WASHINGTON — More than 175 authors, poets and illustrators have signed on to participate in this year's National Book Festival over Labor Day weekend.
The Library of Congress will host the free festival Sept. 5 at the Washington Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Writers at the festival will include Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, newsman Tom Brokaw, U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, historian David McCullough, novelist David Baldacci and others. The festival will feature 18 pavilions and programs.
This year's festival celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Library of Congress acquiring Thomas Jefferson's personal library in 1815. Those books formed the basis for building the world's largest library.
The festival was founded by former first lady Laura Bush and was held for years on the National Mall.