It’s time to plan your day at the National Book Festival!
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: loc.gov/bookfest.
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!