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National Book Festival – September 25th, 2010

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The National Book Festival takes place on Saturday, 25th September, 2010. photo credit: Caryn74
The National Book Festival takes place on Saturday, 25th September, 2010. photo credit: Caryn74

In a little over six weeks the National Book Festival returns to Washington, DC’s National Mall. Saturday, 25th September 2010 will mark the ten year anniversary of the festival, which has seen immense growth since its inception in 2001. 30,000 book enthusiasts patronized the inaugural festival and since then attendance has sky-rocketed to 130,000 at last year’s event.

Organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and chaired by President and Mrs. Obama, this year’s event will feature presentations by more than 70 authors including Ken Follett (‘Pillars of the Earth’), Katherine Paterson (‘Bridge to Terabithia’) and David Remnick (‘The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama’).

The theme of the 2010 festival is ‘A Decade of Words and Wonder’ and the occasion will be celebrated by a number of special events in the week leading up to the festival day. For more details on these events, visit the National Book Festival website.

Aside from the author presentations, a number of other pavilions will be set up for attendees to enjoy. These include the Book Sales Pavilion and the Pavilion of the States, a fascinating exhibition that documents the literary history and tradition of all 50 states.

The National Book Festival takes place on Saturday, 25th September, 2010. It is on the National Mall between 3rd and 7th streets, opening at 10am and closing at 5.30pm. For full details, visit the festival’s website.