September 2, 2021 (REVISED Sept. 13, 2021) Library of Congress and NPR Announce National Book Festival Podcast Series

Press Contact: Brett Zongker, Library of Congress, | Isabel Lara, NPR,
Website: National Book Festival

The 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival will include a new series of podcasts with NPR, featuring six authors. The poster art for this year's festival was designed by Dana Tanamachi.

NPR and the Library of Congress are proud to announce a collaboration between the National Book Festival and several of NPR’s most popular podcasts. NPR journalists always interview authors at the Festival and will continue to do so, but this year for the first time, there will be an interview series with National Book Festival authors publishing across NPR’s podcast feeds as part of the Festival.

“We are delighted to collaborate with the Library of Congress on the annual celebration of books and reading that is the National Book Festival,” said Beth Donovan, senior director in NPR Programming and acting chief culture editor. “The NPR audience is filled with readers. We see this in our audience research and from the popularity of our author interviews, the NPR Books Concierge and so many other NPR Books products. It's wonderful to work with the Library to add one more way for NPR to connect readers with books and listeners with authors.”

“This year, we’re inviting everyone to create your own National Book Festival experience from a wide variety of programs and formats, and this eclectic series of podcasts is an excellent new way to experience the festival and listen to interesting authors,” said Jarrod MacNeil, director of the National Book Festival. “We are thrilled to collaborate with NPR on this new podcast series as an exciting new way for readers to access the Library of Congress National Book Festival from anywhere.”

Participating Podcasts Include*

  • TED Radio Hour interview with New York Times best-selling author and National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Jason Reynolds about his most recent book “Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks.” The podcast drops Sept. 17.
  • Short Wave interview with outdoors activist Ambreen Tariq about her book “Fatima's Great Outdoors.” The podcast drops on Sept. 17.
  • Alt Latino interview with award-winning Chilean author Isabel Allende. The podcast drops on Sept. 26.
  • Life Kit interview with journalist Eric Garcia about his book “We’re Not Broken.” The podcast drops on Sept. 20.
  • It’s Been A Minute interview with author Brandon Taylor about his book “Filthy Animals.” The podcast drops on Sept. 21.
  • Code Switch interview with Kacen Callender, author of multiple novels for children, teens and adults about the National Book Award-winning book “King and the Dragonflies.” The podcast drops on Sept. 22.

*Dates subject to change. Watch the podcasts’ feeds for updates.

The full program of National Book Festival authors and presentations is available at The festival will be presented in a range of formats and in an expanded schedule over 10 days from Sept. 17 through 26. Festival content will be available online through videos on demand, author conversations in real time and live question-and-answer sessions, as well as the new podcast series with NPR, a national television special with PBS and some in-person, ticketed events at the Library.

About the Library of Congress
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