More than 100 authors, poets and illustrators will be featured at the 11th-annual event, which is free and open to the public. Genres to be present at the National Book Festival include: Fiction & Mystery, History & Biography, Contemporary Life, Poetry & Prose, Children, Teens, Cutting Edge, State Poets Laureate, and Graphic Novels.
In addition to book signings and presentations, children and families can enjoy reading-related activities in the “Let’s Read America Pavilion”. Other activities include the “PBS Kid Pavilion,” the ReadAloud.org activity area, and the Wells Fargo activity area.
Festival patrons can also discover ways of preserving their own family history at the “Library of Congress Pavilion”, which will showcase researching programs and services.
For more information, visit the Library of Congress.
National Book Festival Dates and Times
Saturday, Sept. 24: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 25: 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
National Book Festival Location
National Mall, between 9th Street SW and 14th Street SW
Getting to the National Book Festival by Metro
Blue/Orange lines: Smithsonian, Federal Center SW
Yellow/Green lines: L’Enfant Plaza, Archives/Navy Memorial
National Book Festival Authors (as of Sept. 22)
Children: Mary Brigid Barrett, Harry Bliss, Calef Brown, Carmen Agra Deedy, Tomie dePaola, Exquisite Corpse Adventure, Joe Hayes, William Joyce, Dorie McCullough Lawson, John Bemelmans Marciano, Sam McBratney, John McCutcheon, Julianne Moore, Jon J Muth, Chris Van Dusen
Contemporary Life: Joel Achenbach, Amy Chua, Bob Edwards, Leon Fleisher, Joshua Foer, Jessica Harris, Marc Kaufman, Hoda Kotb, Jim Lehrer, Anne Midgette, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Sylvia Nasar, Sarah Vowell?
Cutting-Edge (Sunday only): Eric Dezenhall, Kia DuPree, Colleen Houck, Kimberla Lawson Roby
Family Storytelling: Wally Amos, Tom Angleberger, Mac Barnett, James H. Billington, Michael Buckley, Disney Junior’s Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve, Hip Hop Harry, Daniel Kirk, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Josh Lewis, Tom Lichtenheld, Loren Long, Cedella Marley, Moona Luna, Julianne Moore, Lauren Myracle, Jane O’Connor, Okee Dokee Brothers, Mark Pett, Matthew Reinhart, Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players, John Rocco, Gary Rubenstein, Ellen Sabin, Bob Shea, Angela Farris Watkins, Lisa Yee
Fiction & Mystery: Sherman Alexie, Russell Banks, Louis Bayard, Steve Berry, Jennifer Egan, Margaret George, Laura Lippman, Gregory Maguire, Terry McMillan, Toni Morrison, Sara Paretsky, Esmeralda Santiago, Neal Stephenson?
Graphic Novels (Sunday only): Kazu Kibuishi, Rachel Renee Russell, Allen Say, Richard Thompson, Eric Wight
History & Biography: Eric Foner, Adam Goodheart, Maya Jasanoff, Justin Martin, David McCullough, Candice Millard, Kristie Miller, Edmund Morris, Carla L. Peterson, Eugene Robinson, James L. Swanson, Douglas Waller, Isabel Wilkerson?
Poetry & Prose: Michael Cunningham, Rita Dove, Dave Eggers, Claudia Emerson, Mary Gordon, Kimiko Hahn, Terrance Hayes, Garrison Keillor, Yusef Komunyakaa, Linda Pastan, Poetry Out Loud, John Milliken Thompson, Jonathan Yardley?
State Poets Laureate (Sunday only): Kelly Cherry (Virginia), Dolores Kendrick (DC), Wes McNair (Maine), Carol Muske-Dukes (California), Stanley Plumly (Maryland)
Teens: Cassandra Clare, Susan Cooper, Sarah Dessen, Jack Gantos, Gordon Korman, Uma Krishnaswami, Fredrick L. McKissack Jr., Patricia McKissack, Shelia P. Moses, Kadir Nelson, Katherine Paterson, Gary Schmidt, Brian Selznick, Rita Williams-Garcia?