The 16th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. NOTE: No outside food or drink may be brought into the Convention Center. Food and drinks are available at the center, and there are many restaurants within walking distance.
Starting at 10 a.m., approximately 120 authors, illustrators and poets will make presentations in stages dedicated to Children; Teens; Picture Books; Books to Movies; Contemporary Life; Graphic Novels; Fiction; Food & Home; History & Biography; International Programs; Mysteries, Thrillers & Science Fiction; Poetry & Prose; and Science. A Main Stage of 2,500 seats will feature six of the most popular festival authors. A Poetry Slam will also be held. Note that some stages will remain open until 10 p.m.
Many fascinating thematic programs and panel discussions will be offered throughout the festival. They will range from discussions on mystery novels and “Black Lives Matter” to the works of Primo Levi and the imagination of Thomas Jefferson.
The events continue into the evening hours with several stages remaining open as late as 10 p.m. A program on Books to Movies, featuring books for young people that became motion pictures, begins at 6 p.m. A Poetry Slam starts at 7:30 p.m. The Graphic Novels stage opens at 5 p.m. with Rep. John Lewis.
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.
Visit the book sales area on the expo floor if you would like to purchase selected books by Festival authors. Be sure to pick up books by your favorite authors before going to the book-signing area. Selected books pre-signed by authors will also be in the book sales area.
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The National Book Festival at the Washington Convention Center is conveniently located near the Mount Vernon Square Metro subway station on the Yellow/Green lines. For additional information and route planning, visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority web site at www.wmata.com (external link).
There are more than 3,000 parking spaces in a three-block radius of the facility. These spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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ASL interpreting services will be provided in all author pavilions during scheduled events. The Accessibility & Information station will offer access to ASL interpreters, assistive listening devices (ALDs), large-print programs, braille programs and other special services.