The 14th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Aug. 30, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Doors to the Convention Center will open to the public at 9 a.m. NOTE: No outside food or drink may be brought into the Convention Center.
From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., more than 100 authors, illustrators and poets will make presentations in pavilions dedicated to Children, Teens, Picture Books, Contemporary Life, Culinary Arts, Fiction & Mystery, History & Biography, Poetry & Prose, Science and Special Programs.
Special evening activities begin at 6 p.m. with a Poetry Slam, a Graphic Novels Super Session, a Great Books to Great Movies panel and a dialogue on the work of three towering writers in the Mexican literary canon, Octavio Paz, Efraín Huerta and José Revueltas, all of whom were born a century ago.
Library of Congress Pavilion
At the Library of Congress Pavilion you can explore the workings of the world’s largest library. The Library of Congress Pavilion offers a behind-the-scenes look at the many ways the Library brings its extraordinary resources to people everywhere.
Let's Read America
Children and families will enjoy reading-related activities in the Let’s Read America pavilion.
Pavilion of the States
The Pavilion of the States, sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, salutes the literary traditions of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. A brochure available in this pavilion, called “Discover Great Places Through Reading,” offers a list of 52 great reads and a map for kids that encourages them to visit all 52 tables (plus the Library of Congress Center for the Book table) to get a unique sticker or stamp. Many of these books will be for sale in the Book Sales Pavilion.
Politics & Prose of Washington, D.C., is the official bookseller for the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival. Visit the book sales area conveniently located on Level 2 of the Convention Center if you’d like to purchase selected books by 2014 National Book Festival authors. Be sure to pick up books by your favorite authors before going to the book-signing areas.
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Map of Festival
Here’s how you can find your way around the Convention Center and plot your course for the big day.
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The National Book Festival at the Washington Convention Center is conveniently located near the Mount Vernon Square Metro subway station on the Yellow/Green lines. For additional information and route planning, visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority web site at www.wmata.com (external link).
There are more than 3,000 parking spaces in a three-block radius of the facility. These spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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ASL interpreting services will be provided in all author pavilions during scheduled events. The Accessibility & Information station will offer access to ASL interpreters, assistive listening devices (ALDs), large-print programs, braille programs and other special services.