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National Book Festival Sept. 5 - The Apartments at CityCenter

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Looking for something to do Saturday, Sept. 5? You don’t have to look far from home to find the 15th annual National Book Festival at the Washington Convention Center. This year’s theme is a quote from Thomas Jefferson, “I cannot live without books.”

The free event will be indoors for the second year. The hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with doors opening to the public at 9 a.m. There will be books to purchase or you can bring your personal copies for authors to sign, although signing is up to the author’s discretion.

During the day, about 175 authors, illustrators and poets will make presentations in pavilions dedicated to Children; Teens; Picture Books; Biography and Memoir; Contemporary Life; Food; Fiction; History; International Programs; Mysteries, Thrillers and Science Fiction; Poetry and Prose; Science; and Special Programs.

Featured authors include David McCullough, Audrey and Don Wood, Cokie Roberts, David Baldacci, Jeffery Deaver, Tom Brokaw, Jane Smiley, Marilynne Robinson and E.O. Wilson. Louise Erdrich will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction at 10 a.m.

Special programs and discussions will be part of the day also. Subjects include the global economy, immigration and Latin American literature. Evening events include a poetry slam, a Graphic Novels Super Session, a panel on “Great Books to Great Movies,” and a first-time-ever pavilion dedicated to romance fiction.

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