Monday, September 23, 2013

2013 National Book Festival Attracts Thousands

Thank You Washington, D.C
Book Lovers and
Participating Authors and Guests
for a Sucessful Performance

Yesterday the NCBLA presented a Literary Lights Readers Theater performance at the National Book Festival to an amazing audience, who gleefully participated throughout by hollering exclamations such as "TADA!" at all the right times. We were thrilled you could join us. Thank you!

We hope you visit your local library or bookstore soon to check out the participating authors' featured books:
  • Cowboy and Octopus by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith
  • Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
  • King of Shadows by Susan Cooper
  • A Stubborn Sweetness and Other Stories for the Christmas Season by Katherine Paterson

The NCBLA is thrilled that guest authors Jon Scieszka and Grace Lin freely gave of their time and talent to join us in this exciting presentation. And we are equally thrilled that literacy and children’s book advocates Lynda Johnson Robb and Carol Rasco honored us, and with great good humor, served as our Masters of Ceremony. To Katherine Paterson and Susan Cooper, who are devoted members of our board, we know we can always count on you. We thank you all!

Our audience members are undoubtedly still talking today about the enchanting costumes of Jon Scieszka's characters Cowboy and Octopus, which were designed and constructed by costume and set designer Elizabeth Barrett Groth. Thank you Elizabeth! To see more of her work, go to

The NCBLA also extends sincerest thanks to our partner the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress for giving us the opportunity to present at this year's festival. Learn more about the Center for the Book at

And last but never least, the NCBLA would like to thank Candlewick Press for donating copies of the NCBLA’s award-winning anthology Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out and The Exquisite Corpse Adventure, which we used as special door prizes during the presentation.

CHECK BACK SOON to see more pictures from our performance!