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National Book Festival

Caricature of Mark Twain on the Mississippi River by John Sherffius If you could have a drink with any writer, living or dead, who would it be? It’s not a new question per se (in fact we put it to the public at last year’s National Book Festival ), but it never really gets old. I am often guilty of...
Rashawnda Williams and Dr. Jill Biden at Do the Write Thing, a benefit organized by 826DC. Photo courtesy of Ms. Williams At the tender age of 16, Rashawnda Williams has already had quite the literary career. A senior at Washington’s Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Williams doubles as the Young...
  Jacqueline Woodson. Photo by Marty Umans Without revealing my age, let's just say it's been quite some time (okay, okay two decades) since I devoured some young adult fiction. But devouring is what happens when you sit down with a Jacqueline Woodson work. Her economy of language and lyrical...
Parul Sehgal. Photo courtesy of Ms. Sehgal In honor of the National Book Festival this weekend, we asked literary critic Parul Sehgal to reflect on the power of books in her life. An editor at The New York Times Book Review, Ms. Sehgal previously worked as the books editor at NPR.org, and as a...
Esmeralda Santiago. Photo by Robert Curtis/CANTOMEDIA Author Esmeralda Santiago believes that literature transforms lives, and she puts that belief into action on many fronts: She is a spokesperson on behalf of public libraries, serves on the boards of organizations devoted to the arts and...
, [flv: http://bigreadblog.arts.gov//video/NBF-David.mp4 450 253] As we close out National Reading Month, we're taking a trip back in time to check out more scenes from the 2011 National Book Festival. We chatted with some real nice readers back in September and we wanted to share a bit more of...
[flv: http://bigreadblog.arts.gov//video/bookfest1.mp4 450 253] In September, readers and writers from across the country came together for the National Book Festival . For fellow Big Read blogger Adam Kampe and I, it meant one thing: time to get our video on. We hit the Mall with a camera, a...
Michael Cunningham. Photo by Richard Phibbs Now in its 11th year, the National Book Festival has been attracting such large crowds that the Library of Congress extended it from one day to two. More than 100 authors and thousands of readers of all ages came together on the National Mall the last...
picnic at the tidal basin 4.5.09 - 26 by flickr user laura padgett For book lovers, the National Book Festival is like Christmas and the Fourth of July combined. With so many books to browse, authors to meet (more than 100), and new literature to discover, there are few literary events like it in...
Washington, DC Tim O'Brien at the 2009 National Book Festival. Photo by Tom Roster In honor of Memorial Day, what better novel to turn to than Tim O?Brien?s The Things They Carried . In this excerpt from the Big Read Audio Guide, O?Brien speaks about the power of a novel to translate deep and...

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