I’m giving a few weeks heads-up on this event, because it’s one to mark on the calendar—in permanent ink. On September 25, readers of all ages are invited to join some of the country’s most well-loved and celebrated authors on the National Mall for the 10th Annual National Book Festival.
The Festival, sponsored and organized the Library of Congress, will celebrate a decade of words and wonder with an estimated 100,000+ guests. Book enthusiasts, young and old, come from all over for author presentations, book signings, photo ops with writers (and costumed PBS characters), and more reading-related activities.
Several pavilions will be set up throughout the Festival where visitors can enjoy presentations by more than 70 authors, poets, and illustrators from a variety of genres: Children, Teens & Children, Fiction & Mystery, History & Biography, Contemporary Life and Poetry & Prose. There will also be a Pavilion of the States, a salute to literary traditions of all 50 states, and a Book Sales Pavilion, where guests can purchase selected reads (and possibly have them signed by the authors). And the Let’s Read America Pavilion will offer lots of activities for children and families to enjoy sponsored by various organizations.
If your children love books, chances are an author of one of their favorite stories will be there. (And if not, they’ll likely discover some new good reads.) Here’s the line-up of children’s book authors you and the kids can expect to see: Mary Brigid Barrett, Timothy Basil Ering, Exquisite Corpse Adventure, Mem Fox, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Norton Juster, Pat Mora, Marilyn Nelson, Linda Sue Park, Jerry Pinkney, James Ransome, Judith Viors, and Rosemary Wells.
And these authors from the Teens & Children genre will be also be there: M.T. Anderson, Michael Buckley, Suzanne Collins, Margarita Engle, Phillip M. Hoose, Letters About Literature, Brad Meltzer, Katherine Paterson, Jeff Smith, and Rebecca Stead.
Of course, this event isn’t just about the kids. Parents will also have the chance to celebrate some of their favorite authors (I’m personally very excited about Julia Glass, Diana Gabaldon, and Jane Smiley) and come home with a signed book or a few.
The National Book Festival will take place rain or shine on September 25 from 10am – 5:30pm on the National Mall, between 3rd & 7th Streets. Admission is free. For more information and the complete list of authors visit the National Book Festival website.