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National Book Festival

2013 National Book Festival Webcasts

Browse and view dozens of presentations by authors, poets, storytellers and illustrators from last year's event, September 21-22, 2013.

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2013 National Book Festival Podcasts

Each year, we do a series of interviews with authors and poets in advance of the festival, asking them about their work, their lives, their influences and more. Download the series, and subscribe for the upcoming 2014 podcasts.

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Books That Shaped America Videos

As part of our 2012 Celebration of the Book and recognition of Books That Shaped America, we asked several book enthusiasts to talk about the books that they believed shaped America. Would you like to share what books shaped you?

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Festival Reflections

The 2011 Library of Congress National Book Festival attracted 200,000 festivalgoers and more than 100 best-selling authors. Organizers and book lovers share highlights of past festivals and reflect on the reasons why it has grown into the nation’s premiere literary event.

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Let's Travel the World Through Books

This program, sponsored by the Library of Congress and the D.C. Public Library, featured master storyteller Diane Macklin, music by the Elise Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School Student band, and special guest National Football League linebacker Chris Draft. The event served as an introduction to the 2011 Library of Congress National Book Festival.

Festival Posters & Gallery

This year's distinctive poster was created for the Library of Congress National Book Festival by illustrator & designer Bob Staake.
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Photo Highlights

Photo highlights from the 2013 Library of Congress National Book Festival.

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Video Webcasts

Audio Podcasts