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The Library of Congress holds the 2022 National Book Festival in September
The 2022 Library of Congress National Book Festival returns to the Washington Convention Center this Labor Day weekend on Saturday, Sept. 3, featuring more than 120 authors, poets, and writers celebrating the festival theme “Books Bring Us Together.”
With the return to an in-person festival, attendees will find sessions that reflect their lives and interests through a lineup of diverse offerings. Books in all of their forms will be celebrated with new storytelling and audiobook events. Festival stages have been renamed and refocused compared to past years, including the addition of a dedicated Life/Style stage.
Festival stages have been renamed and refocused from past years, including the addition of a dedicated Life/Style stage. Major sessions and participants are as follows.
Singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe discusses bringing the Afrofuturistic world of her concept album to the written page for “The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer.” Deaf activist Nyle DiMarco shares his story in “Deaf Utopia: A Memoir — and a Love Letter to a Way of Life.”
Actor Nick Offerman from TV’s “Parks and Recreation” explores his journey writing “Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside” in partnership with a National Park Service ranger. Comedian and internet personality Leslie Jordan is sure to entertain with a discussion of his book “How Y’all Doing?: Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived.”
Young audiences will be enthralled by a conversation featuring Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Ashley Woodfolk and Nicola Yoon, authors of the young adult novel “Blackout.” Author Donna Barba Higuera joins the Young Adult stage to discuss her award-winning dystopian novel “The Last Cuentista.”
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks shares her latest novel “Horse.” Clint Smith discusses his recent work “How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America.”
Interested attendees unable to join the festival in person can tune in to sessions throughout the day. Events on several of the stages will be livestreamed on loc.gov/bookfest. Videos of all presentations will be made available on demand shortly after the festival.
All authors will participate in book signings following their events. Festivalgoers will be able to purchase books by the featured authors from Politics & Prose, the official bookseller of the 2022 National Book Festival. In collaboration with the Library’s National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, the festival will feature a panel of popular audiobook narrators sharing insights into their work. For the first time, the festival will also feature performances by the literary nonprofit Literature to Life, a performance-based literacy program that presents professionally staged verbatim adaptations of American literary classics.
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