Metro Weekly

National Book Festival

The Library of Congress has moved up its annual book festival, both on the calendar and in geography. The 14th edition takes place a month early, over Labor Day weekend, and sets up shop at the Convention Center, and not on the National Mall, as with all previous incarnations. The move allows the festival to hold evening hours, expanding programming to include a poetry slam, a “Great Books to Great Movies” session and a “super-session” for graphic-novel enthusiasts, and even inspiring this year’s theme, “Stay Up With A Good Book.” Kai Bird, Kate DiCamillo, Francisco Goldman, Alice McDermott, U.S. Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and John Clyburn (D-S.C.), George Packer, Richard Moe and Lynn Sherr are among those authors at this year’s free festival, which features special pavilions by genre, this year expanding to include science, the culinary arts and small press/international.

Saturday, Aug. 30, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Walter E. Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Pl. Call 202-249-3000 or visit for more details and a full schedule.

Rhuaridh Marr is Metro Weekly's managing editor. He can be reached at

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