Schedule

The 2022 Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Sept. 3, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (doors open at 8:30 a.m.). A selection of programs will be livestreamed online and videos of all programs will be available shortly after the Festival. View and download the Festival program; note that any last-minute schedule adjustments will only be updated on the website and will not be reflected in the Festival program PDF.

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Saturday September 3, 2022

  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Did You Know That the First Cat in Space Ate Pizza? with Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    9:30 am - 9:55 am EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Rats are eating the moon! Only one hero is right for the job: a cat. Blasted into space and joined only by the bossy Moon Queen and a toenail clipping robot, can these unlikely heroes save the world? Join Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris as they discuss their hilarious new action-packed graphic novel, “The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza.” Moderated by Sasha Dowdy. Interests: Adventure, Animals, Book Series, Fiction, Fun and Funny, Science Fiction
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Nick Offerman Goes Where the Deer and the Antelope Play

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT
    Hall D (Level 2, North Building)
    Nick Offerman feels a particular affection for the Land of the Free—not just for the people but to the land itself: the bedrock, the topsoil, and everything in between. In “Where the Deer and the Antelope Play,” Offerman travels through America to talk to people who inhabit the land about what that means to them. Moderated by National Park Service ranger Millie Jimenez. Stage: Main Stage Interests: Adventure, Fun and Funny, Inspiring and Educational, Memoir, Nature, Nonfiction
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    Thieves and Their Petty Little Secrets with Chelsea Abdullah and M.J. Kuhn

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    11:20 am - 12:20 pm EDT
    West Salon GHI (Street Level, South Building)
    Thieves: We love to hate them! And Chelsea Abdullah and M.J. Kuhn love to write them. Abdullah’s “The Stardust Thief” creates a universe where story is reality and illusion is truth. And in Kuhn’s “Among Thieves,” Ryia Cautella has already earned herself a reputation as the quickest, deadliest blade. But Ryia Cautella is not her real name. Moderated by Ashley Dickerson. Stage: Science Fiction & Fantasy Genres: Adventure Interests: Adventure, Asian and Pacific Islander Interest, BIPOC Authors, Book Series, Debut, Fantasy, Fiction, LGBTQ+, Thriller
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Meet Me in the Winner's Circle: Award-Winning Writers with Donna Barba Higuera, Darcie Little Badger and Malinda Lo

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
    Room 202 (Level 2, South Building)
    A storyteller in space, a cotton-mouth between worlds, and two women fighting for love and citizenship: Each of these characters share the prestige of starring in an award-winning book. Join Donna Barba Higuera, author of “The Last Quentista;” Darcie Little Badger, author of “A Snake Falls to Earth;” and Malinda Lo, author of “Last Night at the Telegraph Club" in conversation with Dhonielle Clayton. Stage: Young Adult Interests: Adventure, Animals, Asian and Pacific Islander Interest, BIPOC Authors, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ+, Native American Interest, Nature, Science Fiction, Young Adult
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    OMG, Gordon Korman Has Written 100 Books!

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    1:40 pm - 2:05 pm EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Can you believe Gordon Korman has written 100 books? That’s like one a day or something, right? At this year’s National Book Festival, Gordon will talk about his latest book, “The Fort,” which is the story of a middle-school band of brothers—five friends who need to stick together after they set up a hideout in an abandoned bomb shelter. Moderated by Karen Yang. Interests: Adventure, Fiction, Nature
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Kwame Alexander Previews His New Novel!

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    2:20 pm - 2:45 pm EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Kwame Alexander presents his forthcoming book “The Door of No Return,” which follows 11-year-old Kofi Offin, a boy who constantly dreams about water and swims like a minnow. One day, an unthinkable tragedy occurs during a wrestling match at a village festival. Kofi’s world turns upside down and sends him into a fight for his life. Interests: Adventure, BIPOC Authors, Black and African American Interest, Book Launch, Historical Fiction, Poetry
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    Get Into the School for Good and Evil with Soman Chainani!

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    3:50 pm - 4:15 pm EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Join Soman Chainani for a behind-the-curtain look into his fantasy series The School for Good & Evil and the film inspired by these books coming to Netflix this October. Hear about the making of the series, the movie, and his new book, “Rise of the School for Good & Evil,” initiating a new era at the fairy tale school. Moderated by Natalie Miller. Interests: Adventure, Asian and Pacific Islander Interest, BIPOC Authors, Book Series, Family, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    How Many Times Do Kids Have to Save the World?: Deep Adventure Stories with Lev Grossman and Julian Randall

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    4:30 pm - 5:05 pm EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Isn’t it great when kids are left to solve the world’s hardest problems?! Lev Grossman’s “The Golden Swift,” a sequel to “The Silver Arrow,” follows Kate as she breaks the rules trying to restore balance to nature. Julian Randall’s “Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa” follows Pilar as she unravels her cousin’s mysterious disappearance during Rafael Trujillo’s dictatorship. Moderated by Sasha Dowdy. Interests: Adventure, BIPOC Authors, Book Series, Debut, Fantasy, Fiction, Hispanic Interest, LGBTQ+
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    Dragonkind Unite!: 10 Years of Wings of Fire Adventures with Tui T. Sutherland

    Saturday
    September 3, 2022
    5:20 pm - 5:45 pm EDT
    Hall B (Lower Level)
    Whether you’re a fan or a newcomer to the series, all dragon lovers are welcome! After a decade writing her Wings of Fire series, Tui T. Sutherland is releasing her fifteenth installment, “The Flames of Hope.” Join Luna the dragon as she works to do what she always wanted: change the world. Sutherland discusses her bestselling series with moderator Catherine Fravel. Interests: Adventure, Book Series, Fantasy, Fiction