The Biggest Book Festival in the United States

Jennifer Dombrowski By Jennifer Dombrowski, 2nd Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Here I will share about the biggest book festival in the National Mall in Washington, D.C

Description of Book Festival

Two hundred thousand went to the National Book Festival on the National Mall in Washington D.C., that started in the year 2001. This year it was held on Aughust 29,2014.
It was always held on the the National Mall, but this year, the National Park Service didn't want people on the grass, so they held it indoors for the first time at the Walter E Washington Convention Center.

Worried about the Venue

There was apprehension about it and whether thety would have enough visitors. The reasons were the festival was held on the weekend holiday of Labor Day, when most of people leave town for the last time before the kids go back to school. The facts it was indoors, and that it was only one day for 12 hours.

Thrilled by turnout

They were pleasantly surprised with thousands of visitors who came and were buying books by their favorite authors.
Everybody who was an organizer was thrilled with the reception. Jennifer Gavin, who helped this festival take place, said" The crowds are huge. I mean, they're huge. And we're very gratified by that. The authors pavilions are almost full. We had 900 seats in fiction and mystery. Full. History and biography 1000 seats. Nearly full. The children's activities are mobbed."

What happened during Festival

The visitors had a chance to listen to the "Captain Underpants" author, David Pilkey, and the teens had a good laugh from Young Adult writer, Kate DiCamillo.
Others listened to a professor of Classics and Anthropology , Eric Cline from George Washington University talked about 1777 B.C. fall of civilization.

Organizers Feelings on the Festival

Maria Arana, who sits on the festival board and a former book critic at the Washington Post who also sponsors this festival explained, " We were all worried about the change of venue, worried we'd lose that magical element of serendipity from being on the mall. But it feels every bit as large , with the exception that we don't have people standing in the rain."

Source: Beaver County Times Tuesday September 2, 2014 Section C page A3

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Authors, Books, Festival, National Mall, Washington Dc

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