Top of page

Program National Book Festival


“Our history as a people and a nation is a great story, pieced together like a quilt bit by bit, generation by generation. By reading together and sharing stories, we become part of the fabric of the American community.”

- Laura Bush, White House Author Breakfast 2003

A gala was held on Friday night in the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium welcoming authors, members of Congress, and other figures such as President Bush to the literary celebrations.

Attendance: 75,000

Featured authors, illustrators, poets, and storytellers included:

  • Entertainer and children’s book author Julie Andrews
  • Television journalist Bob Schieffer
  • Players from the NBA and WNBA
  • Best selling author James Patterson


  • NBF moved to the National Mall
  • Children and Teens Pavilion is introduced
  • The Pavilion of States, highlighting state reading programs and local libraries expands to have participants from all states and US territories