The 2016 National Book Festival was recently held in Washington D.C. on Sept. 24. Helen Dagley, Coordinator of the Iowa Center for the Book, and Emily Bainter, Communications Specialist for the State Library, traveled to the Nation’s Capital to represent Iowa at the Pavilion of States.
The Pavilion of States, sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for the Book, is where Festival visitors can learn about the literary traditions of all 50 states and US territories. Children visit each booth and receive a stamp on the Great Reads map. Once all stamps are collected, the maps could then be turned in for a prize from the Library of Congress Center for the Book display.
The 2016 event was an overwhelming success! The Iowa Center for the Book handed out Iowa Authors bookmarks, postcards featuring the State Capitol, Iowa Travel Guides, Iowa road maps and more. Many people stopped to recall their time living or visiting Iowa, exclaimed in surprise about some of the famous Iowa authors, or inquired about some of Iowa’s literary heritage, including the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.
The Library of Congress National Book Festival is an annual literary event that brings together best-selling authors and thousands of book fans for author talks, panel discussions, book signings and other activities. Over its 16-year history, the National Book Festival has become one of the pre-eminent literary events in the United States.
The festival is funded by private donors and corporate sponsors who share the Library’s commitment to reading and literacy. Since 2010, National Book Festival Board Co-Chairman David M. Rubenstein has been the festival’s lead benefactor and in 2013 pledged funding for the festival for five more years.
The 2017 National Book Festival will be held on Sept. 2, 2017. For more information, go to www.loc.gov/bookfest.