The National Book Festival is Approaching

The National Book Festival is approaching quickly. The event aims to celebrate the joys of reading, literacy, and books. More than 175 poets, illustrators, and authors will be featured in this most anticipated event. It will be the biggest event ever held in the past 15 years. This year’s theme is “I cannot live without books,” a quote from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson in 1815 to John Adams.

The festival will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 5. Although the doors will open at 9 A.m. the event is scheduled to start from 10 A.m. to 10 P.m. After that, special events are set to begin at 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The special events include a classic movie from a classic book and a panel discussion with film industry figures and experts.

Several famous writers on war like Roxana Robinson, Tom Brokaw, Phil Klay and Elliot Ackerman will be featured in, “The Human Side of War”. Attendees will participate in activities that are fun for all ages.

Genres at the National Book Festival

  • Nonfiction writers: Food, biography & memoir, history, contemporary life, and science.
  • Fiction writers: Graphic novels, fiction, Science fiction, thrillers, mysteries, poetry and prose, and romance fiction.
  • Young people’s authors: Teens, children and picture books.
  • Special programs: First nation’s authors of Australia, International, books to movies and the human side of war.

Below are a few authors under each category that will be present during the event.

Food Writers

Patrick O’Connell, Bridget Lancaster, Bryan Roof and Najmieh Batmanglij.

Biography & Memoir Writers

Evan Thomas, Richard Zoglin, Bryan Stevenson, Jeanne Theoharis, Mary Jordan among others.

Contemporary Life Writers

Erika Lee, Francesca Serritella, Ray Suarez, Nicholas Kristof, Manuel Castells among others.

History Writers

Joseph Ellis, Evan Osnos, Lawrence Wright, Danielle Ellen et cetera.

Science Writers

Casey Schwartz, Judy Foreman, Terrence Holt, Norman Doidge, etc.

Teen and YA Authors

Meg Wolitzer, Libba Bray, Cynthia Levinson, Kwame Alexander among others.

Children’s Authors

Lin Oliver, Jennifer Holm, Trevor Pryce, Buzz Aldrin, Gennifer Choldenko.

Picture Books Illustrators and Authors

Peter Sis, Diane Muldrow, Tad Hills, Tom Lichtenheld Tom Angleberger, Don Wood, Amy Krouse.

Fiction Authors

Stephen L. Carter, Marilynne Robinson, Thomas Mallon, Lalita Tademy, Louise Erdrich, Jane Smiley.

Graphic Novels

Keith Knight, Diane Noomin, Scott Stantis, Lalo Alcaraz, Stephan Pastis, Miss Lasko-Gross, Trina Robbins,

Mysteries, Thrillers & Science Fiction

David Baldacci, David Ignatius, Laura Lippman, Walter Mosley, Lisa Scottoline, Dan Wells.

Poetry & Prose

Daniel Alarcon, Kevin Young, Marilyn Chin, Azar Nafisi, Eric Pankey, Claudia Rankine, and Poetry Out Loud.

Romance Fiction

Sarah MacLean, Paige Tyler and Beverly Jenkins.


Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Homero Aridjis, Jane McAuliffe, Álvaro Enrigue, Cristina Rivera Garza, David Good, John Hemming, Donald S. Lopez Jr., Andrés Neuman, Valeria Luiselli, Mark Plotkin, Alejandro Zambra

First Nations Authors of Australia

Tony Birch, Ellen van Neerven Jeanine Leane, Bruce Pascoe, Dub Leffler, Jared Thomas, Melissa Lucashenko,

The Human Side of War

Elliot Ackerman, Jon Meacham, Christian G. Appy, Phil Klay, Rick Atkinson, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Joseph Ellis, Roxana Robinson, Elizabeth D. Samet, Henry Wiencek, Tom Brokaw, Annette Gordon-Reed

Books to Movies

A. Scott Berg, Lawrence Wright and Anne-Marie O’Connor.

Eight books will be launched at the event.

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