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Program National Book Festival


“Have to say—being in a space with such vibrant book love is a wonderful thing. #natbookfest.”

- Joanne Freeman, award winning professor of history on Twitter

The Main Stage, History & Biography Stage, and Understanding Our World Stage, moved to accommodate more audience members with up to 4,000 people able to fit in the main stage area.

National Book Festival Presents launched in September 2019, a program designed to bring the National Book Festival spirit throughout the year. The first guest was actor and author Neil Patrick Harris.

Attendance: 200,000

Featured authors included:

  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Chef José Andrés
  • Actor Matthew Gray Gubler
  • David McCullough
  • Joyce Carol Oates

View the 2019 Festival Program (PDF, 1.04MB)