Sunday, September 28, 2008
WASHINGTON, Sept 27, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- More than 120,000 book lovers gathered today on the National Mall for the eighth annual National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by Mrs. Laura Bush. Festival-goers were entertained by their favorite authors, illustrators and poets as they celebrated creativity and imagination among the favorite standing-room-only pavilions including the Let's Read America; Pavilion of the States; Children; Teens & Children; Fiction & Mystery; History & Biography; Home & Family; and Poetry. This year the Library showcased its efforts to digitize rare documents and books, including a draft Declaration of Independence with handwritten edits by the Founding Fathers, and previewed the World Digital Library, set to debut in April 2009.
I missed the book festival. I was looking forward to it - Neil Gaiman, Paul Theroux, Katherine PAtterson, Even Alexander McCall Smith (whose books, the Ladies Number 1 Detective Agency, are set in Botswana, whence I recently returned) - getting books signed, meeting the authors. I'd put aside the books I wanted to bring to be signed. But it rained, and the day felt so yucky, that I ended up not going. I didn't want to waste the energy there, when I had a party I was going to that night where I needed to be attentive and stuff.
National Book Festival 2008 website is here.