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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.

2021 National Book Festival Highlights: Poetry

This week we highlight our poetry programs from the 2021 Festival, including conversations with Nikki Giovanni (“Make Me Rain”); francine j. harris (“Here Is the Sweet Hand”) and Patrick Rosal (“The Last Thing”); and Claudia Rankine (“Just Us”), Phillip B. Williams (“Mutiny”) and Kevin Young (“African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song”).

2021 National Book Festival Highlights: Fiction

This week we highlight just a few of our many standout fiction programs from the 2021 Festival, including conversations with Alice McDermott (“What About the Baby?”) and George Saunders (“A Swim in a Pond in the Rain”), P. Djèlí Clark (“A Master of Djinn”), and Honorée Fanonne Jeffers (“The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois”) and Deesha Philyaw (“The Secret Lives of Church Ladies”).

2021 National Book Festival Highlights: Native Writers

This week we highlight programs from the 2021 Festival that feature Native writers, including conversations with Kelli Jo Ford (“Crooked Hallelujah”) and Toni Jensen (“Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land”), Rep. Sharice Davids (“Sharice’s Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman”) and Joy Harjo (“Poet Warrior”).

2021 National Book Festival Highlights: Kekla Magoon

This week we highlight Kekla Magoon discussing her young adult book “Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People” at the 2021 Festival. This post includes prompts for writing and thinking that teens, families and teachers can use to explore the author and the author’s work — recommended for ages 12-17.

2021 National Book Festival Highlights: Current Events, Science, and History & Biography

This week we highlight just a few of our many standout nonfiction programs from this year’s Festival, including Heather McGhee on “The Sum of Us,” Sarah Frier (“No Filter”) and Anna Wiener (“Uncanny Valley”) on their new books, and Matt Parker on “Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World.”