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Festival Reflections from an Author Escort

David Fernandez-Barrial has been an author escort at the National Book Festival since 2009, and worked before that representing the Copyright Office in the Library of Congress pavilion at every festival from 2003-2008. He is currently the foreign-language librarian of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. In this Q&A he shares […]

A Mother and Her Daughter Team Up for Some “Chick Wit”

The following guest post is a Q&A conducted by Guy Lamolinara, co-director of the Library of Congress National Book Festival. The countdown is on! (Literally. You can see the National Book Festival countdown “clock” at www.loc.gov/bookfest). In just 8 days, the 15th National Book Festival will kick off at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. […]

Prize-Winning Biographer A. Scott Berg to Present the Sweeping Multimedia Story of the Birth of Hollywood

The following guest post is a Q&A conducted by Marie Arana, co-director of the Library of Congress National Book Festival. You probably know A. Scott Berg as the author of numerous prize-winning biographies of American originals, among them “Maxwell Perkins: Editor of Genius,” which won him a National Book Award when he was barely out […]

There’s An App for It!

I’m excited to announce our newest enhancement to our big event–a National Book Festival App for smartphones hit the streets today! We’ve been keeping this little beauty under wraps as we’ve worked to develop a complete guide and a wonderful festival-at-your-fingertips experience. Now, if you use an Apple iPhone, iPad or Android device, you can […]

War Writers to Take Stage at Festival in Honor of Veterans History Project’s 15th Year

This year’s 15th National Book Festival is all about milestones. Not only is the festival itself marking 15 years, it is also celebrating 200 years since Thomas Jefferson’s personal library came to the Library of Congress. Another key celebration is the 15th anniversary of the Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress. VHP […]

#TBT Festival Photo Flashback

It’s pretty spectacular that the National Book Festival is turning 15 this year! Started in 2001 by first lady Laura Bush and the Library of Congress, the event has experienced tremendous growth over the years. I’ve actually worked on the festival planning team in various capacities for the past ten years and by far the […]