Posted on August 18, 2021 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It’s not the long-term hosting gig he sought, but LeVar Burton will be leading a show this fall.

The Library of Congress announced yesterday that the former Reading Rainbow host will also lead a star-studded introduction to the LOC National Book Festival.

Fittingly, you’ll need to tune in to PBS on September 12 (at 6 p.m. Eastern, but check your local listings) to watch Open a Book, Open the World.

Burton and Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will chat with twenty “leading literary voices” about their newest works and about how reading expands horizons.

Those voices include authors Tana French, Yaa Gyasi, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Angie Thomas, and Isabel Wilkerson; poet Amanda Gorman; and actors Michael J. Fox and Lupita Nyong’o.  

The LOC says it will post full interviews with each author on the National Book Festival website on September 17, which is the first day of the event.

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