Fifth Annual National Book Festival in D.C.

Book Lovers Invited to the National Mall on Saturday, Sept. 24 -
The 2005 National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by Mrs. Laura Bush, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 7th and 14th streets (rain or shine). The festival is free and open to the public.

“Now in its fifth year, the National Book Festival offers a wonderful opportunity to highlight the rich resources in our nation’s libraries and bring those resources directly to the American public,” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.

This year’s festival will also provide a launching point for “Book Relief,” as the Library of Congress and First Book, the national nonprofit organization that gives children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own books, join together to place millions of books into the hands of children and families displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

The 2005 festival features more than 80 award-winning authors, illustrators and poets, who will discuss their work in various pavilions such as “Fiction & Fantasy,” “Mysteries & Thrillers,” “History & Biography,” “Children,” “Teens & Children,” “Poetry” and “Home & Family.” Participants include novelists John Irving, Tom Wolfe, E.L. Doctorow and Sue Monk Kidd; mystery and thriller writers Tony Hillerman, Sandra Brown and Jeffery Deaver; nonfiction writers David McCullough, Robert L. Carter and Thomas Friedman; veteran journalists Andrea Mitchell and Robert MacNeil; children’s author Pat Mora, pioneer astronaut and children’s author Buzz Aldrin; teen authors Meg Cabot and R.L. Stine; science fiction writer Neil Gaiman; and poet Dana Gioia.

During the week leading up to the festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, will host a series of online chats with authors appearing at the National Book Festival. These text-based discussions can be viewed daily starting on Monday, Sept. 19, on the site at The schedule of chats and authors’ names will be posted on’s site and the Library’s site at Viewers can submit questions in advance or during the live discussion. They can view authors’ responses while the program is airing live or at a later date on’s online discussion archive.

Once again the Library has cooperated with Book TV on C-SPAN2 to televise the National Book Festival “History & Biography” pavilion events live on Sept. 24, 10 am. to 5 p.m. EDT. The entire program will be shown again at 8 p.m. that evening. Visit for details.

The 2005 National Book Festival is made possible with generous support from Distinguished Benefactor Target; Charter Sponsors AT&T, The Amend Group and The Washington Post; Patrons AARP, Freddie Mac, the James Madison Council and the National Endowment for the Arts; Contributors Barnes & Noble, Educate Inc., Half Price Books, NBA/WNBA, PBS, Penguin Group (USA) and Scholastic Inc. The Junior League of Washington will again contribute hundreds of volunteers this year to help with the National Book Festival.



Buzz Aldrin & Wendell Minor
David Baldacci
Doreen Cronin & Harry Bliss
Hilary Knight
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Laura Numeroff
Mary Pope Osborne & Will Osborne
Linda Sue Park
Gloria Jean Pinkney
Jerry Pinkney
Myles & Sandra Pinkney
NBA & WNBA players

Teens & Children

Meg Cabot
Lynne Cheney
Sharon Creech
John Feinstein
Jack Gantos
Patricia Reilly Giff
Pat Mora
Walter Dean Myers
Dave Pelzer
René Saldaña
R.L. Stine
Letters About Literature

Fiction & Fantasy

E.L. Doctorow
Richard Paul Evans
Jonathan Safran Foer
Diana Gabaldon
Neil Gaiman
John Irving
Gish Jen
Sue Monk Kidd
George R.R. Martin
Bobbie Ann Mason
Tom Wolfe

Mysteries & Thrillers

Nevada Barr
Sandra Brown
Tom Clancy
Jeffery Deaver
Nelson DeMille
Tony Hillerman
Rupert Holmes
Marcia Muller
John Sandford
Karin Slaughter
Donald Westlake

History & Biography

David Brooks
Andrew Carroll
Robert L. Carter
Joseph Ellis
Thomas Friedman
Kay B. Hutchison
Robert MacNeil
David McCullough
Andrea Mitchell
Steven V. Roberts

Home & Family

Giada De Laurentiis
Myrka Dellanos
Fernando & Marlene Divina
Leeza Gibbons
Jon Kabat-Zinn
Bob Kinkead
Chris Madden
Laurie Smith
Julie Sussman & Stephanie Glakas-Tenet
David Tutera
Judith Warner


Kim Addonizio
Alice Fulton
Donald Hall
Andrew Hudgins
Dana Gioia
Dolores Kendrick
David Kirby
Samuel Menashe
Mary Jo Salter
A.E. Stallings
Christian Wiman
Al Young