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#TBT A Look at the 15th Anniversary Library of Congress National Book Festival

Wow! It’s hard to believe the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival has come and gone. The fifteenth anniversary of the festival was a huge success and boasted capacity crowds and more than 170 authors at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Festivalgoers, volunteers and authors turned out in full force for a magnificent and energetic celebration of books and reading that lasted from 10 a.m to 10 p.m.

People were abuzz on social media and #NatBookFest15 became a trending topic! Doing a search of that hashtag will turn up lots of great festival photos and conversation.

Folks couldn’t seem to get enough of the new book festival app introduced this year. We received positive feedback about how it helped people plan their day and schedule which of the author presentations to attend.

The festival presentations were taped and the videos will start to become available on the National Book Festival website in the next month or so. (There will be a blog post to let you know when.) In the meantime, if you couldn’t make the festival or would like to join me in reflecting, today’s #ThrowbackThursday post contains a collection of photos from Saturday’s festivities. Enjoy!

“The Planet’s Future”: A compelling, not-to-be-missed conversation between two giants of the environment–world-renowned naturalist E.O. Wilson and global economist Jeffrey D. Sachs

The following is a guest post by Marie Arana, co-director of the Library of Congress National Book Festival. Can the planet sustain humankind in its current race to feed and house a burgeoning population? Can it survive the explosions in industry, mining and construction that are bound to accompany that race? In a groundbreaking conversation […]

Family Friendly Festival Tips

The following is a guest blog post by Bryonna Head, who works in Library Services at the Library of Congress and is a member of the 2015 festival planning committee. We are just days away from the Library of Congress 15th Annual National Book Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. We welcome you […]

Easy In, Easy Out

How do you plan to get to this year’s National Book Festival? As one of the country’s most accessible cities, Washington is surrounded by three major airports, Amtrak and a first-rate transit system, Metro. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is located between 7th and 9th Streets and N Street and Mt. Vernon Place in […]