Thursday, July 12, 2012

12th Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival

The 12th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will run for two days on September 22-23 on the National Mall. The festival will run from 10 am to 5:30 on Saturday the 22nd, and from noon until 5:30 on Sunday the 23rd.

First Lady Laura Bush first hosted the festival when it was established in 2001 and continued to host through 2008. The honorary co-chairs since, have been President and Mrs. Obama.

This year’s festival will feature more than 100 amazing authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions, including two Sunday-only pavilions: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Graphic Novels and Special Presentations. Barnes and Noble is the official bookseller for this year’s festival. Visit the book sales pavilion located on the festival grounds to purchase selected books by the 2012 Festival authors to get them signed.

Each year, an artist is commissioned to design a poster for the festival. Each of the following is available for download.
2012 by Rafael Lopez

2011 by Jon J. Muth

2010 by Peter Ferguson

2009 Charles Santore

2008 by Jan Brett

2007 by Mercer Mayer

2006 by Gennady Spirin

2005 by Jerry Pinkney

2004 by Floyd Cooper

2003 by Joey Manlapaz

2002 by Carol Dyer

2001 by Lu Ann Barrow

Here are the links to the artists' websites to enjoy more of their work:
Rafael Lopez
Jon J. Muth
Peter Ferguson
Charles Santore
Jan Brett
Mercer Mayer
Gennady Spirin
Jerry Pinkney
Floyd Cooper
Joey Manlapaz
Carol Dyer
Lu Ann Barrow

Talk to you soon.
Happy reading,


  1. This sounds like such fun! I would love to go and am glad to know of the dates. Thanks for sharing the posters. They are each so interesting to look at for different reasons.

    1. You're quite welcome Jess. Thank you so much for stopping by. I wished I lived closer to DC, I would attend the festival in a minute :)


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