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Podcast: Kwame Alexander

Our 2016 National Book Festival podcast series launches today with a bang! Poet, novelist and children’s book author Kwame Alexander sings, recites and has a conversation with the Library’s Sheryl Cannady. Listen to the podcast here. This is the first in a series of conversations we’re sharing with authors who will be presenting at this […]

Announcing Shonda Rhimes and More Authors Who Have Said “Yes” to the 2016 National Book Festival

I am feeling inspired after having just read Shonda Rhimes’ book “Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be your Own Person.” Rhimes is the popular writer and producer behind such huge television hits as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal.” In her book she chronicles her recent commitment to saying […]

#TBT A Look at the 15th Anniversary Library of Congress National Book Festival

Wow! It’s hard to believe the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival has come and gone. The fifteenth anniversary of the festival was a huge success and boasted capacity crowds and more than 170 authors at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Festivalgoers, volunteers and authors turned out in full force […]

“The Planet’s Future”: A compelling, not-to-be-missed conversation between two giants of the environment–world-renowned naturalist E.O. Wilson and global economist Jeffrey D. Sachs

The following is a guest post by Marie Arana, co-director of the Library of Congress National Book Festival. Can the planet sustain humankind in its current race to feed and house a burgeoning population? Can it survive the explosions in industry, mining and construction that are bound to accompany that race? In a groundbreaking conversation […]