Friday, August 13, 2010

National Book Festival Scheduled for September 25, 2010

Meet Your Favorite Authors and Illustrators for Children, Teens, and Adults

The 10th Annual National Book Festival, celebrating "A Decade of Words and Wonder," will be held from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The National Book Festival was first held in 2001 and was attended by about 30,000 people. It has grown in popularity over the past decade and in 2009 attracted approximately 130,000 lovers of books and reading. The National Book Festival and the Library’s reading-promotion programs are featured on the website

The 2010 National Book Festival will feature authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions. Festivalgoers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite authors, get books signed, have photos taken with PBS storybook characters and participate in a variety of activities. Some 130,000 book fans attended the festival of 2009.  Read more about this year's book festival on the LOC's 2010 Book Festival website

Exquisite Corpse Adventure Authors and Illustrators to Open the Festival in Children's Pavilion

Join emcee Mary Brigid Barrett and Team Corpse authors and illustrators M.T. Anderson, Timothy Basil Ering, Linda Sue Park, Katherine Paterson,  and James Ransome for an hour of fun and surprises as they bring you the conclusion to the rollicking, episodic story The Exquisite Corpse Adventure, available exclusively at Katherine Paterson, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, will read her episode that concludes this yearlong adventure that began at last year’s National Book Festival.

Last year's Book Festival featured Team Corpse members Kate DiCamillo, Nikki Grimes, Shannon Hale, Steven Kellogg, Megan McDonald, and Jon Scieszka.  Watch the video of this talented group discussing their experiences in writing The Exquisite Corpse Adventure.


The Library of Congress invites readers of all ages to vote for their favorite book festival authors. Exquisite Corpse Adventure fans please be sure to vote for Team Corpse! Visit
and select the Vote for Your Favorite Author link, which appears at the bottom left of the page. Click the letter "E" to find the Exquisite Corpse Adventure.

2010 National Book Festival poster (featured at top right) created by Peter Ferguson.