NJ at the National Book Festival

From left: Sharon Rawlins, NJ State Library Youth Services Consultant, Mary Chute, NJ State Librarian, and Jackie Spritzer, from NJ Center for the Book, spent the day giving out salt water taffy at the NJ booth.

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.

It was held on Saturday, September 2 in Washington, DC.

It was created by Laura Bush and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington at the suggestion of Mrs. Bush, who had created the Texas Book Festival.

Over its 16-year history, the National Book Festival has become one of the pre-eminent literary events in the United States. The first festival was Sept. 8, 2001. Mrs. Bush served as honorary chair of the festival through 2008.

The festival is funded by private donors and corporate sponsors who share the Library’s commitment to reading and literacy.

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