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- April 9-10 - James Madison Council Spring Meeting in Washington, DC.
- May 1 - Poet Laureate Final Lecture. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Natasha Trethewey will deliver her final lecture to close the spring literary season at the Library of Congress.
- May 21 - The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The celebration of an artist’s work whose career reflects lifetime achievement in promoting song as a vehicle of musical expression and cultural understanding. The styles in which these works are composed reflect myriad contemporary traditions like rock, jazz, country, pop, blues, folk, and gospel. This year’s recipient of the Gershwin Prize is Carole King.
- September 20 - National Book Festival Gala. Annual celebration featuring an author program and gala reception in the Thomas Jefferson Building.
- September 21-22 - National Book Festival. Two-day event on the National Mall celebrating books and reading that connects authors with citizens of all ages and interests.
- October 22-23 - James Madison Council Fall Meeting in Washington, DC.
- November 12 - Science Summit at the Library of Congress. In December 2012, the Library sponsored the International Summit of the Book, which focused on general literacy and launched the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program. The Science Summit, the second in a series, will address the importance of greater literacy in science. In future years, the Library will present summits devoted to civic literacy, geographical literacy and musical literacy.
- April 17-18 - James Madison Council Spring Meeting in Washington, DC
- May 3, 7PM - Poet Laureate Final Reading/Lecture, Philip Levine. Coolidge Auditorium
- May 8 - Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, Concert and Dinner, Honoring Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Coolidge Auditorium/Great Hall
- September 13 - Inaugural Laureate Reading by Natasha Trethewey
- September 21 - National Book Festival Gala Reception
- September 22-23 - National Book Festival
- April 11-12 - James Madison Council Spring Meeting in Washington, DC
- May 17 - American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) We Write the Songs Concert & Reception
- June 12-23 - Great Libraries of the World - Tour of Italy
- September 23 - National Book Festival Gala Reception
- September 24-25 - National Book Festival
- October 18-19 - James Madison Council Fall Meeting in Washington, DC
- November 16, 8PM - Country Music Association Series. Including Clint Black with Patty Loveless. Coolidge Auditorium
- May 11 - First Anniversary Celebration of the ASCAP Collection at the Library. Concert at 7 pm in the Coolidge Auditorium to include: Alan Bergman, Tracy Chapman, Hal David, Dion DiMucci, Siedah Garrett, Albert Hammond, Wayland Holyfield, Stephen Schwartz, J. D. Souther, Paul Williams and Bill Withers.
- May 18-19 - James Madison Council Spring Meeting in Dallas, TX
- June 18 - Reception at the Swiss Embassy in honor of the Carl Jung Red Book exhibition which is scheduled to be displayed at the Library June 17-August 17.
- September 24 - National Book Festival Gala Reception
- September 25 - National Book Festival
- October 6 - Reunion to Celebrate Publication of “The Poets Laureate Anthology”
- October 26-27 - James Madison Council Fall Meeting in Washington, DC
- February 10, 6PM – Reception and special preview of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition “With Malice Toward None”. Thomas Jefferson Building.
- February 24, 4PM – Gershwin Prize for Popular Song: Intimate Evening with Stevie Wonder. Invitation only Concert in Coolidge Auditorium with Stevie Wonder followed by dinner in the Great Hall.
- February 25, 8PM – Gershwin Prize for Popular Song: Public Concert. Stevie Wonder and other artists to be announced. Ticketed event. Constitution Hall, Washington, DC.
- February 26, 8PM – Insights: Exploring the Collections. Chamber players from the Curtis Institute perform Igor Stravinsky’s “L’histoire du soldat” (“A Soldier’s Tale”). Coolidge Auditorium.
- March 4, ALL DAY – Abraham Lincoln Symposium with Noted Scholars. William Lee Miller, James M. McPherson, Douglas L. Wilson, Lucas Morel, Harold Holzer and Elizabeth D. Leonard. Thomas Jefferson Building.
- March 5, 6:15PM – Music and the Brain Series. Steven Brown, McMaster University, discusses “From Mode to Emotion in Musical Communication”. Whittall Pavilion.
- March 5, 8PM – The Belcea Quartet performs works by Haydn, Schubert and Prokofiev. Coolidge Auditorium.
- March 13, 6:15PM – Music and the Brain Series. Jacqueline Helfgott, criminal justice dept., Seattle University, and Norman Middleton, LC Music Division, present a lecture titled “Halt or I’ll Play Vivaldi! Classical Music as Crime Stopper”. Whittall Pavilion.
- March 13, 8 PM – Quatuor Ébène performs works by Debussy, Fauré and Ravel. Coolidge Auditorium.
- March 17, 12PM – Noon Books and Beyond. Bibi Gaston discusses and signs her book “The Loveliest Woman in America: A Tragic Actress, Her Lost Diaries and Her Granddaughter’s Search For Home” (2008). Pickford Theater.
- March 27, 6:15PM – Music and the Brain Series. Michael Kubovy and Judith Shatin of the University of Virginia discuss the semantic elements of music in a lecture titled “The Mind of the Artist”. Coolidge Auditorium.
- April 17, 8PM – The Brentano Quartet, with pianist Peter Serkin and reciter Richard Lalli, present the Washington premier of Wuorinen’s New Piano Quintet, along with works by Beethoven, Schoenberg and Haydn. Coolidge Auditorium.
