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LOC 2018 National Book Festival Sept. 1

August 28, 2018

A diverse lineup of authors – including 40 who write for children and teens – as well as readings, trivia, costumed characters and interactive exhibits will provide a wide variety of family-friendly activities at the 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival. 


The 18th festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 1 from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm (doors open at 8:30 a.m.) at the Washington Convention Center. 


The event is free and open to everyone.


This year’s festival will include two stages for children’s authors, one for teens and a variety of activities on the Concourse and Lower Level presented by the Library of Congress and festival sponsors. Authors for children and teens appearing at the festival include: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jacqueline Woodson, bestselling author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Loren Long, Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia Acevedo, fantasy writer Leigh Bardugo and many more. Fans of graphic novels will find writers including Roxane Gay (“Black Panther: World of Wakanda”), Ed Piskor (“X-Men: Grand Design”) and Pénélope Bagieu (“Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World”) on the Genre Fiction stage.


Families can pick up a children’s guide to the festival at the information booth on the Lower Level and both children’s stages to plan a day of activities. The guide, which will also be available online at loc.gov/bookfest, was created by the Mensa Foundation and the Library to provide tips on what to see and do.

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Rodney Crowell Live at The Hamilton Aug. 25

August 20, 2018

Enjoy a one-evening-only performance by Rodney Crowell at The Hamilton on August 25, 2018.


Americana singer-songwriter, Rodney Crowell has deep roots that stretch back into the alternative country scene of the early seventies, yet his music defies easy classification. He says, “[Americana] is a hard category for people to get their heads around, or at least the terminology is. But all the people who represent it—Townes van Zandt, Guy Clark, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and more recent stars like John Paul White and Jason Isbell—share a common thread, and that thread is poet. Whether they are actual poets or their music exemplifies a poetic sensibility, generally speaking, the Americana artist shuns commercial compromise in favor of a singular vision. Which resonates with me.”

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The Hamilton is located at 600 14th Street NW.

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Live at The Hamilton This Summer

July 19, 2018

Check out the hot bands coming to The Hamilton Live this summer. Chatham County Line this Saturday!  For the full schedule, click here.

The Hamilton Live is located at 600 14th Street NW.

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