Journey to the 13th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival this weekend and find the books that shape our lives, along with many of the authors, poets, and illustrators who created them. On Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept 22, from noon to 5:30 p.m., meet some of the more than 100, nationally and internationally recognized, authors and poets.
Author pavilions will be set up on the National Mall between 9th and 14th streets. Pavilions will include books on history and biography, children’s books, teens and children, fiction and mystery, graphic novel, contemporary life and others, as well as the Library of Congress Pavilion.
Many of the extraordinary resources available through the Library of Congress will be highlighted in a variety of special exhibits at the Library of Congress Pavilion. Presentations include topics for aspiring writers in the “Why Write a Book: Gardens of a Beautiful America” presentation at the amphitheater, or “Pursuing your family history at eh Library of Congress.” A complete listing of the presentations is available by clicking here.
Engaging activities will be presented in the “Let’s Read America” pavilion where The Washington Post will present a bookmark creation station and festival themed photo backdrop. Ned the Newshound, the paper’s mascot, will make special appearances to pose for photos. Another sponsor of the festival is Wells Fargo who brings their Wells Fargo Concord stage coach to the pavilion, allowing visitors to see a moving piece of history up close.
Winning essays of select fifth and sixth graders from the “A Book That Shaped Me” contest will be read on Sunday, Sept. 22, at noon. The essays reflect the books that had a personal impact on the lives of the authors.
President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, the first lady, are the honorary chairs of the event. The Distinguished Benefactor of the festival is David M. Rubenstein, who co-chairs the National Book Festival Board with Dr. James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress, according to the Library of Congress news release. The event is free and open to the public.