National Book Festival

September 5 from Noon to 6pm

As dozens of bestselling authors and thousands of book fans converge on Washington, DC this Labor Day weekend for the 15th Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival, PBS Book View Now will be there to provide audiences nationwide with comprehensive coverage of the all-day literary event.

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The National Book Festival will be held Saturday, September 5 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC. Live stream coverage of the event will air from 12 noon until 6 p.m. ET, with interviews tentatively scheduled with authors Kate DiCamillo, Jon Scieszka, David McCollough, Tom Brokaw, Louise Erdrich, Kwame Alexander, Marilynne Robinson, David Mariniss, and many more, as well as segments showcasing the energy of the Book Festival floor.

The Library of Congress National Book Festival is an annual literary event that brings together best-selling authors and thousands of book fans for author talks, panel discussions, book signings and other activities. It was created by Laura Bush and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington at the suggestion of Mrs. Bush, who had created the Texas Book Festival.

Over its 15-year history, the National Book Festival has become one of the pre-eminent literary events in the United States. The first festival was Sept. 8, 2001. Mrs. Bush served as honorary chair of the festival through 2008. President and Mrs. Obama have served as honorary co-chairs from 2009 to the present.

This year also marks the 200th anniversary of the 1815 Acquisition of Thomas Jefferson’s Personal Library. From its beginning in 1800, the Library of Congress was housed in the U.S. Capitol. During the War of 1812, the British burned the Capitol in August 1814, destroying the Library’s collections. A month later, Thomas Jefferson, in retirement at his Monticello estate, offered to sell his personal library to the Library of Congress. The 6,487 volumes were considered to be the most comprehensive library in America at the time.

"The Library of Congress is so pleased to collaborate with Detroit Public Television and PBS to help connect book lovers all over America with the authors, discussions and energy of the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.,” said Marie Arana, co-director of the festival. Added Co-Director Guy Lamolinara, “The 15th annual festival will be bigger and better than ever - a great year to introduce it to audiences who haven't experienced it before."