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Mark your calendars for the 16th Anniversary National Book Festival, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at the Washington Convention Center. Follow the excitement via our hashtag, #NatBookFest. Note: Visitors can expect enhanced safety and security measures when entering the Convention Center.

Tickets Required for Stephen King on the Main Stage

Stephen King

Popular author Stephen King will open the Main Stage of the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival with a presentation and recognition of his lifelong work promoting literacy. Tickets will be required for the King presentation. Tickets will be free and will be issued electronically beginning Sept. 14. Tickets are not required for other presentations or activities at the festival.

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Videos from the National Book Festival

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National Book Festival Blog

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NEW! 2016 National Book Festival Scout Patch

2016 National Book Festival Scout Patch

Consider a trip for your troop to hear from popular authors, get books signed and take part in the activities at the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival. And for non-scouts, it’s a fun souvenir of your visit to the festival.

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News from the Festival

August 24, 2016
App Puts National Book Festival at Your Fingertips

August 3, 2016
Full Slate of Authors Announced

May 2, 2016
Library & Mid-Atlantic Public Libraries Kick Off Summer Essay Contest

March 29, 2016
Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction Awarded to Marilynne Robinson

March 15, 2016
Festival Welcomes Extraordinary Lineup of Writers

January 21, 2016
2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival To Be Held Sept. 24

All 2016 News Releases

Festival Posters & Gallery

This distinctive poster was created for this year's National Book Festival by illustrator Yuko Shimizu.
Download the 2016 poster (PDF, 32.07MB)
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