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2014 National Book Festival

August 30, 2014

Come to the 14th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival, which will be held Saturday, August 30 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. The event is free and open to the public.

Festival-goers will have the opportunity to hear from more than 100 authors, illustrators and poets in pavilions dedicated to Children, Teens, Picture Books, Contemporary Life, Culinary Arts, Fiction & Mystery, History & Biography, Poetry & Prose, Science and Special Programs. This year’s festival will feature several National Endowment for the Humanities grantees, including David Treuer, Kair Bird, and Ian Morris, along with Charles Frankel Prize winner Doris Kearns Goodwin and National Humanities Medalist E. L. Doctorow.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has been a participant and sponsor of the annual National Book Festival since it was established in 2001, and provides funds to the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress for its festival-related activities and the participation in the Pavilion of the States of eleven humanities-based state centers for the book.

NEH will join the Centers for the Book for Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia in the Festival’s Pavilion of the States. Stop by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ tables to meet NEH representatives and learn about:


NEH’s educational website EDSITEment is a treasure trove for teachers, students, and parents in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies. EDSITEment offers customizable lesson plans for students in grades K-12, along with information on online student resources and educational interactives, and news-you-can-use for teachers on humanities in the classroom.

Standing Together

A new NEH initiative, Standing Together encourages humanities programs that focus on the history, experience, or meaning of war and military service. Learn about pilot programs supported through the Standing Together initiative and NEH grant opportunities for public programs and advanced research in the humanities that explore war and its aftermath.

Chronicling America

Created through a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress, Chronicling America is a unique online database of more than 7.8 million pages of digitized historic American newspapers dating from 1836 to 1922. Learn about using Chronicling America for family research or in the classroom, and about NEH’s special Chronicling America prize category for participants in National History Day.  

Created Equal

The NEH Created Equal project uses the power of documentary films to encourage public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America. It supports community programs around five NEH-supported documentaries (Freedom Riders, The Loving Story, Slavery By Another Name, The Abolitionists, and Freedom Summer) that tell the remarkable stories of individuals who challenges the social and legal status quo, from slavery to segregation. Ask about Created Equal programs in your neighborhood and opportunities to use Created Equal films in the classroom.

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Website: 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival