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Stage Spotlight: The Main Stage

This year marks the 16th anniversary of the Library of Congress National Book Festival. The event has experienced tremendous growth over the years and we pride ourselves on flexibility and adaptability to continually change and improve upon the festival’s successes. One exciting change for this year is the addition of the Main Stage.

The festival’s Main Stage will feature our headliners, if you will, in a massive event hall big enough to accommodate their adoring fans. This was set up in response to the space needs of über-popular authors at festivals past and to put these literary superstars all in one place to give presentations throughout the day (and into the night).

So without further ado, here is the list of authors who will grace the National Book Festival’s inaugural Main Stage. Visit the schedule page for presentation and book-signing times and more information. (Please note: free tickets will be required for the Stephen King presentation.) We hope to see you soon at the Main Stage of the main event on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Podcast: Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Today in our National Book Festival author podcast series is Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Catalina Gomez of the Library talks to Zafón about his work over the years and revisiting his popular classic, “Marina.” Says Zafón, “I write mostly for people who love to read.” Listen to the Spanish language podcast here. Listen to the […]

Keeping Scout Troops In The Loop

We can’t believe we are already a month out from the big event! The children are headed back to school and troop leaders are planning fall fun, right? Well, if you need some help finding a festive field trip, consider bringing your troop to the Library of Congress National Book Festival to hear from popular authors and illustrators, get books signed and partake in fun activities.

Podcast: Joyce Carol Oates

Next up in our National Book Festival author podcast series is the incomparable Joyce Carol Oates. Book Festival co-director Susan Manus talks to Oates about childhood, chickens and a divided America. Listen to the podcast here. Every Tuesday and Thursday we’ll be sharing conversations with authors who will be presenting at this year’s National Book […]

Podcast: Kwame Alexander

Our 2016 National Book Festival podcast series launches today with a bang! Poet, novelist and children’s book author Kwame Alexander sings, recites and has a conversation with the Library’s Sheryl Cannady. Listen to the podcast here. This is the first in a series of conversations we’re sharing with authors who will be presenting at this […]

Announcing Shonda Rhimes and More Authors Who Have Said “Yes” to the 2016 National Book Festival

I am feeling inspired after having just read Shonda Rhimes’ book “Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be your Own Person.” Rhimes is the popular writer and producer behind such huge television hits as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal.” In her book she chronicles her recent commitment to saying […]