May 5, 2010

Gaithersburg book festival Offers Pulitzer Prize Winner, Featured Oprah Guest, ESPN analyst and Renowned children’s authors

The first annual Gaithersburg Book Festival has something for everyone: a 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner, a rising literary star who appeared this week on The Oprah Winfrey Show, a National Book Award winner, a Newbery Medal winner, an ESPN analyst, a popular political blogger, several bestsellers, the beloved author of many books in the American Girl series, performances from some of the area’s best musicians and poets, and the chance for children and adults to participate in hands-on workshops. Highlights of the Gaithersburg Book Festival – which is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 – include:

* More than 50 authors, including bestsellers, award winners and up-and-comers – From fiction and non-fiction to children, teens and tweens, there is an author sure to suit every taste. Categories covered include – but are not limited to – current events, literary fiction, history, politics, chick lit, parenting, mystery, sports, biography, and memoirs. Attendees will have a chance to purchase presenting authors’ books and have them signed by the authors. Details:

* Writing Workshops – From drawing comics to establishing a freelance writing career, the festival’s eight workshops will appeal to aspiring (and established) writers of all ages. Details:

* Children’s Village – Children will enjoy a full day of free activities in the Children’s Village, including “meet and greets” with popular authors, workshops, a musical performance and more. Details:

* Ogden Nash Coffee House – Hear some of the region’s most inspiring musicians and poets while sipping on coffee and snacking on pastries. Details:

* Exhibitors and Vendors — When not listening to author presentations or taking advantage of other festival activities, you can visit more than 70 exhibiting authors and other book-related exhibitors, as well as food vendors serving both snacks and meals. Details:

The Gaithersburg Book Festival will take place on the grounds of City Hall in historic Olde Towne Gaithersburg. Admission is free. Festival attendees should park at Lakeforest Mall and take a free shuttle bus to the City Hall grounds. The shuttle leaves from the Transit Center Parking Lot near Sears (at the corner of Odendhal and Lost Knife roads) beginning at 9:30 a.m. The last shuttle will leave the Festival area at 6:30 p.m. Parking at Lakeforest Mall is free. No alcohol, skateboards, rollerblades, bicycles or pets will be permitted on the grounds of the Gaithersburg Book Festival. Here are more details.

About the Gaithersburg Book Festival: The Gaithersburg Book Festival is an annual, all-day celebration of the written word, designed to become the region’s premier literary event. It debuts on May 15, 2010, on the grounds of Gaithersburg City Hall, with shuttle buses running from Lakeforest Mall. Activities include author appearances, discussions and book signings; writing workshops; a full Children’s Village; a Coffee House with poets and singers/songwriters; onsite book sales, both new and used; exhibitors and, of course, food, drink, ice cream and more from local restaurants, with perhaps a taste-test or two from some of our food-related authors. Admission is free. For more information please visit

The Gaithersburg Book Festival is presented in partnership with Barnes and Noble-Gaithersburg, Friends of the Library, the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce, and Chloe's Coffee and Gallery, and is sponsored in part by Asbury Methodist Village; Aris and Marianne Mardirossian Charitable Foundation; Bethesda Magazine; Crown Farm; Clear Channel Radio Stations: BIG 100, 97.1 WASH FM, 98.7 WMZQ; Comcast; Verizon; Washingtonian Center and Washington Parent Magazine.

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