Last Saturday, September 29, I went to the 2007 National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by First Lady Laura Bush, on the National Mall. It was pretty cool. They had over 70 authors from various fields including children’s literature, home and family, mysteries and thrillers, fantasy, poetry, and history and biography. Each genre had its own tent on the mall, where the authors spoke about their works. The Veterans History Project (VHP), which I was familiar with from my day job, was also on hand making history presentations and instructing visitors on how they can interview veterans for its collection of oral histories, memoirs, letters, and photographs. I attended a VHP presentation with vets from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. I also attended lectures from authors Daniel Silva, David Baldacci, and Doro Koch Bush (the president’s sister), and filmmaker Ken Burns. None of the lectures was over 30 minutes, so you never got bored.
This was the 7th annual book festival. I’ve been meaning to go in past years, but it was always one of those things that I forgot about until the day of. If you’re in the DC area, I recommend it. Check the author schedule beforehand, though, so you don’t miss anyone good.