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Support the 2017 Book Festival

(The following is a guest post from Sue Siegel, director of development at the Library of Congress.) To Stephen King, the master of horror, a truly frightening scenario is the emergence of a world of non-readers. King, a champion of literacy recognized by the Library of Congress, says that reading is critical to opening up […]

Children’s Guide to the 2016 National Book Festival

Hot off the press, the Children’s Guide to the 2016 National Book Festival is now available! This guide, developed with festival sponsor the Mensa Education and Research Foundation, is the definitive guide for kids and families to plan their day and maximize the fun at tomorrow’s event. Get insider tips and plan your festival schedule Learn […]

Stage Spotlight: History & Biography

The National Book Festival is just a few days away! Our 16th annual event offers one of the best lineups of authors, poets and illustrators in the festival’s history. Speaking of history, our History & Biography stage (Ballroom A, third floor of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center) features many of America’s best writers covering […]

Twitter Party Today! Festival Fun Saturday!

Can you believe it? The 16th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival is only days away! We are busily preparing for the big day on Saturday but will be taking time out this afternoon for a pre-party on Twitter to get everyone in the festival mood. Our festival Twitter Pre-Party will take place today, […]

Travel Tips: Street Closures

Drivers to the National Book Festival, be aware! It’s going to be a  busy day in Washington, due to  tight security surrounding the opening of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall. We’re excited to be sharing the big day with that event, as well as many others […]

Stage Spotlight: International

The following is a guest post by Marie Arana, literary director for the Library of Congress National Book Festival. There’s nothing as convincing as success! So when the National Book Festival opened the International Stage last year, featured some of the Spanish-speaking world’s most prominent writers, and found the hall packed for every session, we […]