News from the Library of Congress

May 2019

August 2017

  • August 3, 2017  (17-109)
    Library Announces Complete Lineup of Authors for 2017 National Book Festival Book lovers of all ages will find something to enjoy at the 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 2. A star-studded and diverse lineup of more than 100 authors, illustrators and poets will be presenting from the festival stages at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., from 9:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Doors to the convention center...
    • Date: 2017-08-03

May 2017

  • May 16, 2017  (17-068)
    Library Offers Largest Release of Digital Catalog Records in History The Library of Congress announced today that it is making 25 million records in its online catalog available for free bulk download at loc.gov/cds/products/marcDist.php. This is the largest release of digital records in the Library’s history.The records also will be easily accessible at data.gov, the open-government website hosted by the General Services Administration (GSA). Until now, these bibliographic records have only been available individually...
    • Date: 2017-05-16

January 2017

  • January 10, 2017  (17-004)
    Library of Congress Looks at Presidential Inaugurations in Wide-Ranging Display from Jan. 23 to Feb. 4 A two-week display on inaugurations, at the Library of Congress, will feature presidential treasures—the handwritten speeches of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln—and collections on the lighter side: menus, dance cards and souvenirs.  The display will include newspapers, film clips, a demonstration of online resources and a challenging presidential history quiz.“Presidential Inauguration Treasures” will be on view from Jan. 23 to Feb. 4,...
    • Date: 2017-01-10

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April 2015

  • April 29, 2015  (15-077)
    Special Program at 2015 National Book Festival to Focus on Veterans The 2015 National Book Festival, to be held Saturday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., will offer a special five-part program on “The Human Side of War” featuring several of the foremost writers on war.
    • Date: 2015-04-29

March 2015

November 2014

  • November 19, 2014  (14-206)
    Billy Joel Honored in Star-Studded Gershwin Prize Tribute Concert The Library of Congress is celebrating Billy Joel’s 50-year career and his selection as the 2014 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in the nation’s capital with a series of events, culminating in a star-studded concert tonight.
    • Date: 2014-11-19

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September 2013

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February 2013

  • February 19, 2013  (13-025)
    Library of Congress National Book Festival Slated for Sept. 21-22 The 13th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held on the National Mall between 9th and 14th Streets on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 from noon to 5:30 p.m., rain or shine. The event is free and open to the public.
    • Date: 2013-02-19

September 2012

April 2012

  • April 5, 2012  (12-067)
    Library of Congress National Book Festival Slated for Sept. 22-23 The 12th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held on the National Mall on Sept. 22-23. Creating the artwork for this year’s festival poster will be artist Rafael López, whose work summons imagery of Mexican street life, surrealism and myths.
    • Date: 2012-04-05

February 2011

  • February 7, 2011  (11-017)
    National Book Festival to be Two-Day Event, Sept. 24-25 The festival will be held on the National Mall between 9th and 14th Streets on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., rain or shine.
    • Date: 2011-02-07

December 2008

September 2008

  • September 27, 2008  (08-180)
    Library of Congress's National Book Festival Attracts More Than 120,000 Book Lovers to the National Mall More than 120,000 book lovers gathered today on the National Mall for the eighth annual National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by Mrs. Laura Bush.
    • Date: 2008-09-27
  • September 8, 2008  (08-145)
    Laura Bush, Jenna Bush To Meet Book-Lovers At National Book Festival; Young Readers' Toolkit Available First Lady Laura Bush and her daughter, Jenna Bush, co-authors of the book “Read All About It!” will join the authors and special guests presenting at the 2008 National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and Mrs. Bush.
    • Date: 2008-09-08
  • September 8, 2008  (08-151)
    Distinguished Readers To Hono Herman Wouk During Literary Award Event on Sept. 10 The acclaimed writer Herman Wouk will receive the first Library of Congress Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Writing of Fiction. New York Times columnist William Safire, ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg and musician Jimmy Buffett are among the distinguished guests who will read from the works of Herman Wouk during this event, which...
    • Date: 2008-09-08
  • September 2, 2008  (08-144)
    Singer/Songwriter Stevie Wonder Named Recipient of Library of Congress Gershwin Prize Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today named singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder—who burst on the scene in the early 1960s as a musical prodigy, and whose dance hits and love songs segued over the years into thoughtful commentaries on the joy and injustice in our world—as the recipient of the Second Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The award presentation will take place...
    • Date: 2008-09-02
  • September 2, 2008  (08-147)
    Distinguished Readers To Honor Herman Wouk During Literary Award Event on Sept. 10 The acclaimed writer Herman Wouk will receive the first Library of Congress Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Writing of Fiction. New York Times columnist William Safire, ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz and musician Jimmy Buffett are among the distinguished guests who will read from the works of Herman Wouk during this event, which is free and open to the public.
    • Date: 2008-09-02

August 2008

July 2008

February 2008

  • February 8, 2008  (08-028)
    2008 National Book Festival To Be Held Sept. 27 The 2008 National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 3rd and 7th streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine). The event is free and open to the public.
    • Date: 2008-02-08

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November 2006

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January 2006

  • January 19, 2006  (06-022)
    2006 National Book Festival to Be Held Sept. 30 The 2006 National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by first lady Laura Bush, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 7th and 14th streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine). The festival is free and open to the public.
    • Date: 2006-01-19

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