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What a Great Day! Tell Us How We Did!

A wide shot of the main stairway in the convention center shows hundreds of festival goers

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.