On Saturday, September 26, 2009, President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama will host the National Book Festival on the National Mall. This is the ninth annual event and the last two years saw crowds of 120,000 plus. Somehow I think that DC better order up a whole fleet of porta potties for the crowd that is likely to descend.
Former first lady Laura Bush, a retired teacher and public school librarian, started the festival in 2001, modeling it after events she held as first lady of Texas.
This year’s festival will feature about 70 award-winning authors, poets and illustrators in pavilions dedicated to specific genres of writing, ranging from history and biography to mysteries, thrillers, poetry and prose, and books for families and youngsters.