Today was the first day of the annual National Book Festival in Washington DC – and it was great! It began raining about half-way through the day, but that did absolutely nothing to dampen the festive spirit.
Unfortunately, one of my big reasons to go – beyond the awesome author lineup (can anyone say Margaret Atwood, Veronica Roth, and Holly Black?) – had been mysteriously disappeared when I swung by the signing lines to get a book signed for my kid brother. Twitter cleared everything up, though – a delayed flight kept Jonathan Maberry from the Festival. Sorry bro! I don’t suppose you’re a Joyce Carol Oates fan?
Shortly after, rockstar author Veronica Roth spoke about her upcoming book, her movie, and her experience writing Divergent while in college. Her pavilion was packed, with the standing-room-only crowd stretching beyond the overhang (yep, that’s where I was). Though it rained steadily, it was very much worth it. This is my second time hearing her speak and she is always great.
Tomorrow’s speakers include Susan Cooper, Tamora Pierce, Elizabeth Moon, and Khaled Hosseini. Can’t wait!
Update: Tomorrow was awesome. Read about my Sunday adventures here.