top of page
Steven Rowley on "The Editor"

Steven Rowley on "The Editor"

ASL interpretation will be provided for this event “Filled with whimsy and warmth, the Lily and the Octopus author’s second novel centers on the complex relationship between a fledgling writer and his fabulous editor, the latter of whom becomes a mentor, friend, and maternal figure. Oh, and she happens to be Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, but that’s Mrs. Onassis to you.”—O, The Oprah Magazine NPR‘s Favorite Books of 2019 Southern Living‘s “25 Beach Reads Perfect for Summer” From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus comes a novel about a struggling writer who gets his big break, with a little help from the most famous woman in America. After years of trying to make it as a writer in 1990s New York City, James Smale finally sells his novel to an editor at a major publishing house: none other than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Jackie–or Mrs. Onassis, as she’s known in the office–has fallen in love with James’s candidly autobiographical novel, one that exposes his own dysfunctional family. But when the book’s forthcoming publication threatens to unravel already fragile relationships, both within his family and with his partner, James finds that he can’t bring himself to finish the manuscript. Jackie and James develop an unexpected friendship, and she pushes him to write an authentic ending, encouraging him to head home to confront the truth about his relationship with his mother. Then a long-held family secret is revealed, and he realizes his editor may have had a larger plan that goes beyond the page… From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus comes a funny, poignant, and highly original novel about an author whose relationship with his very famous book editor will change him forever–both as a writer and as a son. About Steven Rowley Steven Rowley is the author of The Editor and the national bestseller Lily and the Octopus, which has been translated into nineteen languages. He has worked as a freelance writer, newspaper columnist, and screenwriter. Originally from Portland, Maine, Rowley is a graduate of Emerson College. He lives in Palm Springs, CA. Borrow "The Editor" from PGCMLS: Book: ebook: Buy the Book from East City Bookshop
Byron Lane on "A Star is Bored"

Byron Lane on "A Star is Bored"

Author Byron Lane is joined by Roswell Encina, Chief Communications Officer, Library of Congress, to discuss his hit debut novel, "A Star is Bored." "A Star is Bored is an absolute knockout. Riotously funny and wickedly tender." — Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones and the Six People Magazine Best Book of Summer 2020 - Named a Must-Read Summer book by Town & Country - Named One of the 14 Best Books of Summer 2020 by Harper's Bazaar - One of Library Journal's 2020 "Titles to Watch" - One of the 30 Best Beach Reads According to Parade Magazine She needs an assistant. He needs a hero. A hilariously heartfelt novel influenced in part by the author’s time assisting Carrie Fisher. Charlie Besson is tense and sweating as he prepares for a wild job interview. His car is idling, like his life, outside the Hollywood mansion of Kathi Kannon, star of stage and screen and People magazine’s Worst Dressed list. She's an actress in need of assistance, and he's adrift and in need of a lifeline. Kathi is an icon, bestselling author, and award-winning movie star, most known for her role as Priestess Talara in a blockbuster sci-fi film. She’s also known in another role: Outrageous Hollywood royalty. Admittedly so. Famously so. Chaotically so, as Charlie quickly discovers. Charlie gets the job, and his three-year odyssey is filled with late-night shopping sprees, last-minute trips to see the aurora borealis, and an initiation to that most sacred of Hollywood tribes: the personal assistant. But Kathi becomes much more than a boss, and as their friendship grows Charlie must make a choice. Will he always be on the sidelines of life, assisting the great forces that be, or can he step into his own life's leading role? Laugh-out-loud funny, and searingly poignant, Byron Lane's A Star is Bored is a novel that, like the star at its center, is enchanting and joyous, heartbreaking and hopeful. Borrow from PGCMLS: Purchase a copy from Politics & Prose:
Carter Sickels on "The Prettiest Star"

Carter Sickels on "The Prettiest Star"

*EW's 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2020 *Lambda Literary's Most Anticipated LGBTQ Books of May 2020 *Salon's Best and boldest new must-read books for May *BookPage's "19 can’t-miss reads from independent publishers" *Garden & Gun's Best Books of May *Logo NewNowNext's “11 Queer Books We Can’t Wait to Read This Spring” *O Magazine's "31 LGBTQ Books That'll Change the Literary Landscape in 2020" *BookRiot's "Most Anticipated LGBTQ Books of 2020" Small-town Appalachia doesn't have a lot going for it, but it’s where Brian is from, where his family is, and where he’s chosen to return to die. Set in 1986, a year after Rock Hudson’s death brought the news of AIDS into living rooms and kitchens across America, Lambda Literary award-winning author Carter Sickels’s second novel shines light on an overlooked part of the epidemic, those men who returned to the rural communities and families who’d rejected them. Six short years after Brian Jackson moved to New York City in search of freedom and acceptance, AIDS has claimed his lover, his friends, and his future. With nothing left in New York but memories of death, Brian decides to write his mother a letter asking to come back to the place, and family, he was once so desperate to escape. The Prettiest Star is told in a chorus of voices: Brian’s mother Sharon; his fourteen-year-old sister, Jess, as she grapples with her brother’s mysterious return; and the video diaries Brian makes to document his final summer. Part Dog Years by Mark Doty and part Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt, The Prettiest Star is an urgent story about the politics and fragility of the body, of sex and shame. Above all, Carter Sickels’s stunning novel explores the bounds of family and redemption. It is written at the far reaches of love and understanding, centering on the moments where those two forces stretch toward each other and sometimes touch. About Carter Sickels Carter Sickels is the author of the novel The Evening Hour. He is the recipient of the 2013 Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award, and has been awarded scholarships to Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, VCCA, and the MacDowell Colony. His essays and fiction have appeared in various publications, including Guernica, Bellevue Literary Review, and BuzzFeed, and he is the editor of Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity. Carter is Assistant Professor of English at Eastern Kentucky University, where he teaches in the Bluegrass Writers Studio Low-Residency MFA program. Borrow from PGCMLS: Order from Loyalty Bookstores: Presented by the Prince George's County Memorial Library System, Prince George's County Human Relations Commission, Loyalty Bookstores, and Hub City Press
Dr. Ina Park on "Strange Bedfellows"

