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Program National Book Festival


“Thanks to Mr. [David] Rubenstein and all of our sponsors and supporters, this national tradition will continue for years to come.”

– Dr. James Billington, Librarian of Congress

In 2010, the Board of the National Book Festival was established with Dr. Billington and David Rubenstein as co-chairs. Rubenstein donated $5 million to the National Book Festival to help fund the event for another 5 years.

A “readers’ theater” presentation of the final chapter of The Exquisite Corpse Adventure, which launched at the 2009 Festival, was led by National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Katherine Paterson.

Children posed for pictures and read with Abby Cadabby from Sesame Street, Buddy from Dinosaur Trains, Curious George, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and the Cat in the Hat.

Attendance: 150,000

Featured authors, illustrators, poets, and storytellers included:

  • Laura Bush returned for the tenth anniversary
  • The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins
  • Biologist and best selling author Edward O. Wilson
  • Thriller writer Brad Meltzer
  • Illustrator James Ransome

View the 2010 Festival Program (PDF, 8.88MB)

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