Experience the power of the page at this annual summer festival in the nation's capital.
Every year, the Library of Congress hosts the National Book Festival, a free celebration of all things books, from authors to readings to hardcovers. Join fellow lovers of the written word on Aug. 12 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and you'll find the following activities that are sure to make your literary heart sing. Remember to share your experiences on social media using #NatBookFest!
Listen to and engage with leading authors
The festival’s Main Stage gathers some of today’s most powerful voices for speaking engagements, with some sticking around for book signings, too. Among the highlights: Elliot Page, R.K. Russell, Meg Medina, Ada Limón and R.J. Palacio. There’s much more, too: other themed stages include history, poetry and contemporary life. Expect fascinating thematic programs and panel discussions throughout the day as well.
Grab books and all kinds of book-related memorabilia
Politics and Prose is the official bookseller for the 2023 National Book Festival, with books, including some pre-signed by authors, available at the festival or online. The free, festival poster is available to download or pick up at the event while supplies last, and t-shirts and other merch will be for sale at the Library of Congress Shop at the Convention Center or online.
Catch a special performance
Discover literary fun for all ages
Enjoy family-friendly activities throughout the day. Join Library of Congress staff members to make a zine and a bookplate, browse titles for children and teens and more. Meet representatives of Library partner organizations from all 50 states and some U.S. territories sponsored by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Go behind-the-scenes of the world’s largest library
The Library of Congress Pavilion will provide in-depth presentations on how the Library and its incredible resources assist Congress and Americans all over the country. Experts will be on hand throughout the day to discuss how to teach using the Library’s materials, how the digital library is managed and much more.
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