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National Book Festival: Save the Date, Take the Survey

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There’s news on two fronts for you book-lovers out there: first, the 13th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held on the National Mall between 9th and 14th Streets on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 from noon to 5:30 p.m., rain or shine. The event is free and open to the public.

The National Book Festival
Crowds enjoy fine weather at the Library of Congress National Book Festival

Part two: Festival fans and other lovers of the printed word are invited to take a “Books That Shaped the World” survey on the Library of Congress National Book Festival website. The Library, which invited public comment on “Books That Shaped America” in 2012 (spurring a lively dialogue) will continue its multi-year Celebration of the Book with a look at “Books That Shaped the World” in 2013.

“Last year’s Festival drew more authors and more readers than ever before” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. “The excitement is building once again as we invite a public conversation about the power of books to change the world.”

We’ll reprise the features fans have come to know and love about the Festival – scores of authors presenting in pavilions and signing their books, plus rewarding literacy- and Library of Congress-related activities for people of all ages.  In addition, there are plans to broaden the reach of the popular “A Book That Shaped Me” essay contest for rising 5th- and 6th-graders. Schoolchildren in the Mid-Atlantic region – the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania – will be invited to submit essays. Keep an eye on the Library of Congress National Book Festival website for updates and the launch of this year’s essay contest …

Check out the survey at the Library of Congress National Book Festival website and tell us which books you think shaped the world, and why!


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