The 17th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 2. The event is free and open to the public. Visitors can expect enhanced safety and security measures when entering the Convention Center.
Dozens of authors, illustrators and poets will make presentations on stages dedicated to kids, fiction, history, poetry, contemporary life, science and more. Many fascinating thematic programs and panel discussions will be offered throughout the festival. A Main Stage of 2,000 seats will feature some of the most popular festival authors.
Library of Congress Pavilion
At the Library of Congress Pavilion you can explore the workings of the world’s largest library. The Library of Congress Pavilion offers a behind-the-scenes look at the many ways the Library brings its extraordinary resources to people everywhere.
Family-Friendly Activities on the Expo Floor
The exposition floor on the lower level of the Convention Center will offer an array of fun and exciting activities and programs for festival attendees of all ages. Festival sponsors will offer family-friendly activities throughout the day, in addition to book signings, book sales and food service.
About the Library of Congress National Book Festival
The Library of Congress National Book Festival is an annual literary event that brings together best-selling authors and thousands of book fans for author talks, panel discussions, book signings and other activities. Over its 16-year history, the National Book Festival has become one of the pre-eminent literary events in the United States.
It was created by Laura Bush and then-Librarian of Congress James H. Billington at the suggestion of Mrs. Bush, who had created the Texas Book Festival. The first National Book Festival was Sept. 8, 2001. Mrs. Bush served as honorary chair of the festival through 2008. President and Mrs. Obama have served as honorary co-chairs from 2009 to the present.
The festival is funded by private donors and corporate sponsors who share the Library’s commitment to reading and literacy. Since 2010, National Book Festival Board Co-Chairman David M. Rubenstein has been the festival’s lead benefactor and in 2013 pledged funding for the festival for five more years.