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2017 Main Stage Authors Announced!

Earlier this week Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, made an exciting video announcement detailing the stellar authors who will headline this year’s Library of Congress National Book Festival. She was joined in front of a live audience by The Washington Post’s book editor, Ron Charles, to reveal and discuss the Main Stage authors, their current books, and what we can expect to hear from them when the 17th annual book festival rolls around on Sept. 2, 2017.

So without further ado, click play on the video to relive the announcement. It features other exciting details about the 2017 National Book Festival including the fact that the entire Main Stage program will be shown live on Facebook the day of the event! (Spoiler alert, you can also scroll down for the list of Main Stage authors.)





2017 Main Stage Lineup

  • David McCullough
  • Diana Gabaldon
  • J.D. Vance
  • Thomas L. Friedman
  • Condoleezza Rice
  • David Baldacci

Check out the video announcement to learn more about each of these authors and show up to the festival to see them present live on the Main Stage!


  1. Lita T. Cruz
    June 16, 2017 at 12:42 am

    I am a retired Asian American author/composer who plainly enjoys writing and composing, who currently have two novels and 4 short stories and eighteen songs published at Amazon, with more stories and songs in the making. Congratulations to your festival and to your lucky selected authors and artists. For more information about me, please feel free to browse for my full name at google. Thank you and God Bless. .

  2. Lita T. Cruz
    June 16, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Congratulations to your selected authors.

  3. Thomas
    July 26, 2017 at 10:03 am

    I know last year’s book festival had Stephen King on the “main stage” and you had to have a ticket. Do you have to have a ticket for this year’s main stage?
    I assume no, but thought I would check. #askingforafriend

    • Lola Pyne
      July 27, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      Thank you for asking. Tickets will not be required for any Main Stage presentations this year.

  4. Lee
    July 29, 2017 at 6:02 am

    I am going to be in Washington DC at this time. Not going to miss this fantastic day of authors, books and so much more. Your line up of authors is super. Do I need tickets to enter the Festival, or for any of the events?

  5. Linda Crosby
    August 2, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Looking forward to this event. Will authors be doing any book signing and if so, what would be cost?
    Linda Crosby

  6. Maia Linzer
    August 7, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Will a Sign Language interpreter sign for every presenter, as they did sooo very helpfully last year?!?!

  7. Maia Linzer
    August 8, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    What time can people begin lining up to enter the main stage for the first speaker?! Thank you!

  8. John Sayers
    August 9, 2017 at 11:37 am

    ASL interpreters will be on hand for all presentations on all author stages, as usual.

  9. John Sayers
    August 9, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Doors to the festival will open at 8:30 a.m., and attendees may line up immediately. The first Main Stage presentation begins at 10 a.m.

  10. Kelly Schofield
    August 29, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Hello! My name is Kelly. I am an AP Comparative Government and US Government teacher here in VA. Having the opportunity to have Condoleeza Rice sign my book is truly an honor. How many hours before her signing time should I arrive to ensure I make it to the table/stage?

    Thank you!!

    • Lola Pyne
      August 30, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      Kelly, while no guarantees are made with regard to book signing, you may want to arrive at least an hour before here signing time to be on the safe side.

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