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Summer Fun—Day 97: Celebrate all Things Books at the National Book Festival

Calling avid readers and bookworms of all ages! It’s time for the National Book Festival!

The Library of Congress hosts its 19th annual National Book Festival on Saturday, August 31, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. The diverse lineup of 115 authors, illustrators and poets will be presenting on stages for both adults and youth audiences. The doors to the convention open at 8:30 a.m., with programs running from 9 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Special festival guests and presenters include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Chef Jose Andres, Neil Patrick Harris, author Barbara Kingsolver and award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic and institution builder, Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Additionally, enjoy a session of Youth Poetry Slam featuring some of the nation’s top youth slam poetry groups. Selected groups will be given the opportunity to compete for the title of the festival’s top youth slammer. 

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For younger audiences, there will be tons of storytelling times, programs, demonstrations and family-friendly activities.

Follow all the fun with the National Book Festival app for iOS and Android smartphones. Download for complete access to schedule, wayfinding, and author information.

Visit the Library of Congress website for more information.

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