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“A Book That Shaped Me” Contest Winners in Their Own Words

The winners of the festival’s youth writing contest, “A Book That Shaped Me,” were announced yesterday! When we started this program five years ago, our goals were to encourage young readers to reflect on the importance of books in their lives and to foster connections between area youth and the National Book Festival, the Library […]

Stage Spotlight: Books to Movies

The following is a guest post by Guy Lamolinara, co-director of the Library of Congress National Book Festival. If you want to see some exclusive footage of two films soon to be released, the National Book Festival is for you. Movies at a book festival? Yes, there is a place for film at the National […]

Podcast: Newt Gingrich

Today in our series of National Book Festival author podcasts, Colleen Shogan speaks with Newt Gingrich. The former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives talks about his new novel, “Duplicity.” Listen to the podcast here. Every Tuesday and Thursday we’ll share conversations with authors who will be appearing at this year’s National Book Festival […]

Podcast: Candice Millard

Time for another in our series of National Book Festival author podcasts. Today’s episode features Candice Millard, a former writer and editor for National Geographic magazine. The Library’s Jeff Flannery talks to Millard about James Garfield, Teddy Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. Listen to the podcast here. Every Tuesday and Thursday we’ll share conversations with authors who […]

Podcast: Diane Rehm

A special treat today — we’ve added a special extra podcast to our National Book Festival author series for the three-day weekend, featuring public radio legend Diane Rehm. The Library’s Sheryl Cannady talks to the radio host, who was also featured in the July-August issue of our Library of Congress Magazine on radio. Listen to […]

Podcast: Meg Medina

Today’s National Book Festival author podcast  features Meg Medina. The Library’s Karen Jaffee talks to the author of “Burn Baby Burn,” who says she “loves the Library of Congress!” The feeling is mutual, Meg. Listen to the podcast here. Every Tuesday and Thursday we’ll share conversations with authors who will be presenting at this year’s […]

Podcast: Kristin Hannah

Next up in our National Book Festival author podcast series is Kristin Hannah. Sheryl Cannady of the Library talks to Hannah about her latest book, “The Nightingale,” which she says is “about ordinary women showing extraordinary courage in very dark times.” Listen to the podcast here. Every Tuesday and Thursday we’ll share conversations with authors […]