With yet another winter storm pressing down on a large swath of the east coast this week, we thought it would be useful to share Kate DiCamillo’s favorite children’s books. Now these books are perfect any old day, but they’re especially perfect on a day when the weather outside isn’t cooperating, so enjoy. DiCamillo is an award-winning children’s book author and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Continue reading
The Library of Congress reappointed U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey to a second term on Monday. Though she is not the first in her position to receive the honor of an extended post, the announcement does have special meaning for us at the PBS NewsHour.
The city of Timbuktu has suffered extensive damage at the hands of Islamic rebels, including destruction of ancient manuscripts and other artifacts. We get background from special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro, who traveled there 10 years ago, and Jeffrey Brown talks to Mary Jane Deeb of the Library of Congress. Continue reading
From George Washington to the current Barack Obama, presidential campaigns have shaped American culture and history in lasting ways. Highlighted here are some notable items featured at the Library of Congress which tell an interesting story about the evolution of the race to the White House. Continue reading
After the military dictatorship fell in the 1980s, Fernando Henrique Cardoso led efforts to combat high inflation and build Brazil’s economy into one of the fastest growing in the world. Jeffrey Brown talks to former Brazilian president Cardoso about his presidency and scholarship. Continue reading
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey was named the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, the Library of Congress announced Thursday — noting her ability to “dig beneath the surface of history.” The NewsHour first profiled her in 2006 for her third book of poems, “Native Guard.” Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove was recently given what may be the biggest honor — and challenge — of her career: sorting through poems from the last 100 years to create “The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry.” Jeffrey Brown and Dove discuss the task that took more than four years. Continue reading
The scorching 93 degree heat on Saturday was not enough to deter throngs of book lovers from coming out for the 10th Annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Library of Congress. Art Beat took to the National Mall for some “reader-on-the-street” -style interviews.