National Book Festival – 2019

Published On: November 21st, 2019

On Saturday, August 31st, The New Jersey Center for the Book exhibited in the Parade of States at the 2019 National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress, at the Convention Center in Washington, DC. Tens of thousands of people visited New Jersey’s exhibit. Many picked up the educator’s guide that accompanied the book I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy chosen by NJ to represent its literary heritage. The book commemorates the fact that Ginsburg taught at Rutgers Law School in Newark, NJ from 1963 -1972.

The NJ table also featured information and illustrations from the e-serial, The Greatest Mystery in All of History, written by noted NJ authors and illustrators available on the Center’s website. Kathy Picarello, NJ Center for the Book Executive Board member and Sharon Rawlins, the NJ State Library’s NJ Center of the Book Board liaison greeted the crowds. Several Junior League volunteers cheerfully helped Picarello and Rawlins stamp the map of the states for the kids. Children’s paperback books, bookmarks, NJ Loves Readers pencils, Rutgers logoed pens and pop sockets, string bracelets, NJ pins, mints, and NJ pamphlets and roadmaps supplied by the Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce were also distributed.

Hundreds of people also posted their favorite book on the board that asked, “What book can’t you live without?” Click here to learn what they said!

The National Book Festival is free and open to the public.