The Missouri Humanities is pleased to announce that we now serve as The Library of Congress Center for the Book’s new Missouri affiliate. In this role we will continue to commemorate and promote appreciation for and greater awareness of Missouri’s rich literary heritage. 

One of the ways we are supporting this mission is by co-hosting the first annual Missouri Book Festival this August 26-27th in Washington, Missouri.

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Missouri Book Festival: “Where Stories Come to Life”

The festival will highlight regional history, life, and culture through interactive programs presented by Missouri authors. These events will engage and entertain attendees, who will discover reading as both the connection to endless subjects and the ultimate catalyst of our imagination in the spirit of promoting literacy and encouraging reading.

Books that feature stories on the Show-Me State will come to life in the form of food demonstrations, sports exhibitions, myriad forms of performance, and lively author talks and discussions. The festival is for people of all ages!

The festival, free and open to the public, kicks off Friday evening at 7 pm with a keynote presentation and continues Saturday beginning at 10 am with myriad programming, activities, and vendor offerings and runs until 5 pm.

The Missouri Book Festival will be hosted by Reedy Press, the Missouri Humanities Council, and the Library of Congress Center for the Book. Other partners include Neighborhood Reads Bookstore and the Washington Public Library.

Festival programming and additional details will continue to be updated at

The Library of Congress Center for the Book promotes books, reading, libraries and literacy through its programs in Washington and by working closely with its Affiliate Centers for the Book in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and Northern Marianas. Their programs include a diverse range of events, series, lectures, partnerships, and other initiatives designed to fulfill the mission of the national Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. The Center and its Affiliates play a major role in the annual Library of Congress National Book Festival.