It's nice to see that the coming of Fall doesn't mean the end of book festivals. There are several in the mid-Atlantic this weekend where you can see some of your favorite authors, notably:
The Library of Congress' annual National Book Festival on the Mall takes place Saturday from 10 to 5. Crime fiction authors in attendance include David Baldacci, Lee Child, Mary Jane Clark, Margaret Coel, Michael Connelly, Craig Johnson, Walter Mosley, James Patterson, George Pelecanos, S.J. Rozan, Lisa Scottoline and Daniel Silva. The Washington Post has a schedule linked here.
The Baltimore Book Festival starts today and continues through Tuesday. Tomorrow you can hear Laura Lippman, although she'll be discussing a slightly different subject for her, "Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading." Donna Andrews is also on hand for a panel on "Fabulous Females of Fiction."
Fall for the Book at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia is also underway, with guests to include Louis Bayard, Meredith Cole, James Ellroy, Susan Froetschel, Matthew Pearl, Michael Sims, and Daniel Stashower. Bayard, Pearl, and Stashower are teaming up for a celebratory panel in honor of Poe's 200th birthday.