How-to Attend the National Book Festival

Banner graphic promoting the 2020 National Book Festival

Wow!  This is the 20th birthday for the National Book Festival, put on each year by the Library of Congress.  I didn’t realize the event was this young.

Not surprisingly, given all that is 2020, this year the event will be 100% virtual and there is no cost to attend.  I’m avoiding the F-word because that can alert various filters.

There are 120 authors taking part this year include Tomi Adeyemi, Jerry Craft, Jared Diamond, and more.  It is such an amazing list!  You can see it here.

All you have to do to take part is create a free Book Fest account.  Find that information here.  There are videos that you can watch at any time and also live author discussions and so much more.

If you aren’t familiar with how the festival usually works, the set up is being recreated virtually. There are a variety of stages, featuring different types of writing including but not limited to Children, Teens, Family, Food & Field, Fiction, Genre Fiction, History and Biography.

Among the new features being offered this year are timely topics such as Fearless Women, Hearing Black Voices, and Democracy in the 21st Century.  Another new feature includes offereings for children, teens and schools educating at home.  I have to admit that I’m excited about the Roadmap to Reading, which includes a list of “Great Reads from Great Places.” These 53 books reflect the literary heritage of all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

I hope you’ll find the time to explore what the Library of Congress is offering us all this year.  My first stop?  That book list!



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