Book lovers will not want to miss this year’s National Book Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Sep. 2.The Library of Congress’s 2017 National Book Festival goes down Saturday, September 2, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, D.C. The day’s lineup includes more than 100 famous authors, poets, and illustrators who will present and discuss their work between 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., from 10 different stages. The star-studded guest presentations will all be grouped by genre except for the main stage which will feature best-selling authors. The event will have something for everyone, from the Children’s Green Stage where two-time Newbery Medal winner Kate DiCamillo will be discussing her new children’s novel “Raymie Nightingale,” to book signings, special presentations, and other fun activities.
Kicking things off on the 2,500-seat capacity main stage, historian and the Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough will be discussing his latest book, “The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For.” Other presentations and discussions will feature Diana Galbadon (author of the "Outlander" series and latest book “Seven Stones to Stand or Fall: A Collection of Outlander Fiction”), J.D. Vance (author of the New York Times #1 best-selling book “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis”), Thomas L. Friedman (columnist for The New York Times), and best-selling author Michael Lewis. Perhaps the biggest name at the festival will be former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, whose best-selling books include “No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington” and her most recent book, titled “Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom.” The other festival stages include the Children’s Purple and Green, Fiction, Poetry and Prose, Thrillers and Fantasy, History and Biography, and Contemporary Life. Each of the stages is booked from as early as 10 am. until as late as 7:30 p.m. with book signings following each discussion. All presentations and activities, including book signings, are free. Library of Congress curators and special guests will also be holding talks and performances from which patrons can learn more about the Library of Congress’s services and collections. Other activities include an interactive maze illustration, trivia sessions, children’s and teen activities showcasing the Library’s collections, a hunt for Waldo, story time readings, and sponsored family activities throughout the course of the day. On the expo floor, Washington D.C.’s Politics and Prose Bookstore will sell books by the featured festival authors.
Visit the National Book Festival website for more information, including the author list, full schedules, and parking info. If you plan to use Metro, the nearest stop is Mount Vernon Square on the Yellow and Green lines.