- April 29, 7PM – Jay I. Kislak Lecture. Distinguished Pre-Columbian specialist Michael Coe. Coolidge Auditorium.
- April 30, 7PM – Frank. P. Baer, curator of historic instruments at the German National Museum in Nuremberg, and forte pianist Ludwig Semerjian present “Touching History – Pianos in Perspective”. Coolidge Auditorium.
- May 5-6 – James Madison Council Spring Meeting. Featuring a special tour of the Barnes Foundation – home to one of the largest collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings – followed by dinner and a performance by the acclaimed Curtis Institute of Music. Philadelphia, PA.
- August 13, 12PM – Lecture on “Documenting Katrina and Rita in Houston,” presented by Carl Lindahl, University of Houston and Pat Jasper, Austin, Texas. Pickford Theater.
- August 20, 12PM - American Folklife Center Homegrown Concert Series:
Sreevidhya Chandramouli and Friends – Northern Indian Vina music from Oregon. Coolidge Auditorium.
- September 16, 12PM - American Folklife Center Homegrown Concert Series
Wayne Newell and Blanche Sockabasin – traditional Passamaquoddy music from Maine. Coolidge Auditorium.
- September 23, 12PM – Lecture on “Built with Faith: Place Making and the Religious Imagination of Italian New York,” presented by Joseph Sciorra, Queens University, City University of New York. Pickford Theater.
- September 25, 5PM - National Book Festival Authors Program and Reception.
- September 26, 10AM-5PM – National Book Festival. National Mall.
- October 7, 12PM - American Folklife Center Homegrown Concert Series Rodeo poet Paul Zarzyski and cowboy singer-composer Wylie Gustafson from Montana. Coolidge Auditorium.
- October 13 – Herblock Centennial Exhibition Opens in the Thomas Jefferson Building.
- October 27-28 – James Madison Council Fall Meeting.
- March 13, 2008 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Lincoln Bicentennial Program, Mumford 6th floor James Madison building. Historian, author and scientist Harry Lang presents a multimedia program, "Lincoln's Role in Deaf Culture and History," in a program co-sponsored by the Library's Center for the Book, the National Literary Society for the Deaf and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Committee. Contact: (202) 707-5221
- March 14, 2008 8:30 AM - 5:45 PM - The New Deal at 75, Mumford 6th floor James Madison building. "The New Deal Legacy and Cotemporary Scholarship" features leading scholars from throughout the United States and Library experts highlighting new research and recent discoveries inspired by the Library's collections of documentary materials generated by the cultural programs of the New Deal. The event is part of the "Art, Culture and Government: The New Deal at 75" program sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Registration is required. Contact: (202) 707-1744
- April 9-10 - James Madison Council Spring Meeting. Featuring Library of Congress Experience Opening and David Brubeck Concert.
- August 21 - September 2 – James Madison Council Great Libraries of the World Tour: Baltic Cruise and Tour of Great Libraries of Scandinavia and St. Petersburg.
- September 8, 6:00 PM – America’s Promise Education Summit. Civic and corporate leaders from twelve cities across the United States gather to learn firsthand about the Library’s unmatched K-12 education resources for teachers, students, and families, and how they can best be utilized in their schools. Includes reception.
- September 10, 5:00 PM – Herman Wouk Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing of Fiction. The Library honors literary legend, Herman Wouk, and bestows upon on him the first Library of Congress Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing of Fiction. The evening will feature tributes from noted authors and acclaimed musician/author Jimmy Buffet, to be followed by a private dinner in the Members Room.
- September 26, 6:00 PM - National Book Festival Gala. First Lady Laura Bush hosts this black-tie gala in celebration of the eighth annual National Book Festival. The Library will honor the First Lady for her unflagging commitment to literacy and reading.
- September 27, 10:00 AM – National Book Festival.
The 2008 National Book Festival celebrates literacy and reading -- featuring nearly 70 best-selling authors and illustrators on the National Mall. Have an opportunity to mingle with your favorite authors and have your books signed, with special seating in our pavilions.
- December 10 - John W. Kluge Prize in Human Sciences. Featuring a black-tie gala celebrating the awarding of the fourth Kluge Prize.
- December 10-11 – James Madison Council Fall Meeting. Featuring a special viewing of the Library’s unparalleled presidential collections with our expert curators and an opportunity to be the first to utilize personalized “passports to knowledge” to access our new exhibitions, stroll through the new passageway connecting the Library to the Capitol, and participate in a business meeting key to charting the Library’s future course.
- March 29 - June 30, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM - "On the Cutting Edge: Contemporary Japanese Prints" Exhibition
- April 24 - 25 - James Madison Council Spring Meeting
- May 10, 7:00 PM - "Poetry Across the Atlantic" reading by British Laureate Andrew Motion and U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall. Private reception 6:00 PM
- May 23, 8:00 PM - Concert Gala. The Library of Congress Celebrates Paul Simon’s musical achievements with an all-star gala Concert at the Warner Theatre. Paul Simon, one of America’s most respected songwriters and musicians, will be the recipient of the first annual Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
- September 28 - National Book Festival Gala
- September 29 - National Book Festival
- October 23 – 24 - James Madison Council Fall Meeting