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National Book Festival to Feature Two Programs on Washington Post Live

Actor and Philanthropist Michael J. Fox, U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo to Join Discussions Hosted by Washington Post Live in Partnership with National Book Festival

September 10, 2021

The Washington Post and the Library of Congress today announced a collaboration to host two National Book Festival programs on Washington Post Live to kick off the festival on Sept. 17. The festival runs through Sept. 26.

To mark the start of this year’s festival, audiences are invited to tune in to Washington Post Live for live-streamed conversations with two notable voices.

Friday, Sept. 17 11 a.m. ET: Michael J. Fox, actor, philanthropist and author of “No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality,” in conversation with Post opinion writer Jonathan Capehart.

Friday, Sept. 17 11:25 a.m. ET: U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, author of “Poet Warrior: A Memoir,” in conversation with Post opinion writer Jonathan Capehart. Learn more.

The full program of National Book Festival presentations featuring more than 100 authors is available at The festival will be presented in a range of formats and in an expanded schedule over 10 days from Sept. 17 through 26. Festival content will be available online through videos on demand, author conversations in real time and live question-and-answer sessions, as well as the Washington Post Live virtual events, a new podcast series with NPR, a national television special with PBS and two in-person, ticketed events at the Library.

“This year, we’re inviting everyone to create your own National Book Festival experience from a wide variety of programs and formats,” said Jarrod MacNeil, director of the National Book Festival. “We are proud to continue our long collaboration with The Washington Post, dating back to the festival’s founding in 2001, by creating two Washington Post Live events as a new way for readers to access the Library of Congress National Book Festival.”

Washington Post journalists also will interview several authors in the festival’s live virtual events this year. The Washington Post is a charter sponsor and media partner of the 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival.

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No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality By Michael J. Fox

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Reviewed by David Bruce Smith for Washington Independent Review of Books

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