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National Book Festival to be held again at DC convention center after decade on National Mall


WASHINGTON — The National Book Festival will continue in its new location at the Washington Convention Center over Labor Day weekend with a special nod to Thomas Jefferson's role in building the Library of Congress.

The library said Tuesday that the festival will be held Sept. 5. It will feature more than 100 authors across many genres, including historian Annette Gordon-Reed. She won the Pulitzer Prize for history for her work changing the scholarship about Jefferson and his relationship with slave Sally Hemings.

This year's festival celebrates the 200th anniversary of the library acquiring Jefferson's personal library in 1815. Those books formed the basis for building the world's largest library.

The festival also will feature writers Daniel Alarcon, Kwame Alexander, David McCullough, Walter Isaacson, Marilynne Robinson and Jane Smiley, among others.

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