If you’re going to be in town this holiday weekend, then plan to book it to one of DC’s biggest, most anticipated annual events on Saturday. The 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival is returning for its 15th year, and this one is going to be the most expansive yet!
Book enthusiasts, young and old, come from all over for the day of reading-related activities. Works by more than 170 authors, poets, and illustrators will be showcased and the creators themselves will be at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for special appearances. There will be 18 pavilions categorized by genre — Children, Teens, Picture Books, Contemporary Life, Culinary Arts, Fiction & Mystery, History & Biography, Poetry & Prose, Science and Special Programs — where readings, presentations, book signings, photo ops with writers (and costumed PBS characters), and more exciting experiences for guests will take place.
A Book Sales pavilion gives guests an opportunity to purchase selected reads — and possibly have them signed by the authors. An International pavilion features artists from around the world. And all kinds of family-friendly activities take on the Expo Floor place throughout the day.
If your children love books, chances are an author of one of their favorite stories will be there. And there’s bound to be a writer — or many — that parents will be excited about, too. Have a look for yourself and start planning your Festival experience! You can read about one of our past visits — including an interview with Magic Treehouse author Mary Pope Osborne! — here.
The National Book Festival will be held at the Washington Convention Center on Saturday, September 5, from 10am to 10pm. Admission is free.