… and Wonderful Wordsmiths!

Saturday, Sept. 25 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Library of Congress National Book Festival – “A Decade of Words and Wonder.”

If you’re among the hundreds of thousands of people who have attended the event in its first nine glorious years, or just want to know more about this celebration of books, the people who write them and the all-important people who read them, you’ll want to check out the Library’s new National Book Festival 2010 website.  

The site offers a number of new features this year (including some great retrospective video clips) and the new offerings will continue, so keep checking back. Also, look for a series of special events in the week leading up to this 10th anniversary festival.

But now, (drumroll) the question on everyone’s lips: who are this year’s authors?

Although the list is not yet complete, NBF10 will offer internationally known authors Isabel Allende, Brad Meltzer, Katherine Paterson, Jane Smiley, David Remnick, Scott Turow and Nobel Prize-winner Orhan Pamuk.

And: Adele Logan Alexander, M.T. Anderson, Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, Ree Drummond, Timothy Egan, Bruce Feiler, illustrator Peter Ferguson, Jonathan Safran Foer, Mem Fox, Jonathan Franzen, Elizabeth George, Gail Godwin, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Philip Hoose, Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer, Elizabeth Kostova, Chang-rae Lee, Thomas Mallon, Marilyn Nelson, Michelle Norris, Nell Irvin Painter, Linda Sue Park, illustrator James Ransome, Richard Rhodes, Henry Petroski, graphic novelist Jeff Smith, Peter Straub, Evan Thomas and Judith Viorst. For more detail, click here.

 The 2010 National Book Festival will take place on the National Mall between 3rd and 7th Streets, rain or shine.  The event, free and open to the public, will run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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