Art Works Blog

National Book Festival

“I don’t think any poetry is written that isn’t primarily written to the self, in a way… I’m always talking to myself. But I seem to want somebody else to listen to it. I need, I do want an audience. So it’s a strange thing. It’s a very private...
By this time, I’m sure all of you have ooohd and aaahed over the stellar lineup at this year’s Poetry and Prose Pavilion at the National Book Festival . I know, I know—we’re impressed with it too. As you’ve studied the authors’ bios, you may have noticed a...
"Nothing is beneath poetic notice---that's why nothing is too big for it."---Heather McHugh Inventive, provocative, and playful are just a few of the adjectives you might apply to Heather McHugh's poetry. The recipient of two NEA Literature Fellowships (1974 and 1982), McHugh has...
“On the surface it's very hard to pinpoint how [mathematics and fiction] mesh with each other. But if you dig down a little deeper, we're all human beings and we have a limited amount of tools at our disposal. And I think our minds probably use the same kinds of techniques to solve...
“I am obsessed. This obsession drives me to gobble up books as though they were candy---drives me to spend eight hours a day at the keyboard, to turn down social engagements, give up on hobbies---and to constantly mine the world for material to bring to the page.” --- Benjamin Percy...
Here's a podcast to whet your appetite for the upcoming National Book Festival : a conversation with novelist and NEA Literature Fellow, Margot Livesey. She'll be reading from her recent novel, The Flight of Gemma Hardy , in the NEA's Poetry and Prose Pavilion this Saturday at 3:30 p.m...
Parul Sehgal. Photo courtesy of Ms. Sehgal In honor of the National Book Festival this weekend, we asked literary critic Parul Sehgal to reflect on the power of books in her life. An editor at The New York Times Book Review, Ms. Sehgal previously worked as the books editor at NPR.org, and as a...
Washington, DC Here are some photos from the NEA Poetry and Prose pavilion at Saturday's Library of Congress National Book Festival. If you're wondering why all of the captions are approximately 140 characters---it's because they're thanks to Sally Gifford from Saturday's @...
Washington, DC Tim O'Brien. Photo by Tom Roster When we caught up with Tim O'Brien at the 2009 National Book Festival, we had just one question for him: Why read? Here's what he had to say.... [audio: http://artworks.arts.gov/wp-content/uploads/TimObrienWhyRead.mp3] [ transcript ] Did...
Washington, DC 2010 National Book Festival Poster by Peter Ferguson So a Nobel Laureate, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and the poet who wrote and recited the official poem for President Barack Obama's inauguration walk into a tent...and lucky for us, that tent will be the pavilion hosted by the...