Today we’re sharing some terrific news from our 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival — plus exciting developments for next year’s event. Here are the highlights:
- This year’s multi-format Festival garnered more than 317,000 views on a variety of platforms.
- The next Festival will return as an in-person event during Labor Day weekend 2022 at the Washington Convention Center.
- We’ve announced a new chief of our Literary Initiatives division, who will be curating the 2022 Festival.
- And this Sunday, Oct. 10, our longtime partner Book TV on C-SPAN2 will feature several author conversations from this year’s festival.
For complete information, check out the news release issued today.
You can watch all of the programs from the Festival — you may have missed some great talks — on our National Book Festival website. And thanks for your support of the Festival this year!
Mo Willems talks about his recent books, “An Elephant & Piggie Biggie! Volume 3” and “Unlimited Squirrels: I Want to Sleep Under the Stars” during this year’s festival.
National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jason Reynolds talks about his book, “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You,” during this year’s festival.
Heather Cox Richardson talks about her book, “How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America,” during this year’s festival.
Gene Luen Yang, former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, talks about his new books, “Dragon Hoops” and “Superman Smashes the Klan,” during this year’s festival.
Jenna Bush Hager, former first daughter and granddaughter, bestselling author and co-anchor of the “Today” show, shares moving, funny stories about her beloved grandparents and the wisdom they passed on to her in her new book, “Everything Beautiful in Its Time: Seasons of Love and Loss.”
Dark Star trilogy novelist Marlon James, author of “Black Leopard, Red Wolf,” talks with sci-fi/fantasy writer Jeff VanderMeer, author of “A Peculiar Peril,” in a conversation titled “Dystopian Worlds.”
Téa Obreht’s most recent book, “Inland,” is a historical novel set in the drought-ridden Arizona Territory in 1893. Washington Post fiction critic Ron Charles interviewed the author during this year’s National Book Festival.
Colson Whitehead, author of the Pulitzer-winning “The Underground Railroad” and “The Nickel Boys,” discusses his work and receives the 2020 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction at this year’s National Book Festival.
Joy Harjo is the 23rd and current United States Poet Laureate — the first Native American to receive the honor. A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, her most recent poetry collection is “An American Sunrise: Poems,” from which she here reads the poem “Running.”