The 14th annual summer National Book Festival hosted by the Library of Congress is back and has moved to a cooler indoor location – The Washington Convention Center, a quick 10 minute taxi ride from the Graham Georgetown Hotel. Stop by to find a great summer read to accompany you at the beach, to pass time on a long flight, or for those days when you need to beat the summer heat indoors. The theme of this year’s National Book Festival is “Stay Up with a Good Book” and attendees will enjoy book signings and author lectures among other kid-friendly activities. Book lovers can peruse the event at their leisure; navigate through their favorite genres and meet award-winning authors.
In keeping with the theme, this year’s National Book Festival encourages avid readers to “stay up late” and will hold an evening session from 6-10pm for the first time since the festival’s inception. One of the featured evening sessions, “Great Books to Great Movies,” will attract both movie and book aficionados. Depending on your point of view, a movie can either bring a book to life or fail to give the book the justice it deserves. Attend this unique National Book Festival event to partake in this longstanding debate and hear from notable film experts. The panel discussion will be followed by the screening of a movie adapted from a classic book.
Started by former first lady and teacher, Laura Bush, the National Book Festival is a favorite summer event in D.C. In continuing presidential support for nationwide literacy, President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are honorary chairs for this year’s event and admission to the public is free of charge. Whether you enjoy reading solo or with the kids, stop by between 10am – 10pm on Saturday, August 30th and lose yourself in the world of books.