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National Book Festival Coverage + Pics

September 22, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

The National Book Festival is a two day annual event on the National Mall in Washington, DC first conceived by librarian and former First Lady Laura Bush. This year, you guys overwhelming voted that I check out Maggie Stiefvater, author of the Shiver trilogy, The Scorpio Races, and The Raven Boys. So here we go.

First off, for those unfamiliar with the layout of the National Mall, it’s a broad, rectangular patch of grass basically beween the Washington Monument and the Capitol, with the Smithsonian Museums along the longer sides. The Festival is held in large white tents stretching down the length of the Mall.


Tent with the Washington Monument in the background. There’s a reason my camera setting’s on sepia.



Alternate view looking towards Smithsonian Castle.

Unfortunately, Washington weather tends to be hot and really sunny in mid September, so my poor phone couldn’t handle the contrast between outdoors and the shade under the tents…

This Legend though, seems pretty cool. Too bad the Festival’s decorated in this girly shade of magenta…

And here I am inside, I promise if you ignore the glare that’s Maggie Stiefvater talking about her books on the stage to the left.

So I did learn a few things listening to Maggie Stiefvater. She’s pretty funny. Recently read Code Named Verity and thought it was a really good book. Grew up raised by feral librarians. Suggests prospective writers lift ideas from dead authors, steal from Shakespeare and not from Stephanie Meyer, unless you want to lose your house. The Scorpio Races and The Raven Boys are both under option by Warner Brothers, and she has a pitchfork and torches in the trunk of her car in case the movie adaptations stray too far from the books (option for Shiver expired because of creative differences). Oh, and she’s working on the sequel to The Raven Boys, and she showed up with Sharpie notes on her hands about the book. No closer look for me, unfortunately…

Up next is Melissa Marr, author of Carnival of Souls. I haven’t read the book though so I really didn’t follow all that closely. Apparently she really was voted most likely to end up in jail?!?

Please excuse the glare again, that really is Melissa Marr on the left.

So I decided to wander around. First up, check out the snazzy way the authors are getting around.

I want one too.

The only tent with AC sadly is the temporary Barnes and Noble, but the line being rather long I didn’t go inside and kept wandering around.

And here’s the Bookmobile touting how awesome ebooks are.

And apparently this little guy reads too.

Of course, this being DC after all Campaign 2012 has to make an appearance, even at a book festival.

And being a DC boy, of course I took a picture.

The National Book Festival runs through Sunday, September 23, so it’s still not too late to check it out! (unless you’re reading this Monday, September 24, 2012 or later)

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  1. September 22, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    wow! it looks like so much fun!
    from what you told us about Stiefvater i like her even more! she sounds way cool. love her advise for writers, but then you know what i thought of twilight..
    (her surname means stepdad in german which somehow i find rather oddly distressing)

    • September 22, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      Oh, I forgot to mention one other thing she said. Something about grabbing torches and pitchforks if she messes up the ending to the Raven Boys …. I’m sure you can imagine how that’ll go over.

      • September 22, 2012 at 8:57 pm

        yep.. you know i didnt like the ending of the first book lol. so when can i get a pitchfork? right now or only when its finished finished?

        • September 22, 2012 at 9:48 pm

          Lol she probably meant at the end of the series

  2. Navs
    September 23, 2012 at 2:10 am

    LOL! Stiefvater just earned some respect with her talks of pitchfork and advice for prospective writers. πŸ˜€
    And yaay! She’s read Code Name Verity!
    I want a better picture of the dog though.. 😦

    • September 23, 2012 at 8:59 am

      I tried. I took way more pictures of everything but most of the color ones didn’t come out right bc of really bad glare. That was one really cute dog though,

      • Navs
        September 23, 2012 at 11:03 am

        D: And now you say that was a really cute dog! I wants to see.. :/

  3. lis
    September 23, 2012 at 10:14 am

    So Stiefvater is aiming for Hollywood huh? Good for her! So you didn’t asked for her signature? πŸ™‚

    • September 25, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      Signings are separate 😦 And I didn’t want to wait in line to buy a book, you wouldn’t believe how long the lines to get into the book selling tent was bc it was the only one with AC 😦

  4. Word Traffic
    September 23, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Did she answer any RB-related questions? Said anything about the RB sequel?

    • September 25, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      I have to admit, I got there late so I missed the beginning, she may have answered more RB questions but I’m not sure 😦 There was a lot of focus on Shiver and Scorpio Races bc those are the ones more of the attendees read. She’s still working on the RB sequel and didn’t give out any specifics …

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