National Book Festival

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Country and Region United StatesWashington, D.C.
Type of Festival Literary
Location of Festival Washington, D.C., USA
Festival Description

Since its establishment in 2000 the annual National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress is held on the National Mall between 9th and 14th Streets — rain or shine. The event is free and open to the public. Several festival-related events will take place in the weeks preceding the beloved yearly festival, which celebrates the joys of books and reading.

The National Book Festival features award-winning authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions dedicated to categories of literature. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite authors, get books signed, have photos taken with mascots and storybook characters and participate in a variety of learning activities.

The Pavilion of the States will represent reading and library-promotion programs and literary events in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. trusts and territories. The popular Let’s Read America Pavilion will offer reading activities that are fun for the whole family. The Library of Congress Pavilion will showcase the cultural treasures to be found in the Library’s vast online collections and offer information about popular Library programs.

Festival Dates September 21 - 22, 2013
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  • In order of appearance
    • Russell Banks, Photo by Nancie Battaglia
    • Susan Cooper, Photo by Jeffrey Hornstein
    • Eric Jerome Dickey, Photo by Joseph Jones Photography
    • Garrison Keillor, Photo by Claudia Danielson
    • Hoda Kotb
    • Dorie McCullough Lawson


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