John Grisham, Judy Blume, Ken Burns, Julia Alvarez, Paula Deen, Kate Dicamillo, Gwen Ifill, John Irving...does the opportunity to meet any of these authors send excitement down your spine? If so, clear your calendar for Saturday, 9/26/09 and head to Washington, D.C. for 'Bookfest on the Mall.'
The National Book Festival will be held on The National Mall on Saturday, September 26, 2009. Admission to this amazing event is free and more than 75 acclaimed authors and illustrators will be there! The Festival, which goes from 10 am until 5:30 pm.
The festival is organized by the Library of Congress and this year will have President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama as honorary chairs.
The Program Participants will discuss their books and have book signings. The book groupings are organized by the following categories:
- Poetry & Prose
- History & Biography
- Mysteries & Thrillers
- Fiction & Fantasy
- Teens & Children
The participants list is literally a 'who's who' of the literary world. My favorite books are fiction and I was easily able to find (too many) authors that I would like to hear speak.
There is a website for The National Book Festival where you can find lists of the specific authors who will be attending and more information about the times that they will be available for signing books and when they will be speaking.
You can also get text updates to your phone by texting BOOK to 61399 (regular texting rates apply).
I hope you get a chance to enjoy this amazing event!
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