2009 National Book Festival in Washington, DC

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 26th and the 2009 National Book Festival in Washington, DC.  If you are a book lover then this is one event you cannot miss.


Begun under the patronage of Laura Bush in 2001, and with the Library of Congress guiding the way, the National Book Festival has grown from an intimate gathering in the shadows of the Capitol to a full fledged event that stretches the length of the mall.

Events are housed in giant tents devoted to:

  • children
  • teens and children
  • mysteries and thrillers
  • fiction and fantasy
  • poetry and prose
  • history and biography.

Authors appear for approximately 30 minutes, speaking first and then taking questions.  There is a short break between speakers and most folks (including us) never even leave their seats.  Trust me, the whole thing runs like clockwork.

The first year we went the highlight of the day was listening to some of the original Navajo “Code Talkers”.  It was truly living history.  Two years ago we heard favorites Deborah Crombie and J.A. Jance.

This year expect to find us camped out in the mystery and thriller tent to catch Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Walter Mosley, George Pelecanos, S. J. Rozan and Daniel Silva.

The National Book Festival is free and open to the public from 10:00am to 5:30pm and books are available for purchase.  For more information and the full schedule of authors, click here.

Wear comfortable shoes, take the Metro, pack a lunch and be prepared to spend the day in book paradise!

See you there –

Michael