We’re Open! National Book Festival 2020

Welcome to the 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival, our 20th annual celebration of American ingenuity — and our first virtual festival!

The special Virtual Festival Platform is now open, where you can watch author talks, engage in scheduled live Q&A sessions and experience a wealth of activities related to reading, authors and literacy. The emphasis for today, Friday, September 25, is children’s and teen’s authors. Live Q&As with authors begin at 11 a.m. and will include Chelsea Clinton, Jessica & Parker Curry, Kwame Mbalia, Pam Muñoz Ryan and Veronica Chambers on the Children’s Stage; and Gene Luen Yang, Becky Albertalli, Aisha Seed and Mike Curato on the Teens Stage. Dozens of author talks can be selected and viewed on demand, as well!

Also, don’t miss the wealth of other great activities and fascinating presentations from our Roadmap to Reading, to a virtual selection of the best of the Library of Congress, to engaging activities from our partners and sponsors.

After our special Children’s and Teen’s day today, come back tomorrow and Sunday for an avalanche of additional talks, presentations, Q&As and activities, from our old-favorite stages like Fiction, Poetry & Prose and History & Biography to new and rebooted stages such as Science, Understanding Our World and Family, Food & Field.

Get ready — get set — go!

Screen shot of Virtual Festival Platform

The 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival will celebrate its 20th birthday this year. You can get up-to-the-minute news, schedule updates and other important festival information by subscribing to this blog. The festival is made possible by the generosity of sponsors. You can support the festival, too, by making a gift now.

National Book Festival Presents: Carla Hayden and Lonnie Bunch

In a National Book Festival Presents conversation that premieres tonight (June 5), Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Lonnie Bunch discuss the national protests that have roiled the nation after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.