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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Eighth Annual National Book Festival — Saturday, September 27, 2008

First Lady Laura Bush and her daughter, Jenna Bush, co-authors of the book “Read All About It!” will join the authors and special guests presenting at the 2008 National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and Mrs. Bush. The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27th, rain or shine, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 3rd and 7th streets. The festival is free and open to the public.

Among more than 70 authors and illustrators participating in the
National Book Festival this year are Tiki Barber, Marc Brown, Warren Brown, Kimberly Dozier, Arthur Frommer and Pauline Frommer, Neil Gaiman, Philippa Gregory, Steven Kellogg, Brad Meltzer, Salman Rushdie, Bob Schieffer, Daniel Schorr, Alexander McCall Smith, Paul Theroux and Dionne Warwick. Jon Scieszka, a children’s book author recently named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Librarian of Congress, will be among the authors presenting in the Teens & Children’s Pavilion.

Festival authors, illustrators and poets will discuss their work in pavilions dedicated to Children, Teens & Children, Fiction & Mystery, History & Biography, Home & Family and Poetry. PBS characters and NBA/WNBA players will appear at the festival, including NBA Legend and Hall of Famer Bob Lanier and players Chris Duhon and Ivory Latta. Each year, players participate in the festival by reading their favorite children’s books aloud with the help of students from local area schools as part of “NBA Cares.”

The Pavilion of the States, sponsored by the
Institute of Museum and Library Services, will highlight reading, literacy and library promotion activities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several American trusts and territories.

The Library of Congress Pavilion will feature a variety of family-centered activities illustrating the depth and breadth of the Library’s extraordinary collections available online. It will also offer a sampling of interactive activities available through the recently launched
Library of Congress Experience and promote the joy of reading through its “lifelong literacy” campaign.

Presentations by young poets and artists will be a new feature in the Teens & Children Pavilion. Each of the K-12 students presenting will be a winner in the
River of Words environmental poetry and art contest sponsored by the Library's Center for the Book.

A presentation by four of the more than 100 authors and illustrators who contributed to the volume “Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out,” sponsored by the
National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, will be featured in the Teens & Children Pavilion. Those writers are Mary Brigid Barrett, Steven Kellogg, Katherine Paterson and Jon Scieszka. (The book, with an introduction written by David McCullough, is published by Candlewick Press, 2008.)

Downloadable podcasts of interviews with popular participating authors will be placed on the
Library’s Website. In addition, The Washington Post will make online discussions with National Book Festival authors available on its website from Sept. 15 through Sept. 26. These will begin with CBS newsman and author Bob Schieffer on Monday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. EDT; noted travel writers Arthur and Pauline Frommer, on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. EDT; and fiction/nonfiction writer Alexander McCall Smith, on Friday, Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. EDT.

The artist for this year’s festival is beloved children’s author and illustrator
Jan Brett, whose poster of animals and birds on the National Mall will be available at the festival. Brett, who has written and/or illustrated more than 30 books and has more than 33 million books in print, will be among the authors and illustrators speaking in the Children’s Pavilion.

2008 National Book Festival is made possible with generous support from Distinguished Benefactor Target; Charter Sponsors AT&T and The Washington Post; Patrons the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the James Madison Council and the National Endowment for the Arts; and Contributors Barnes & Noble, the Kalima Foundation, the Library of Congress Federal Credit Union, Marshall and Dee Ann Payne, NBA/WNBA, PBS, Penguin Group (USA), Scholastic Inc. and US Airways.

The Junior League of Washington will again provide hundreds of volunteers, joining Library of Congress volunteers, in assisting those attending the National Book Festival.

In addition to the DC festivities, the Library is offering a variety of ways for people around the country to participate in the event online:

~Online chats hosted by
The Washington Post featuring a select group of Festival authors. These live text-based discussions will take place throughout September leading up to the Festival where participants can submit questions and comments any time before or during the live chat.
Podcasts, also available on iTunes, featuring interviews with some of the award-winning authors participating in the 2008 National Book Festival.
National Book Festival Young Readers’ Online Toolkit, features information about National Book Festival authors who write for children and teens, podcasts of their readings, teaching tools and activities for kids. This resource shows educators, parents and children how they can host their own book festival.

For additional details about participating authors, illustrators and poets please visit the Official
National Book Festival Website.


The latest list of participating authors, illustrators and poets, their books and activities in each presentation pavilion follows.


Tiki Barber
Jan Brett
Marc Brown & Judy Sierra
David A. Carter
Doreen Cronin & Betsy Lewin
Kadir Nelson & Doreen Rappaport
David Shannon
Dionne Warwick


Mary Brigid Barrett, Steven Kellogg & Katherine Paterson
Joseph Bruchac
Sharon M. Draper
Neil Gaiman
Andrea Davis Pinkney
Matthew Reinhart & Robert Sabuda
River of Words with Pamela Michael, DavidGewanter, and young contest winners
Jon Scieszka
Charles R. Smith, Jr.
R. L. Stine
Judith Viorst


Louis Bayard
Geraldine Brooks
Sandra Brown
Marisa de Los Santos
Philippa Gregory
Andrew Klavan
James McBride
Brad Meltzer
Richard Price
Francine Prose
Peter Robinson
Salman Rushdie
Alexander McCall Smith:


Rick Atkinson
Michael Dobbs
Kimberly Dozier
Tony Horwitz
Kay Bailey Hutchison
Immaculèe Ilibagiza
Walter Isaacson
David Maraniss
Cokie Roberts
Bob Schieffer
Daniel Schorr
Paul Theroux
Gordon S. Wood


Warren Brown
Marcus Buckingham
Eleanor Clift
George Duran
Arthur Frommer & Pauline Frommer
Julie Morgenstern
Mike Richman
Nancy Schulman & Ellen Birnbaum
Cathy Scott
Michelle Singletary


Eavan Boland
Dan Chiasson
Elsa Cross
Michael S. Harper
Michael Lind
Molly Peacock
Stanley Plumly
J. Allyn Rosser
Kay Ryan (Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, Library of Congress)
Poetry Out Loud


Chris Duhon
Bob Lanier
Ivory Latta


Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours said...

Alas, it's the same weekend as the Baltimore Book Festival and I just can't do two big events in one weekend. :(

KuTenk 2000 said...

Great. Sandra Brown is there. I love her books.

Robert said...

Heather, if I was in the DC area, I would definitely check out the Book Festival. I'm not familiar with the the Baltimore one though, so it maybe it has a better lineup...

I've never read anything by Sandra Brown before...

Anonymous said...

I love the poster!

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