Sep 24, 2008

2008 National Book Festival and Anne Patchett


The 2008 National Book Festival will be held in Washington, D.C., this weekend--Sept. 27 between 10 AM and 5:30 PM. More than 70 authors are expected to attend the Book Fest, ranging from Salman Rushdie to former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber.

Each year the Library of Congress gathers some of the best authors out there to bring their books and their stories to D.C. to celebrate the joys of reading. I've met Tim O'Brien, Anita Shreve, and many others when I have attended this event. Not only can you get autographs of their latest books, but most authors are willing to sign older copies as well.

Authors will be broken down by Pavilion Genre and will have a scheduled time to speak in that pavilion, so check out the schedule here. I'm excited because our new Poet Laureate Kay Ryan will be there along with First Lady Laura Bush.

If you cannot attend the festival, why not spend the day on the 2008 National Book Festival website listening to podcasts from some of the authors attending the Book Fest?

Additionally, for those of you who have read Run by Anne Patchett, Book Club Girl is hosting a call in show about the book with the author.

Here's the link to the audio show online, sign up and join in the discussion.

Ms. Patchett will be available to answer questions through the call in number: 347-945-6149. The show starts at 7 PM EST.

13 comments:

Marie said...

can't wait for the patchett talk!

Serena said...

I am excited as well. I've never done this before. I hope I get the write link for the show. And she said that we could ask questions in the chat section, so I'm going to try that.

Serena said...

What a great conversation with Ann Patchett! I loved her answers about her writing process and the characters in the book!

Carolyn Jean said...

Ooh, I read Bel Canto, and I thought it was really great. I bet that was an interesting talk!

Chris said...

That sounds like fun!

Shana @ Literarily said...

Are you attending the festival, Serena?

I would so be there if I lived closer!

Loved Bel Canto and looking forward to Run.

Serena said...

Shana: Yes, I plan to attend, mostly the Poetry Pavilion, though I may pop into the other tents.

There's another book club chat about Run tonight, which I'll post about later.

Anna said...

I'll let you know about the book festival. I really want to go, but I'll hold off until I hear the weather closer to the date.

I'm glad I got to tune into the Patchett talk for a little bit. My computer speakers aren't that great, and with all the other background noise, I'll admit I didn't hear much. Glad she answered your question, though!

Serena said...

she answered one of my questions! LOL I asked too many probably since I could type them out. LOL I should have called in and I could have gotten another question answered.

J. Kaye Oldner said...

Oh if I only lived closer...when the kids are grown, something like this will make for a great vacation!

Serena said...

It's one of the things I would miss about D.C. if I ever move again.

I would love to meet up with book bloggers in the area who are headed to the book fest. I think it would be fun!

Marvin D. Wilson said...

Hmmm - DO wish I could go, thanks for the heads-up about the podcasts, though - a very good second best.

Serena said...

The podcasts are fun as well even if you can't go to the Book Fest. Thanks for stopping by Marvin; I just got your book in the mail today!