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Derek Lawrence
July 12, 2016 AT 05:16 PM EDT

Stephen King is set to kick off the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival.

The legendary author will open the festival’s main stage with a presentation and recognition from the Library for his lifelong work promoting literacy. The festival, now in its 16th year, is an annual event that celebrates the world of literature by assembling best-selling authors for panel discussions, book signings, and more.

This year’s festival will be on Sept. 24 at the Walter E. Convention Center in Washington D.C., with King’s presentation starting at 11 a.m. Tickets to the event are free and will be available beginning Sept. 14.

Other notable authors set to appear later in the day on the main stage are Shonda Rhimes, Bob Woodward, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

More information on the festival can be found here.  

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