2022 National Book Festival Poster Reveal

Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Every year since 2001, the Library of Congress has commissioned original artwork for its National Book Festival poster.

The library just unveiled the 2022 edition, designed by artist, writer, and educator Gail Anderson to fit the theme “Books Bring Us Together.”

Courtesy of the Library of Congress

On the National Book Festival blog, Anderson describes her creative process and her inspiration for her bold, colorful design: “Books can be a wonderful solitary experience, but they can also build community. I’ve never gotten up the nerve to join a book club, but I think that’s such a cool idea. My friend, Joe Newton, who worked on the poster with me, belongs to one in Brooklyn, and the thought of having a glass of wine and chatting about a book just seems like a perfect evening. And think of someone like David Sedaris whose readings are events. I want to be friends with him, and in some ways feel like I already am because of his books. The idea of a stack of books becoming a lighthearted house-o-books kind of designed itself.”

The National Book Festival, featuring an incredible line-up of writers, will be held in Washington, D.C. on September 3, with live and online components.