2012 National Book Festival Schedule

The National Book Festival is my favorite book event of the year.  It’s in Washigton D.C. on the National Mall and is TOTALLY FREE.  The DC Metro is easy to use, so you really don’t have to worry about driving or parking in the city.  I’ve been when it was raining (very cold and miserable) and when it’s sunny (glorious).   I’ve gotten books signed in the past, but what I usually prefer to do is find a good spot in the Teen Tent and sit and listen to speakers all day.  If you want to get books signed, just be prepared to wait in lines and realize that you will miss out on other authors speaking.

If you want to know what the Book Festival is like, I recommend reading last year’s post: National Book Festival 2011

The event is very well-organized and this year’s panel of authors looks fantastic.  Authors I’m especially excited about: John Green, James Dashner, Walter Dean Myers, Lois Lowry, Maggie Stiefvater, Melissa Marr, and Avi.  This year’s festival is Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23.  See a full list of speakers below:

Saturday, Children’s Tent
Time                Author
10:00-10:45 Laura Amy Schlitz
10:55-11:40 Peter Brown
11:50-12:35 James Dashner
12:45-1:30        Jewel
1:40-2:25         Natalie Pope Boyce
1:40-2:25         Mary Pope Osborne
2:35-3:20         Jerry Spinelli
3:30-4:15         Chris Raschka
4:25-5:10         Anna Dewdney

Saturday, Teens & Children’s Tent
Time                Author
10:00-10:45 John Green
10:55-11:40 Mike Lupica
11:50-12:35 Walter Dean Myers
12:45-1:30        Lois Lowry
1:40-2:25         Maggie Stiefvater
2:35-3:20         Melissa Marr
3:30-4:15         David Levithan
4:25-5:10         R.L. Stine

Sunday, Children’s Tent
Time                Author
12:00-12:45 Bob Balaban
12:55-1:40        Patricia Polacco
1:50-2:35         Michael Grant
2:45-3:30         Erin E. Stead
2:45-3:30         Philip C. Stead
3:40-4:25         David Ezra Stein
4:35-5:20         Avi

Teens & Children
Time                Author
12:00-12:45 Bryan Collier
12:55-1:40        Ellen Hopkins
1:50-2:35         Siobhan Vivian
1:50-2:35         Jenny Han
2:45-3:30         Jacqueline Woodson
3:40-4:25         Sharon Flake
4:35-5:20         Sonia Manzano

More information on the National Book Festival can be found on the Library of Congress Book Festival Site.

Let me know if you’re thinking of going!  I’d love to see you there!

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3 comments on “2012 National Book Festival Schedule

  1. I'd love to go. Tim is off that week, so we might make it a family trip. Hope to see you down there! 🙂

  2. fakesteph says:

    I'm totally going to go!!! Let's meet up!!!

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