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Book Festival Swag

2016 poster thumbnailThe big day is tomorrow! More than 120 authors of all genres will make presentations on 13 stages throughout the day and into the night at the 16th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival.

And, because we know you will have a great time at this joyous celebration of books and reading, we already have suggestions for mementos to grab to commemorate the event.

The 2016 poster was designed by Yuko Shimizu, conveying the theme of “journeys to the unknown.” Pick up your free festival poster from the information booths at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday. You can also download the poster here.

Red Hot Bags

CSPAN2 bag 2016Every year, the festival bags provided by our media partner, C-SPAN 2’s BookTV, are a hot commodity. Make sure to pick up your free bag when you arrive before they are all gone. The bag color this year is red.

Because what better way is there to show your book pride than to wear your very own National Book Festival gear? The Library of Congress Shop will be on-site with an array of apparel in sizes for kids and adults. Choose from t-shirts, hoodies and caps.

nbf shirtPurchase the National Book Festival patch to help your scout celebrate attendance at this celebration of books and reading. And for non-scouts, it’s a fun souvenir of your visit to the festival.

The Library of Congress  Shop will also carry a variety of souvenirs for you to mark the occasion or to share with family and friends. The shop will carry festival magnets, mugs and more.


Screen Shot 2016-09-23 at 3.34.16 PMLast but not least, what would a book festival be without books? Lots and lots of books. Politics and Prose is the bookseller for the National Book Festival and will be on-site with books galore. I asked Jon Purves, director of marketing and publicity at Politics and Prose, about the number of books they will bring and how they will get them set up to sell, here’s what he had to say:

Getting ready for the National Book Festival is a massive undertaking for Politics and Prose, and one that requires pretty much everyone in our company to get involved. Over the past few months, we’ve been busy ordering tens of thousands of books, representing approximately 120 authors, illustrators, and poets who will be appearing on the day.

Screen Shot 2016-09-23 at 4.35.04 PMIn the days leading up to the festival, we’ll be putting these books out on display and setting up everything else needed at the book sales area, from registers to book bags. Essentially, we’re bringing Politics and Prose to the convention center! Some 75 booksellers will be working on September 24, assisted by representatives from other organizations and volunteers from the Junior League of Washington. We’re bracing for a very busy day, but we’re also looking forward to it immensely. We’re all as passionate about the world of books as those attending, and the atmosphere of excitement at this event, with so many incredible authors gathered in one place, is infectious.

The 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival, which is free for everyone, will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 1. The festival is made possible by the generosity of sponsors. You too can support the festival by making a gift now.


  1. Ruth Prushan
    September 28, 2016 at 11:41 am

    This is the best event of my year. I look forward to attending next year. Thank you to all the people who make this wonderful experience happen. Only frustration is I am unable because of overlapping to attend all the speakers presentations.

  2. Ali Khan
    December 23, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Are there any t-shirts left? I would like to purchase one for my nephew.

  3. Lola Pyne
    January 23, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Thank you for your inquiry. Here is the Library of Congress Shop link for the youth festival t-shirt: http://library-of-congress-shop.myshopify.com/products/national-book-fetsival-youth-tshirt

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