One of Washington, DC’s most revered institutions, the Library of Congress, will once again host more than seventy of the world’s best-known authors and illustrators for the 9th Annual National Book Festival on September 26th.

Held on the National Mall from 10 am to 5:30 pm, the event is free and open to bibliophiles of every discernible sort. Once again, book readings and signings will be at the open-air, genre-centric pavilions scattered throughout the grounds.

For John Grisham, Jodi Picoult and Nicolas Sparks, head to the Fiction & Fantasy tent. Walter Mosley and James Patterson are but two of this year’s Mystery & Thriller guests, while Douglas Brinkley and Ken Burns headline History & Biography. (And that’s to say nothing of the poetry and children’s offerings that will be on hand as well.)

Once can also pick up new reads at the festival’s Book Sale, sponsored by Border’s, or check out the official launch party for – the government’s latest literacy promotion endeavor.

Follow these links for a schedule of writer appearances and book signings. And, for those with the mettle to hit two book festivals in one day, don’t forget the Small Press Expo 2009, just a short trip away in Bethesda.

Culture Pages Aplenty at the National Book Festival 2009