July 2017 | Rebecca Rego Barry

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.

NBF17-Poster-April-sm-581x1024.jpg"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