With banned book week and the arrival of library books on the Kindle, it seems like this just couldn’t be a better week for Book Geeks. Wrong! The National Book Festival will be held in Washington, DC, today and tomorrow. The event, which has been put on by the Library of Congress since 2000, has expanded from a single day jam-packed event into a day and a half. Not to mention, the Festival has added a brand new category just for Graphic Novels.
The Festival features writers spanning a wide variety of genres, including children, teens, poetry and prose, contemporary life, fiction and mystery, history, and others. There are about 100 authors who will be speaking and signing books this year, but the addition of the Graphic Novels category seems to reflect the growing popularity of this art form among readers. When we saw Jeff Kinney speak at the Festival in 2009, he was located in the Children and Teens tent. While Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a kind of crossover book, there’s no question that people of all ages enjoy the blend of art and words.
Read more about what to find at the festival in Jessamyn’s article over at GeekMom