For those of you in the greater DC area this weekend, take the opportunity to attend the National Book Festival today! Held on Saturday, August 30th from 10 am – 10 pm in the Convention Center, it is the perfect opportunity to escape the sweltering heat by way of a good book.
This year, they have pavilions on Poetry & Prose, Culinary Arts, Fiction & Mystery, Science, History & Biography, and Contemporary Life. For children, they have the Picture Books, Children’s, and Teens rooms as well as a PBS Kids station. Authors will be speaking throughout the day and also have dedicated times for book signing. Politics & Prose will be selling books from all the authors on-site.
This year for the first time, they’re holding evening events, including a special panel on Graphic Novels as well as a presentation on “Great Books to Great Movies.”
This event is hosted by the Library of Congress and, most importantly, free of charge! For more information on getting to the Convention Center (conveniently located on the Yellow/Green metro lines and close to several other metro routes) and the schedule, check out the National Book Festival website – http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/.