Monday, September 1, 2014

Photo Recap: 14th Annual National Book Festival

There was no shortage of change at this year's Library of Congress National Book Festival. The 14th annual crowd-pleaser switched to one day (albeit a longer one, 10 AM - 10 PM) and more dramatically, swapped locations. After a decade on the grounds of the National Mall, the Library of Congress took their show on up the road and indoors to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The results? Nothing short of sensational.

Despite a number of obstacles (Labor Day weekend, Metro closings (love those fare hikes!) and bits of confusion) the National Book Festival drew huge crowds and almost universal praise from attendees. Just how big those crowds were, remains to be seen. Last year's festival drew more than 200,000 book lovers; and it will take a few days to get a number for this year. I can tell you this... It was a heck of a lot cooler (AC > 90°+ temperatures) and seemed more crowded, especially when trying to navigate two buildings and two levels. I'll be sure to have a plan of attack next year.

Huge crowds were on hand for former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, economist (and former Federal Reserve Chairman) Alan Greenspan and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) as well as a slew of other writers (see below.) Signings too... You should have seen the line for DC's own Carla Hall. Good times.

Author Tim Tingle (TEENS)

Illustrator Brian Biggs (CHILDREN)

"Star-Spangled Banner - 200th Anniversary" with Ray White

Author Andrea Beaty (CHILDREN)

Author Jacqueline Woodson (TEENS)

Cooking Demo - Chef Cathal Armstrong

Captain Underpants in the house

Book Sales