Between late August and the first weekend in October, 22 state affiliates of the Center for the Book are hosting events and programs that are promoting the National Book Festival. "Funded by $5,000 awards from the national center, each program benefits the book festival and the state center's own program," said Center for the Book Director John Y. Cole. "We are grateful to AT&T and the Carnegie Corporation of New York for their support of this cooperative national promotion."
The second National Book Festival will feature 70 award-winning authors, illustrators and storytellers and will be held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Oct. 12; once again, it will be hosted by Laura Bush. Last year, the festival attracted 30,000 enthusiastic visitors.
State center for the book events include storytelling programs presented in six Arkansas bookstores throughout September; "On the Writer's Bookshelf," an Oct. 1 celebration of Georgia writers and the books that inspired them; programs at the Montana Book Festival in Missoula on Sept. 27-28; and the designation on Oct. 2 of the Newark Public Library as the New Jersey Center for the Book's first "Literary Landmark." A state-by-state listing of activities follows.
National Book Festival posters, bookmarks and promotional materials are being distributed statewide by each of these 22 state centers for the book.
National Book Festival Promotion Events:
The Arkansas Center for the Book will hold a series of storytelling programs organized by the Arkansas center and presented at six major Arkansas bookstores throughout the month of September. Each participating bookstore will display and distribute National Book Festival posters and bookmarks.
The California Center for the Book will promote the National Book Festival at previously-scheduled events in September and October at seven public libraries in connection with the launch of a new and unprecedented statewide reading initiative, California Stories: Reading "The Grapes of Wrath." Participating sites will display National Book Festival materials; the California Center for the Book will also promote the National Book Festival on its popular Web site.
The Connecticut Center for the Book will begin its promotion of the National Book Festival at two events in September: its One Book for Greater Hartford regional event at the Connecticut State Library and its Festival of Caribbean Literature at the Hartford Public Library. National Book Festival materials also will be distributed to project partners, including more than a dozen public libraries across the state. The Summer issue of the Connecticut Center for the Book's newsletter "Readings" will promote the National Book Festival as well.
The Florida Center for the Book will commence a statewide publicity campaign in September in cooperation with the State Library of Florida, the state's 87 public library systems, and local bookstores, newspapers, media and other organizations; the campaign will feature both the National Book Festival and 10 major Florida book fairs. The center will survey National Book Festival authors, posing the question, "What book made the biggest difference in your life and what difference did it make?" Their answers and photos will be posted on the Florida Center for the Book's Web site.
The Georgia Center for the Book will host "On the Writer's Bookshelf," a celebration of Georgia writers and the books that inspired them. Publicity for the event, which takes place in Atlanta in October, will mention the National Book Festival. Additionally, the Georgia Center for the Book will promote the National Book Festival by distributing e-mail notices, posters and bookmarks through the 58 regional libraries of the Georgia Public Library System.
The Maine Center for the Book is holding two programs in Augusta and Portland in September, one honoring the Maine Humanities Council/Maine Center for the Book scholars and a public poetry reading. Center for the Book Director John Y. Cole will speak about the National Book Festival at both events. Publicity for these events and the National Book Festival will be distributed through the Maine chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the Maine State Library, the Maine Library Association and local libraries.
The Maryland Center for the Book will promote the National Book Festival throughout Maryland's 27 public library systems through the design, production and distribution of promotional materials such as posters, bookmarks and buttons. Publicity for the Baltimore Book Festival in September will also support the National Book Festival.
The Massachusetts Center for the Book will expand the reach and promotion of the second annual Massachusetts Book Awards, which takes place in Worcester in October. Publicity for the awards will include information on the National Book Festival. Center for the Book Director John Y. Cole will be a speaker at the ceremony and talk about the National Book Festival.
The Michigan Center for the Book in September will kick off a program of author readings at the Library of Michigan that also will launch the Michigan Center's "Celebrate Michigan Authors" project. National Book Festival displays will appear at selected project activities. The statewide publicity campaign to stimulate public interest in Michigan authors and reading will include information on the National Book Festival.
