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National Book Festival

September 24, 2008

This weekend is the National Book Festival, which is a major event for me. When I think about the giant tents filled with books, authors and other book lovers, spanning the entire mall, I get a little teary. Well, maybe not, but I still can’t wait. I thought I’d post the list of authors that will be there. I promise to take lots of pictures.

Here is an article about Laura Bush and the impact she has had on literacy in the US, and her plans for after the White House. She started the National Book Festival eight years ago, and Saturday will be her last one. Regardless of how anyone feels about her husband, it is hard to deny that she has championed the importance of literacy and made serious strides to improve the disappointing literacy rates in this country.

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

Teens & Children: Mary Brigid Barrett, Joseph Bruchac, Sharon M. Draper, Neil Gaiman, Steven Kellogg, Katherine Paterson, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Matthew Reinhart, Robert Sabuda, Jon Scieszka, Charles R. Smith Jr, R.L. Stine, Judith Viorst

Fiction & Mystery: 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

History & Biography: Rick Atkinson, Michael Dobbs, Kimberly Dozier, Tony Horwitz, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Immcaulee Illibagiza, Walter Isaacson, David Maraniss, Cokie Roberts, Bob Schieffer, Daniel Schorr, Paul Theroux, Gordon S. Wood

Home & Family: Ellen Birnbaum, Warren Brown, Eleanor Clift, George Duran, Arthur Frommer, Pauline Frommer, Julie Morgenstern, Mike Richman, Nancy Schulman, Cathy Scott, Michelle Singletary

Poetry: Eavan Boland, Dan Chiasson, Elsa Cross, Michael Lind, Michael S. Harper, Molly Peacokc, Stanley Plumly, J. Allyn Rosser, Kay Ryan

Special Guests: Bob Lanier, NBA player Chris Duhon, WNBA player Ivory Latta; River of Words featuring Pamela Michael and David Gewanter

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