Head to the National Book Festival


Kate DiCamillo will talk about her newest book, “Flora and Ulysses,” at the National Book Festival on Saturday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. (From Kate DiCamillo)
August 28, 2014

If you love books, there’s one place to be this weekend: the 14th annual National Book Festival. Several dozen kids and teen authors, such as Kate DiCamillo, Jack Gantos, Cynthia Kadohata and Dav Pilkey, will be on hand to talk about their books. Many will be signing books, too.

If you have been to the National Book Festival in past years, you should know that there a big change this year. The event will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, not on the Mall. (If the predicted rain appears in the late afternoon, everyone will stay dry!) Parking options are limited, so have your family consider taking Metro.

In between author talks, visit the Let’s Read America pavilion to make a bookmark and to have your picture taken with The Washington Post’s mascot, Ned the Newshound, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

See you at the festival!

If you go

What: The National Book Festival

Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW (Mount Vernon Square or Gallery Place Metro stations)

When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.(evening events for teens/adults)

For a schedule of author appearances: A parent can go to www.loc.gov/bookfest..

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