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Balloons Over Broadway to Represent New York at National Book Festival

The Empire State Center for the Book has selected Melissa Sweet’s Balloons Over Broadway (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) to represent New York State at the 2014 National Book Festival in Washington DC.  The book is the state’s selection for the National Book Festival’s “Discover Great Places Through Reading” map. Each state selects one book about the state or by an author from the state, that is a good read for children or young adults.  The map is distributed at the Festival and listed in “Great Reads About Great Places” on the websites of both the National and Empire State Centers for the Book.

Everyone’s a New Yorker on Thanksgiving Day, when young and old rise early to see what giant new balloons will fill the skies for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  In this book, Melissa Sweet brings to life a New York and national institution, the Thanksgiving Parade and the man who was responsible for the parade’s balloons, Tony Sarg.

The selection will be formally recognized at the New York State Writers Hall of Fame Induction on June 3, where among others, Russell Banks, Mary Higgins Clark, Alice Hoffman and Maurice will be inducted during a gala dinner held at the Princeton Club of New York.

The National Book Festival will be held in Washington DC on Saturday, August 30, 2014. It will feature award-winning authors, poets, and illustrators at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Festival goers can meet their favorite authors, get books signed, have photos taken with mascots and storybook characters, and participate in a variety of learning activities. States will be promoting reading and library programs and literary events.

The Empire State Center for the Book is committed to the book in all formats. Interests of the Center include the promotion of the culture of reading, literature, literacy, book arts, and book history throughout New York State. The Center promotes literature, literacy and libraries.

For additional information contact Rocco Staino 914-475-3857.