Eleanor Holmes Norton Juneteenth Book Festival


On June 20th, every child walks away with a book.
Anacostia National Park @ 1900 Anacostia Dr SE, from 11am-6pm

Come for the books, the fun, the activies and leave reconnected, inspired and enlightened!

The Eleanor Holmes Norton Juneteenth Book Festival is a cultural book festival providing platform and dialogue with publishers, writers, book sellers, literacy stakeholders and independent artists of the African Diaspora with a clear goal of placing a book in the hand of every child. This year marks the inaugural season and the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth. In keeping with the momentum of that, they have an exciting and robust lineup of events: a full day conference at Howard University at Blackburn Center, an awards gala at Madison Hall at The Library of Congress hosted by Congresswoman Norton featuring celebrity chef, Chef Daniel W. Thomas; and an outdoor book and cultural arts festival at Anacostia National Park where every child will walk away with a book. Very family-friendly, there will be a Children’s Pavillion, rollerskating, basketball and literacy-focused activities throughout.

Attendees can expect live performances, engaging workshops including a cooking demonstration for children by celebrity chef, Chef Daniel W. Thomas, poetry readings, theatrical skits, films, and, of course, book readings, signings, swaps, sales and give-a-ways. Another key aspect is online engagement. Download their event app and join the JBF community so that you can engage with speakers, authors, vendors, sponsors and other attendees in real time!



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