With World In Crisis, National Book Festival Provides Popular But Vapid Fare



The Washington Post, The National Book Festival wants YOU, Ron Charles, July 23, 2015. 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival, https://www.loc.gov/bookfest/ The 15th Library of Congress National Book Festival took place Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, and featured more than 170 authors, poets, illustrators and special presenters. To mark this anniversary, as well as the the 200th anniversary of the Library's acquisition of Thomas Jefferson’s personal library, the festival has as its theme Jefferson's quote, "I Cannot Live Without Books." https://event.crowdcompass.com/natbookfest15 Held annually on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Program information and author profiles. https://event.crowdcompass.com/natbookfest15

The Washington Post is a charter sponsor of the Library of Congress National Book Festival. You’ll spot a couple dozen Post writers and editors working at the Convention Center on Sept. 5.
Jeffrey Brown of “PBS NewsHour” will be one of the hosts of special coverage of the Library of Congress National Book Festival. (Courtesy of Copper Canyon Press/Courtesy of Copper Canyon Press)
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The best way to experience the Library of Congress National Book Festival is to come to the Washington Convention Center on Sept. 5 and see the 175 authors in person. But what if you don’t live in the D.C. area or can’t get there for the event? Since the festival began in 2001, people have been able to watch many of their favorite festival authors on C-SPAN’s Book TV. This year, in addition to that coverage, fans can also follow the events on a live-stream broadcast by PBS Book View Now. The special coverage, produced by Detroit Public Television and hosted by Jeffrey Brown of “PBS NewsHour” and Rich Fahle of the Detroit station’s Book View Now initiative, will follow events from noon till 6 p.m. In addition, they have interviews tentatively scheduled with Kwame Alexander, Tom Brokaw, Kate DiCamillo, Louise Erdrich, David McCullough, Marilynne Robinson, Jane Smiley and other writers who will be attending the festival. You can watch live at PBS.org, at many PBS station Web sites and at WorldChannel.org. (Note that the program will not be available on PBS TV.) Some segments will also be available later via PBS.org, Apple TV, YouTube and other platforms.