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

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

    September 8, 2021
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
    Online Only
    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 External.
    Genre: Fiction

Wednesday September 15, 2021

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

  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Live Conversation with Alice McDermott and George Saunders

    September 24, 2021
    6:00 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
    Online Only
    Alice McDermott, author of “What About the Baby?: Some Thoughts on the Art of Fiction” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), and George Saunders, author of “A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading and Life” (Random House), discuss their new books with Washington Post book critic Ron Charles. Genre: Fiction

Saturday September 25, 2021