The 15th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Doors to the Convention Center will open to the public at 9 a.m. NOTE: No outside food or drink may be brought into the Convention Center.
Starting at 10 a.m., approximately 175 authors, illustrators and poets will make presentations in pavilions dedicated to Children; Teens; Picture Books; Biography & Memoir; Contemporary Life; Food; Fiction; History; International Programs; First Nations of Australia; Mysteries, Thrillers & Science Fiction; Poetry & Prose; Science; and Special Programs. Note that some pavilions will remain open until 8 p.m.
Many fascinating thematic programs and panel discussions will be offered throughout the Festival. They will range from discussions on the global economy and immigration to Latin American literature and an international circus for kids.
The events continue into the evening hours with special programs beginning at 7:15 p.m., including a Poetry Slam, a Graphic Novels Super Session, a panel on "Great Books to Great Movies," and a first-time-ever pavilion dedicated to Romance fiction.
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 expo floor on the lower level of the Convention Center will be buzzing with activity from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. In addition to book signings, book sales and food service, there will be an array of fun and exciting activities and programs for festival attendees of all ages. Festival sponsors including AARP, The Washington Post, Wells Fargo, National Geographic, Scholastic, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and others will offer family friendly activities throughout the day.
Politics & Prose Bookstore of Washington, D.C., is the official bookseller for the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival. 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.
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Map of Festival
Here’s how you can find your way around the Convention Center and plot your course for the big day.
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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. In addition, Wells Fargo will provide ASL interpreters all day and will have some readings in Spanish. The Mathical Station will provide ASL interpreters for programming from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.