Bibliophiles take note: you’ll want to time your visit to Washington DC, for September, to coincide with the increasingly popular National Book Festival. Launched in 2001 by the Library of Congress and then-First Lady Laura Bush (herself a former librarian) to celebrate reading and lifelong literacy, the day-long event attracts more than 120,000 people and features scores of authors.
Now held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the festival draws authors from all genres, who read from their work and happily sign books for legions of fans. Authors, illustrators and poets can be found in the Children, Teens & Children, Fiction & Mystery, History & Biography, Contemporary Life and Poetry & Prose pavilions. Children and families can also find reading-related activities in the Let’s Read America pavilions.
You can buy books at a sales pavilion, or visit the Pavilion of the States to find out about libraries, awards, book festivals, and authors back home.
Check out the full list of authors at www.loc.gov/bookfest. As the actual date approaches, the Library of Congress will add speaking and signing times to each author’s bio, so if there’s someone you especially want to see you’ll know when to be where. On the site, you can view all of the up to date event information.
The 2021 National Book Festival will be held on Sept. 17-26, 2021.
National Book Festival
Hours: Check out the schedule online.
Parking: Parking is available near the Convention Center.
Metrorail: Yellow and Green line to the Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center Station.