"The Downtown Columbia Partnership and The Howard Hughes Corporation announced that award-winning journalist, Dr. Nikole Hannah-Jones, will headline the Books in Bloom festival on Oct. 10. She will be featured in a conversation with Shallal. Hannah-Jones is the creator of the 1619 Project, a major journalistic initiative for the New York Times. Commemorating the 400th anniversary of the beginning of slavery in the American colonies, the 1619 Project’s lead essay by Hannah-Jones was awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.
Other confirmed writers featured in the fifth annual Books in Bloom include acclaimed writer of detective fiction and former Columbia resident Laura Lippman, journalist and author Jake Tapper of CNN, and Ram Devineni, creator of augmented reality comic books and a 2019 Merriweather District Artist-in-Residence. The festival runs from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and will include readings and conversations about timely and critical issues, as well as other activities. Books in Bloom is free and open to the public. Register here. "