As Washington, D.C. bookworms are counting down the days to the 19th edition of Library of Congress National Book Festival scheduled for August 31, its full author lineup has already been announced.
Promising to offer “an outstanding lineup of authors for readers of all ages” at this year’s event, the Library of Congress is bringing many renowned writers, poets and illustrators, including award-winning novelist Laila Lalami, historian David McCullough, graphic novelist Ngozi Ukazu and Criminal Minds star Matthew Gray Gubler, who will present his children’s book Rumple Buttercup.
At the festival, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will take part in a conversation with NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg. Ginsburg will also talk about her book My Own Words.
Celebrity D.C. chef José Andrés will review his humanitarian work and efforts of feeding the people of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, while graphic novel superstar Raina Telgemeier will meet her fans and promote Share Your Smile: Raina’s Guide to Telling Your Own Story.
The Library of Congress has added a series of literary events that will continue throughout the year to its annual book festival. Under the name “National Book Festival Presents,” this year’s series will start on September 11 with celebrity actor and author Neil Patrick Harris, who will present the book he wrote for middle school children: The Magic Misfits.
Among others attending the series are American poet and musician Joy Harjo, Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat, and New York Times bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell.
“With the incredible success of the National Book Festival, we aim to engage even more readers of every age all year long with timely programs that celebrate storytelling, books and creativity,” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden was quoted as saying in a press release.
The festival that will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, which will open its doors at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 31. The programs will kick off at 9:00 a.m. and last until 8:00 p.m.
You can check out the entire schedule for the event and the following series here.