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News! Full Author Lineup for 2020 Festival

We’ve just announced the full lineup of more than 100 authors, poets and illustrators for the 20th anniversary Library of Congress National Book Festival! This year’s festival, to be held during the weekend of Sept. 25-27 with the theme of celebrating American ingenuity, will be all-virtual, offering on-demand videos, live author chats and discussions, options to personalize your own journey through the festival with particular themes and more.

Get all of the details here, and mark your calendars now! And don’t forget to subscribe to this blog for the latest news and updates on the 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival.

Also, here’s the poster for the 2020 festival. Click on the image below to visit and download a gallery of all 20 National Book Festival posters through the years. See you in September!

2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival Poster

The 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival will celebrate its 20th birthday this year. You can get up-to-the-minute news, schedule updates and other important festival information by subscribing to this blog. The festival is made possible by the generosity of sponsors. You too can support the festival by making a gift now.

15 Comments

  1. Peter L. Spain
    July 24, 2020 at 8:42 am

    Really enjoy these presentations

  2. Harriett Destler
    July 24, 2020 at 9:03 am

    Glad this will happen

  3. Sara Van Hoose
    July 24, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Thank you so much for continuing the festival. I have attended in person for 5 years and brought my friends from Norfolk, Va. and relatives from Oklahoma, Arizona and Indiana. All summer I have been “attending” by looking at the videos. This feature has helped me cope with staying indoors.

  4. Kirk Ballard
    July 24, 2020 at 10:08 am

    San Diego Comic-Con, the first time in 51 years, had to go virtual. Do you think that is a possibility with the National Book Festival? Please be safe.
    Thank you

  5. Debra Lay
    July 24, 2020 at 10:15 am

    Thanks so much for this opportunity!

  6. Linda Henderson
    July 24, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    The author presentations have been wonderful. Hooray for more!

  7. Helen Isenberg
    July 24, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    This is wonderful news!

  8. Maria Fatima Villafana
    July 25, 2020 at 6:52 am

    Wow…. I am seriously disappointed. Virtual is just not the same. Sorry, won’t drink your Kool-Aid. Hope 2021 is a better year for all.

  9. Inez
    July 25, 2020 at 11:45 am

    Will the ap work this year?

    • John Sayers
      July 27, 2020 at 7:58 am

      The National Book Festival App will not be updated in 2020 in favor of a robust, mobile-friendly web-based experience that will be available prior to the event. Watch this blog for more details when they are available.

  10. Lucy Hall
    July 26, 2020 at 1:33 am

    I will miss volunteering at the festival. However, I am glad to see it is continuing virtually this year. Thank you.

  11. Sharon Lenius
    July 26, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Is there any place for volunteers in 2020? That has been a great experience in past years.

  12. Wanda Etheridge
    September 15, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    As a new indie author (children’s Christmas book in the form of a limerick) I just discovered this event and am excited! How do I register to participate as an author next year?

    Thank you.

    • John Sayers
      September 16, 2020 at 9:59 am

      Registration for those wishing to attend the festival will open a few days prior to the Festival. We’ll send out notices to all blog subscribers the moment registration opens! Also, the author nomination process each festival takes place between December 1-February 28 of that year. Potential participating authors must be nominated by their respective publishers, and preferred candidates are usually popular, nationally-known authors who have won book awards at the national level. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate all authors who wish to present and sign at our festival. Usually, some 400 qualified authors, illustrators and poets are nominated each year to participate, and around 100 individuals are selected to present. Thanks for your interest!

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