Library of Congress

National Book Festival

The 19th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. 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

Amazing authors, illustrators and poets will make presentations on stages dedicated to kids, fiction, history, biography, poetry, graphic novels and more. Many fascinating thematic programs and panel discussions will be offered throughout the festival.

Family-Friendly Activities on the Expo Floor

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.


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, located in the Grand Lobby on the Street Level, will offer access to ASL interpreters, assistive listening devices (ALDs), large-print programs, braille programs and other special services. Please email [email protected] with any accessibility questions or requests for accommodations.

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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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