Three For One

For the 2011 National Book Festival, the Pavilion of the States will be transformed into three separate new “mini-pavilions” featuring graphic novelists, state poets laureate and authors on “the cutting edge.”

A view from the top of the Library of Congress Pavilion. 2010. Reproduction Information: Reproduction information not available. Kazu Kibuishi (B1), Kelly Cherry (B2) and Eric Dezenhall (B3). Reproduction Information: Not available for reproduction.

Graphic Novels features authors and illustrators Kazu Kibuishi, Allen Say and Richard Thompson. Kibuishi is the founder and editor of the “Flight Anthologies,” a critically acclaimed comics series, as well as the creator of “Daisy Kutter: The Last Train,” a winner of the YALSA Best Books for Young Adults Award. Say’s “The Boy of the Three-Year Nap” won a Caldecott Honor in 1989. His newest illustrated children’s book is “Drawing from Memory.” Thompson is the creator of “Cul de Sac,” a strip born in The Washington Post seven years ago featuring the Otterloop family. He also draws the “Richard’s Poor Almanac” cartoon, and his new book is “Shapes & Colors: A Cul de Sac Collection.”

State Poets Laureate features five such poets from around the nation – Kelly Cherry, Dolores Kendrick, Wesley McNair, Carol Muske-Dukes and Stanley Plumly – who will read selections from their work.

Love Song” by Muske-Dukes is featured on the Library’s Poetry 180 site.

Several of these poets also have webcasts featured on the Library’s site, including Stanley Plumly, Wesley McNair and Delores Kendrick. In addition, both Kendrick and Plumly have appeared at past book festivals.

The Cutting Edge features authors who are breaking new ground in a variety of ways — opening up new genres, tackling their work in unusual ways or “going direct to internet” as their method of getting published.

Eric Dezenhall is CEO of Dezenhall Resources, a communications firm with expertise in damage control. He is also an author of books of nonfiction, “Damage Control: How to Get the Upper Hand When Your Business Is Under Attack,” as well as several works of fiction. His latest book is titled “The Devil Himself.”

Eric Jerome Dickey has been a software engineer, an actor and a stand-up comedian. Then he discovered that writing was what he liked to do best. A writer of contemporary fiction, his latest novel is “Tempted by Trouble.”

A native of Washington, D.C., Kia DuPree received the Fiction Honor Book Award from the Black Caucus of American Library Association for her debut novel “Robbing Peter” in 2005. Her work often explores the complex relationships among members of families.

New York Times best-selling author Kimberla Lawson Roby has published 16 novels, including her latest, “Secret Obsession.” Her work deals frankly with issues such as social status, addiction, infidelity, single motherhood, infertility, sibling rivalry and sexual abuse.

More information can be found at the National Book Festival website.