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Celebrate the Joys of Reading Aloud

Come to the 11th annual National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are honorary chairs for the event. The festival is free and open to the public.

Saturday, Sept. 24: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 25: 1 to 5:30 p.m.

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Now Two Days: September 24-25

New for 2011: An additional day of authors, poets & illustrators, plus three new genre pavilions (State Poets Laureate, The Cutting Edge & Graphic Novels) and performances for all ages at the Family Storytelling Stage. Also, special bookend events leading up to the festival. Come and celebrate the joys of reading aloud!

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With two busy days of activities and dozens of authors, the 2011 National Book Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever. Keep up with the latest news and get a head start on planning your visit. Subscribe to our email or RSS feeds, or follow us on Twitter at @LibraryCongress.

Variety of Authors & Pavilions

More than 100 authors will headline the two-day National Book Festival, including David McCullough, Russell Banks, Dave Eggers, Terry McMillan, Pulitzer Prize-winners Siddhartha Mukherjee and Jennifer Egan, Garrison Keillor, Amy Chua & Toni Morrison.

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Kids and Teachers Guide to the Festival

This online guide to the National Book Festival offers kids and teachers tips for taking part in this annual celebration of books and reading. Learn more about authors from past festivals, get creative writing and illustrating tips from the experts and discover how to host your very own book festival!


Festival organizers discuss what to anticipate in the expanded, two-day 2011 National Book Festival in September.

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Authors talk about the festival and the future of the world, and kids kick off a year-long celebration of reading aloud.

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News from the Festival

News Releases & Blogs
May 25, 2011
Your Authoritative Source for … Authors!

May 24, 2011
McCullough, Morrison, Mukherjee, Egan, Banks, Eggers, McMillan, Keillor, Chua Headline 2011 National Book Festival Event Expands to Two Days on National Mall, Sept. 24-25

February 7, 2011
National Book Festival to be Two-Day Event, Sept. 24-25

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