I went to the Library of Congress's National Book Festival this year for two reasons: (1) because the lineup of authors and events was so good, it gave me the vapors; and (2) because the Maryland Center for the Book had chosen GENIE WISHES to represent Maryland on the list below--Great Reads About Great Places. I'd offered to spend some time at the Maryland booth in the Pavilion of States.
If I ever need reassurance that people still read and care about books, I'll remember this festival, with its long lines and active booths.
In the Politics & Prose book sales area, there was this cool wall-size list of independent bookstores by state.
Before I left, I stopped for my longtime favorite Elizabeth McCracken's signature on her newest book.