National Book Festival

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.

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.

"E. L. Doctorow is our very own

David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, announced his donation of an additional $5 million ($1 million per year for the next five years) to support the Library of Congress National Book Festival, bringing his total support since 2010 for the free public event held yearly since 2001 to $10.3 million.

The announcement came as the 2013 festival opened for the

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.
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.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that readers love lists. Collectors do, too. The Library of Congress made a splash this summer with its Books That Shaped America list and exhibit. The exhibit, which
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
Few individuals are recognized by essays published in their honor while they are still fully engaged in their chosen profession. John Y. Cole, Director of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, is one of those exceptions.

"The Library of Congress and the Center for the Book: Historical Essays Honoring John Y. Cole," has been published by the Library of Congress and the

An unprecedented 112 authors, poets and illustrators will speak and meet with their readers at the 2011 National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress. The event, to be held Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25 on the National Mall - rain or shine - also will offer more authors and activities for young readers than ever before.

The event is free and open to the