September Signature Event Recap

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Check out our latest roundup of signature event videos from the past month.

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Library of Congress National Book Festival: Celebrating American Ingenuity
Kali Fajardo-Anstine

September 9, 2020
50 minutes

The Library joined public broadcasting network PBS in a special online presentation – a conversation with acclaimed writer Kali Fajardo-Anstine – in conjunction with the 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival. Fajardo-Anstine, whose works often feature Latina and indigenous women in her native Colorado and in the American West, was a National Book Award finalist in 2019 for her debut collection of short stories, Sabrina and Corina.




The Saddest Words: William Faulkner’s Civil War
Michael Gorra

September 17, 2020
1 hour, 20 minutes

In a discussion of his new book The Saddest Words, Smith College’s Michael Gorra – one of the nation’s foremost authorities on William Faulkner – reassessed the Nobel and Pulitzer winner and his writing through the prism of today’s racial reckoning.

Carville's Cure: Leprosy, Stigma, and the Fight for Justice
Pam Fessler

September 22, 2020
1 hour

In a discussion of her new book Carville’s Cure, National Public Radio correspondent Pam Fessler explored the history of a painful American secret for more than a century: Carville, an old Louisiana sugar plantation that endured until 1999 as the only leprosy colony in the continental United States.


The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Allen Rostron, Barb Shelly


September 23, 2020
1 hour, 5 minutes

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a pop culture icon – “the Notorious RBG” – by the end of her life.  Allen Rostron, a constitutional law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, joined veteran journalist Barb Shelly, in examining Ginsburg’s most notable decisions and dissents and projecting where her inimitable voice will be missed most on the nation’s highest court.


  Ban These Books? Let’s Talk
Crystal Faris, Kaite Stover, Steven Woolfolk

September 30, 2020
1 hour, 7 minutes

Marking Banned Books Week, the Library’s Crystal Faris, Kaite Stover, and Steven Woolfolk examined a range of books that have been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools, from classics such as The Catcher in the Rye to childhood favorites including Where the Wild Things Are.