Heads up, all you fans of the Library of Congress National Book Festival – it’s going to be two days again this year, with more than 100 authors, following last year’s successful launch of the full-weekend approach.
The festival will be held on the National Mall between 9th and 14th Streets on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 23 from noon to 5:30 p.m., rain or shine. As in all its 12-year history, the event will be free and open to the public.
The delightful Rafael López, whose work summons imagery of Mexican street life, surrealism and myths, is this year’s artist for the festival commemorative poster.
His illustrations for “Book Fiesta!” written by Pat Mora, won the 2010 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award.
Additional festival-related events will take place in the days and weeks preceding the much-anticipated yearly gathering, which celebrates the joys of books and reading. More information, including authors who will attend, will be posted as planning for the festival continues at the festival’s website.
The 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival will feature award-winning authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions dedicated to categories of literature. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite authors, get books signed, have photos taken with mascots and storybook characters and participate in a variety of learning activities.
Here’s a sampling of one of the popular children’s events launched at last year’s festival: the Okee Dokee Brothers (Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing), singing on the Family Storytelling Stage sponsored by Target, one of the festival’s longest-term sponsors.
More author talks and performances for kids from last year’s festival can be found here.
Who are the authors and illustrators you’d like to see at the 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival?