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National Book Festival

The 2009 National Book Festival was held on the National Mall in Washington, DC, on 27 September 2009. More than 130,000 festival goers came out to celebrate books and reading, to hear favorite authors, and to visit the Pavilion of the States to get a great overview of national book culture.


The Massachusetts table, hosted the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Center for the Book, highlighted this year's MassBooks, welcomed Lois Lowry, an NBF participant, and recommended Katie Smith Milway's One Hen (Kids Can Press) for the festival literary map/national children's literature reading list. We also asked festival goers to tag their favorite classic book from Massachusetts, on a commonwealth map that displayed the titles in the towns from which their authors wrote and published them.

Massachusetts's book of the festival was this year's MassBook award winner in Children's Literature, One Hen, by Katie Smith Milway. One Hen tells the inspirational story of the difference that a small microloan and a large heart could make in a Ghanaian village. In previous years, Massachusetts has promoted Make Way for Ducklings, The Cat in the Hat, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Johnny Tremain, Henry Hikes to Fitchburg, and Beneath the Streets of Boston .

Massachusetts writers at the 2009 National Book Festival, with links to their festival webcasts:

Mary Brigid Barrett (Franklin)

Holly Black (Amherst)

Judy Blume (Martha's Vineyard)

Junot Diaz (Cambridge)

Tony DiTerlizzi (Amherst)

Lois Lowry (Cambridge)

Mo Willems (Florence)

Also visit the Library of Congress National Book Festival Site, which hosts webcasts of all writers appearing at the festival.

Images from the Pavilion of the States

Massachusetts author,Lois Lowry, signing a copy of The Willoughbys for Massachusetts festival volunteer Corie Mikita.
Library Commissioner Em Claire Knowles encourages festival goers to tag their favorite Massachusetts book while MBLC Communications Director Celeste Wilson and a Junior League volunteer distribute information to table visitors.
Corie Mikita working hard to stamp the Pavilion Maps for a stream of festival visitors.

A groaning board of information about Massachusetts literary culture.

Ok, I'd love to take a literary map of Massachusetts home to my parents!
A happy Bruins fan with a Pavilion of the States map, looking for our "Mass Reads" sticker.

View the 2008 Book Festival page.

View the 2007 Book Festival page.

View the 2006 Book Festival page.

View the 2005 Book Festival page.