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Program National Book Festival


“Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and supporters, such as David M. Rubenstein and Target – and the more than 1,100 volunteers who give their time to make this event possible – we can look forward to this beloved celebration of reading and literacy for years to come.”

– Dr. James Billington, Librarian of Congress

For the first time, the National Book Festival ran for two days on the National Mall.

Attendance: 200,000

Featured authors, illustrators, poets, and storytellers included:

  • Author and Academy Award-nominated author Julianne Moore
  • Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments series
  • Pulitzer Prize and National Humanities Medal-winner Isabel Wilkerson

View the 2011 Festival Program (PDF, 4.67MB)


  • This year the Festival was a two-day event!
  • 112 best-selling authors
  • Sci Fi/Fantasy/Graphic Novels pavilion
  • Special Presentations pavilion
  • The Family Storytelling Stage, with presentations from authors and musicians geared towards young readers.