Schedule

The 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival is Sept. 17-26, with live author conversations every day. On Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. ET, 35 video-on-demand programs will become available to watch anytime. This year’s Festival also features interactive presentations with Library of Congress experts, a national television special and related events on PBS, NPR podcasts, and author interviews on Washington Post Live. Check out Festival Near You to discover related events from local organizations.

Welcome to the 2021 National Book Festival! News4 Today journalist Eun Yang talks with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden about this year’s Festival.

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Wednesday August 25, 2021

  • Event | courses and workshops
    Pre-National Book Festival Webinar for Educators Wednesday
    August 25, 2021
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
    During the 2021 National Book Festival, educators and students have the opportunity to engage with authors like never before! This pre-National Book Festival webinar is the perfect opportunity for teachers and librarians to learn about this year’s Festival opportunities and share ideas about how the Festival events can be included in instructional planning.
    More information at zoomgov.com External.
    Genre: Your Library of Congress
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    PBS Books Author Talk: Martha Wells Wednesday
    August 25, 2021
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
    PBS Books, in partnership with South FL, PBS, will host Martha Wells to discuss "Fugitive Telemetry" (Tor) with Between The Covers host Ann Bocock.
    More information at pbsbooks.org External.
    Genre: Fiction

Thursday August 26, 2021

Monday August 30, 2021

Tuesday August 31, 2021

Thursday September 2, 2021

Wednesday September 8, 2021

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    PBS Books Author Talk: Christopher Paolini Wednesday
    September 8, 2021
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
    PBS Books, in partnership with Kansas City PBS and Kansas City Public Library, will host Christopher Paolini to discuss “ To Sleep in a Sea of Stars” (Tor) with Kansas City Public Library Librarian Amanda Barnhart.
    More information at pbsbooks.org External.
    Genre: Fiction

Sunday September 12, 2021

Monday September 13, 2021

Wednesday September 15, 2021

Thursday September 16, 2021

Friday September 17, 2021

  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Washington Post Live: Michael J. Fox Friday
    September 17, 2021
    11:00 am - 11:25 am EDT
    Washington Post Live, in partnership with the Library of Congress National Book Festival, will host Michael J. Fox, author of “No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality” (Flatiron), in conversation with Washington Post opinions writer Jonathan Capehart.
    More information at wapo.st External.
    Genre: History & Biography
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Washington Post Live: Joy Harjo Friday
    September 17, 2021
    11:25 am - 11:55 am EDT
    Washington Post Live, in partnership with the Library of Congress National Book Festival, will host U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, author of “Poet Warrior: A Memoir” (Norton), in conversation with Washington Post opinions writer Jonathan Capehart. Note: Event will immediately follow “Washington Post Live: Michael J. Fox.”
    More information at wapo.st External.
    Genre: Poetry & Prose
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    NPR Podcast: Jason Reynolds on TED Radio Hour Friday
    September 17, 2021
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
    As part of a special collaboration between NPR and the 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival, the TED Radio Hour podcast will feature Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jason Reynolds, author of "Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks” (Atheneum), in conversation with Manoush Zomorodi.
    More information at npr.org External.
    Genre: Teens
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    NPR Podcast: Ambreen Tariq on Short Wave Friday
    September 17, 2021
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
    As part of a special collaboration between NPR and the 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival, the Short Wave podcast will feature Ambreen Tariq, author of “Fatima's Great Outdoors” (Kokila), in conversation with Emily Kwong.
    More information at npr.org External.
    Genre: Children
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Live Conversation with Kelli Jo Ford and Toni Jensen Friday
    September 17, 2021
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
    Kelli Jo Ford, author of “Crooked Hallelujah” (Grove), and Toni Jensen, author of “Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land” (Ballantine), discuss their new books with Nick Martin, the Indigenous Affairs desk editor at High Country News and a contributing editor at The New Republic. Genre: Poetry & Prose
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Live Conversation with Eric Eyre and Patrick Radden Keefe Friday
    September 17, 2021
    5:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
    Eric Eyre, author of “Death in Mud Lick: A Coal Country Fight Against the Drug Companies That Delivered the Opioid Epidemic” (Scribner), and Patrick Radden Keefe, author of “Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty” (Doubleday), discuss their new books with Washington Post reporter Sari Horwitz. Genre: Current Events
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Live Conversation with Sarah Frier and Anna Wiener Friday
    September 17, 2021
    6:00 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
    Sarah Frier, author of “No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram” (Simon & Schuster), and Anna Wiener, author of “Uncanny Valley” (MCD), discuss their new books with CBS News’ “60 Minutes+” correspondent Laurie Segall. Genre: Current Events
  • Event | lectures and symposia
    Live Conversation with LeVar Burton Friday
    September 17, 2021
    7:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
    Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden talks with actor and children’s literacy advocate LeVar Burton, host of the television special “Open a Book, Open the World: The Library of Congress National Book Festival” on PBS, about the power of reading, story and connection. Genre: Lifestyle

Saturday September 18, 2021

Sunday September 19, 2021

Monday September 20, 2021

Tuesday September 21, 2021

Wednesday September 22, 2021

Thursday September 23, 2021

Friday September 24, 2021

Saturday September 25, 2021

Sunday September 26, 2021