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Posted at 5:00 PM ET, 02/ 8/2011

National Book Festival to expand

By Jacqueline Trescott
A scene from the 2010 National Book Festival on the Mall. (Jay Paul/For The Washington Post)

After a decade the Library of Congress has decided to expand the National Book Festival to two days.

This is good news to those who have waited in the long lines to hear the famous and up-and-coming writers. By the count of Librarian of Congress James H. Billington more than a million people have attended the festival in its first 10 years. "We look forward to welcoming millions more festival-goers of all ages for many years to come," Billington said. Last September an estimated 150,000 people came to the one-day program.

This year the event will take place on the National Mall Sept. 24 and 25, and as many as 70 writers are expected.

The expansion was made possible by a gift from financier and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, who donated $5 million over five years for the festival.

Full coverage: 2010 National Book Festival

By Jacqueline Trescott  | February 8, 2011; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Local Arts and Culture, library of congress  | Tags:  james h. billington, library of congress, national book festival  
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