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It’s the Festival 15th, Let’s Celebrate with a Blog

Hello and welcome to the first installment of the Library of Congress National Book Festival blog!

This September will mark the 15th anniversary of the nation’s premier celebration of books and reading, and the launch of this blog is just one of the many ways we’ll be marking the occasion.

Crowd at 2014 National Book Festival held at the Washington Convention Center. Photo by Colena Turner.

Crowd at 2014 National Book Festival held at the Washington Convention Center. Photo by Colena Turner.

This year’s festival will take place during Labor Day weekend on Saturday, September 5, 2015, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. A record 150 authors are scheduled to present in a range of pavilions including Children, Teens, Picture Books, Biography & Memoir, Contemporary Life, Food, Fiction, Graphic Novels, History, Mysteries & Science Fiction, Poetry & Prose, Science, and Special Programs. (Shhh, there are also a few new pavilions yet to be announced.)

This blog will be our way of keeping you up to date and providing more information about authors, activities and how you can take part. We’ll also take a look back at the festival’s 15-year history and the multitude of authors, illustrators, sponsors and attendees like you who’ve made this such a popular and long-standing event.

The book festival website contains the lowdown on the event itself and there’s even a site specifically for kids and teachers.

With less than three months until festival time, let the countdown begin!

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