Crowds streamed in for the first in-person NBF in three years. Photo by Shawn Miller
Books brought thousands of us together for this year’s Library of Congress National Book Festival at the Washington Convention Center in our nation’s capital this past Saturday. What a time it was!
“It’s wonderful to be back at the Washington Convention Center in person and to see all of these smiling faces,” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said to cheers as she opened the festival on the main stage. It was the Library’s first in-person festival since the pandemic forced writers and readers into their separate spaces. The crowds, the energy and the buzz mirrored the festival’s theme — literally, that books bring us together. Read more about the day here.
If you attended in person or watched our livestreams from the comfort of your own home, we want to hear from you! Please take a moment to take our National Book Festival survey, and let us know how we did, what you liked and didn’t, and what kind of book festival you’d like to see us do in the years to come.
Thanks for coming together with us to celebrate books and reading!
The 2022 National Book Festival was made possible by the generous support of private- and public-sector sponsors who share the Library’s commitment to reading and literacy, led by National Book Festival Co-Chair David M. Rubenstein. Sponsors include: Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Washington Post, AARP, General Motors, James Madison Council, John W. Kluge Center, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Scholastic and Sharjah Book Authority. Presenting Partner C-SPAN and Media Partners NPR and El Tiempo Latino.
Preview of coverage by C-SPAN’s Book TV of the 2022 Library of Congress National Book Festival. Plus tote bags.
The Library of Congress National Book Festival is made possible through the generosity of several sponsoring groups and benefactors.
Children, teens and families will find a full schedule of free activities at the 2022 National Book Festival this Saturday, Sept. 3 — both in person and online! The schedule is online and can be sorted by stage and by area of interest. This year’s festival offers three stages for young readers: Please Read Me […]
Happy National Book Festival week! We look forward to welcoming you all to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center this Saturday, Sept. 3 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (doors open at 8:30 a.m.). The festival is free and open to all. While we cannot wait to be back in person this year, your health […]
We are so excited to be just a little more than a week away from the 2022 National Book Festival. On Saturday, Sept. 3 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., join us at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown D.C. for events featuring more than 120 authors, writers and poets, book signings and […]
Book and baseball lovers are invited to join for Library of Congress Night at Nationals Park on Tuesday, Aug. 30, when the Washington Nationals take on the Oakland Athletics at 7:05 p.m. You won’t want to miss the first pitch thrown by our very own — Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden — and lots of […]
The National Book Festival is supported by a series of Centers for the Book in the U.S. states and territories.
A review of posters from the National Book Festival from 2001 to the present.
A description of the lineup of virtual author discussions from PBS Books as part of the annual Library of Congress National Book Festival.