The author list, to date, for the Library of Congress National Book Festival on Sept. 24 and 25 on the National Mall (thats right two days this year) is bursting with talent and were not even done filling all the slots yet!
Nobel- and Pulitzer Prize-winner Toni Morrison; Pulitzer Prize-winners Siddhartha Mukherjee, Jennifer Egan, Eric Foner and David McCullough; Russell Banks, Dave Eggers, Terry McMillan, Garrison Keillor, and Amy Chua; (sound of a big breath being inhaled ) and
Edmund Morris, Louis Bayard, Isabel Wilkerson, pianist Leon Fleisher, former Poet Laureate Rita Dove, Hoda Kotb of the Today show, Gregory Maguire of Wicked fame, National Ambassador for Young Peoples Literature Katherine Paterson, television newsman Jim Lehrer, actress/childrens book author Julianne Moore and Esmeralda Santiago not to mention
Joel Achenbach, Sherman Alexie, Mary Brigid Barrett, Steve Berry, Harry Bliss, Calef Brown, Cassandra Clare, Susan Cooper, Michael Cunningham, Tomi dePaola, Sarah Dessen, Joshua Foer, Jack Gantos, Margaret George, Adam Goodheart, Mary Gordon, Jessica Harris, Joe Hayes, Terrance Hayes, Maya Jasanoff, William Joyce, Marc Kaufman, Yusef Komunyakaa, Gordon Korman, Uma Krishnaswami, Sam McBratney, Patricia McKissack, John Bemelmans Marciano, Candice Millard, Kristie Miller, Shelia P. Moses, Sylvia Nasar, Kadir Nelson, Sara Paretsky, Linda Pastan, Carla L. Peterson, Allen Say, Gary Schmidt, Elizabeth Hun Schmidt, Brian Selznick, Neal Stephenson, James Swanson, Sarah Vowell, Douglas Waller, Chris Van Dusen, Rita Williams-Garcia, Jonathan Yardley and the delightful artist Jon J Muth, who has designed this years National Book Festival poster.
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