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Thank you to the 2016 National Book Festival Sponsors!

Co-Chairman, National Book Festival Board

David M. Rubenstein


Charter Sponsors


AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million. Our members form a vigorous national volunteer community, participating in programs such as AARP Foundation Experience Corps, which engages adult tutors to improve K-3 student literacy in disadvantaged schools. A trusted source for education and information, AARP offers book recommendations and reviews on (external link) and in AARP The Magazine, one of the world’s largest-circulating magazines. AARP also publishes books on a range of topics including career, travel, family, caregiving, cooking, health, personal finance and technology.

AARP envisions a society in which all people live with dignity and purpose, and fulfill their goals and dreams. With a mission to enhance the quality of life for all as we age, AARP champions positive social change and contributes to society through advocacy, information and service. AARP believes that no one’s possibilities should be limited by their age. Explore the possibilities at (external link).

Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit (external link) and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The Washington Post

The Washington Post is a leading global news source that informs readers through exceptional journalism and personalized experience. It combines the latest breaking news in politics, national, foreign and business with in-depth analysis and engaging opinions in lifestyle, entertainment and more. The Post prides itself on maintaining an active role in the Washington, D.C., community as a supporter of local arts and education programs and initiatives that strive to make a difference.

The Washington Post has been a sponsor of the Library of Congress National Book Festival since its inception in 2001 as part of its ongoing commitment to literacy. The Post has one of the most distinguished book review desks in the country, renowned for its excellence in literary criticism. Marie Arana, a writer-at-large for the paper and the former editor of Book World, is co-director of the National Book Festival. The Post joins the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival as a Charter Sponsor.

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo is committed to making a real difference in education by maintaining an active involvement with our public education system, arguably the most important institution in our country. Wells Fargo believes financial success begins with a foundation of strong reading and math skills in early education. Through its foundation’s support and volunteer efforts that focus on improving childhood reading literacy, it hopes to instill the importance these critical skills play in the long-term success of the children it meets through its volunteer programs.



The James Madison Council

The James Madison Council’s mission is to bring the world's largest and most inclusive collection of human knowledge and creativity, the Library of Congress, to people all over the country and the world. The Council comprises individuals who are visionaries, champions and ambassadors on the Library's behalf. The Council is pleased to support the 16th Library of Congress National Book Festival in honor of the Council chair and National Book Festival Board co-chairman, David M. Rubenstein, and the 14th Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla D. Hayden. For more information on the Council, visit this website.

National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has supported the Library of Congress National Book Festival since the festival’s inception in 2001 by helping to bring in distinguished authors of poetry and prose, including NEA Literature Fellowship recipients. NEA is proud to continue celebrating literature with the festival in 2016. NEA Literature Fellowships represent the NEA’s most direct investment in American creativity. The goal of the fellowship program is to encourage the production of new work and allow writers the time and means to write. For almost 50 years, the Arts Endowment has awarded $47 million to more than 3,300 writers and translators, including many of the most acclaimed writers of American literature.

The NEA is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation. Learn more about the NEA and NEA Literature Fellowships at (external link).




The Junior League of Washington

The Junior League of Washington is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. For more information, visit (external link).

Scholastic Inc.

Scholastic is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and is known throughout the world for making reading accessible to children through school-based book clubs and book fairs, and for outstanding content such as Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. Schools also rely on Scholastic for customized, comprehensive education solutions, including digital and print classroom magazines, Guided Reading and professional learning. With a 95-year history of service to schools and families, Scholastic continues to carry out its commitment to "Open a World of Possible" for all children. Learn more at (external link).



Centro Primo Levi

Marshall B. Coyne Foundation Inc.

Embassy of Italy

Embassy of Latvia

Embassy of Sweden and Swedish Arts Council

Embassy of Uruguay


Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

The Hay-Adams

Mensa Education and Research Foundation

Mexican Cultural Institute

Lissa Muscatine & Bradley Graham

National Endowment for the Humanities

Small Press Expo (SPX)

SPAIN arts & culture

Split This Rock


Media Partners

C-SPAN2's Book TV

PBS Book View Now



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