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LIVE: Exciting Book Festival Details Coming Your Way

When we introduced the Main Stage at last year’s Library of Congress National Book Festival, we didn’t know exactly what to expect.

Sure, every year we invite engaging, award-winning authors from all walks of life and genres to present at this free festival, and year after year many authors face capacity crowds. But when people showed up in droves to fill the 2,500 capacity Main Stage seating (our largest ever) to hear from the top six blockbuster festival authors throughout the day—while also turning out to hear from more than 100 popular authors featured in other stages all day long and into the night—we knew we were onto something.

So, the Main Stage is back along with an incredible author lineup for the 2017 festival on Sept. 2! For news this good, the host wants to tell you personally. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will be joined by Ron Charles of the Washington Post to reveal this year’s Main Stage author lineup via Facebook Live on Monday, June 12, at 7 p.m. ET!

Tune in for this first-ever live festival announcement to learn about the 2017 festival authors and to find out about new ways to experience, connect with, and support the Library of Congress National Book Festival in-person and on-line.

What: 2017 National Book Festival Main Stage Announcement
When: Monday, June 12, 2017, 7 p.m. ET
Where: facebook.com/libraryofcongress/

Mark your calendars!

The 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival, which is free for everyone, will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 1. The festival is made possible by the generosity of sponsors. You too can support the festival by making a gift now.


  1. Marcy
    June 12, 2017 at 8:26 am

    What is “Facebook Live”?? How do I access it? Sorry, I just am not as up to date as those kids out there. I have a Facebook Account. Is that a first step?

    Thanks. Marcy

  2. Lola Pyne
    June 12, 2017 at 10:44 am

    To access our Facebook Live video, visit the Library of Congress Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/libraryofcongress/. The video will begin on that page today (6.12.17) at 7pm ET.

  3. Mary Allen
    June 27, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Question-I’m thinking of traveling up to the festival from Sarasota FL. Are the seats for the Main Stage reserved or will it be first in line…?

  4. Shannon
    July 1, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Will any of the main stage authors sessions require tickets?

  5. Lola Pyne
    July 27, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Thank you for asking. Tickets will not be required for any Main Stage presentations this year. Yes, seating is first-come, first-served.

  6. Tonja
    July 27, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Is there a schedule for the event (who will speak when and where)?

  7. Lola Pyne
    July 27, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Yes, the full schedule will be available on the National Book Festival web site next week. //www.loc.gov/bookfest

  8. Torsten Adair
    August 31, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Will any of the author events be livestreamed?
    Which ones? How does one access them?

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