National Book Festival draws thousands

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Nearly 200,000 people have descended on the National Mall this weekend for the 13th annual National Book Festival.

About a dozen tents are pitched between 9th and 14th streets, each representing a different literary genre from fiction to children's literature. Book lovers can listen to their favorite authors give presentations.

This year, over 100 notable writers will attend the event, including Margaret Atwood, Jamaica Kincaid, Joyce Carol Oates and Rick Atkinson.

Authors will also sign copies of their books at designated times throughout the weekend.

Fans arrived at the National Mall hours before the festival Saturday morning, lining up and waiting for their favorite writers to begin signing books.

The event also includes a book sale tent.

The festival runs through 5:30 p.m. Sunday.