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Registration Is Now Open for the 2020 National Book Festival

Screen shot of Virtual Festival Platform

Registration is now open for the 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival, our first virtual festival, to be held Sept. 25-27! Visit the Virtual Festival Platform, register today and start building your schedule.

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 can support the festival, too, by making a gift now.


  1. Sarah
    September 18, 2020 at 11:08 am


  2. ann trompeter
    September 18, 2020 at 11:11 am

    I will be using this activity with my online elementary students

  3. Judy Goldsmith
    September 18, 2020 at 11:13 am

    I’m excited about seeing the National Book Festival.

  4. Thomas Costa
    September 18, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Thank you for holding the National Book Festival. It is especially important during the pandemic.

  5. Susan M Troccolo
    September 18, 2020 at 11:15 am

    I miss volunteering!

  6. Barbara Collins Rosenberg
    September 18, 2020 at 11:16 am

    Can’t wait until next year when we meet in person!

  7. Susan M Troccolo
    September 18, 2020 at 11:17 am

    I miss Faye Levin

  8. Rejwan Ali
    September 18, 2020 at 11:18 am

    I will like register and showcase a book. Thanks.

  9. Anna Cross
    September 18, 2020 at 11:19 am


  10. Connie Cloud
    September 18, 2020 at 11:19 am

    Was planning on flying down from Alaska for the Festival until CV19 hit. Went to the 2018 and loved it!

  11. Peter Brockenbrow
    September 18, 2020 at 11:20 am

    Looking forward to the virtual festival, although I will miss the real interaction of making new friends.

  12. Harriett Dedtler
    September 18, 2020 at 11:23 am

    Looking forward to this

  13. Carol Powers
    September 18, 2020 at 11:33 am

    I am so looking forward to the Book Festival!

  14. Linda Kjonnerod
    September 18, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Waiting patiently. But hurry up!

  15. Sandra Borden
    September 18, 2020 at 11:39 am

    My interests are mysteries with a sense of fair play. What are the best of the newly released mysteries?

  16. Dot Jeger
    September 18, 2020 at 11:43 am


  17. Charlene Woodford
    September 18, 2020 at 11:48 am

    Looking forward to it!

  18. Charlene Woodford
    September 18, 2020 at 11:49 am

    Great opportunity!

  19. Jane Boynton
    September 18, 2020 at 11:49 am

    Looking forward to it. Don’t think I have missed a year since it began!

  20. Ronnie Jill Kweller
    September 18, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Thank you!

  21. Mimi Shah
    September 18, 2020 at 11:51 am

    We love the book festival, and while we will miss the in person format, we are excited to try the virtual version this year!

  22. Joyce Aaronson
    September 18, 2020 at 11:51 am

    Can’t wait for the book festival

  23. Carol Becker
    September 18, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Looking forward to a virtual festival

  24. Rocco Staino
    September 18, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Where is the Road to Reading Category?

    • John Sayers
      September 18, 2020 at 12:53 pm

      The Road to Reading and other Family-Friendly Activities will be available beginning next Friday, September 25.

  25. Sheila L. Armitage
    September 18, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Can’t wait.

  26. Ellen Fancher-Ruiz
    September 18, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    Please sign me up for 2020 festival

  27. Mary Ann Roberts
    September 18, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    Look forward o\to it.

  28. Leah Karrer
    September 18, 2020 at 12:26 pm


  29. Karen Hanrahan
    September 18, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    Have only missed five festivals due to living for a time on the west coast. Can’t wait until they can be done in person again

  30. Elizabeth Locke
    September 18, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    Volunteer in 2019!

  31. K Meschke
    September 18, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Looking forward to this

  32. Mary Leonard
    September 18, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Looking forward to the Book Festival!

  33. sharlene hirsch
    September 18, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    looking forward to everything

  34. Tamara Young-Allen
    September 18, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    I am looking forward to this event!

  35. T Allen
    September 18, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Can’t wait for this event to start! I love to read!

  36. Maria G McCabe
    September 18, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    Delighted to be able to take part in the National Book Festival. Have enjoyed it in person fir many many years

  37. Cynthia Neseth
    September 18, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    Sure wish we could do this in person.

  38. Heidi Calderon
    September 18, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    Looking forward to event.

  39. Olivia Medina
    September 18, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    Very excited to attend!

  40. John Micklos
    September 18, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    Looking forward to hearing the children’s and YA authors in particular.

  41. Jackie DeLeo
    September 18, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Looking forward to the Book Festival this year!

  42. Christine Grabiel
    September 19, 2020 at 8:58 am

    Please sign me up, thanks

  43. Tina Manatos
    September 19, 2020 at 10:13 am

    Looking forward to one of my favorite events of the year.

  44. Anjali
    September 19, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Thanks. Please sign me up.

  45. Forrest K Uppendahll
    September 19, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    I look forward to the Festival!

  46. Kaitlyn Campbell
    September 20, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    looking forward to it

  47. Josie Scholz
    September 20, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    We need this festival right now.

  48. Cheryl Zuehlsdorff
    September 21, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    This will be my first time. Can’t wait to see this book festival.

  49. Megan Sutton
    September 21, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    I went to the National Book Festival in 2011 and it was amazing. I’m so glad to be able to attend again!

  50. Rose Curry
    September 21, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    Hope to have an informative experience.

  51. Bob Shirley
    September 24, 2020 at 11:46 am

    Looking forward to it.

  52. Jim Rettig
    September 25, 2020 at 11:25 am

    I am pleased that this year’s format makes the Festival open to all. I have enjoyed earlier festivals; this year’s saves me from a trip from Williamsburg and the need to impose on family for housing in the DC area.

  53. Mary Alice Cotter
    September 27, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    Cannot wait for 2021 Book Festival hopefully in person. You have done well with virtual events

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