Cartoonist Roz Chast Designs National Book Festival Poster
As we gear up for the 17th Library of Congress National Book Festival on September 2, take a look at this year's poster, designed by Roz Chast. The New Yorker cartoonist was chosen for the job by a team of graphic specialists at the LOC. Its whimsical design depicts the festival from the books' point of view, wondering what is going to happen to them today.
"Books have always been a major part of my life from the time I learned to read," explained Chast. "They are a way to escape from the world, but also a way to feel more deeply connected to it. I wanted to make a poster that expressed the excitement, appreciation, and delight I have for the books of my life."
Last month, the LOC announced the festival's Main Stage line-up, which includes historian David McCullough and novelist David Baldacci, and yesterday, the Library announced the "Booklovers Circle," a fundraising program that provides perks to donors. For a $1,000 gift, a "Booklover" will receive two badges for reserved seating in any of the festival stages; expedited entry; invitations to literary events at the LOC throughout the year; and a signed limited edition of Chast's poster.
Image courtesy of the Library of Congress