Laura Bush hosts her last National Book Festival
Tomorrow, Sept. 27, rows of white tents housing booksellers, writers, and organizations that promote reading and literacy, will take over the National Mall. In the eight years since Laura Bush founded the National Book Festival, its patronage has more than quadrupled, and this year's events promise to bring in at least 120,000 people.
Jenna joins her mother in the First Lady's final hosting gig, where the two will promote the children's book they co-wrote. Read All About it! was released by Harper Collins in April of this year.
The Bush ladies head a formidable list of participating authors, including Salman Rushdie, Philippa Gregory, Brad Meltzer, R.L. Stine, Paul Theroux, Rick Atkinson, Neil Gaiman, Alexander McCall Smith, illustrator Jan Brett, and newly appointed United States Poet Laureate Kay Ryan.
The festival is free and open to the public. It begins at 10 a.m., rain or shine, and concludes at 5:30 p.m. If you can't be there to enjoy the offerings in person, the Library of Congress (which organizes and sponsors the event) has set up all kinds of web features to accompany this year's festival. You can check out the photos, author bios, podcasts of interviews with guest writers, interactive teaching tools for kids, and more, by clicking here.
National Book Festival official website
AP: First Lady hosts her final National Book Festival
Harper Collins: Read All About it!
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