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8 Things to Check Out at the National Book Festival and 1 Bookmark for You

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With more than 120 authors and plenty of presentations, panels and activities to enjoy at the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival, we came up with this list to help guide your adventure on the big day.

And, since we are preparing for a celebration of books and reading, we’ve printed this handy list on a bookmark. A free bookmark that you can pick up from our friends at DC Public Library at any of their 26 locations throughout Washington, D.C. If you are in or near the nation’s capital, the bookmarks are also available at the Library of Congress and various locations around town. No matter where you’re located, you can download and print the bookmark yourself.

So here they are, 8 Things to Check Out at the National Book Festival. What’s on your festival hit list this year?

    1. Blockbuster Authors
      Get a seat at the Main Stage to hear from headliners like Shonda Rhimes, Bob Woodward, Salman Rushdie and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
    2. The Ultimate Book Club Boost
      Hear Colson Whitehead discuss his latest book, “The Underground Railroad,” and discover why it was the August pick for Oprah’s Book Club.
    3. Taco Tuesday Tips
      Don’t miss the Food & Home Stage featuring experts like Déborah Holtzauthor of “Tacopedia,” the definitive guide to taco culture, types, recipes and origin stories.
    4. Book Signings
      Get up close and personal with your favorite authors and release your inner fangirl or boy while they sign your favorite edition.
    5. Book Swag
      Pick up free festival posters and bags, and purchase festival shirts, mugs, magnets and more to commemorate the festivities.
    6. Trailblazers
      Listen to Rep. John Lewis on the Graphic Novels stage discuss the final installment of his trilogy, “March.”
    7. “A Book That Shaped Me”
      The festival’s summer essay contest culminates here with a ceremony where top winners read their inspiring essays about the books that have transformed their young lives.
    8. The Library of Congress Pavilion
      Stop in to learn more about the host institution that has made this festival possible for 16 years and counting!