It’s one my favorite events of the year. Rain or shine, we do our best to head down to the National Mall to get our reading on. In years past, I’ve even met up with my parents who too, are fans of this celebration of reading and literacy. This year, the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival is co-chaired by President Obama and Mrs. Obama and will happen September 21 & 22. Hint: Take the Metro.
Here is part of the impressive line up of authors, writers and literary stars who will be at the festival in person (Hint: get the schedule and wear comfortable shoes and bring your own Sharpie pen for autographs!):
Giada De Laurentiis – Emmy Award-winning chef, best known for her Food Network series “Everyday Italian” and “Giada at Home,” released the first two in a series of children’s books inspired by her own adventures, Recipe for Adventure: Naples and Recipe for Adventure: Paris.
Hoda Kotb – Co-host of the fourth hour of “Today,” Kotb is the author of the New York Times best-seller Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer and Kathie Lee and Ten Years Later: Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives.
Khaled Hosseini – Author of The Kite Runner, a novel that had a lengthy run as a best-seller that drew on his experiences as a child in Afghanistan. He has since written A Thousand Splendid Suns and his latest novel, And the Mountains Echoed.
Margaret Atwood – Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist; she concludes her MaddAddam trilogy this September.
Christopher Buckley – Satirist and novelist, Buckley has written many satires on Washington, D.C. including Little Green Men, No Way to Treat a First Lady and Florence of Arabia. Thank You for Smoking, a hilarious look at the life of a tobacco lobbyist, was made into a film in 2005.
9/21: 10am – 5:30pm
9/22: noon – 5:30pm
The National Mall, between 9th & 14th Streets
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.