Ivory Joins NBA Legends at 2008 National Book Festival

October 1, 2008ó Atlanta Dream guard Ivory Latta joined New York Knicks point guard Chris Duhon and Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Lanier at the 2008 National Book Festival this past weekend. Held on September 27 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the National Book Festival was sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by First Lady Laura Bush. More than 70 of the nationís best-selling authors, illustrators and poets shared their love of reading and sparked readersí imaginations, creativity and passion for learning as they interacted with festival goers.

Latta, Duhon and Lanier participated in the National Book Festival Gala on Friday night, held at the Library of Congress, and the 2008 National Book Festival's Author's Breakfast on Saturday morning, held at the White House. During the ceremony, the three players presented the First Lady with a signed basketball to thank her for her leadership on this reading initiative. Following the breakfast, Latta, Duhon and Lanier joined more than 300 festival goers at the 2008 National Book Festival on the National Mall for a reading in the Children's Pavilion. Three lucky children were selected to join them on stage to read Where the Wild Things Are and Zen Ties.

The NBA and the WNBA have partnered with the Library of Congress for the annual National Book Festival since its inception in 2001.

VIDEO: Ivory Latta at National Book Festival