National Book Festival

The 23rd annual Library of Congress National Book Festival was held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, August 12. The event was free and open to the public, and this year’s festival theme was “Everyone Has a Story.” A selection of programs were live-streamed online and videos of all programs are available to watch after the festival. 

Every year during the National Book Festival, a list of books representing the literary heritage of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and Northern Marianas is distributed by the Library of Congress’s Center for the Book. Each book is selected by a local Center for the Book or state library.

This year, Colorado was represented by 2022 Colorado Book Awards History winner Adrian Miller and his book Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue (adult title) and 2022 Colorado Book Awards Young Adult Literature winner Olivia Chadha and her book Rise of the Red Hand.

Rise of the Red Hand – Olivia Chadha

Black Smoke and the United States of Barbecue – Adrian Miller

Established in 1989, the Colorado Center for the Book promotes the value of reading and writing throughout the state by its promotion of literacy and celebration of the written word.  It was originally part of the Colorado Department of Education, and became an independent nonprofit organization in 1995. In 2001 it received the Library of Congress’ annual Daniel Boorstin Award as the best Center for the Book in the nation. Colorado Center for the Book and Colorado Humanities merged in 2004 to combine the organizations’ missions and efforts to help promote literature, and literacy-based programs statewide.

2022 National Book Fest Selections

Cow Boy is NOT a Cowboy by Gregory Barrington and Woman of Light by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Library of Congress Center for the Book

The Library of Congress Center for the Book, which also administers the Poetry and Literature Center, promotes books and libraries, literacy and reading, poetry and literature, with programs including a diverse range of events, series, lectures, partnerships, prizes, contests and awards.

Starting in 1984, the Center for the Book in the Library began to establish affiliate centers in the 50 states. Today, there is a State Center for the Book in all 50 states, as well as the the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and Northern Marianas. These Center for the Book affiliates carry out the national Center’s mission in their local areas, sponsor programs that highlight their area’s literary heritage and call attention to the importance of books, reading, literacy and libraries. Affiliates must submit an application to become part of — and retain — their Center for the Book status, which is renewable for a three-year period. The Center for the Book has established Guidelines for establishing affiliates and for programming activities. The State Centers meet regularly at the Library of Congress to share resources.

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