What is the best way to get to the festival?
The National Book Festival site is convenient to several Metro subway stations:
- Smithsonian and Federal Center SW on the Blue and Orange lines
- L’Enfant Plaza and Archives/Navy Memorial on the Yellow and Green lines
Numerous bus routes from Washington, Maryland and Virginia also stop along the National Mall. For additional information and route planning, visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority web site at www.metroforward.com (external link).
Do I have to buy a book from the Booksellers Pavilion in order to have it signed?
No, you can bring your own copy of book to be signed.
Is there a limit of books I can have signed by an author?
The limit of books signed is at each author’s discretion. However, please be considerate of other festival attendees and of the author’s time.
I would like to present as an author or nominate an author to participate at the National Book Festival. How can I do this?
Potential participating authors, illustrators and poets must be nominated by their respective publishers. Preferred candidates are popular, nationally known, authors, illustrators and poets who have won book awards at the national level. They also should have published a significant book recently. More than 300 qualified authors, illustrators and poets are nominated each year to participate and around 80 individuals are selected to present. The author nomination process for each year ends in March . You may submit nominations for next year's festival via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org beginning in January.
How do I learn more about volunteering opportunities at the festival?
Please email email@example.com and ask about volunteering.