On Saturday, one of the better annual events in DC took place: the National Book Festival.
I just love the Book Festival-- it takes the whole space of the Mall between the Smithsonians, and it's packed with people. It's so cool to see so many people going to an event focusing on books. This was also one of the first big events we brought Alice to last year after we got her, and we were super excited to bring her again.
This year, the weather was unseasonably awful-- no more than mid-60s and raining. And yet, they're estimating that over 130,000 people attended-- and many with their dogs, too. A new record! What was extra neat this year is that there were a ton of kids' activities-- writers, tents, book characters, and activities. There were kids everywhere!
One of the special things that they had was Clifford, the Big Red Dog.
Another was... TARGET DOG!
Bullseye was even doing tricks for the kids when they got up for their pictures with him. So cute.
Oh! And the DC K9 Unit was there, too.
The Festival posters (which they also give away at the event) each year are really cool and have a melange of different book characters on them. This year, they had Alice and Wonderland characters on them. We had to get Alice's picture when we found the Mad Hatter flag.
I had one picture that I really wanted to get: Alice with John Irving. Three years ago, a couple of my friends and I went to an event called An Evening with Harry, Carrie, and Garp. It was a benefit reading at Radio City Music Hall featuring Stephen King, JK Rowling, and John Irving. It was one of the coolest things I've ever experienced-- whether or not you like any of the authors, if you ever have a chance to go to one of their readings, absolutely do it. They were all incredible. I'd never read any Irving books beforehand (and sadly, still haven't-- it's on my to-do list), but I instantly became a fan. I really wanted to have little Alice's picture with him.
Between the crowd and umbrellas, the picture was a little tough, but it's close enough.
When we got back to the parking garage, we noticed a great magnet on the car parked next to us:
Gotta love book-lovin' dog people.