National Book Festival to Return In-Person in 2022, with New Director

This year's National Book Festival, which took place virtually for the second time, drew over 317,000 views across various platforms. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced that planning is underway to host the 2022 festival in person over Labor Day weekend at the Washington Convention Center, while maintaining a robust virtual presence for remote viewers.

The 2022 National Book Festival will also be curated by new literary director Clay Smith. Smith joins the national library as chief of Literary Initiatives to lead year-round literary programs, including the festival. He most recently served as literary director and one of the founders of the San Antonio Book Festival and was previously editor-in-chief of Kirkus Reviews and literary director of the Texas Book Festival.

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