Library of Congress

National Book Festival

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2016

The 16th Library of Congress National Book Festival once again will bring the nation's best authors, poets and illustrators to Washington to discuss their work and meet their fans. Our preliminary list of authors includes:

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Kwame Alexander
  • William Allman
  • Charlie Jane Anders
  • Raymond Arroyo
  • Jabari Asim
  • Andrew Aydin
  • Kate Beaton
  • Andrea Beaty
  • Aaron Becker
  • Darrin Bell
  • Ali Benjamin
  • Sophie Blackall
  • Tonya Bolden
  • Louise Borden
  • Berkeley Breathed
  • Douglas Brinkley
  • Geraldine Brooks
  • Christopher Buckley
  • Ken Burns
  • Roberto Canessa
  • Harlan Coben
  • Doreen Cronin
  • Justin Cronin
  • Michael Cunningham
  • Alejandro Danois
  • Edwidge Danticat
  • Angela J. Davis
  • Álvaro Enrigue
  • Chuck Fischer
  • Alessandro Frassica
  • Margita Gailitis
  • Callista Gingrich
  • Newt Gingrich
  • James Gleick
  • Ann Goldstein
  • Thomas Gonzalez
  • Adam Gopnik
  • Annette Gordon-Reed
  • Lauren Groff
  • Winston Groom
  • Yaa Gyasi
  • Marilyn Hacker
  • Shannon Hale
  • Elizabeth Hand
  • Kristin Hannah
  • Joy Harjo
  • Nadia Hashimi
  • Victor Hazan
  • Monica Hesse
  • Carl Hiaasen
  • Michael Hiltzik
  • Déborah Holtz
  • Nora Ikstena
  • Steven J. Israel
  • Susan Jacoby
  • Margo Jefferson
  • Jo Ann Jenkins
  • Pati Jinich
  • Mary Karr
  • Jonas Hassen Khemiri
  • Brendan Kiely
  • Stephen King
  • Jo Knowles
  • Peter D. Kramer
  • Laila Lalami
  • Janna Levin
  • Betsy Lewin
  • Rep. John Lewis
  • Kelly Link
  • Lois Lowry
  • Joseph Mazur
  • James McBride
  • Jay McInerney
  • Jon Meacham
  • Juana Medina
  • Meg Medina
  • Roland Mesnier
  • Candice Millard
  • Betty Monkman
  • Eileen Myles
  • Patrick Ness
  • Janet Nolan
  • Amy Ellis Nutt
  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Peter S. Onuf
  • Katherine Paterson
  • Holly Robinson Peete
  • Jerry Pinkney
  • Ed Piskor
  • Hannah Pittard
  • Michael Ramirez
  • Mark Ramsdell
  • Ron Rash
  • Diane Rehm
  • Jason Reynolds
  • Shonda Rhimes
  • Mary Roach
  • Marilynne Robinson
  • Sharon Robinson
  • Paul Rudnick
  • Salman Rushdie
  • Richard Russo
  • Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • Stacy Schiff
  • Yuko Shimizu
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter
  • A. B. Spellman
  • Eliezer Sternberg
  • Noelle Stevenson
  • Melissa Sweet
  • Alberto Ruy Sánchez
  • Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
  • Raina Telgemeier
  • Jeffrey Toobin
  • Calvin Trillin
  • Hervé Tullet
  • Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Sarah Vowell
  • Joby Warrick
  • Eric Weiner
  • Brendan Wenzel
  • Kiersten White
  • Colson Whitehead
  • Jacqueline Woodson
  • Bob Woodward
  • Gene Luen Yang
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Stage assignments have not been finalized for the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival, but will include the following:

  • Main Stage
  • Children
  • Teens
  • Picture Books
  • Books to Movies
  • Contemporary Life
  • Fiction I
  • Fiction II
  • Food & Home
  • Graphic Novels
  • History & Biography
  • International
  • Mysteries, Thrillers & Science Fiction
  • Poetry & Prose
  • Science

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