The 2017 National Book Festival, which is organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, will take place on September 2 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Visitors can meet and hear talks by distinguished poets, illustrators and authors, get books signed, enjoy special entertainment, have photos taken with storybook characters and participate in a variety of activities.
The festival will feature dozens of distinguished authors across many fields and in all genres of writing, with audiences ranging from young readers to adults. The festival will again feature its popular offerings dedicated to kids, fiction, history, poetry, contemporary life, science and more.
The authors participating this year will include Kwame Alexander, David Baldacci, Kate DiCamillo, Diana Gabaldon, Michael Lewis, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Margot Lee Shetterly and J.D. Vance.
Image below: The poster for the National Book Festival by Roz Chast
The National Archives will present a discussion by Christopher Ullmand about his book Find Your Whistle on Tuesday, July 25. It’s the story of a Four-Time International Whistling Champion from Washington and Wall Street “who uses his simple gift to touch hearts and change lives. This is the story of how he found, developed, and shares his whistle with politicians, special needs children, Wall Street Billionaires, and more than 400 people on their birthdays every year.”
The program will include live, musical selections.
A book signing will follow in the Archives book store.
Image below: The book jacket for Find Your Whistle
The National Archives will host award-winning author Walter Stahr in a discussion of his book Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary on Tuesday, August 22 in the William G. McGowan Theater.Mr. Stahr offers “a masterly account of one of the great characters of the Civil War. The Secretary of War from 1862-1865 was irascible, autocratic, and vengeful, but also steadfast, punctilious, and practical.”
The biography “reveals how such a complex and unlikely figure came to play such a vital role at the country's hour of peril.”
A book signing will follow the program.
Image below: The book jacket for Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary
The Friendship Heights Village Center will host Barry Wood, a foreign correspondent and economics journalist, who will discuss his book, Exploring New Europe: A Bicycle Journey, on Thursday, August 3, at 7:30 p.m.A Voice of America correspondent in Prague in the 1990s, Mr. Wood took a bicycle journey of 2,500 miles to connect with ordinary people in the Baltic lands, central Europe and the Balkans.
A quarter century after the collapse of communism, the author shares his discoveries about the countries’ successes in building democratic institutions and market economies. Copies of the Wood's book will be available for sale. Friendship Heights Village Center is located at 4433 S. Park Avenue in Chevy Chase. Please sign up in advance by calling the Village Center at 301-656-2797.