This year the 11th National Book Festival organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. will be a two-day affair, on September 24 and 25. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are honorary chairs for the event. The festival is free and open to the public.
Over 100 authors will speak at the festival and sign books. Last year's festival, with 70 authors, drew a crowd of 150,000 people. A video of reflections on last year's festival can be viewed on the Book Festival web site. Authors from previous years reflect on their experiences of the festival as well. This year, I get to go, which seems completely unbelievable but it's true! Packing right this minute! I'll be speaking and reading from The Grand Plan to Fix Everything at 10 am on Saturday morning, and signing from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Here's the schedule for both days. If you're in the DC area of course you'll want to drop everything you're doing the weekend of September 24 and 25 and show up. Really, what could beat joining this enormous conversation of books sponsored by the nation's leading library?
In addition to speaking at the National Book Festival, I'll also be visiting Friends Community School, speaking and signing at Politics and Prose, visiting the Washington Middle School for Girls courtesy of a wonderful organization called Literacy and Prose, and speaking on a middle grade authors' panel at Takoma Park Maryland Library.