You came, you spoke, we listened! The increasing popularity of our National Book Festival Main Stage through the years have led to bigger and bigger crowds. To accommodate you all and give you a better festival experience, we’ve moved our most popular stage into one of the biggest spaces in the Washington Convention Center.
And what a line-up in 2019 for this big, new space!
- At 10 a.m., Library of Congress Carla Hayden presents author Richard Ford the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction for his remarkable body of work, and Ford will discuss his life and career.
- At 11:30 a.m., U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses “My Own Words” with Nina Totenberg.
- At 1 p.m., Chef José Andrés talks about his books “Vegetables Unleashed” and “We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time” with Diane Rehm.
- At 2:30 p.m., David Brooks shares insights from his book ““The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life” with National Book Festival Co-Chairman David M. Rubenstein.
- At 4 p.m., graphic artist Raina Telgemeier talks about “Share Your Smile: Raina’s Guide to Telling Your Own Story.”
- At 5:30 p.m., David McCullough shares insights from his book “The Pioneers: The Heroic Stories of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West.”
- To close the day at 7 p.m., Michael Beschloss discusses “Presidents of War” with David M. Rubenstein.
To get a flavor for our Main Stage and to get in the mood for our 2019 festival (just a few weeks away), watch a presentation from last year’s event: Amy Tan discusses “Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir.”