The Library of Congress National Book Festival is just hours away!
Its free its open to the public on the National Mall and its got fun and fascination for readers of all ages and tastes.
No fewer than 112 stellar authors historians, novelists, childrens and teens authors, poets, biographers, illustrators and graphic novelists will delight legions of fans at the 13th annual Festival. It takes place on Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, between 9th and 14th streets on the Mall. It will run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine.
Special features of this years festival include a Library of Congress Pavilion packed with presentations from the Librarys curators and collections, plus a presentation of top awards Sunday at noon in the Special Programs Pavilion for 5th-and 6th-grade students who wrote essays in the multi-state A Book That Shaped Me contest. During that session, a trio of excellent literacy programs that have won awards in the premiere Library of Congress Literacy Awards will be announced.
In keeping with the festivals theme, Books That Shaped the World, fans are invited to go to the official website and, using a survey form, nominate books that they believe meet that description. Balloting will also take place in-person at the Festivals Library of Congress Pavilion (you can even nominate on our giant whiteboard).
Poets, authors and artists slated to appear at the festival include Marie Arana, Rick Atkinson, Margaret Atwood, Lynda Barry, Taylor Branch, Christopher Buckley, Fred Chao, Giada De Laurentiis, Don DeLillo, Stuart Eizenstat, Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, Juan Felipe Herrera, Khaled Hosseini, William P. Jones, Cynthia Kadohata, Thomas Keneally, Hoda Kotb, this years poster illustrator Suzy Lee, Rafael López, Terry McMillan, Brad Meltzer, Joyce Carol Oates, Katherine Paterson, Tamora Pierce, Daniel Pink, Linda Ronstadt, Jon Scieszka, Chad Corntassel Smith, Manil Suri, U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, George Weigel, William Wegman well, heck. Why not just look at the entire list of authors here.
This may be, honestly, as much fun as youll ever have under the auspices of the federal government (paid for with funds provided by very generous sponsors). Dont miss it! It goes on rain or shine, and every now and then there will be some precip, so pack a little umbrella or a poncho and youll be golden.
Well see you there! Meanwhile, have fun watching the NBF countdown clock (and other features) at the festival website.