The 2021 Book Festival is bigger and better than ever, a 10-day multi-format event where you can create your own festival experience with videos on demand, author conversations in real time, and live question-and-answer sessions, as well as some in-person, ticketed events at the Library in Washington, DC.
A sampling of this year’s National Book Festival lineup includes:
- Kacen Callender, who received the National Book Award for The King and the Dragonflies.
- Michael J. Fox, the actor, activist and founder of a foundation dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease, has written a memoir, No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality.
- Tana French, the widely praised crime writer, talks about her latest novel, The Searcher.
- Diane von Fürstenberg, the world renowned fashion designer, is the author of Own It: The Secret to Life.
- Roxane Gay, the author, editor, advice columnist and social activist discusses the graphic novel she co-authored, The Sacrifice of Darkness.
- Nikki Giovanni, the prize-winning poet of more than a dozen collections, has recently released Make Me Rain.
- Annette Gordon-Reed, author of the critically acclaimed The Hemingses of Monticello, is out with On Juneteenth, a story of the day’s importance to history, from a native Texan.
- Adam Grant and Mishal Husain on the skills needed in today’s world, as provided in their books Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know (Grant) and The Skills: From First Job to Dream Job – What Every Woman Needs to Know (Husain).
- Yaa Gyasi has followed up her acclaimed debut novel, Homegoing, with the equally praised Transcendent Kingdom.
- Maria Hinojosa, the award-winning public radio journalist, talks about her experiences in Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America.
- Kazuo Ishiguro, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, discusses his new book, Klara and the Sun.
- Chang-rae Lee, the much-lauded writer, has a new novel, My Year Abroad, and he will be in conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen, who has written a sequel to his Pulitzer-winning The Sympathizer, called The Committed.
- Silvia Moreno-Garcia discusses her genre-bending horror novel, Mexican Gothic, and her most recent book, Velvet Was the Night, with Sarah Pearse, whose debut novel, The Sanatorium, has earned rave reviews.
- Christopher Paolini discusses his debut science fiction novel, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, with Martha Wells, who continues her Murderbot Diaries novels with Fugitive Telemetry, the sixth in the series.
- Mary Roach, who brings her unique blend of humor and science to her newest book, Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law.
- Marcus Samuelsson, superstar chef and restaurateur, has published The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food: A Cookbook.
- Angie Thomas, the best-selling author of The Hate U Give, has followed up with Concrete Rose.
- Isabel Wilkerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Warmth of Other Suns, has published another seminal work, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.