The Minnesota Center for the Book will create a bookstore-based People's Choice award that will determine the favorite authors of Minnesotans. The balloting will take place during September in bookstores throughout the state. All publicity materials provided to the stores will highlight both the Minnesota People's Choice Award and the National Book Festival.
The Missouri Center for the Book will sponsor a statewide poetry contest throughout August (a poem on the topic "Why I Read"), a statewide print publicity campaign, and the development of a flyer, suitable for reproduction, that will promote the National Book Festival and its Web site. Also, National Book Festival information will be distributed at the Columbia Festival of Arts in September; the annual conference of the Missouri Census Data Center; and the Missouri State Library's Summer Library Institute.
The Montana Center for the Book will include information about the National Book Festival at the Montana Book Festival in Missoula in September. Statewide publicity for the Montana Festival will include publicity for the National Book Festival and the "Celebrating America's Stories" programs.
The Nebraska Center for the Book will hold its first Nebraska Book Festival in September at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island. Information about the National Book Festival will be distributed to more than 400 participating students and teachers on Student Day and highlighted at all Nebraska Book Festival program venues and through activities preceding the festival.
The Nevada Center for the Book will highlight the National Book Festival across the state of Nevada over a six-week period beginning in September, with frequent e-mail communication to Nevada libraries and other book-oriented organizations, including a pointer to the National Book Festival Web site. Festival graphics and information will be distributed at key location and book-related events throughout September and October.
The New Jersey Center for the Book will draw attention to the National Book Festival at a major event in Newark in October at which the New Jersey Center will designate the Newark Public Library as its first state literary landmark. As a featured speaker, Center for the Book Director John Y. Cole will describe the forthcoming National Book Festival.
The New York Center for the Book will include information about the National Book Festival at its premiere event in September at Columbia University in New York City. The featured speaker/reader will be a well-known New York writer who has wide popular appeal. The writer's presentation will be preceded by a brief description of the National Book Festival by Center for the Book Director John Y. Cole.
The Oklahoma Center for the Book is presenting a series of events in September and October that honor author Ralph Ellison, an Oklahoma native, and the 50th anniversary of Ellison's classic novel "Invisible Man." The National Book Festival will be publicized at these events and as part of related Ellison celebrations in high schools and at libraries in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
The Pennsylvania Center for the Book will conduct a statewide media campaign publicizing the National Book Festival through their own publications and activities, displaying the festival poster and distributing the related bookmark at appropriate events. WPSX-TV, Penn State's public broadcasting station, will publicize the National Book Festival in connection with a new project being developed with the Pennsylvania Center for the Book about books that have helped shape the state and its citizens.
The South Dakota Center for the Book will offer a series of presentations by three authors in several South Dakota towns in late August and early September at which National Book Festival promotional materials will be distributed. The festival will also be a featured topic on a new program on South Dakota Public Radio: "The South Dakota Center for the Book's Food for Thought."
A Latino Authors Tour for Texas, a joint project of the Texas Book Festival and the Texas Center for the Book, will be held in honor of the National Book Festival and the Texas Book Festival. Printed publicity displays about the National Book Festival and oral announcements about the upcoming national and Texas book festivals will be part of each event.
The Virginia Center for the Book will include the National Book Festival simultaneously with publicity for the Annual Library of Virginia Awards Celebration Honoring Virginia Authors & Friends in September. In addition, the National Book Festival will be prominently mentioned in the formal remarks made by the host, Nolan T. Yelich, and presenters of the award.
The Wisconsin Center for the Book will include the National Book Festival in publicity on four statewide CBS radio programs from August to October and as part of its project to update "Wisconsin's Community of the Book," which highlights Wisconsin organizations that promote books, reading, literacy and libraries. Center for the Book Director John Y. Cole will be interviewed about the National Book Festival in a September radio program.
For more detailed information on these state center activities, contact the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, at (202) 707-5221.