2009 National Book Festival in D.C.
World famous writers, illustrators and poets will gather on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for the 2009 National Book Festival, this Saturday, September 26. Now in its ninth year the event, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, brings some of the best writers of fantasy, history, biography, children's literature, poetry and much more, together for a celebration of creativity and imagination.
An estimated 70 award winning authors we be on the Mall for this free event. You may recognize some of your favorite writers like; James Patterson, John Grisham, Kate DiCamillo George Pelicanos, Judy Bloom, Ken Burns, or Lois Lowry, to name only a few. They will be available for book signings and to talk about their latest project throughout the day.
This festival brings together authors with millions, sometimes hundreds of millions, of books in prints, with a virtual who's who of awards. The quality of their work is represented in the number and variety of awards and recognition bestowed. The awards include everything from the Pulitzer, National Book Club awards, Edgar Awards, Newbery Awards and National Book Critics Circle awards to those nominated for Emmy's or Academy Awards when their book was made for television of the big screen.
To keep up with all that is going on, whether you are at the festival or not, the Library of Congress is using a variety of social networking media and technology to get the words out. They will have a a live broadcast on cable, a facebook page, twitter updates (@librarycongress, hashtag #nbf) and podcasts. For text updates text the word Book to 61399. Standard rates apply. Podcasts will be available from the Library of Congress website or for free on iTunes.
You can download the 2009 National Book Festival poster, illustrated by noted author/artist Charles Santore of Philadelphia from several areas on the Library of Congress website. Santore is the written and illustrated "The Silk Princess," "The Three Hungry Pigs" and "The Wolf Who Came to Diner.
Join the tens of thousands expected at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 7th and 14th Streets from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (rain or shine). Honorary Chairs for this event are President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.