The National Endowment Association Book Bus, purveyor of rare books and books from independent publishers from all over the country, will be at Glen Echo Park on Saturday and Sunday.

The bus, which has travelled more than 80,000 miles in the past three years, is a non-profit project started by the National Endowment that offers a "bookstore" for publication from small presses.

"A lot of bookstores look down their noses at "small press" books," said Rick Peabody, writer-in-residence at the Glen Echo writers' center. "This get them out to the readers."

Peabody said the number of writers using small presses, or independent publishers, is increasing each year. "The small press is the place to be published for the innovators, the imaginative writers. It's for those who have lost faith in the New York world of publishing."

Since November, the Glen Echo writers' center has become the focus for independent publishing in the Washington are. More than 75 per cent of the small press works will soon be coming out of Glen Echo, Peabody said. The center has a print shop and sponsors classes in writing.

The bus will be at Glen Echo on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.