With The President and Mrs. Obama serving as Honorary Chairs, the 2012 LIBRARY OF CONGRESS NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL features the brightest stars of Hispanic literature today: Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa, Pulitzer Prize Winner Junot Diaz, and Puerto Rico’s own Giannina Braschi, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow.
The 12th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be on Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23, 2012, between 9th and 14th streets on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The event, free and open to the public, will run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine. 200,000 people are expected to attend.
With nearly 50 million Hispanics living in the United States according to the US Census it is fitting that headthe National Book Festival now presents a powerful roster of diverse Hispanic authors. Having written classics in Spanish, Spanglish, and English, Giannina Braschi opens Day 2 of the festival on September 23 at 12 pm at the Poetry and Prose Pavilion. She is best loved for her books United States of Banana and Yo-Yo Boing!
The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled collections and integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures may be accessed online via www.loc.gov.
Representatives from across the United States and its territories will celebrate their unique literary offerings in the Pavilion of the States. The Let’s Read America Pavilion will offer reading activities that are fun for the whole family.