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October 1, 2007

Book Festival Weekend

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Maurvene Williams, Mocha, LOC Staffer & Selah

So I went to the National Book Festival this weekend. For the first time I was able to take in the event as media and not as part of the event planning committee, and I have to say that I enjoyed myself.

Authors of Color in attendance included Jan Spivey Gilchrist and Ashley Brian My America, Edward P. Jones All Aunt Hagar’s Children, Sheila P. Moses Baptism and my girl Victoria Rowell The Women Who Raised Me.

It was a beautiful Autumn day and it was amazing to see the thousands of booklovers converge on the National Mall, children, families, even Bullseye the Target Dog was there taking pictures with “whomsoeverwill”.

I got a chance to connect again with Maurvene Williams, the Program Officer for the Library of Congress’s Center for the Book. One of Maurvene’s many responsibilities include getting all of the authors to the National Mall. An amazing task when you think that this event usually includes 60-90 Authors speaking and signing within an 8 hour time period. She is definitely my “large-scale-author-event-mentor”.

If you needed a little more “color” to quench your literary thirst, Karibu Books helped in that area. While the National Book Festival was going on, less than 5 minutes away the Author Pavilion at the Congressional Black Caucus was in full swing. Authors like Victoria Christopher Murray, Eddie Levert and Lyah Leflore, Master P and Russell Simmons were in attendance. And if you still needed more, all you had to do was head down 95 and 40 minutes later step onto the grounds of the Baltimore Book Festival where Justine and Rev Run to the other extreme Kerrine Steffans were doing their thing.

Oh how I love DC in the fall!

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