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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

National Book Festival Only Weeks Away

Even though there are still several weeks until the unofficial August end of summer, it's not too early for book lovers to begin making plans for the Library of Congress' 2014 National  Book Festival set for Aug. 30.

There will be several changes to this year's event. First, it won't be held outside on the National Mall. Instead, it will held inside the massive Walter E. Washington Convention Center. 

The move was made to protect the newly planted grass on the National Mall.According to the Washington Post, the Library of Congress staff tried to address the Park Services concerns, but no compromise was able to be reached.

Instead of a 2-day festival, this year's event will be held on one day only. However, since it is inside, the day-long celebration of books, authors, and reading can run later than it did on the unlit Mall. Presentations will be offered for 12 hours, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

This year, local independent book store Politics and Prose will serve as the official festival bookseller. This is the 1st time in the festival's 14-year history that an independent bookseller has won the contract for the event.

Last year, the festival attracted more than 200,000 visitors. Like previous years, this year's event will feature many of the country's best-known authors, poets, and illustrators such as E.L Doctorow, Rep. John Lewis, Richard Rodriquez, and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. For a complete list of speakers and times, click here

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