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Watch the 2019 National Book Festival Livestream on Saturday, August 31

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We hope we see you this Saturday, August 31, at the Library’s National Book Festival. If you are attending in person get all the info you need on the National Book Festival website.

If you can’t attend in person we’ll miss you, but do not despair. We have livestream offerings so you can be part of this mammoth celebration of books and reading.

Library of Congress on YouTube

Authors appearing on the Main Stage, from left: Richard Ford, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, José Andrés, David Brooks, Raina Telgemeier, David McCullough, Michael Beschloss

We are livestreaming all of the authors who will appear on the Main Stage. Tune in to the Library of Congress YouTube channel to watch. Here is the lineup for Saturday, August 31. All times are Eastern Time.


PBS Books will broadcast author interviews including Jericho Brown, Holly Black, Ngozi Ukazu, R.J. Palacio, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Laila Lalami & many more. View a detailed schedule and watch live coverage from PBS Books.

C-SPAN’s Book TV

Book TV will offer live coverage of selected author presentations as well as author interviews including David Epstein, Elaine Weiss, Parag Khanna, Steven Pearlstein, David Treuer, Sharon Robinson, Rick Atkinson & many others. View Book TV’s National Book Festival schedule.


Enjoy the live coverage and join the conversation on Twitter with #NatBookFest.

Watch the National Book Festival Gala on August 30 at 7 p.m.

Start celebrating early by watching the National Book Festival Gala on August 30 at 7 p.m. ET. Join Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden in honoring recipients of the Library of Congress Literacy Awards. Watch presentations from National Book Festival authors Evan Thomas, R.O. Kwon, Casey Gerald, R.J. Palacio and Richard Ford, recipient of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. David Rubenstein, National Book Festival Board co-chairman and sponsor of the Library’s Literacy Awards, will make a special appearance. Please tune in as we all get ready for the big day! Watch the Gala on YouTube or right here.



  1. Thank you for this resource. I look forward to viewing the streams and replays.

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