The Library of Congress National Book Festival announced its children’s and teen author lineup, with Kate DiCamillo, Jason Reynolds, Meg Medina, and Angie Thomas among the writers scheduled to appear at the virtual event.
The authors will appear via videos on demand, which will be posted online when the festival begins on Sept. 17. DiCamillo and illustrator Sophie Blackall will discuss The Beatryce Prophecy, while Medina and Thomas will talk about their books Merci Suárez Can’t Dance and Concrete Rose, respectively.
Reynolds will appear in a live question-and-answer session to discuss his 2019 book Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks, a National Book Award finalist. He’s one of 10 authors doing live, interactive sessions; others include Derrick Barnes (I Am Every Good Thing), U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids (Sharice’s Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman), Trung Le Nguyen (The Magic Fish), and Traci Chee (We Are Not Free).
Two finalists for this year’s Kirkus Prize will contribute videos to the festival: Nikki Grimes, author of Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance, and Sharon G. Flake, author of The Life I’m In.
A full list of authors scheduled to appear is available at the National Book Festival website.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.