National Book Festival at Walter E. Washington Convention Center Saturday, Aug. 30

If you’re a fan of the written word, your plans this weekend are covered. You’re visiting the 2014 National Book Festival at its new home, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The festival’s aim is to connect fans with their favorite authors by welcoming dozens of writers to speak and sign a mountain of books throughout the day. And though the festival has been condensed from two days to one, organizers have managed to pack every hour with activities for readers. This year’s lineup features a mix of fiction, history, and graphic novels; speakers include former Politico White House bureau chief Jonathan Allen, former Federal Reserve Chairman and immortal being Alan Greenspan, and Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley (pictured). As if a day of swooning over beloved authors wasn’t enough, the festival concludes with a night of back-to-back special events like a poetry slam, a “graphic novel super session,” and a panel discussion called “Great Books to Great Movies.” So put down that book, get out of the house, and pick up a different title at this literary celebration. The National Book Festival begins at 10 a.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Free. (888) 714-4696.

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