Videos

Browse and view dozens of presentations by authors, poets, storytellers and illustrators from the history of the National Book Festival.

  • 2019 Videos Speakers included U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, historians David McCullough, Michael Beschloss and Henry Louis Gates Jr., chef and humanitarian José Andrés, graphic novelists Raina Telgemeier and Ngozi Ukazu, TV personality and author Matthew Gray Gubler, award-winning novelist Laila Lalami and Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction recipient Richard Ford.
  • 2018 Videos Among the presenters were U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, historians Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jon Meacham and Ron Chernow, novelist Amy Tan, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, two-time Newbery Medal winner Kate DiCamillo, Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jacqueline Woodson and E. Annie Proulx, winner of the Library of Congress Prize for American...
  • 2017 Videos The all-star lineup included Condoleeza Rice, J.D. Vance, David McCullough, David Baldacci, Diana Gabaldon, Scott Berg and Mary Rand Hess, Roxanne Gay, Alice McDermott, Margot Lee Shetterly, Scott Turow, Lincoln Peirce, Ann Telnaes, Roz Chast and Gene Luen Yang.
  • 2016 Videos Presenters included Stephen King, Salman Rushdie, Bob Woodward, Raina Telgemeier, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Vowell, Rep. John Lewis, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Jerry Pinkney, Ken Burns, Calvin Trillin, Yaa Gyasi, Harlen Coben, Álvaro Enrigue, Candice Millard, Kristin Hannah, Laila Lalami and Lois Lowry.
  • 2015 Videos Among the speakers were Buzz Aldrin, Juan Felipe Herrara, David Baldacci, Walter Isaacson, David McCullough, David Maraniss, Al Roker, chef Patrick O'Connell, Cokie Roberts, Trina Robbins, Walter Mosley, Library of Congress Fiction Prize winner Louise Erdrich, and special programs on romance fiction, first nations of Australia and the human side of war.
  • 2014 Videos Authors at the first festival to be held at the Washington Convention Center included U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Jonathan Allen, Peter Baker, Rep. John Lewis, Rep. James Clyburn, Alice McDermott, Maria Venegas, Billy Collins, Kai Bird, Bob Adelman, Kate DiCamillo, Francisco Goldman, Library of Congress Fiction Prize winner E.L. Doctorow and programs on graphic novels, culinary arts and science.
  • 2013 Videos This year's participants included Linda Ronstadt, Christopher Buckley, Lynda Barry, William Wegman, Hoda Kotb, Stuart Eizenstat, Thomas Keneally, Glada de Laurentiis, Nicholson Baker, Taylor Branch, Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Joyce Carol Oates and Poet Laureate Nathasha Trethewey.
  • 2012 Videos Presenters included David and Julie Nixon Eisenhower, Rep. John Lewis, John Green, Robert Caro, Jeff Kinney, Gail Tsukiyama, Susan Hertog, Lien-Hang Nguyen, Christopher Paolini, Mario Vargas Llosa, T.C. Boyle, Geraldine Brooks, Patricia Cornwell, Jeffrey Eugenides, Nikky Finney, Junot Diaz, Thomas Friedman, Jewel, Walter Dean Myers, Mary Pope Osborne and R.L. Stine.
  • 2011 Videos Authors at this year's festival included Toni Morrison, Neal Stephenson, Louis Bayard, Sara Paretksy, Rita Dove, Garrison Keillor, John Milliken Thompson, Edmund Morris, Eugene Robinson, David McCullough, Candice Millard, Joel Achenbach, Bob Edwards, Jim Lehrer and Sarah Vowell.
  • 2010 Videos The 10th anniversary festival featured Ken Follett, Pulitzer Prize-winner Rae Armantrout, Julia Glass, Pat Mora, Jules Feiffer, Linda Sue Park, M.T. Anderson, Brad Meltzer, Diana Gabaldon, Martha Grimes, Anchee Min, Peter Straub, Evan Thomas, Timothy Egan, James McGrath Morris, David Remnick and Nell Irvin Painter.
  • 2009 Videos Among the presenters were John Irving, John Grisham, Jodi Poult, Judy Blume, James Patterson, George Pelecanos, Nikki Grimes, Marilynne Robinson, Sharon Creech, Daniel Silva, Holly Black, Shannon Hale, Mo Willems, Jacqueline Woodson, Dan Balz, Douglas Brinkley, Annette Gordon-Reed, Gwen Ifill, Sue Monk Kidd, Jon Meacham, Kirstin Downey, Sabiha Al Khemir, Nicholas Sparks and Colson Whitehead.
  • 2008 Videos Authors appearing included Tiki Barber, Marc Brown, Warren Brown, Kimberly Dozier, Arthur and Pauline Frommer, Philippa Gregory, Steven Kellogg, Brad Meltzer, Salman Rushdie, Bob Schieffer, Daniel Schorr, Alexander McCall Smith, Dionne Warwick and Jon Scieszka.
  • 2007 Videos Attendees speaking this year included Joyce Carol Oates, Jodi Picoult, Harry Turtledove, Edward P. Jones, Terry Pratchett, Michael Beschloss, Jan Crawford Greenburg, Ashley Bryan, Patricia MacLachlan, Jennifer Holm, David Wiesner, M.T. Anderson, Gene Luen Yang, J.A. Jance, Lisa Scottoline, David Baldacci, Deborah Crombie, Stephen L. Carter, Sanjay Gupta, Cat Cora and Poet Laureate Charles Simic.
  • 2006 Videos Presenters included Khaled Hosseini, Geraldine Brooks, Bob Woodward, John Hope Franklin, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Taylor Branch, Kai Bird, Martin Sherwin, Andrew Clements, Stephenie Meyer, Richard Peck, Louis Sachar, Betsy Lewin, Mark Teague Poet Laureate Donald Hall, Michael Connelly, Kathy Reichs, Alexander McCall Smith and Elmer Kelton.
  • 2005 Videos Participants included John Irving, Tom Wolfe, E.L. Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Sue Monk Kidd, Sandra Brown, Jeffery Deaver, David McCullough, Robert L. Carter, Thomas Friedman, Andrea Mitchell, Robert MacNeil, Pat Mora, Buzz Aldrin, Meg Cabot and R.L. Stine, Leeza Gibbons, Myrka Dellanos and Chris Madden.
  • 2004 Videos Authors appearing included Kate DiCamillo, Dorothy Height, Edward Jones, Cokie Roberts, Sonia Manzano, Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason, chef Patrick O'Connell, Joyce Carol Oates, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Arthur Frommer, Leigh and Leslie Keno, Tom Silva and Poet Laureate Ted Kooser.
  • 2003 Videos Presenters included Julie Andrews, Robert Caro, R.L. Stine, Walter Dean Myers, Stan and Jan Berenstain, Stephen Carter, Julia Glass, Pat Conroy, Catherine Coulter, Michael Beschloss and Bob Schieffer.
  • 2002 Videos Presentations included authors Mary Higgins Clark, Davi Baldacci, Carmen Deedy, Billy Collins, Luci Tapahonso, David McCullough, NBA/WNBA stars, musical performances and more.
  • 2001 Videos Authors appearing at the first National Book Festival included Natalie Babbitt, Robin Cook, Sue Grafton, Larry L. King, Walter Mosley, Katherine Patterson, Richard Peck, Gary Soto and Scott Turow.