Top graphic novelists Lynda Barry and Fred Chao have joined the roster of top talent set to appear in September at the Library of Congress’s National Book Festival on the Mall.
The wonderful Barry, of course, is the Eisner-winning creator of “Ernie
Pook’s Comeek” and such books as “What It Is” and the new “The Freddie Stories” (Drawn + Quarterly). as well as a noted comics educator.
Chao is the gifted Eisner-nominated artist of “Johnny Hiro”; his new graphic novel is “Johnny Hiro: Half Asian, All Hero” (Tor Books).
Among the other art-related folk scheduled to appear are comics writer/crime novelist Brad Meltzer, brothers (and comics greats) Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, and animator/children’s illustrator Jon Klassen (”I Want My Hat Back,” Lemony Snicket’s “The Dark”), as well as the book/poster illustrator Rafael Lopez.
The Book Festival — set for the weekend of Sept. 21-22 — will also feature a Graphic Novel/Science Fiction Pavilion on Sunday.
The event’s theme this year is “Books That Shaped the World,” and people are invited to nominate books that meet that theme over at www.loc.gov/bookfest.