Video Archive (2010-2019)

Performances | Lectures | Interviews | Podcasts
Immigration Policy Panel with Rep. Elean

Panel | U.S. Immigration Policy

Washington Performing Arts, 3/12/2019

Interview | Conductor Leonard Slatkin

March 5, 2018


Panel | Music & Veterans: The Vietnam Era & Disco

May 5, 2017

Interview | Cellist Steven Isserlis

April 21, 2017

Interview | Musicians from Marlboro and Tenor Nicholas Phan

January 25, 2017

Interview | Conductor Thomas Wilkins

March 28, 2017

Lecture | Hair Gel & Groupies: Boy Bands in the Library of Congress

February 9, 2016

Interview | Musicians from Marlboro

March 22, 2017

National Anthem | Dr. Carla Hayden Swearing-In Ceremony

September 14, 2016

Bibliodiscotheque Symposium

Panel, Library of Congress, 5/6/17

Hindemith's Musical Responses to WWI

Lecture, Library of Congress, 2/28/17

Interview with Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars

Library of Congress, 12/6/16

Pride in the Library

Library of Congress, 6/17

Interview with Matthias Pintscher & Herve Boutry, Ensemble intercontemporain

Interview, Library of Congress, 11/13/15

Interview with the Cecilia String Quartet & Kati Agócs

Library of Congress, 12/17/16

"Taps" and Gen. Daniel Butterfield

Lecture, Library of Congress, 12/16/13

Irving Fine and the American Woodwind Quintet

Lecture, Library of Congress, 12/2/14

Saving Mary: Stabat Mater Settings

Lecture, Library of Congress, 10/29/14

George & Gregory Walker

Interview, Library of Congress, 4/20/13

Fine, the Boston Group & the American Neoclassical School

Panel, Library of Congress, 12/6/14

John Adams, Claire Chase, di Castri

Interview, Library of Congress, 5/24/13

Irving & Verna Fine: Their World and Contemporaries

Panel, Library of Congress, 12/6/14

Interview with Jennifer Higdon

Interview, Library of Congress, 3/7/15

Michael Feinstein Podcasts 1.3

R&H Series: "It Might as Well Be Spring"

Library of Congress, 2014

Michael Feinstein Podcasts 1.1

R&H Series: Intro & Oklahoma!

Library of Congress, 2014

Michael Feinstein Podcasts 1.2

R&H Series: "My Favorite Things"

Library of Congress, 2014

Michael Feinstein Podcasts 1.6

R&H Series: Carousel

Library of Congress, 2014

Michael Feinstein Podcasts 1.4

R&H Series: Cinderella

Library of Congress, 2014

Michael Feinstein Podcasts 1.5

R&H Series: "Some Enchanted Evening"

Library of Congress, 2014

20th Century Masters: Britten & Shosty

Lecture, Library of Congress, 11/13/12

Michael Feinstein Podcasts 1.7

R&H Series: "Getting to Know You"

Library of Congress, 2014

Interview | Cellist Alban Gerhardt & Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott

Library of Congress, 1/16/2016

Interview | Anne Sofie von Otter, Jonathan Cohen & Thomas Dunford

Interview, Library of Congress, 11/17/2015

Members of the Elias String Quartet

Interview, Library of Congress, 3/7/14

The Paganini Project

Podcast, Library of Congress, 2012

Interview with Calefax

Interview, Library of Congress, 2/4/15

Gabriel Kahane & Timothy Andres

Interview, Library of Congress, 4/5/13

National Anthem [REMIX]

Panel, Library of Congress, 9/18/14

National Anthem

Performance, Brandeis University, 5/23/10

Death and the Civil War

Lecture, Library of Congress, 2/27/13


Music in the Lincoln White House

Panel, Library of Congress, 2/9/13

Panel | Does my Bow Really Need a Passport?

Panel, Library of Congress, 12/18/2014

ELGAR Serenade, I. Allegro piacevole

The U.S. Army Orchestra 

WAGNER Siegfried Idyll [excerpt]

The U.S. Army Orchestra 

BEETHOVEN Symphony no. 4,

I. Adagio--Allegro vivace [EXCERPT]

Orion Orchestra (UK)

bottom of page