The 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival will include appearances by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Roxane Gay, Michael J. Fox, Kazuo Ishiguro and more.
We’re excited to share the launch details for this year’s Library of Congress National Book Festival! Mark your calendar for Sept. 17-26—our 2021 event will be bigger and better than ever, a 10-day multi-format event where you can create your own festival experience with videos on demand, author conversations in real time and live question-and-answer sessions, as well as a new podcast series, a national television special and some in-person, ticketed events at the Library in Washington, D.C.
Here’s the full launch announcement, and here is the newly-updated 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival website.
Are you excited? We are! Subscribe to this blog and stay tuned in the weeks to come for more details, a comprehensive schedule, and more ways you can participate in your National Book Festival this September 17-26.
Tonight at 7 p.m. ET, poet Cathy Park Hong (“Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning”) and novelist Wayétu Moore (“The Dragons, the Giant, the Women”) discuss how their memoirs give voice to history and speak to the present moment.
On Thursday, May 20, at 7 p.m. ET, author Walter Isaacson discusses his new book (“The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race”) with journalist Katherine Eban.
Join us on Thursday, April 29, at 7 p.m. ET, for a National Poetry Month program. Poets Victoria Chang (“Obit”) and Brenda Shaughnessy (“The Octopus Museum”) discuss their poetry collections, which address issues of loss, fear, and the future of the planet.
On Thursday, April 8, at 10 a.m. ET, join us for a fascinating conversation for young people with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar-winning actor and author of the No. 1 best-selling children’s book “Sulwe.”
On Thursday, March 25, at 7 p.m. ET, prominent historians of war Margaret MacMillan (“War: How Conflict Shaped Us”) and Rick Atkinson (“The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777”) will be in conversation with philanthropist David M. Rubenstein as part of the National Book Festival Presents series.
On Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. ET, Peniel E. Joseph (“The Sword and the Shield”) and Tamara Payne (“The Dead Are Arising”) will discuss their books on Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. in a National Book Festival Presents virtual program with Eric Deggans, NPR’s TV critic and media analyst-contributor for MSNBC and NBC News.
Mo Willems talks about his recent books, “An Elephant & Piggie Biggie! Volume 3” and “Unlimited Squirrels: I Want to Sleep Under the Stars” during this year’s festival.
National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jason Reynolds talks about his book, “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You,” during this year’s festival.
Heather Cox Richardson talks about her book, “How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America,” during this year’s festival.