National Book Festival — September 22nd and 23rd

The 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival is September 22nd and 23rd in Washington, D.C. The first National Book Festival was in 2001, and was hosted by then First Lady Laura Bush. She based the idea for the National Book Festival on the already established Texas Book Festival which is at the end of October each year in Austin.  This year the National Book Festival is featuring over 135 authors, reading related activities and discussions, and a behind the scenes tour of the Library of Congress.  

The Pavilion of the States, sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will be saluting the literary traditions of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. Each state was asked to select a book that best represents its literary tradition. This year the title that Texas is featuring is:

Old Yeller  by Fred Gipson

Original Date: 1956                                                      

1860s Texas. Fourteen-year-old Travis at first resents the big, yellow stray dog that hangs around his home, but he comes to love and depend on him. With his father away on a cattle drive, Travis is the man of the house and looks to Old Yeller for help and protection. Newbery Award winner.                                                                  

This book is available in Braille, on digital cartridge, and on cassette from TBP. Please call us at 1-800-252-9605 and ask for one of the following book numbers:

  • BR   07798         
  • BR   11976         
  • DB   47404 
  • RC   15325        
  • RC   47404   

There will be podcasts and webcasts throughout the National Book Festival, as well as many people using Twitter to discuss the Festival. For more information about the National Book Festival, or to listen to the podcasts or webcasts, please go to the festival website: