Thank you to the 2015 National Book Festival Sponsors!
David M. Rubenstein
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million. Our members form a vigorous national volunteer community, participating in programs such as AARP Foundation Experience Corps, which engages adult tutors to improve K-3 student literacy in disadvantaged schools. A trusted source for education and information, AARP offers book recommendations and reviews on aarp.org and in AARP The Magazine, one of the world’s largest-circulating magazines. AARP also publishes books on a range of topics including career, travel, family, caregiving, cooking, health, personal finance and technology. Check out listings at the AARP Bookstore. AARP envisions a society in which all people live with dignity and purpose, and fulfill their goals and dreams. With a mission to enhance the quality of life for all as we age, AARP champions positive social change and contributes to society through advocacy, information and service. AARP believes that no one’s possibilities should be limited by their age. Explore the possibilities at possibilities.aarp.org (external link).
Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit imls.gov (external link) and follow us on Facebook (external link) and Twitter (external link).
The Washington Post
The Washington Post is a leading global news source that informs readers through exceptional journalism and personalized experience. It combines the latest breaking news in politics, national, foreign and business with in-depth analysis and engaging opinions in lifestyle, entertainment and more. The Post prides itself on maintaining an active role in the Washington, D.C., community as a supporter of local arts and education programs and initiatives that strive to make a difference. The Washington Post has been a sponsor of the Library of Congress National Book Festival since its inception in 2001 as part of its ongoing commitment to literacy. The Post has one of the most distinguished book review desks in the country, renowned for its excellence in literary criticism. Marie Arana, a writer-at-large for the paper and the former editor of Book World, is co-director of the National Book Festival. The Post joins the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival as a Charter Sponsor.
Wells Fargo is committed to making a real difference in education by maintaining an active involvement with our public education system, arguably the most important institution in our country. Wells Fargo believes financial success begins with a foundation of strong reading and math skills in early education. Through its foundation’s support and volunteer efforts that focus on improving childhood reading literacy, it hopes to instill the importance these critical skills play in the long-term success of the children it meets through its volunteer programs.
The James Madison Council
The James Madison Council’s mission is to bring the world's largest and most inclusive collection of human knowledge and creativity, the Library of Congress, to people all over the country and the world. The Council, the Library's first private-sector advisory council in its 215-year history, comprises individuals who are visionaries, champions and ambassadors on the Library's behalf. The Council is pleased to support the 15th anniversary Library of Congress National Book Festival in honor of the Council chair and National Book Festival Board co-chairman, David M. Rubenstein, and festival founders first lady Laura Bush and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. For more information on the Council, visit loc.gov/philanthropy/madison.php.
National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has supported the Library of Congress National Book Festival since the festival’s inception in 2001 by helping to bring in distinguished authors of poetry and prose, including NEA Literature Fellowship recipients. NEA is proud to continue celebrating literature with the festival in 2015. NEA Literature Fellowships represent the NEA’s most direct investment in American creativity. The goal of the fellowship program is to encourage the production of new work and allow writers the time and means to write. For almost 50 years, the Arts Endowment has awarded $46 million to more than 3,000 writers and translators, including many of the most acclaimed writers of American literature. The NEA is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation. Learn more about the NEA and NEA Literature Fellowships at arts.gov (external link),
C-SPAN2's Book TV
All weekend, every weekend, join Book TV for the latest nonfiction books and authors in biography, history, current events, the media and more. Book TV brings book festivals, author discussions, readings, panels and book events from across the country to its viewers. Book TV will be live from the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival with author panels, viewer call-ins and other events. For schedules and information about Book TV on C-SPAN2, visit booktv.org (external link).
The Junior League of Washington
The Junior League of Washington is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. For more information, visit jlw.org (external link).
Jacqueline B. Mars
National Geographic is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. Each year, we fund hundreds of research expeditions, conservation initiatives and education programs around the globe, and each month we reach more than 700 million people worldwide through our award-winning media platforms, products and events. National Geographic Books creates print and digital works that inspire, entertain, inform and give readers access to a world of discovery. Each year, we publish more than 150 books for adults, families and children on a wide range of nonfiction subjects, from animals to travel, cartography to history, fun facts to moving narratives. Our books are available in 38 languages and more than 60 countries. Find us at nationalgeographic.com (external link).and on social media.
PBS Book View Now
Scholastic is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and is known throughout the world for making reading accessible to children through school-based book clubs and book fairs, and for outstanding content such as Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. Schools also rely on Scholastic for customized, comprehensive education solutions, including digital and print classroom magazines, Guided Reading and professional learning. With a 95-year history of service to schools and families, Scholastic continues to carry out its commitment to "Open a World of Possible" for all children. Learn more at scholastic.com (external link).
WAMU 88.5 FM
WAMU 88.5 is the leading public radio station for NPR news and information in the greater Washington, D.C., area. It is member-supported, professionally staffed and licensed to American University. The station's 24-hour format blends a unique mixture of news, public affairs talk programming and traditional American music. Home to a team of award-winning local reporters and acclaimed talk radio hosts such as Diane Rehm and Kojo Nnamdi, WAMU 88.5 offers comprehensive coverage of local, national and international events. During the week, WAMU 88.5 focuses on news and information with the Diane Rehm Show, the Kojo Nnamdi Show and programming from NPR, PRI, APM and the BBC. Weekends offer listeners a variety of news, entertainment and traditional American music with internationally recognized hosts Rob Bamberger and Ed Walker.
Australia Council for the Arts
The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body, committed to supporting the visibility and vitality of Australian arts and culture. The Council celebrates the unique culture of the Australian nation, which is reflected in the diversity of its arts and is shaped by more than 70,000 years of continuous, unbroken Indigenous storytelling, and two centuries of settlement from around the world.
