Library of Congress

National Book Festival

The 17th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. NOTE: Visitors can expect enhanced safety and security measures when entering the Convention Center.

Author Stages

Starting at 9:30 a.m., more than 100 authors, illustrators and poets will make presentations on stages dedicated to kids, fiction, history, poetry, contemporary life and more. Many fascinating thematic programs and panel discussions will be offered throughout the festival. A Main Stage of 2,000 seats will feature seven of the most popular festival authors.

Library of Congress Town Square

Learn about the Library of Congress' diverse collections and services through engaging talks and performances by Library of Congress curators and special guests. Family-friendly presentations include trivia sessions, an interactive maze illustration by Joe Wos, appearances by National Student Poets, and a special session with illustrator Roz Chast. Curators from across the Library will showcase their collections with children's and teen activities throughout the day.

Family-Friendly Activities on the Expo Floor

The exposition floor on the lower level of the Convention Center will also offer a wide array of fun and exciting activities and programs for festival attendees of all ages. From the literacy corner reading space to special story times and a fun hunt for Waldo, festival sponsors will offer family-friendly activities throughout the day.

Book Sales

Politics & Prose Bookstore of Washington, D.C., is the official bookseller for the 2017 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. Selected books pre-signed by authors will also be in the book sales area.

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Festival App

Now available! Apple and Android users can make their plans, bookmark the authors they want to see, navigate the Festival and set up a personalized schedule with a National Book Festival app for smartphones.

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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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Getting Here

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 (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. For more information, visit the DC Convention Center site (external link).

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We want the festival to be fun for everyone! ASL interpreting services will be provided in all author stages during scheduled events. If you need additional assistance, the Accessibility & Information station will offer access to ASL interpreters, assistive listening devices (ALDs), large-print programs, braille programs and other special services.