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National Book Festival 2014

Anniual Literary Event in the Nation's Capital


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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.  The theme of this year’s festival is “Stay Up With a Good Book.” In addition to author talks, book-signings and children’s activities, the 2014 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. The festival’s new location also facilitates an expanded selection of genre pavilions.  In addition to the longtime pavilions History & Biography, Fiction & Mystery, Poetry & Prose, Children’s, Contemporary Life, Teens and Special Programs, this year’s festival also will offer new pavilions focused on Science, the Culinary Arts, Small Press/International and for children, Picture Books.

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

2014 National Book Festival Highlights

  • The event features a wealth of authors, poets and illustrators for readers of all ages—including such writers as Jonathan Allen, Amie Parnes, Peter Baker, Ishmael Beah, Kai Bird, Billy Collins, Kate DiCamillo, Francisco Goldman, Henry Hodges, Siri Hustvedt, Cynthia Kadohata, U.S. Reps. John Lewis and James Clyburn, Alice McDermott, George Packer, Lisa See, Maria Venegas, and Gene Luen Yang (see a more complete list below)
  • The festival for the first time in its history will hold evening hours, with special events between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. including a poetry slam, a session featuring “Great Books to Great Movies,” and a “super-session” for graphic-novel enthusiasts.
  • Representatives from across the United States and its territories will celebrate their unique literary offerings in the Pavilion of the States.
  • The Let’s Read America area will offer reading activities that are fun for the whole family.
  • The Library of Congress Pavilion will showcase treasures in the Library’s vast online collections and offer information about Library programs.
  • More details to be announced

2014 National Book Festival Authors

Bob Adelman, Jonathan Allen, Paul Auster, Peter Baker, Ishmael Beah, Andrea Beaty, Kai Bird, Eula Biss, Kendare Blake, Paul Bogard, Jeffrey Brown, Peter Brown, Eric H. Cline, Bryan Collier, Billy Collins, Raúl Colón, James Conaway, Ilene Cooper, Jerry Craft, H. Allen Day, Kate DiCamillo, Liza Donnelly, Margaret Engle, Percival Everett, Jules Feiffer, David Theodore George, Francisco Goldman, Carla Hall, Henry Hodges, Siri Hustvedt, Molly Idle, Peniel E. Joseph, Cynthia Kadohata, Nick Kotz, Nina Krushcheva, Louisa Lim, Eric Litwin, Gene Luen Yang, Adrienne Mayor, Alice McDermott, Meg Medina, Claire Messud, Anchee Min, Elizabeth Mitchell, Richard Moe, John Moeller, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Alicia Ostriker, Laura Overdeck, George Packer, Amie Parnes, Dav Pilkey, Paisley Rekdal, Amanda Ripley, Cokie Roberts, Lisa See, Ilyasah Shabazz, Lynn Sherr, Brando Skyhorse, Vivek Tiwary, David Treuer, Ann Ursu, Maria Venegas, Lynn Weise, Rita Williams-Garcia, Natasha Wimmer, Jacqueline Woodson and Tiphanie Yanique.

For more information, visit the Library of Congress website.

See a Guide to More Book Festivals and Literary Events in the Washington DC Area

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