A great moment at the National Book Festival

September 21, 2013
(Ron Charles/The Washington Post)

The 13th annual National Book Festival got off to a great start this morning with presentations from two giants of North American fiction: Don DeLillo and Margaret Atwood.

Remarkably, the novelists had never met until today, but they instantly proclaimed their admiration for each other’s work. DeLillo noted that he had lived for a time in Atwood’s Toronto.

So far, rain is holding off for the huge crowd, and the cloud cover is helping to keep down the heat.

There are still plenty of wonderful authors to hear this afternoon and Sunday, including Terry McMillan, Adam Johnson and Joyce Carol Oates.

Ron Charles is the editor of The Washington Post's Book World. For a dozen years, he enjoyed teaching American literature and critical theory in the Midwest, but finally switched to journalism when he realized that if he graded one more paper, he'd go crazy.
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