Iowa Center for the Book Attends 2013 National Book Festival
13th Annual Festival attracted an estimated 200,000 people who gather on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Sept. 21-22 to celebrate reading and literacy.
Annette Wetteland and Robin Martin represented Iowa in The Pavilion of the States tent. The Pavilion, sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, salutes the literary traditions of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. "Hundreds of children came with their 'Discover Great Places Through Reading' maps to get the Iowa Reads stamp," said Wetteland. Prizes were offered to those who collected all 52 unique stickers or stamps.
"One of the highlights was seeing the faces of children and their families who received copies of Here Lies Linc by Iowa author Delia Ray," said Martin. "It was the perfect choice for Iowa's Great Reads recommendation to American youth this year."
The Center for the Book distributed thousands of "Iowa Children's Book Choice" posters, "Iowa Authors Then & Now" bookmarks, and copies of the All Iowa Reads 2013 selection "The Year We Left Home" by Jean Thompson, donated by Random House.
Organized by the Library of Congress, with Honorary Co-Chairs President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, there were presentations and book-signings by 112 bestselling authors, illustrators and poets.
People packed the speaker tents to hear renowned authors and poets including several with Iowa ties: poets Heather McHugh and Kevin Young and novelist Benjamin Percy.