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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Friday September 17, 2021

  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Washington Post Live: Joy Harjo

    September 17, 2021
    11:25 am - 11:55 am EDT
    Online Only
    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.”
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    Genre: Poetry & Prose
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Live Conversation with Kelli Jo Ford and Toni Jensen

    September 17, 2021
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
    Online Only
    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

Saturday September 18, 2021

Tuesday September 21, 2021

Friday September 24, 2021

Saturday September 25, 2021

Sunday September 26, 2021