National Book Festival features poetry slam, books made into movies, top chefs

WASHINGTON (AP/WJLA) - New events are being added to this year's National Book Festival, including a poetry slam, a discussion with writers whose books were made into movies, and cooking demonstrations by top chefs.

The festival on Saturday runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. It's moving inside to the Washington Convention Center after a decade on the National Mall.

The "Great Books to Great Movies" discussion Saturday evening will feature authors E.L. Doctorow, Paul Auster, Alice McDermott and Lisa See. Doctorow will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction.

This year's festival includes a poetry slam, a discussion about books that have been made into movies and live cooking demonstrations from some top chefs.

Pavilions for various reading subjects will feature more than 100 authors and illustrators. The Pavilion of the States will feature each state's literary heritage. New pavilions will focus on science, picture books and the culinary arts.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are the honorary hosts.

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