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Just Announced! A 10-Day National Book Festival for 2021

Library of Congress National Book Festival logo with featured authors

The 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival will include appearances by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Roxane Gay, Michael J. Fox, Kazuo Ishiguro and more.

We’re excited to share the launch details for this year’s Library of Congress National Book Festival! Mark your calendar for Sept. 17-26—our 2021 event will be bigger and better than ever, a 10-day multi-format event where you can create your own festival experience with videos on demand, author conversations in real time and live question-and-answer sessions, as well as a new podcast series, a national television special and some in-person, ticketed events at the Library in Washington, D.C.

Here’s the full launch announcement, and here is the newly-updated 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival website.

Are you excited? We are! Subscribe to this blog and stay tuned in the weeks to come for more details, a comprehensive schedule, and more ways you can participate in your National Book Festival this September 17-26.


  1. Mary Lambdin
    June 7, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    Love to get whatever is pertinent. This is always such a great event.

    June 7, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    me encantaría que si es posible me tomaran en cuenta para este magnifico evento.

  3. Kathy Fredrick
    June 7, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Attended virtually in 2020, looking forward to online events, and even hope to be able to attend in person this year.

  4. Barbara Tamborini
    June 7, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    Hoped that this would be back to the in person event it was pre-Covid. Not interested in all the virtual stuff, hope that some day this will return to the great in person event it used to be!!

  5. Marilyn
    June 8, 2021 at 8:36 am

    Great event each year

  6. TJ
    July 3, 2021 at 9:54 am

    Really hoping I’ll snag a ticket to the in-person event, whatever it is. Here’s hoping we can be back to normal next year!

  7. Denise
    July 3, 2021 at 11:29 am

    So excited about this event!
    I’d love to know more about hosting a local watch party through our local libraries.
    Does LOC have any suggested templates, guidance, general wisdom to share?

    • John Sayers
      July 6, 2021 at 6:35 am

      Thanks for planning to host a watch party! We’re assembling the kind of information you’re asking for and will announce that here on the blog when it’s available. Thanks again!

  8. Wendy Kidd
    August 4, 2021 at 8:44 am

    As an instructor who would never be able to get the students to Washington for a day trip, I thank you all for creating this virtual set-up! It was a pleasure last year, and I’m looking forward to the festival again this year.

  9. Nuzhat Khatoon
    September 7, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    I have volunteered for the Book Festival from its very first launch. I like to attend or volunteer in person events. Please let me know the possibility of any such event.

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