PBS Books to cover 2018 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

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PBS Books to provide live coverage of the Library of Congress National Book Festival featuring interviews with leading contemporary authors.




Washington, D.C. (Sept. 1, 2018) – PBS Books has announced it will feature live coverage of the 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival, Saturday, September 1st, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Featuring notable authors of critical and popular acclaim, the festival attracts tens of thousands of book and poetry lovers every year.


Though the PBS Books livestream schedule is still being finalized, confirmed guests of the National Book Festival include:


  • U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

  • Amy Tan

  • Kate DiCamillo

  • Jacqueline Woodson

  • Leigh Bardugo

  • Tayari Jones

  • And many, many more! Stay tuned for final livestream schedule


​The full schedule can be found at PBSBooks.org.


Returning as hosts at the 2018 National Book Festival are PBS Books Executive Producer Rich Fahle and Jeffrey Brown, PBS NewsHour correspondent for Arts, Culture & Society. Each host will interview a diverse lineup of writers to learn more about their current and upcoming projects, their inspirations, writing process and other insights.


The live coverage includes a full day of exclusive one-on-one interviews with featured festival authors online at PBSBooks.org and on Facebook Live from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET.


“PBS Books has covered the nation’s most important book festivals for more than four years, with an estimated 10 million viewers tuning in.” said Rich Fahle. “We love books and authors as much as our audience and feel privileged to showcase such great talent to our passionate viewers.”


PBS Books’ exclusive interviews with authors from previous major book fairs around the country are available for on-demand viewing in the PBS Books video archives.




PBS Books is a multi-platform initiative celebrating the love of reading. Through daily social and digital engagement and live coverage of important literary events across the country, PBS Books celebrates books and writers and works to foster a passion for reading among public media viewers and listeners.



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. Over its long history, the National Book Festival has become one of the pre-eminent literary events in the United States.

The festival was created by Laura Bush and then-Librarian of Congress James H. Billington at the suggestion of Mrs. Bush, who had created the Texas Book Festival. The first National Book Festival was Sept. 8, 2001. Mrs. Bush served as honorary chair of the festival through 2008.

The festival is funded by private donors and corporate sponsors who share the Library’s commitment to reading and literacy. Since 2010, National Book Festival Board Co-Chairman David M. Rubenstein has been the festival’s lead benefactor.


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