The National Book Festival is free and open to the public and will be held on the National Mall from 10am-5:30pm on Saturday and 12pm-5:30pm, rain or shine. It wil feature presentations from more than 100 authors and illustrators in a variety of genre-specific pavilions as well as a number of family-friendly activities. The festival will also have a special pavilion dedicated to the Library of Congress that will offer "a behind-the-scenes look at the many ways the Library brings its extraordinary resources to people everywhere."
The Brooklyn Book Festival is also free and open to the public, and will be taking place at Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza on Sunday from 10am-6pm. More than 280 authors will join bibliophiles, booksellers, and literary organizations that will pack the 14 stages at Borough Hall. This festival is considered by many to be "New York's premiere literary event" (obviously save for the April ABAA Fair). It sounds like a lot of fun and I am definitely planning on attending.
So there you go, NYC and DC bibliophiles, two cool literary events to check out this weekend.
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