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Sweet Sixteen: The 2016 National Book Festival Announced!

A new year is underway and we are ready to announce the details of the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival!

This year’s festival will take place Saturday, September 24, 2016, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. All programs will be free of charge.

National Book Festival visitors flow into the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, September 5, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

National Book Festival visitors flow into the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, September 5, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

It’s hard to believe that this annual celebration of books and reading is now in its 16th year. And, that we are four months removed from last year’s rollicking good time. You can take a look at videos of the 2015 author presentations and panels here.

Lots of great details about the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival were announced in today’s press release, which you can access through this link. If this list of authors already confirmed for the event is any indication, then this will be a sweet sixteen indeed. Mark your calendars!

    Kwame Alexander, Newbery Medal winner
    Douglas Brinkley, prize-winning historian
    Christopher Buckley, author of such satirical works as “Thank You for Smoking”
    Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and author
    Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize winner
    Philip Glass, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer
    Winston Groom, author of “Forrest Gump”
    Stephen King, best-selling prize-winning author and literacy advocate
    James McBride, National Book Award winner
    Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian
    Joyce Carol Oates, prize-winning author of more than 70 books
    Ed Piskor, alternative comics artist
    Michael Ramirez, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner
    Diane Rehm, NPR host and author
    Salman Rushdie, Man Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie
    Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize winner for “Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov)”
    Bob Woodward, Pulitzer prize winner and author of 17 No. 1 best-sellers
    Luis Alberto Urrea, prize-winning author of “The Devil’s Highway”
    Gene Luen Yang, Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature