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“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 […]

Family Friendly Festival Tips

The following is a guest blog post by Bryonna Head, who works in Library Services at the Library of Congress and is a member of the 2015 festival planning committee. We are just days away from the Library of Congress 15th Annual National Book Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. We welcome you […]

Easy In, Easy Out

How do you plan to get to this year’s National Book Festival? As one of the country’s most accessible cities, Washington is surrounded by three major airports, Amtrak and a first-rate transit system, Metro. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is located between 7th and 9th Streets and N Street and Mt. Vernon Place in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Putting the “National” in National Book Festival

Every year as the National Book Festival approaches (and especially on National Book Festival day), book lovers from other parts of the country send us sad tweets about how much they wish they could be here. We wish they could all be here too, but we have some solutions for those who can’t. We have […]