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The 2023 National Book Festival Schedule is Live!

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It’s time to plan your day at the National Book Festival!


A person with short black hair, with their back to the camera, is viewing a big display of the 2022 National Book Festival's stage schedules
National Book Festival visitors peruse the lineup at the north info center, September 3, 2022. Photo by Shawn Miller/Library of Congress.

The full schedule of author presentations and book signings for the 2023 National Book Festival on Saturday, Aug. 12, is live. You can check out the complete schedule on the National Book Festival website:

With more than 70 authors, writers, poets and illustrators, this year’s Festival has something for every reader. Plus, we’ve made it easy to find the events that you can get excited about. Filter the schedule by stage, event type and more than 30 genres. Maybe you’d like to see Black or LGBTQ+ representation, or you’re looking for everything young adult (YA content can be found on three different stages this year!). We’ve got you: with a few clicks, you can find all kinds of programs that showcase a variety of genres, event types and target age groups. You can select multiple options to find the perfect event that interests you, or identify intersectional representation in the authors featured at the Festival this year.

And, as usual, a selection of programs will be livestreamed online and videos of all programs will be available shortly after the Festival. Festivalgoers can tune in for events featuring actor Elliot Page, sci-fi superstar TJ Klune, children’s author R.J. Palacio, horror masters Grady Hendrix and Tananarive Due, Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction winner George Saunders, former U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and poet Camille T. Dungy, nonfiction authors Siddhartha Mukherjee and Matthew Desmond, and much, much more.

A new addition for our non-local readers is the virtual attendee guide (shout-out to its creator, our Junior Fellow Nikki Dobbins!), which gives you a roadmap for all possible ways to engage with the Festival if you cannot attend in person. Look for tips on activities before, during and after the Festival!

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Aug. 12! What author or program are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments!

Comments (10)

  1. Please send some to k@12so they can go for field trip

  2. I’m looking forward to the Book Festival this year. Will each participating state library be stamping the US maps?

    • Thank you for the question! Here is a reply from Guy Lamolinara, Center for the Book: Yes, I am happy to say that all states (and territories) represented in the Roadmap to Reading will be stamping the map brochures you can pick up in the RTR area. Prizes will be given to those who collect a stamp from every table there!

  3. Greetings,
    I write books and training materials for Intelligent Officers who are transitioning to the private sector.
    I also write espionage novels and am finishing “The Baranof Pretext,” the third book in the Ian Scott series.
    I have had several publishers, including Amazon Books. (3 of my books are available on Amazon now)
    I always enjoy your emails and Thank You for keeping me posted!
    The Book Festival is a real gift fo Authors!
    I look forward to future postings.
    William (Maxon) Johnson, Ph.D.

  4. Will there be some kind of tribute to David and his boss, Rosalie, McCullough.

    Also, since I live in New Hampshire and cannot attend in person, I wondered if there was somehow I could get the handouts and tote bag. Thank you.

    The festival is always brilliant!

  5. The book festival keeps moving around to different dates making it difficult to plan ahead to attend annually. Is it possible that in the future a date can be chosen and used every year so people can set their schedules around attendance?

    • Thanks very much for your feedback. The National Book Festival had been held over Labor Day weekend for several years, but due to availability of our venue, the Washington Convention Center, it is being held on a new date for the 2023 festival.

  6. Should the Joy Harjo events have the LGBTQ+ tag?

    • Hello, thank you for your question. That information was not included in the materials provided.

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