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Growing up, I was the bug girl,” said Nigerian-American science fiction author Nnedi Okorafor. “From as far back as I can remember, I’ve loved bugs. I don’t know why. It was something about how within a small patch of grass, there was a whole world happening.”


Comics and graphic novel writers shared secrets of their craft in "Wordy to Wordless: How Comics Writers Adapt to Different Genres, Ages, and Artists," a panel held on the Graphic Novel and Gaming Stage.

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Bestselling authors Megan Angelo, Gabriel Bump, Karl Marlantes, Kiley Reid, and Kate Elizabeth Russell will discuss their writing lives and forthcoming books. Includes beverages, snacks, and book signings. Tickets are $65 onsite. 2–4 p.m. Monday, June 24.

In “Advocating for Health at Your Library: Equity Starts with Us,” attendees will be introduced to resources, partnership opportunities, communication assets, programming ideas, and training materials to assist patrons with health inquiries and healthy habits. 2:30–3:30 p.m. Monday, June 24.

The International Librarians Reception at the Library of Congress welcomes librarians from more than 70 countries with an evening of culture, ideas, and regional cuisine. Registration is required. Tickets are $40. 7–9 p.m. Monday, June 24.


Not sure which programs to attend? Our conference preview has the details on can’t-miss authors and speakers, professional development opportunities, and special events happening at the convention center and around Washington, D.C.

Looking for a quick bite between sessions, a drink on Capitol Hill, or an epicurean destination away from all the action? Our D.C. dining guide features different price points, neighborhoods, and styles of cuisine—and has you covered for the duration of your stay.

YA author Tomi Adeyemi speaks at Annual Conference today at 3 p.m. We recently caught up with Adeyemi to ask about her bestselling debut novel Children of Blood and Bone, her movie deal, her inspirations, and why representation matters.

Looking for even more to do in our nation’s capital? Dewey Decibel podcast’s “Insider’s Guide to Washington, D.C.” features tips on where to see live music and other places to eat. The episode includes interviews with Meredith Pratt, author of Frommer’s EasyGuide to Washington, D.C., 2020, and D.C. Public Library staffers.


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