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2018 Festival Videos Now Available

Dozens of author presentations and panels from the 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival are now online and available for viewing on our website!

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Were you onsite in Washington on September 1 and couldn’t be in two places at once? Or maybe you weren’t able to join us this year. Or perhaps you’d like to recapture the experience of seeing your favorite author once again.

Whatever the case, you can settle in and enjoy hours of talks and presentations by authors of many genres: history and biography, science, fiction, graphic novels, children’s books, young adult readers, poetry and contemporary issues.

Re-live the special day last month, or experience this celebration of readers and reading for the first time. And don’t forget to mark your calendar for the 2019 National Book Festival, Saturday, August 31!


Ten Great Things About #NatBookFest 2018

What? You haven’t decided whether or not you’re going to be coming to Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Sept. 1 for the Library of Congress National Book Festival? Well, here’s ten things about the festival that should help you make up your mind: A Spectacular Setting. Washington, D.C. is a great city to visit, and the […]

Justice Sotomayor Joins Main Stage of 2018 Festival

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will launch her first children’s book, along with a young readers adaptation of her memoir, as part of the Main Stage lineup of authors at the 2018 National Book Festival, the Library of Congress announced today. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will interview Justice Sotomayor about her new book, […]

2018 National Book Festival Poster Evokes Thrills and Discovery

Original art is once again part of this year’s Library of Congress National Book Festival as the design for the 2018 festival poster is being unveiled this week. The illustration was created by Gaby D’Alessandro, 31, a Dominican illustrator based in New York City. The poster includes a whimsical hot air balloon carrying a young […]

A Children’s Guide to the Book Festival from the Mensa Foundation

The Mensa Education & Research Foundation, founded in 1971, is a philanthropic, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization committed to the pursuit of excellence in human intelligence. The mission and strategic focus are directed at scholarships, education and awards. Each year, the Mensa Foundation gives away an average of $130,000 through a scholarship program run by 400 volunteers from coast […]

Poetry & Publicity : Festival Notes from a National Student Poet

The following is a guest post by 2016 National Student Poet Alum Joey Reisberg. The 2017 class of National Student Poets will perform at the National Book Festival on the LOC Town Square Stage between 2:05pm – 2:35pm. Come check out these talented students and hear them share their magnificent, original poetry. Nothing about the National Book […]