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Library of Congress National Book Festival
National Mall, Washington DC
September 21-22, 2013

This year's festival will feature authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite poets and authors, get books signed, hear special entertainment, have photos taken with storybook characters and participate in a variety of activities.

Renowned authors and poets Margaret Atwood, Marie Arana, Taylor Branch, Don DeLillo, Khaled Hosseini, Barbara Kingsolver, Brad Meltzer, Joyce Carol Oates, Katherine Paterson and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will be among more than 100 writers speaking at the Festival. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are honorary chairs for the event.

The 13th Library of Congress National Book Festival is part of a larger Library of Congress "Celebration of the Book" in 2012 and 2013. This year’s celebration is focused on "Books That Shaped the World."

"Books shape lives and change history," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "We join readers the world over in celebrating the book’s unique role in transmitting knowledge, wisdom, culture and enjoyment."

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