At the annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., thousands of book lovers and more than 100 authors descend to share a love of literature, nonfiction and poetry.

This year, we teamed up with photographer Jesse Dittmar to take these portraits of women we admire in the world of books.

They are debut novelists, illustrators, young adult authors, writers of children’s books and Pulitzer Prize nominees.

Susan Choi, author of ‘Trust Exercise’

Author Susan Choi (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)
Author Susan Choi (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)

Angie Kim, author of ‘Miracle Creek’

Author Angie Kim (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)
Author Angie Kim (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)

Madeline Miller, author of ‘Circe’

Author Madeline Miller (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)
Author Madeline Miller (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)

Gale Galligan, illustrator of ‘The Baby-sitters Club’ graphic novel series

Cartoonist Gale Galligan (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)
Cartoonist Gale Galligan (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)

R.O. Kwon, author of ‘The Incendiaries’

Author R.O. Kwon (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)
Author R.O. Kwon (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)

Laila Lalami, author of ‘The Other Americans’

Author Laila Lalami (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)
Author Laila Lalami (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)

Renée Watson, author of ‘Some Places More Than Others’

Author Renee Watson (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)
Author Renee Watson (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)

Lydia Millet, author of ‘Fight No More’

Author Lydia Millet (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)
Author Lydia Millet (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)

Reyna Grande, author of ‘The Distance Between Us’

Author Reyna Grande (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)
Author Reyna Grande (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)

Ann M. Martin, author of ‘The Baby-sitters Club’ series

Author Ann M. Martin (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)
Author Ann M. Martin (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)

Mitali Perkins, author of ‘Forward Me Back to You’

Author Mitali Perkins (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)
Author Mitali Perkins (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)

Aminatta Forna, author of ‘Happiness’

Author Aminatta Forna (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)
Author Aminatta Forna (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)

Rebecca Makkai, author of ‘The Great Believers’

Author Rebecca Makkai (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)
Author Rebecca Makkai (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)

Sigrid Nunez, author of ‘The Friend’

Author Sigrid Nunez (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)
Author Sigrid Nunez (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)

Gale Galligan and Ann M. Martin of ‘The Baby-sitters Club’ series

(L-R) Cartoonist Gale Galligan and Author Ann M. Martin (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)
(L-R) Cartoonist Gale Galligan and Author Ann M. Martin (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)

Ann Patchett refuses to buy a smartphone. Maybe that’s why she’s written so many books.

Last week, Patchett released her latest novel, ‘The Dutch House’

The ‘very intimate, very intense’ world of Angie Kim’s ‘Miracle Creek’

The debut novel by Kim is Lily Lit Club’s September pick