"Envy" named Washington’s entry for National Book Festival

News Release
Issued: September 20, 2012

OLYMPIA...The Washington State Library has chosen "Envy," written by Gregg Olsen, as the book to represent Washington in the Pavilion of the States at the 2012 National Book Festival.

The National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, is now in its 12th year. This popular event, celebrating the joys of reading and lifelong literacy, will be held Sept. 22-23 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

"We are delighted that a Washington native and best-selling author has written the first book in what promises to be a very exciting young adult series called The Empty Coffin", said Acting Washington State Librarian Rand Simmons. "Envy was the perfect choice for us this year since it is not only by a Washington author but is also set in Port Gamble, on Washington's Kitsap Peninsula."

"Envy is fun, suspenseful and quite intriguing," said Crystal Lentz, who organizes the Washington State Library's participation in the National Book Festival. "I am really excited about the release of the second book in the series this month. I want to know what is happening with the twins!"

The Pavilion of the States represents the reading and library promotion programs and literary events in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. trusts and territories. When people enter the Pavilion they pick up a Discover Great Places Through Reading map of the United States, which they can take around to each state, trust, and territory in the Pavilion to be stamped or stickered. The map includes a "Great Reads about Great Places" list of books on the back. Each state selects a work of either fiction or nonfiction about the state or by an author from the state that is a good read for children or young adults, who are the primary audience for the Pavilion of the States.

The Pavilion of the States is organized by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and sponsored by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

The Washington State Library is part of the Office of Secretary of State.