Gaithersburg Book Festival 2017

Meet Authors at a Literary Event in Montgomery County, Maryland

Gaithersburg Book Festival

The Gaithersburg Book Festival is a literary festival in Gaithersburg, Maryland that was modeled after the National Book Festival in Washington DC. Authors of both national and local acclaim address and interact with readers at a free all-day, outdoor event set on the grounds of Gaithersburg’s City Hall. The event has something for everyone covering a wide range of topics including children's books, memoirs, fiction, non-fiction, historical novels, and much more. The festival includes panel discussions on hot topics in the book world and one-on-one conversations between authors and critics and industry insiders.

Date and Time
May 20, 2017, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Grounds of Gaithersburg City Hall
31 S. Summit Avenue
Gaithersburg Maryland

Free parking and shuttle buses are available from the Shady Grove Metro station and Lakeforest Mall

Festival Highlights

  • Nationally Known and Award-Winning Authors – More than 100 featured authors include winners and finalists for all the major American awards (Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, Newbery Medal) and dozens of national, New York Times best-sellers.
  • Children’s Village – Featuring some of the top authors in children’s literature; Imagination Station where children can perform or watch professional entertainers.
  • Workshops – Topics range from writing books, comedy, college admissions essays and graphic novels to promoting your work, getting your poems published and succeeding in a freelance writing career. Advance registration for the workshops is required.
  • Multilingual Story Time Tent - New this year, the tent will feature stories written in Spanish, French, Farsi, Hindi, Korean and Vietnamese, read by students and educators from the Universities at Shady Grove. The readings will last 20 minutes, and are scheduled every half hour beginning at 10 a.m.  

Attending Authors

FICTION:   Jami Attenberg,  Eleanor Brown,  Jade Chang,  Alex George,  Dominic Smith and  J. Courtney Sullivan

NON-FICTION:  Sidney Blumenthal, Peter Cozzens,  Kay Redfield Jamison,  Beth Macy,  Joan Nathan,  Juan Williams interviewing Craig Shirley, and  Dan Zak

MYSTERY: Laura Lippman and David Swinson

CHILDREN'S AND MIDDLE GRADE: Doreen Cronin, Brian Floca, Kimberly Willis Holt,  Tom Lichtenheld,  Dave Roman,  Sheila Turnage and Salina Yoon

YOUNG ADULT: Michelle Knudsen, Meg Medina and Carol Weston

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