For all you author groupies out there, you may be expecting the National Book Festival around mid-late September. But this year, the date and venue have changed. Because of the new irrigation system put in by the National Park Service, there is not enough space available for all the tents required, so they are moving to a new place and a new time: August 30, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Although it will only be open for one day, you can visit from 10AM-10PM so there is more than enough room and time to see all your favorite authors.
No matter where or when the event is held, you can still see all the authors that have amazed, intrigued and lured you into the library (hopefully). Here's a preview some authors that you may not be familiar with:
- Ishmael Beah—his biography is just as riveting as his newest novel, Radiance of Tomorrow which is available at many MCPL libraries.
- Paul Auster—internationally acclaimed memoirist, poet, novelist, his newest memoir is Report from the Interior.
- Louisa Lim—although her new book The People's Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited is on order, you can still reserve this riveting portrait of buried information. Be sure to check her out at the History and Biography pavilion. She is fascinating and I can say that because I had the privilege of meeting and speaking with her!
- Elizabeth McCracken—years ago I read her charming novel about a giant and a librarian (The Giant’s House: A Romance) and I can’t wait to hear her speak about her new book of short stories Thunderstruck and Other Stories, available at MCPL.
- Adrienne Mayor—specializing in classic folklore and science and technology, her new book The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy, combines both her interests. Be sure to check it out at MCPL library near you.
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For the schedule and more information than you know what to do with have a look at the National Book Festival site.
Whomever you decide to visit, you won’t be sorry to make the trip. See you at the National Book Festival on August 30, 2014, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 10am-10pm.