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2018 Festival Videos Now Available

Dozens of author presentations and panels from the 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival are now online and available for viewing on our website!

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Were you onsite in Washington on September 1 and couldn’t be in two places at once? Or maybe you weren’t able to join us this year. Or perhaps you’d like to recapture the experience of seeing your favorite author once again.

Whatever the case, you can settle in and enjoy hours of talks and presentations by authors of many genres: history and biography, science, fiction, graphic novels, children’s books, young adult readers, poetry and contemporary issues.

Re-live the special day last month, or experience this celebration of readers and reading for the first time. And don’t forget to mark your calendar for the 2019 National Book Festival, Saturday, August 31!


Festival Fixture C-SPAN2’s Book TV Celebrates 20 Years

C-SPAN2’s Book TV has covered the National Book Festival since its founding and will be back with live coverage for the 18th year this year. Peter Slen, senior executive producer of Book TV, discusses how Book TV became a destination for authors and books. How did C-SPAN2’s Book TV get started – and how has […]

Ten Great Things About #NatBookFest 2018

What? You haven’t decided whether or not you’re going to be coming to Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Sept. 1 for the Library of Congress National Book Festival? Well, here’s ten things about the festival that should help you make up your mind: A Spectacular Setting. Washington, D.C. is a great city to visit, and the […]

E. Annie Proulx Honored with Library Prize for American Fiction

E. Annie Proulx, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Shipping News” and the short story “Brokeback Mountain,” will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during this year’s National Book Festival. Proulx was selected by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden based on the recommendation of a jury of previous winners, distinguished authors and […]

Justice Sotomayor Joins Main Stage of 2018 Festival

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will launch her first children’s book, along with a young readers adaptation of her memoir, as part of the Main Stage lineup of authors at the 2018 National Book Festival, the Library of Congress announced today. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will interview Justice Sotomayor about her new book, […]