A summertime National Book Festival was a first-time experience for many of us here, and we loved the way this year’s Festival brought together tens of thousands of book lovers to gather and share stories (all while enjoying the sweet AC!)
The theme of this year’s Festival was “Everyone Has a Story,” and in her remarks opening the Festival, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden told audience members “that means you.” She welcomed the writers, the attendees, the families, the historians, the volunteers, the poets and the bestsellers who made this Festival a reality. “The wonderful writers at this year’s Festival have great stories to tell, and they’re going to share them all day long. But so do you, because books help broaden our world, but they can also serve as mirrors.… [The authors who are here] are reflections of the diversity of readers across our nation, and they’re here to tell our collective history and to share our unique stories.”
If you attended the Festival at the convention center or watched our livestream, we want to hear from you! Please take a moment to take our National Book Festival survey. Every response counts, and we want to hear what you enjoyed and what you didn’t, your highlights and stress points, and how we can keep making the best possible book festival for you! The survey is open until August 31st.
The National Book Festival was made possible by the generous support of private and public-sector sponsors who share the Library’s commitment to reading and literacy, led by National Book Festival Co-Chair David M. Rubenstein. Sponsors include: Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), The Washington Post, General Motors, James Madison Council, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the John W. Kluge Center; additional support provided by the CoStar Group, For The People Fund, with seed funding provided by the Ford Foundation, Sharjah Book Authority, Friends of the Library of Congress (FLOC), Library of Congress Federal Credit Union and The Hay-Adams.