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Program National Book Festival


“A good book can take you on a journey. After the last year, we’re all ready to plot a new course, and books can be an amazing compass. Join me for the National Book Festival as some of our nation’s leading literary voices bring us a sense of renewal, discuss their newest work and open up a whole new world of possibilities.”

- LeVar Burton, Host of National Book Festival on PBS

The 2021 National Book Festival, which comprised 10 days of live programming from Sept. 17-26, featured a diverse lineup of more than 100 authors, poets and writers in a range of formats — all celebrating the Festival theme, “Open a Book, Open the World.” The Festival invited audiences to create their own experiences, offering a variety of ways to access programs. Book lovers joined the Festival virtually from across the country, totaling more than 317,000 views across a variety of platforms, including live virtual events with authors and videos on demand.

For the first time, the Festival also included interviews presented with Washington Post Live and through podcasts produced and distributed by NPR. The collaborations with media partners extended the Festival’s reach to new audiences nationally, along with events hosted by partner libraries and organizations through the Festival Near You series of events.

Featured authors included:

  • Jason Reynolds
  • Roxane Gay
  • Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Michael J. Fox
  • Angie Thomas