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A Garden of Books at the Mall

Books and their authors will be everywhere at the National Mall this Sept. 30. That is the day for the sixth annual National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by Laura Bush. The festival will be between 7th and 14 streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cover of "The Secret Garden," by Frances Hodgson-Burnett, 1911 Image of children with Clifford the Big Red Dog from 2004 National Book Festival

Last year more than 100,000 readers attended this national homage to the book and the wonders of reading. They were attracted by the opportunity to see and hear more than 70 best-selling authors discuss their craft and sign their works for fans. This year will be no exception.

Participating authors include novelists Khaled Hosseini, author of the "Kite Runner," and Geraldine Brooks, winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for her book "March"; journalist Bob Woodward; historians John Hope Franklin and Doris Kearns Goodwin; biographer Taylor Branch ("Martin Luther King"); Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin, winners of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for their biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer; authors of books for children and teens, including Andrew Clements, Stephenie Meyer, Richard Peck and Louis Sachar; award-winning illustrators Bryan Collier, Betsy Lewin and Mark Teague; Donald Hall, the recently named 14th Poet Laureate of the United States; and poet Dana Gioia, the chairman the National Endowment for the Arts; best-selling mystery and thriller authors, including Michael Connelly, Lisa Scottoline, Kathy Reichs and Alexander McCall Smith; science fiction award-winner Spider Robinson; and Elmer Kelton, author of more than 40 novels and voted "the best Western author of all time" by the Western Writers of America.

In addition to meeting their favorite authors, festival visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the reading programs and resources in libraries across the country. The "Pavilion of the States" will highlight the book, reading, literacy and library promotion activities of all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several American trusts and territories. Representatives from every state and territory will welcome families and children interested in that state's writers and reading programs. In addition, the "Let's Read America" pavilion will feature reading promotion activities developed by select festival sponsors. Children can meet ever-popular storybook and television characters, such as Arthur the Aardvark, Maya and Clifford the Big Red Dog, who will appear on the festival grounds throughout the day.

You can read all about the National Book Festival at its Web site. You can also link to more than 300 Webcasts of author presentations at the five previous Book Festivals.

This year's festival "Celebrates the Joys of Reading and Lifelong Literacy," which is also the theme of a series of public service ads produced by the Ad Council for the Library of Congress as part of our efforts to promote the literary arts. The Lifelong Literacy page offers links to fascinating resources on this Web site for readers of all ages.

A. Cover of "The Secret Garden," by Frances Hodgson-Burnett, 1911. Rare Book and Special Collections Division. Reproduction information: Contact: //

B. Image of children with Clifford the Big Red Dog from 2004 National Book Festival. Michaela McNichol, photographer. Reproduction information: Not available for reproduction.