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#TBT A Look at the 15th Anniversary Library of Congress National Book Festival

Wow! It’s hard to believe the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival has come and gone. The fifteenth anniversary of the festival was a huge success and boasted capacity crowds and more than 170 authors at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Festivalgoers, volunteers and authors turned out in full force […]

“The Planet’s Future”: A compelling, not-to-be-missed conversation between two giants of the environment–world-renowned naturalist E.O. Wilson and global economist Jeffrey D. Sachs

The following is a guest post by Marie Arana, co-director of the Library of Congress National Book Festival. Can the planet sustain humankind in its current race to feed and house a burgeoning population? Can it survive the explosions in industry, mining and construction that are bound to accompany that race? In a groundbreaking conversation […]

Family Friendly Festival Tips

The following is a guest blog post by Bryonna Head, who works in Library Services at the Library of Congress and is a member of the 2015 festival planning committee. We are just days away from the Library of Congress 15th Annual National Book Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. We welcome you […]

Easy In, Easy Out

How do you plan to get to this year’s National Book Festival? As one of the country’s most accessible cities, Washington is surrounded by three major airports, Amtrak and a first-rate transit system, Metro. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is located between 7th and 9th Streets and N Street and Mt. Vernon Place in […]

Festival Reflections from an Author Escort

David Fernandez-Barrial has been an author escort at the National Book Festival since 2009, and worked before that representing the Copyright Office in the Library of Congress pavilion at every festival from 2003-2008. He is currently the foreign-language librarian of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. In this Q&A he shares […]

A Mother and Her Daughter Team Up for Some “Chick Wit”

The following guest post is a Q&A conducted by Guy Lamolinara, co-director of the Library of Congress National Book Festival. The countdown is on! (Literally. You can see the National Book Festival countdown “clock” at www.loc.gov/bookfest). In just 8 days, the 15th National Book Festival will kick off at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. […]