Among the headliners: Margaret Atwood, Baltimore's own Taylor Branch, Don DeLillo, Khaled Hosseini, Barbara Kingsolver, Joyce Carol Oates, and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. All together, there will be more than 100 speakers and there isn't much drop-off through the lineup. Take a quick glance at the list, and you'll see names including T.C. Boyle, Geraldine Brooks, Patricia Cornwell, Junot Díaz, Charlaine Harris, Jeff Kinney (Go Terps!), Marilynne Robinson, Lisa Scottoline and Mario Vargas Llosa.
The free festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22, on the National Mall. The event is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine. An estimated 210,000 people attended last year, organizers said.