Sunday, September 4, 2022

National Book Festival 2022


The Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden

Ryan La Sala, author of The Honeys, was 
so fun and friendly!

The panel discussion for Blackout moderated 
by Dr. Hayden and featuring Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Ashley Woodfolk, Dhonielle Clayton, and Nicola Yoon. 

We met Instructions for Dancing and Blackout 
author Nicola Yoon who who so 
very gracious and friendly. 

Tiffany D. Jackson and Ryan La Sala 
discussed their young adult horror books. 

📚 𝐇𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐲 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲 📚

I had a very bookish day yesterday. If you looked at my stories, you know my daughter and I went to the National Book Festival in Washington DC. It was fabulous! It’s a free event put on by the @librarycongress and it was filled with presentations and panel discussions by an amazing array of authors. No matter your reading tastes or age, there was something there for everyone. 

My daughter and I concentrated on the young adult authors. We saw a panel featuring Donna Barba Higuera, Darcie Little Badge, and Malinda Lo discussing their award winning books. Then we watched Tiffany D. Jackson and Ryan La Sala discuss their ya horror books and the importance of representation. We caught the end of Nyle DiMarco’s discussion of his book Deaf Utopia. Our highlight was the panel discussion by the authors of the bestseller Blackout. The panel was hosted by the Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden. It was so great to hear Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Ashley Woodfolk, Dhonielle Clayton, and Nicola Yoon talk about how they worked together during lockdown to write a book of interconnected short stories celebrating black joy and love. The ladies were funny and thoughtful. I can’t wait to read the sequel coming out in November. 

I showed great restraint and only bought two books at the festival. I had to get Ryan La Sala’s The Honeys after hearing him talk about it. I also bought Nicola Yoon’s Instructions for Dancing. I loved her pervious books and just hadn’t gotten around to reading this one. I also got to chat with both authors for a moment while they signed their books. They were both gracious and friendly. 

It was an excellent day surrounded by books and authors. Kudos to the LOC, sponsors, and all the friendly volunteers for their hard work putting this festival on. My daughter and I already decided to go again next year. Book people are the best people!

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