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News! Schedule of Programs for 2021 National Book Festival

We’ve just announced the author lineup and schedule of programs for the 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival! The 10-day festival, taking place Sept. 17-26, features more than 100 authors, poets and writers in a range of formats — all celebrating the festival theme, “Open a Book, Open the World.” You can engage with your favorite authors through virtual live events, question-and-answer sessions, on-demand videos and two ticketed in-person events at the Library.

This year’s festival also expands its reach with author interviews on NPR podcasts, virtual live events with The Washington Post, a one-hour television special on PBS and virtual events from PBS Books on Facebook in collaboration with public television stations and libraries across the country. You’ll also want to check out the new “Festival Near You” section on the festival website, which highlights associated festival events across the country (make sure to explore the interactive map!). Local libraries, community centers and attendees are encouraged to host watch parties and other community events in their local areas.

Read the schedule announcement here, and get all the details to start making plans for your own festival experience on the 2021 National Book Festival website!

Join us for the 2021 National Book Festival, Sept. 17-26. Audiences are invited to create their own festival experience this year, with programs in a range of formats. Subscribe to this blog for future updates on the festival, and visit the festival website.

7 Comments

  1. Jim Sharp
    August 24, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    Looking forward to the festival.

  2. Sandra R.
    August 24, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    This is novel idea!! I would love to be apart of the festival “live and in person, considering our current situation, this works out well!!!
    I can’t wait!!!

  3. Ana Delgad-Ramos
    August 24, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    Dear Sirs:

    I wish to know how an author can enroll to participate in the National Book Festival.

    Thank you.

    Ana Delgado-Ramos
    Author, Executive Director
    AIPEH Puerto Rico

  4. Teresa R
    August 24, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    I don’t understand the format. How can for example two great writers (Saunders ,McDermott) and two great poets with an hugely knowledgeable interviewer (Rankine, Williams, Young, ) have only 30 minutes for a live online “conversation”?

    • Anne Holmes
      September 2, 2021 at 11:43 am

      Thanks for this question. The National Book Festival promotes reading by offering an introduction to a wide range of literary talent. These programs are conversation starters, giving our attendees a glimpse into authors’ lives and the books they write. We also encourage our audiences to come back and spend more time with our programming and our resources.

  5. Eleanor F.. Heginbotham
    September 2, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    What a feast!

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