Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The 2008 National Book Festival

How cool is this? The 2008 National Book Festival is coming to the National Mall in Washington DC on September 27th, 2008. The day will be sponsored by the Library of Congress and “about 70 different authors” will be in attendance. Please click here for the gory details: http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/. It will happen between 3rd and 7th streets from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The festival is free and open to the public.

Free? That’s my favorite price!

Although Ray Bradbury and Steven King are NOT a part of the festivities this year some other great writers are including another one of my favorites, Mr. Neil Gaiman. Jon Scieszka (The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs – which are both must haves if you’ve got kids), Salman Rushdie (The Satanic Verses) and, an author that my kids would give their eye teeth to meet, Mr. R.L. Stine (the man responsible for the Goosebumps series). If you click on “Authors” it will give you a list of who is going to be there and at what times. Many of them will be signing copies of their books, if you are into that sort of thing.

Add in a bunch of geocaching, some history lessons and you’ve got yourself a great day in the nation’s capitol. I’m hoping that we can make it this year. I’d love to meet Mr. Gaiman and ask if he has intentions of writing a third in the American God’s series. The second, “Anansi Boys” was just a wonderful read.

Collect your books and have your pens at the ready; September 27th looks to be a winner. See you on the mall.

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