The 2019 National Book Festival hosted by the Library of Congress is Saturday, Aug. 31 from 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mt Vernon Pl., N.W.). This 19th annual event is free and open to the public and features more than 140 authors, poets and illustrators who are all on hand to connect with readers of all ages.
The lineup of special guests includes U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Henry Louis Gates Jr., celebrity chef and humanitarian Jose Andres, graphic novel superstar Raina Telgemeier and many more. Telegemeier said in a recent interview with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators that graphic novels lead the industry in terms of LGBT, POC and other representation due to its ability to build empathy in young readers.
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