National Book Festival, 2014....Co-Hosted by President Obama and Mrs. Obama.

(Poster by Bob Staake)

The Missouri Center for the Book is honored to participate in the 14th annual National Festival for the Book (NFB) to be held August 30, 2014, in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., with  President and Mrs. Obama serving as NFB co-hosts.  Representing the Missouri Center for the Book (MCB) will be Thomas Peters, MSU Dean of University Libraries and Director of the Ozarks Chapter of the MCB. Joining him will be Dr. James S. Baumlin, MSU Distinguished Professor of English and MCB Vice President. The popular festival is sponsored by the National Center for the Book at the Library of Congress and generously supported by Chief Officers of State Library Agencies in asscociation with the State Library of Missouri.  

The Pavilion of the States, sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, salutes the literary traditions of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. A brochure available in this pavilion, called “Discover Great Places Through Reading,” offers a list of 52 books and a map encouraging festival attendees to visit all 52 tables (plus the Library of Congress Center for the Book table) to get a unique sticker or stamp. When visiting the Missouri table, children will be treated to mementos courtesy of the MCB and MSU's Meyer Library. 

UNDERGROUND, Finding the Light to Freedomwritten and illustrated by Kansas City author, Shane Evans, is the book chosen by the MCB to represent our state this year.

This year's festival will feature authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions well into the evening. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite poets and authors, get books signed, enjoy special entertainment, and stay up late for special new graphic novel, poetry and film programs.  

For more information on the National Book Festival, visit the Library of Congress website,