We see how bacteria can alter our response to cancer-fighting drugs, tune our immune system, influence our evolution, and even modify our genetic make-up. And we meet the scientists who are manipulating these microscopic partners to our advantage. In a million tiny ways, I Contain Multitudes will radically change how you think about the natural world, and how you see yourself.
About the author:
Ed Yong is an award-winning science writer who reports for The Atlantic. His blog, Not Exactly Rocket Science, is hosted by National Geographic, and his work has also appeared in Wired, the New York Times, Nature, the BBC, New Scientist, Scientific American, the Guardian, The Times and more. He lives in London.
Calvin Trillin discusses "No Fair! No Fair! And Other Jolly Poems of Childhood" at the 2016 Library of Congress Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: Calvin Trillin is a journalist, humorist, food writer, poet, memoirist and novelist. He is best known for his humorous work on food and eating, but he also writes serious journalism, comic verse and fiction books. After a stint in the U.S. Army, Trillin worked as a reporter for Time magazine before joining the staff of The New Yorker. His books include "Jackson, 1964: And Other Dispatches from Fifty Years of Reporting on Race in America," "Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff" and "Alice, Let's Eat: Further Adventures of a Happy Eater." Trillin was inducted into the New York Writers Hall of Fame and received a Thurber Prize for American Humor. His latest book, "No Fair! No Fair! And Other Jolly Poems of Childhood," is inspired by Trillin's real-life experiences and celebrates the humor of familiar everyday topics. He lives in New York.