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National Book Festival to Take Place at DC Convention Center 


The National Book Festival is scheduled to take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the District on Saturday, September 3, this time fully in-person.

The annual festival, which is sponsored by the Library of Congress, was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the past two years.

Last year, it was a combination of virtual and in-person events that spanned 10 days, and the 2020 edition was only virtual.

With the theme “Books Bring Us Together,” this year’s National Book Festival features over 100 speakers, including bestselling authors, children’s writers, historians, illustrators, novelists, and poets.

Authors will discuss their work and guests will be able to ask them questions. Click here for the full list of participating authors.

The event is free to enter and runs from 9 am to 8 pm, with doors opening at 8:30 am.

Some of the programs will be livestreamed on the Library of Congress’ website. And videos of all programs will be uploaded later for online viewers. 

Discussions at the Main Stage that can be watched live feature Nick Offerman, Janelle Monáe, Yohanca Delgado, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Candice Iloh, Ebony LaDelle, Jason Reynolds, Nyle DiMarco, Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Ashley Woodfolk, Nicola Yoon, and Leslie Jordan.

The Society & Culture stage will present Robert Samuels, Linda Villarosa, Rachel Aviv, Daniel Bergner, Will Bunch, Gal Beckerman, Kathryn Judge, Brendan McConville, Elizabeth Williamson, Juli Berwald, Edith Widder, Morten Høi Jensen, Shawn McCreesh, Becca Rothfeld, and Ed Yong.

At the Young Adult stage, visitors may listen to conversations from E. Lockhart, Anna-Marie McLemore, R.M. Romero, Donna Barba Higuera, Darcie Little Badger, Malinda Lo, Tiffany D. Jackson, Ryan La Sala, Samira Ahmed, Sabaa Tahir, Ebony LaDelle, David Valdes, Victoria Aveyard, Namina Forna, Chloe Gong, and Jason Reynolds.

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is easily accessible via public transport as it is located near the Mount Vernon Square Metro station on the Yellow and Green lines.

The National Book Festival has been held every year since 2001.

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