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Program National Book Festival


“Now in its sixth year, the National Book Festival presents a wonderful opportunity to see firsthand how reading changes lives and how our country, its citizens and its libraries promote reading in imaginative and inspiring ways.“

– Dr. James Billington, Librarian of Congress

Attendance: 100,000+

Featured authors, illustrators, poets, and storytellers included:

  • Celebrity chefs and authors G. Garvin and Marcus Samuelsson
  • Historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and John Hope Franklin
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Washington Post editor Bob Woodward

View the 2006 Festival Program (PDF, 2.41MB)


  • Book sales were 40% higher in 2006 than the previous year.
  • The Library of Congress Pavilion featured many family-centered activities including two students interviewing Ezra Hill, a Tuskegee Airman, for the Veterans History Project.