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National Book Festival (Library of Congress)

Every year thousands of bookworms gather on the National Mall to celebrate books, poetry, and literature at the National Book Festival. This event offers festival-goers the opportunity to listen to their favorite authors, get books signed, have photos taken with PBS storybook characters and participate in a variety of learning activities. Popular illustrators, storytellers and poets also attend the event. The National Book Festival was started in 1995 by former first lady of America, Laura Bush as she has a passion for book reading. The National Book Festival is an annual event that is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

The 2011 National Book Festival is now a two-day event and will be held September 24-25 on the National Mall.

SEE THE SUTHORS SCHEDULED TO ATTEND THE 2011 NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL.

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National Bookfestival Poster

2010 National Boofestival Poster

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2010 National Book Festival

2010 marked the 10th anniversary of the Library of Congress' National Book Festival

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Capitol Dome as seen from the National Mall

The US Capitol building dome sits in repose against a banner during the 2010 National Book Festival, September 25, 2010.

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Fiction and Mystery pavilion

The Fiction and Mystery Pavilion is where some of the greatest minds and writers of the genre were gathered to meet and greet their fans as well as to sign their books. Included were Peter Straub, Karin Slaughter and Scott Turow

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Contemporary Life pavilion at National Book Festival

Contemporary Life pavilion at National Book Festival is where some of the finest minds in contemporary life literature gather to meet their fans for a good old-fashioned book signing. Some of the names included on this list are: Spike Mendelsohn, Craig ...

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Pavilion of the States Supporters

A large crowd gathers in the Pavilion of the States Supporters at the National Book Festival, partially to socialize and partially to escape the heat.

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Speaker at the 10th annual National Book Festival

This years National Book Festival was celebrated as "A Decade of Words and Wonder."

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Librarian of Congress James H. Billington

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington addresses the crowd gathered at the National Book Festival before introducing former first lady Laura Bush.

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Laura Bush

Laura Bush stands on stage at the National Book Festival preparing to give a speech to the huge crowd gathered

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Former First Lady Laura Bush

Former First Lady Laura Bush stands behind a lectern while speaking to thousands of attendees of the National Book Festival held on September 25, 2010.

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Mrs. Laura Bush speaks at the 2010 National Book Festival

Mrs. Bush can be considered the Godmother of the National Book Festival as she joined with the Library of Congress in 2001 to launch the first National Book Festival. Thank you Mrs. Bush.

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Discussing the Book Festival

More than 70 of the nations most respected writers, illustrators and poets were on hand to meet and greet their fans and talk about how they create their respective works

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