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2013 NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL: Graphic novelists Barry, Chao added to stellar lineup

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.

Lopez designed last year’s fest poster. (courtesy of RAFAEL LOPEZ/.)

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

Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.

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