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Sunday: Literary Hill BookFest 2014

May 3, 2014

Sunday: Literary Hill BookFest 2014

Literary Hill BookFest
Sunday, May 4, 2014
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Eastern Market, North Hall
7th Street & North Carolina Avenue SE
Capitol Hill, Washington DC 20003

If you’re in DC and like to read, stop by Eastern Market this Sunday and meet local authors and poets: Brett L. Abrams, Jonathan Bardzik, Louis Bayard, Elizabeth Becker, Simeon BookerMike Canning, Jack Colhoun, Pete Daniel, Christopher Datta, John DeFerrari, Tom Dunkel, Alison Fortier, Frederic J. Frommer, Stephen H. Grant, Mary Z. Gray, Patricia Gray, Lovey Marie Guillory, Lucinda Janke, Abby Arthur Johnson and Ronald Maberry Johnson, Anu Keene, Katy Kelly, Tim Krepp, Jonathan Lewis, Myrina McCullough, Diana McLellan, John Muller, Jean Nordhaus, Garrett Peck, Quintin Peterson, Frank Pietrucha, Robert Pohl, Gina Sangster, Canden Schwantes, Paris Singer, Benjamin Soskis, Janine K. Spendlove, Cathy Travis, Bill Walsh, Gene Weingarten, and John R. Wennersten.


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National Book Festival 2010

September 24, 2010

National Book Festival 2010

The 10th National Book Festival is this Saturday, September 25, 2910 on the National Mall. The event is produced by the Library of Congress and the honorary chairpersons are two local authors, Barack and Michelle Obama.

There will also be other giants of literature like Spike Mendelson, who will travel all the way from Capitol Hill. Sounds like a literary feast. On a bun.

The 2010 National Book Festival. It’s free.
Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, 10 AM to 5:30 PM
The National Mall in Washington, DC, between 3rd and 7th streets NW


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Happy Banned Books Week, Alaska!

September 26, 2008

Happy Banned Books Week, Alaska!


Celebrate the Freedom to Read during Banned Books Week at Title Wave Books (1360 W. Northern Lights Blvd., Anchorage, AK 99503). See the display and join the READ OUT LOUD events at 4pm on Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 when “students, teachers, and other local notables will read selections from banned or challenged books.” Contact Angela Libal at 907-278-9283 ext.111 or

On Friday, October 3, 2008, from 4 – 6pm, a panel at the University of Alaska at Anchorage Bookstore (2901 Spirit Way, Anchorage, AK 99508) will discuss Alexander Solzhenitsyn: The Man and Symbol Reconsidered as part of Banned Books Week. Contact Rachel Epstein at 786-4782.

Hmm. Anchorage is only 45 miles from Wasilla. Do you think . . . .?


Book Festival for a Nation of Non-Readers

September 26, 2008

Book Festival for a Nation of Non-Readers
Featured book of the Book Festival. Really.

Instead of distributing millions of free books to America’s children or restoring the NEA and NEH budgets, U.S. Library-Lady-in-Chief Laura Bush is hosting what we fervently hope is the last National Book Shill Festival on Washington, DC’s National Mall tomorrow, Saturday, September 27, 2008.

The festival presents our greatest living American authors: Dionne Warwick and her psychic friends, Laura Bush & Jenna Bush (what a coincidence!), Chris Duhon ( NBA Chicago Bulls) and Ivory Latta (WNBA Atlanta Dream; “good friend” of LeBron James and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges).

This year there is a Featured Book: Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out ( Candlewick Press, 2008) about the public housing facility currently occupied by, um, Laura Bush.

P.S.: Tomorrow is the start of Banned Books Week, celebrating the Freedom to Read since 1982.

Our sympathies to the beleaguered employees of the Library of Congress whose valuable time and resources have been wasted on this absurd Book Fest. It will probably rain tomorrow, too. Stay home and read banned books.

Blogosphere Record

October 9, 2007

Zooming up in Technorati Rank from #30 Million to #540,306 in one month! Zowie!

NotionsCapital has established what is thought to be a record throughout the Entire Known Blogosphere.

Yesterday, for the first time in 113 posts, these words appeared on this blog: George W. Bush.

Check for yourself. This blog was up for one full month without ever mentioning that name.

I’m amazed, too. Most blogs start their first posts with that name, followed by expletives or (rare now) benedictions, and continue to use it at least once daily. Even blogs with names like World o’ Guppies (“. . . scale rot due to pollution and Global Warming, thanks to . . .”) Action Accountant (“. . . deregulation and tax incentives due to the bold foresight of . . .”) and Scrap Metal Scraps (“. . . nary a decent chunk of copper or brass since that . . .”).

I promise not to make a habit of it here. I mean, what’s the point?

Of course the charming Laura and Jenna will continue to amuse and inspire us by naively assuming the American publishing industry shares their love of literature.

And then there are those nasty little Republicanines Miss Beazley and Barney . . . .


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Books. Heard of them?

September 10, 2007

Mercer Mayer

The 2007 National Book Festival will be held on the National Mall Saturday, Sept. 29th. There is still time to actually read a book before attending.

 The Library of Congress and hostess Mrs. Laura Bush realize Americans don’t really read books, whatever Librarian of Congress James H. Billington says in the press release. That’s why NBA and WNBA basketball players, people dressed like children’s television characters, and TV news personalities (with books about the times they were actual reporters) will wander the grounds. 

 Pavilions are organized like a shopping mall bookstore: Teens & Children; Fiction & Fantasy; Mysteries & Thrillers; History & Biography; Home & Family; and Poetry (I think there will be performance poets to wake you up). Don’t miss the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program in the Pavilion of the States (Noisy patron? Phasers on “stun!”).

 70 authors, illustrators and poets, some of them famous for being well-known, will talk about their books and sign them. Do they flog books at these things, like at a bookstore appearance? If so, the press release is too polite to say so, perhaps because Judith Martin (“Miss Manners”) will be there. Authors to pester include Edward P. Jones, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen L. Carter, and N. Scott Momaday.