National Book Festival


September 5, 2015 to September 6, 2015 3:00 PM - 3:00 AM

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place Northwest, Washington, DC 20001, United States

Free and open to the public. Doors open at 9:00AM.

The Library of Congress adds a new International Pavilion, featuring young Spanish-language novelists and renowned authors, to its National Book Festival this September.

The Library of Congress National Book Festival is an annual literary event that brings together best-selling authors and thousands of book fans for author talks, panel discussions, book signings and other activities. It was created by Laura Bush and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington at the suggestion of Mrs. Bush, who had created the Texas Book Festival. Over its 15-year history, the National Book Festival has become one of the pre-eminent literary events in the United States. The first festival was Sept. 8, 2001. Mrs. Bush served as honorary chair of the festival through 2008. President and Mrs. Obama have served as honorary co-chairs from 2009 to the present.

The Library of Congress adds a brand new International Pavilion to its National Book Festival. Featured this year are renowned contemporary authors who write in Spanish, among them: Valeria Luiselli (Mexico) Los Ingrávidos, Andres Neuman (Argentina/Spain) El viajero del siglo, Álvaro Enrigue (Mexico) Muerte Súbita, Santiago Roncagliolo (Peru) Abril rojo, Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombia) El ruido de las cosas al caer, Alejandro Zambra (Chile) Bonsai, María José Navia (Chile) Instrucciones para ser feliz, Cristina Rivera Garza (Mexico) Lo anterior. Also featured will be the 60th anniversary of Juan Rulfo’s classic Pedro Páramo.