Bethesda Literary Festival 2017

 Courtesy of Bethesda Literary Festival

Each spring Downtown Bethesda hosts the annual Bethesda Literary Festival featuring local and national authors, journalists and poets, essay, short story and poetry contests, and children’s events. All events are free and are held throughout downtown Bethesda’s hotels, bookstores and community centers.
Dates and Times: April 21 -23, 2017, Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

2017 Bethesda Literary Festival Participants

  • bestselling author Jennifer Close, The Hopefuls
  • Pulitzer Prize- winning Washington Post editor Marc Fisher, Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power, which he co-wrote with award-winning Washington Post reporter Michael Kranish
  • former Washington Post reporter Frank Ahrens, Seoul Man
  • best-selling author Kate Alcott, The Hollywood Daughter
  • Kathleen Barber, Are You Sleeping
  • Jessica Anya Blau, The Trouble with Lexie
  • award-winning writer Michelle Brafman, Bertrand Court
  • award-winning biographer John A. Farrell, Richard Nixon: The Life; Katherine Heiny, Standard Deviation
  • television journalist Christina Kovac, The Cutaway
  • Carolyn Parkhurst, Harmony

 Bethesda Literary Festival’s Writing Contest

Budding writers and poets from the community are encouraged to participate in the annual writing contest. Poets can share original poems about any topic. Winners of all three contests will receive prizes and will be honored at special events during the festival.

Festival Locations

Barnes & Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave.
Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd.
Doubletree Bethesda, 8120 Wisconsin Ave.
Hilton Garden Inn, 7301 Waverly St.
Hyatt Regency Bethesda, 7400 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda Elementary School, 7600 Arlington Rd.
The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St.
Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East-West Hwy.
For more information and a complete schedule of events, please call (301) 215-6660 or visit

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