National Book Festival

2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival Announced

The Library of Congress and its highly popular celebration of authors and readers, the National Book Festival, will mark a double anniversary in 2015. In addition to recognizing the festival’s 15th year since its founding by Laura Bush and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, the event will celebrate 200 years since the Library’s acquisition of Thomas Jefferson’s personal library.

The festival will take place Saturday, September 5, 2015, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. All programs will be free of charge.

Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction Awarded to E.L. Doctorow

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has announced that E. L. Doctorow, author of such critically acclaimed novels as "Ragtime," "World’s Fair," "Billy Bathgate," "The March" and his current novel, "Andrew’s Brain," will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival, Aug. 30.

Library of Congress to Host First International Summit of the Book

November 9, 2012

Librarian of Congress: Books Are Imperative to an Informed Democracy; Singapore To Host 2013 Summit

The Library of Congress on December 6 and 7 will host the first International Summit of the Book, a gathering of leaders in academia, libraries, culture and technology to debate and discuss the powerful and crucial form of information transmittal: the book.

The LOC’s 12th National Book Festival Celebrated Reading & Literacy

September 23, 2012 — Book-lovers from across the country gathered on the National Mall this weekend to celebrate reading and literacy at the 2012 National Book Festival. Organized by the Library of Congress, with Honorary Co-Chairs President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, the event featured presentations and book-signings by more than 125 bestselling authors, illustrators and poets. The two-day festival, now in its twelfth year, featured such authors as Mario Vargas Llosa, Bob Woodward, Michael Connelly, Walter Isaacson, T.C. Boyle, Robert Caro, R.L.

Two Renaissance World Maps are Focus of New LOC Book

The Library of Congress, in association with Levenger Press, is publishing a new scholarly book on two 16th-century maps that fundamentally changed the way the world was viewed. Scheduled for publication in October, "Seeing the World Anew: The Radical Vision of Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 & 1516 World Maps" spotlights two of the Library’s cartographic treasures housed in the Geography and Map Division and reproduces them in the largest full-color formats ever authorized.