The National Book Festival, an annual event held in Washington, DC, is a celebration of the joy of books and reading that is sponsored by the Library of Congress and gives attendees the opportunity to visit with more than 100 award-winning authors, illustrators and poets who will talk about and sign their books. In 2014, the National Book Festival moves indoors to a new location - the Washington Convention Center. In addition to author talks, book-signings and children’s activities, this year's event will include new offerings, including evening events. A highlight of the nighttime offerings will be "Great Books to Great Movies," a pavilion that will offer an evening panel discussion with experts and film-industry figures, followed by a screening of a classic movie that was made from a classic book. The festival is free and open to the public.
The National Book Festival features a variety of interactive family-centered activities about the importance of lifelong literacy, cultural preservation, and preserving digital culture.Visitors have the opportunity to learn about the reading programs and resources in libraries across the country. Representatives from every state and territory welcome families and children interested in that state's writers and reading programs.
Dates and Times
August 30, 2014
10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW Washington, DC
The Closest Metro Station is Mount Vernon Square
See a map and directions
2013 National Book Festival Highlights (To Be Updated for 2014)
- At the Let’s Read America Pavilion, the Washington Post’s mascot, Ned the Newshound, will make a special appearance on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to pose for photos. Children can also learn about the Wells Fargo Stagecoach as they build replica stagecoach banks and participate in coloring activities.
- The Buffalo Bill stagecoach, within the History & Biography pavilion, will showcase its link with the six-horse coaches that once sped across the vast plains and high mountains of our nation.
- Scholastic will showcase a sneak peek at artwork by beloved children’s illustrators who were asked to demonstrate what “Read Every Day” means to them. Festival-goers can visit Scholastic’s Storia™ reading corner for e-read-alouds from its new e-reading app, showcasing Scholastic’s exciting digital offerings and delighting kids.
- In the PBS KIDS pavilion, parents and children will explore the world of literacy featuring live sing-alongs with SteveSongs, story readings, and skill-building activities and learn about the new PBS KIDS show “Peg + Cat” which airs Oct. 7. Young readers can pose for pictures with their favorite PBS KIDS characters.
- Interactive learning stations in the Digital Bookmobile will give visitors an opportunity to search a library's digital catalog, use compatible mobile devices and sample popular eBook, audiobook, music and video titles.
- The C-SPAN Bus will be open for tours on Saturday and Sunday for visitors to learn about C-SPAN2’s Book TV, the First Ladies series and more.
- The Poetry & Prose pavilion features performances by award-winning students of Poetry Out Loud, an NEA and Poetry Foundation program that encourages high-school students to memorize and perform great poems.
2014 National Book Festival AuthorsTo Be Announced
For more information, visit the Library of Congress website.
See a Guide to More Book Festivals and Literary Events in the Washington DC Area