The Washington Post returns as sponsor of the 22nd National Book Festival

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The Washington Post today announced its return as founding sponsor and media partner of the 22nd Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival.

“At The Washington Post, we believe in the power of literature to inform and entertain people of all ages. As part of our commitment to these values, our newsroom continues to reinvent ways to provide the best coverage for non-fiction and fiction books, such as Book World’s relaunch in print,” said Shani George, Vice President of Communications at The Post. “We’ve been proud to support the National Book Festival since its inception in 2001, bringing together acclaimed readers and authors of all genres for a day of celebration.”

The station will host an interactive booth where attendees can enjoy activities such as yoga and meditation sessions led by EMPOWER childrena prize wheel with a chance to win Washington Post-branded items; and a story hour with acclaimed local children’s book authors and illustrators reading their most beloved stories.

Storytime readings will be offered every hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET, excluding noon.

Featured authors and illustrators include:

· 10:00 a.m. – Sue Fliess, Kid Scientist Marine Biologists Diving and Rumble And Roar: Sounds From Around The World

· 11:00 – Fred Bowen & James Ransome, Hardcourt: Stories from 75 Years of the National Basketball Association

1:00 p.m. – Jennifer O’Connell, Elephants remember and The eye of the whale

2:00 p.m. – Juana Medina, Juana & Lucas: Muchos Changes

· 15:00 – Hena Khan, Zara’s rules for record pleasure

Plus, Washington Post staff and contributors will lead lively and thought-provoking discussions throughout the Book Festival.

· 10:35-11:20 a.m. ET: Heal yourself? : Mental illness and me with Rachel Aviv and Daniel BergnerModerated by Post contributor Bethanne Patrick.

· 11:05-11:50 a.m. ET: From Mind to Mindfulness: How to Rethink Anxiety with Tracy Dennis-Tiwary and Ellen VoraModerated by Tara Parker-Pope, Post Wellness Editor-in-Chief

11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m. ET: Do we eat our babies? with Will BunchModerated by Opinion Editor Alexandra Petri

· 12:10-12:55 p.m. ET: Do you feel exhausted? This session is for you with Celeste HeadleeModerated by Mary Beth Albright, Post-Video Host

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET: Deaf Utopia with Nyle DiMarcoModerated by opinion writer Jonathan Capehart

6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. ET: The Pieces That Can’t Be Adjusted: Poetry with Linda GregersonModerated by Post Book reviewer Ron Charles

The Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC on Saturday, September 3, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (doors open at 8:30 a.m.). This year’s theme is “Books Bring Us Together”. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the festival, visit https://www.loc.gov/bookfest.

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