May 23, 2003 2003 National Book Festival To Be Held October 4 on the National Mall

Public Contact: Helen Dalrymple (202) 707-1940; Helen Dalrymple (202) 707-1940 Library of Congress | Danny Maiello (202) 828-8899, Fleishman-Hillard

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has announced Saturday, Oct. 4, as the date for the third annual National Book Festival. The popular festival is organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by Mrs. Laura Bush. This year's festival will be bigger and better than ever-with new pavilions for "Home & Family," "Teens and Children," and "Poetry"-and takes place rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the National Mall between 7th and 14th streets in Washington, D.C.

Pavilions devoted to "Children," "Fiction & Imagination," "Mystery" and "History & Biography" are back again, featuring readings and performances by more than 80 award-winning authors, illustrators and storytellers. Also scheduled are appearances by popular storybook and television characters for the kids and book sales and author signings for their parents. Other pavilions will include displays of literacy and reading promotion materials from around the country and offer fun, hands-on activities for all ages. And it's all free!

Invited to appear at the 2003 National Book Festival are Robert Caro, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Master of the Senate," the third volume in his series "The Years of Lyndon Johnson"; the 2003 Caldecott (for illustration) and Newbery (for story) award winners in children's literature, Eric Rohmann and Avi; mystery writer Laura Lippman, whose protagonist Tess Monaghan lives in Baltimore; and in the new "Home & Family Pavilion," French chef, author, instructor and host of television cooking shows, Jacques Pepin.

Updates on participating authors and events occurring at the National Book Festival will be announced during the coming months on the Library's Web site at or by calling, toll-free, (888) 714-4696.


PR 03-093
ISSN 0731-3527