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The Center for the Book at New Hampshire State Library

For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary Russell, 603-271-2866
September 20, 2010

The Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library
will feature the work of Lita Judge at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Alongside representatives from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the New Hampshire Center for the Book will promote the Granite State at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010.

In the festival’s Pavilion of the States, the New Hampshire Center for the Book will feature the book Born to be Giants: How Baby Dinosaurs Grew to Rule the World, written and illustrated by Lita Judge. The New Hampshire table will also provide information about visiting the Granite State and about our literary heritage. Lita Judge lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Her books have been chosen as Junior Library Guild selections, ALA Notable Books, Smithsonian Notable Books for Children, and have been nominated for various state book awards. Her book, Pennies for Elephants, won the New Hampshire Outstanding Work of Children’s Literature Award in 2009. You can learn more about Lita Judge at her website, http://www.litajudge.com.

The stellar lineup for the 10th annual National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, will include international best-selling author Ken Follett; Rae Armantrout, winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize for poetry; National Book Award winner Julia Glass; Pat Mora, one of the nation’s most beloved writers for children; and Elizabeth Kostova, author of the worldwide sensations The Historian and The Swan Thieves. They will be among more than 70 authors now slated to appear at the event on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010. The event, free and open to the public, will run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. between 3rd and 7th streets on the National Mall. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, the First Lady, will be honorary chairs of the event.

The website for the 10th annual National Book Festival (www.loc.gov/bookfest) features "vote for your favorite Book Festival author." Book-lovers will be able to select from among the roughly 500 authors who have appeared at the nine previous National Book Festivals, or will appear at this year’s festival, using an alphabetical listing or voting from the page that includes each author’s biography and photograph. The top 10 vote-getters will be displayed on the voting page, with daily updates. "One of the ways we’re observing the 10th year of the festival, celebrating ‘A Decade of Words and Wonder,’ is to make our festival website more interactive and lively," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "We’ve had a wealth of authors at the festival, and this is one more way for their fans to show their allegiance." The website also has new multimedia offerings including clips from interviews with past Book Festival authors.

The Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library was established in 2003 to celebrate and promote reading, books, literacy and the literary heritage of New Hampshire, and to highlight the role that reading and libraries play in enriching the lives of the people of the Granite State. It is an affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. Visit http://nhbookcenter.org to learn about the activities of the Center, including state coordination of Letters About Literature, a national student writing competition; and the annual Ladybug Picture Book Award.

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