Just Announced: Schedule of Programs for 2021 National Book Festival

The Library of Congress has just announced the author lineup and schedule of programs for the 2021 National Book Festival! The 10-day festival, taking place Sept. 17-26, features more than 100 authors, poets and writers in a range of formats — all celebrating the festival theme, “Open a Book, Open the World.” You can engage with your favorite authors through virtual live events, question-and-answer sessions, on-demand videos and two ticketed in-person events at the Library.

This year’s festival also expands its reach with author interviews on NPR podcasts, virtual live events with The Washington Post, a one-hour television special on PBS and virtual events from PBS Books on Facebook in collaboration with public television stations and libraries across the country. You’ll also want to check out the new “Festival Near You” section on the festival website, which highlights associated festival events across the country (make sure to explore the interactive map!). Local libraries, community centers and attendees are encouraged to host watch parties and other community events in their local areas.

Read the schedule announcement here, and get all the details to start making plans for your own festival experience on the 2021 National Book Festival website!

Join us for the 2021 National Book Festival, Sept. 17-26. Audiences are invited to create their own festival experience this year, with programs in a range of formats. Subscribe to the National Book Festival blog for future updates on the festival, and visit the festival website.

LeVar Burton to Host 2021 National Book Festival Broadcast on PBS

The television broadcast program “Open a Book, Open the World: The Library of Congress National Book Festival,” hosted by LeVar Burton, will premiere Sunday, Sept. 12 on PBS. Television viewers can see an inspiring introduction to the 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival and its exciting lineup of authors, poets and writers in this one-hour special.