Library of Congress

National Book Festival

At the 2018 National Book Festival


  • Children's Purple Stage
    Saturday, September 1
    12:25 pm - 12:50 pm

Book Signing

  • Saturday, September 1
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes were married in 2012 and were injured during the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. Their dog, Rescue, joined them several months later. Their story has been featured by many national media outlets as well as in feature films and documentaries, and their inspiring efforts to educate the public by sharing their personal stories of healing have touched millions of people around the world. About “Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship” (Candlewick), their first picture book, they say, “We hope this story inspires you to celebrate others the way we have been celebrated. Making this book has been therapeutic, and we hope you enjoy the story as much as we enjoyed telling it.” They live in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Jessica Kensky