The Festival will also include a TV special featuring authors Colson Whitehead, Madeline Albright and more!
For its 20th anniversary, the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival is going virtual with its first-ever TV broadcast! The brand new program will air on PBS on Sunday, September 27, at 6 pm and will be hosted by Today show’s Hoda Kotb.
Like every year, the festival will offer a virtual line-up of interviews that attendees will be able to watch at home over the September 25-27 weekend. This year’s line up will feature over 100 writers, authors, poets and illustrators who will talk about their craft and creative experience. Some of the renowned figures taking part in the festival this year include Colson Whitehead, the 2020 recipient of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction; philanthropist Melinda Gates; former secretary of state Madeleine Albright; Joy Harjo, current US Poet Laureate and many more!
This year’s theme focuses on ‘American Ingenuity,’ a theme especially suitable for 2020 according to Library of Congress’ librarian Carla Hayden; “We’re in need of a message that there is a way for American ingenuity to lead us forward. These creative minds remind us why the importance of memory, the need for reason and the key for imagination are all rooted on words we find on a page.”
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