Marshall B. Coyne Foundation Inc.
Embassy of Peru in the United States of America
The Embassy of Peru in the USA is in charge of executing the foreign policy goals of the Peruvian Government vis-à-vis United States authorities. The main political issues of mutual interest are the fight against drug trafficking, terrorism and corruption, as well as the protection and promotion of democracy and human rights. The Embassy also follows immigration matters as well as social issues such as health, education, gender themes and other political and social areas in which Peru and the United States share a common interest.
Georgetown University Department of Spanish & Portuguese
The graduate program in Spanish offers programs of study leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. in Spanish. Candidates for either degree may choose a program with an emphasis on either Hispanic literature and cultural studies or Spanish linguistics. The Program in Literature and Cultural Studies in Spanish and Portuguese offers students a strong multidisciplinary approach in a range of literary periods and opportunities for research in the following fields: Colonial/Postcolonial Literature and Studies; Ethnography; Film Studies; Gender Studies; Luso-Brazilian Literature and Studies; Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Studies, Modern Latin American Literature and Culture, Modern Spanish Literature and Culture, and Transatlantic Studies. The Spanish linguistics program, one of the strongest in the U.S., includes courses in applied linguistics, history/dialectology, phonology/morphology, syntax and semantics. The program is offered in close collaboration with the department of linguistics. Graduate students are encouraged to present their work at scholarly meetings and to publish in refereed media, often in collaboration with faculty members. The department has had considerable success in placing its graduates in tenure-track jobs.
Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction
The fourth annual Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, co-sponsored by the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal, will be presented on Sept. 3, 2015, in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival.
Surrounded by unparalleled panoramic views of the White House, Lafayette Square, Lafayette Park and St. John's Church, the "Church of the Presidents," The Hay-Adams is a historic hotel at the center of downtown Washington -- just moments away from some of the most significant destinations and famous monuments in the country. Originally designed and built as a residential hotel in the 1920s, today our luxury hotel near the White House has the distinct presence of a private mansion where guests can retreat. With 145 guestrooms, including 21 suites, we pride ourselves on exceptional service in a discreet, intimate atmosphere. The Hay-Adams is celebrating the 10th year of its Author Series, which recreates a grand literary tradition established by John Hay and Henry Adams in the late 1800s, and we are proud to support the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival, which marks the 200 years since the Library’s acquisition of Thomas Jefferson’s personal library.
Inter-American Development Bank
The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.
The Jefferson Hotel
Susan Carmel Lehrman
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute with Support from Board Chair Roger A. Strauch
The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) is one of the world’s preeminent centers for collaborative research. MSRI’s topic-focused programs bring together over 1,500 emerging and leading minds in mathematics each year, in an environment that promotes creativity and the interchange of ideas. MSRI is an international leader in basic research, mathematics education and the public understanding of mathematics. Public programs include Mathical and the National Math Festival. Visit MSRI at mrsi.org (external link).
Mensa Education and Research Foundation
The Mensa Foundation is a philanthropic, nonprofit organization committed to the pursuit of excellence in human intelligence; the mission and strategic focus are directed at scholarships, education and awards. An appreciation of books and reading, of course, is a vital part of that mission and focus. That appreciation is manifested in many ways, including the Mensa Foundation's Excellence in Reading program, its MensaForKids.org website and its scholarly Mensa Research Journal -- all award-winning enterprises. Now a Library of Congress Center for the Book Reading Promotion Partner, the Mensa Foundation has provided the Children's Guide to the Festival for the Library and the Eye Spy activity for the Festival poster. Learn more at mensafoundation.org (external link).
Mexican Cultural Institute
The Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington DC is the cultural arm of the Embassy of Mexico in the US. It is committed to enriching the relationship between Mexico and the United States by sharing Mexico's vibrant cultural past and present with the community. Since its establishment in 1990, the Institute has succeeded in presenting diverse, ongoing cultural programs and has become a thriving artistic center in the heart of the national capital. Learn more at instituteofmexicodc.org (external link).
Lissa Muscatine & Bradley Graham
National Endowment for the Humanities
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) promotes excellence in the humanities through grants supporting research, education, preservation and public programs. NEH is a proud sponsor the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival, providing funds to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress for its festival-related activities and funding participation in the Pavilion of the States by 12 humanities-based state centers for the book. Over the past 50 years NEH grants have enabled research and publication of nonfiction works that have profoundly influenced the way we understand history, politics, literature, and society – including numerous Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize-winning books. As part of its agency-wide initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square, NEH recently created two new grant programs aimed at reaching a wide readership: NEH’s Public Scholar Program, which encourages the publication of popular scholarly books, and Humanities Open Book, a partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to republish outstanding out-of-print humanities books as free e-books. Visit neh.gov (external link) or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
NPR connects to audiences on the air, online, and in person. More than 26 million radio listeners tune in to NPR each week and more than 30 million unique visitors access NPR.org each month making NPR one of the most trusted sources of news and insights on life and the arts. NPR shares compelling stories, audio and photos with millions of social media users on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat; NPR News and NPR One apps, online streaming, podcasts, iTunes radio and connected car dashboards help meet audiences where they are. NPR’s live events bring to the stage two-way conversations between NPR hosts and the audience in collaboration with the public radio Member Station community. This robust access to public service journalism makes NPR an indispensable resource in the media landscape.
Small Press Expo (SPX)
Small Press Expo (SPX) is proud to be a sponsor of the Library of Congress National Book Festival and a supporter of the Library of Congress. SPX is the premier independent comics festival in the United States, gathering over 600 creators to its yearly event that is held every September in Bethesda, Maryland. The yearly festival focuses on the best in graphic novels, independent comics, mini-comics and political cartoons. Find out more about SPX at spxpo.com/about (external link).
Split This Rock
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