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Celebrate the Book with Two Days of Writers, Poets & Pavilions

Come to the 13th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are honorary chairs for the event. The festival is free and open to the public.

This year's festival will feature authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite poets and authors, get books signed, hear special entertainment, have photos taken with storybook characters and participate in a variety of activities.

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National Book Festival Patch

The Library of Congress National Book Festival patch debuted this past fall. Start your planning now for 2013, and consider a trip for your troop to hear from popular authors, get books signed and take part in the activities. And for non-scouts, it's a fun souvenir of your visit to the Library of Congress National Book Festival.

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Books That Shaped the World

After opening the conversation on the books that shaped America, we're developing a new list of great books that have affected the world throughout history. You can help us choose the books that will go on that list by taking a short survey.

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Poster Gallery

View and download a gallery of posters from the Library of Congress Book Festivals through the years.

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Press Room

Media registration for author interview requests & press room featuring video, audio, photos & bios.

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National Book Festival 2012 Press Release National Book Festival Site