Philip Roth to headline National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Iconic American author Philip Roth will headline the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., this fall. Roth, now 79, has won the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award twice, the Pulitzer Prize once, and received piles more accolades. His most recent novel is 2010's "Nemesis."
Initially having taken place during a single day, the 12-year-old National Book Festival will now span an entire weekend, Sept. 22-23. Book fair enthusiasts may be disappointed; that Sunday is also the Brooklyn Book Festival.
Presented by the Library of Congress, the 2012 National Book Festival has many literary boldface names: T.C. Boyle, Mario Vargas Llosa, Robert Caro, Geraldine Brooks, Junot Diaz, Colson Whitehead, Philip Levine and Jeffrey Eugenides. Mystery writers attending include Charlaine Harris, Michael Connelly and Patricia Cornwell. There will be a pavilion for children and a dedicated storytelling stage.
While further details about the schedule are forthcoming, the National Book Festival has released a preliminary -- and long -- list of authors who will be participating:
Katherine Applegate, Avi, Natalie Babbitt, Bob Balaban, Fergus Bordewich, Natalie Pope Boyce, Christopher Bram, Giannina Braschi, Peter Brown, Douglas Brinkley, Stephen L. Carter, Sandra Cisneros, Bryan Collier, James Dashner, Anna Dewdney, Michael Dirda, Maria Dueñas, Stephen Dunn, John A. Farrell, Sharon Flake, Thomas Friedman, John Gaddis, Michael Grant, Linda Greenhouse, Jenny Hahn, Joy Harjo, Charlaine Harris, Paul Hendrickson, Ellen Hopkins, Nalo Hopkinson, Tony Horwitz, Steve Inskeep, Walter Isaacson, Eloise James, Jewel, Tayari Jones, Laura Kasischke, Charles Kupchan, Hope Larson, David Levithan, Margot Livesey, Mike Lupica, Lois Lowry, Thomas Mallon, Sonia Manzano, David Maraniss, Leonard Marcus, Chris Matthews, Steven Millhauser, Walter Dean Myers, Corey Olsen, Mary Pope Osborne, Patricia Polacco, Chris Raschka, Marilynne Robinson, Laura Amy Schlitz, Lisa Scottoline, Francesca Serritella, Susan Richards Shreve, Anita Silvey, Sally Bedell Smith, Jerry Spinelli, Philip C. and Erin E. Stead, Margie Stiefvater, David Ezra Stein, David O. Stewart, R.L. Stine, Elizabeth Dowling Taylor, Raina Telgemeier, Craig Thompson, Jeffrey Toobin, Justin Torres, Vernor Vinge, Siobhan Vivian, Eric Weiner, Jacqueline Woodson and Daniel Yergin.
The National Book Festival, which is held on the National Mall between 9th and 14th streets, is free.
-- Carolyn Kellogg
Photo: Philip Roth in 2010. Credit: Nancy Crampton