The 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival will invite audiences to create their own festival experiences from programs in a range of formats and an expanded schedule over 10 days from Sept. 17 through Sept. 26. The spectacular lineup includes authors, poets, and illustrators from America and around the world.
“This year, we are inviting Americans to create their own National Book Festival experiences by offering free, high quality programs in a variety of formats that they can mix and match according to their interests and schedules,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “Our stellar cast of authors, conversations on timely topics, and new ways to engage will allow everyone to enjoy a personalized National Book Festival how, when and where they want to experience it.”
The theme of this year’s festival, “Open a Book, Open the World,” will be the starting point for many conversations with authors, often discussing how their own books open up new worlds for their readers.
“Open a Book, Open the World: The Library of Congress National Book Festival,” hosted by LeVar Burton, will premiere Sunday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS, PBS.org, and the PBS Video app. The program will offer a timely celebration of the power of books and discussions on some of the big topics of the day.
For the first time this year, NPR will be producing and distributing a series of podcast interviews with festival authors. The Library is also collaborating with PBS Books, a national programming initiative produced by Detroit Public Television, to create a national public television special during the festival. More details about the podcast and broadcast lineups and dates will be announced soon.
There is so much happening this year! Check out the National Book Festival Page