Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Stephen King to highlight National Book Festival

Stephen King will open the Main Stage of the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival with a presentation and recognition by the Library of his lifelong work promoting literacy. Tickets will be required for the King presentation but they are free and will be issued electronically beginning Sept. 14 at the Library of Congress website at loc.gov/bookfest for more details.  
The National Book Festival will be held Sept. 24 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Tickets are not required for other presentations or activities at the festival.
The King presentation will be from 11 a.m. to noon on the festival’s Main Stage, which will be located on the third floor. There will not be a book signing.
“Due to Stephen King’s popularity, we anticipate the volume of interest will exceed seating capacity,” said festival co-director Guy Lamolinara. “A ticketed process will make for the most orderly and fair opportunity for Mr. King’s fans to see this presentation.”
Seating will be first-come, first-served. Ticket holders must be seated by 10:30 a.m. Holding a ticket does not guarantee entry.
There is a limit of two tickets per person. Accessibility accommodations should be made no later than Sept. 19 by calling 202-707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov. ASL services are offered at all book festival presentations.
Other authors slated to appear on the Main Stage are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (12:30-1:30 p.m.), Shonda Rhimes (2-3 p.m.), Bob Woodward (4-5 p.m.), Raina Telgemeier (5:30-6:30 p.m.) and Salman Rushdie (7-8 p.m.). Tickets are not required for these presentations. 
Activities on the exhibition floor, including book sales, begin at 9 a.m. and other festival stages will begin presentations at 10 a.m.  A complete schedule will be available atloc.gov/bookfest.
            For more information on National Book Festival authors and schedule, visit loc.gov/bookfest.

Cheré Dastugue Coen is the author of several Louisiana romances under the pen name of Cherie Claire. She is also the author of “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” “Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “Exploring Cajun Country: A Historic Guide to Acadiana” and co-author of “Magic’s in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets.” Write her at cherecoen@gmail.com.