Discover New Authors & Beloved Favorites

Check out more than 100 of the nation's best authors, poets and illustrators, who will discuss their work and answer your questions at your National Book Festival.

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    Kate DiCamillo Kate DiCamillo, 2014-2015 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, was the fourth writer to hold this position. During her two-year term, DiCamillo traveled across America to promote her platform, “Stories Connect Us.”

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    Viet Thanh Nguyen Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in America. He is the author of “The Committed” and “The Sympathizer,” which was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and is now an HBO original series. Nguyen’s work includes the short story collection “The Refugees” and the nonfiction book “Nothing Ever Dies,” a finalist for the National Book Award. He is also the...

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    Christopher Paolini Christopher Paolini is the bestselling author and creator of the World of Eragon and the Fractalverse. His bestselling fantasy series, “Inheritance Cycle” (“Eragon,” “Eldest,” “Brisingr” and “Inheritance”), has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. First published at 19, Paolini is the holder of the Guinness World Record for youngest author of a bestselling series. His science fiction novels include “To Sleep in a...
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    Claudia Rankine Claudia Rankine was born in Jamaica in 1963. She is the author of multiple poetry and nonfiction collections, including Just Us: An American Conversation (2020) and Citizen: An American Lyric (2014), winner of the Library of Congress Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress.
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    Jason Reynolds Jason Reynolds, 2020-2022 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, is the seventh writer to hold this position. During his term, Reynolds visited small towns across America to have meaningful discussions with young people.
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