Reston’s Alexander Among Authors at National Book Festival

Kwame Alexander/Courtesy of Kwame AlexanderReston author Kwame Alexander will be one of the headliners at the National Book Festival in D.C. next month.

The Library of Congress’ National Book Festival, in its 15th year, brings together 175 authors with their fans. There are book signings, readings and a family friendly activity expo, among other events.

The event used to be held on the National Mall, but has been moved inside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Alexander’s presentation will be from 11:20 to 11:50 a.m.  He will hold a book signing from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Alexander is an acclaimed poet, novelist and book author. He received the 2015 Newbery Medal for his teen novel The Crossover.

He is the author of 18 books and the founder of two literacy organizations, Book-in-a-Day and LEAP for Ghana.

Book-in-a-Day is a literacy program that has used poetry to inspire more than 3,000 student authors in 72 schools, including many in the Reston area. LEAP for Ghana is an international literacy project that builds libraries, trains teachers and empowers children through literature.

To see the full list of authors and their scheduled National Book Festival appearance times, visit the event website.

Photo: Kwame Alexander/Courtesy of Kwame Alexander

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