The rumors were finally confirmed Wednesday: After 12 years on the Mall, the National Book Festival is moving to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Word that the National Park Service was concerned about pedestrian damage to the grass first broke in September, just as the 2013 festival was about to begin.
The Library of Congress staff tried to figure out some way to address the Park Service’s concerns, but ultimately, no feasible compromise was reached. More than 200,000 people attended last year’s two-day literary event.
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