Bestselling authors David Baldacci, John Grisham, John Irving, Julia Alvarez, Judy Blume, Ken Burns, Gwen Ifill, and Jodi Picoult–as well as celebrity chef Paula Deen–will be among scores of authors and illustrators presenting at the festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are serving as Honorary Chairs.
Librarian of Congress James Billington thinks it’s “one of our most exciting author lineups ever,” and with eight years of festivals and hundreds of authors to look back on, that’s saying something.
The festival–where you can hear these and scores of other authors speak (free of charge), get books signed by the authors, and enjoy numerous activities including many designed for children and families–will take place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. between 7th and 14th Streets from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., rain or shine.
This year’s festival will incorporate several new social-networking features, including Twitter ( @librarycongress — and help us spread the word by using hashtag #nbf ), to more actively engage festivalgoers and help them receive the latest festival news, schedules and other information.