Five Things: August 31, 2022

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden interviewing author Jacqueline Woodson at a past National Book Festival


1. The annual Library of Congress National Book Festival is this Saturday, September 3!  Book enthusiasts young and old come from all over for the day of reading-related activities. Works by more than 100 authors, poets, and illustrators will be showcased, and the creators themselves will be at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for special appearances. It’s always a wonderful event, and I highly recommend going if you can.   It’s a good idea to plan ahead if there are any authors you really want to see, so take a look at the complete list of them as well as the schedule — most presentations are first come-first served, and people do line up early to get seats. The Festival runs 9am – 8pm, and doors open at 8:30am.  Admission to all of it is free, but books and more items will be for sale.


2. This Saturday, September 3, is also National Cinema Day, and many theaters are celebrating with $3 tickets just for that day. See what’s playing and reserve your tickets before they sell out.


3. I strongly suggest listening to yesterday’s episode of The Daily about the adolescent metal health crisis. (Today’s about the Parkland students four years later is very compelling, too.)


4. Some Labor Day sales to check out: Target, Backcountry, Tea Collection, Best Buy, Gap.


5. QUEEN. (A reminder/recommendation to watch tonight + read this essay if you haven’t yet.)

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