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GBF News                                                                      November 2012

In This Issue...

GBF Accepting 2013 Featured Author Applications Until January 15

2013 Author List Growing Daily

High School Student Short Story Contest Accepting Entries Until Feburary 15

Never Too Early to Recruit Volunteers for May 18, 2013

GBF Founder Ashman Accepts County Arts & Humanities Award

Don't Keep Us a Secret: Share the GBF News with Friends and Family

Sponsor the GBF and Gain Visibility

Thanks to our Newest Sponsors


Socialize With Us

GBF Accepting 2013 Featured Author Applications Until January 15

Are you a writer who has dreamed about sharing the spotlight with best-selling and award-winning authors? Well, your dreams could come true at the 2013 Gaithersburg Book Festival.


If you are an author who has published a book within the last year, or has a new work coming out by May 2013, we invite you to submit to present at the fourth annual Gaithersburg Book Festival. If selected, you could present individually, be paired with other featured authors or be featured in a panel discussion.


The deadline to submit your application is January 15, 2013.  For more details, visit the GBF website.

2013 Author List Growing Daily

The list of confirmed authors for the 2013 Gaithersburg Book Festival continues to grow.  The newest additions to our roster include: 


~ Non-Fiction ~

Kitty Kelley is an internationally acclaimed author whose last five books reached number one on the New York Times best-seller list. Her latest book is “Capturing Camelot: The Iconic Images of Stanley Tretick,” and in 2013 she will publish “Let Freedom Ring” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Kelley also has written biographies of Oprah Winfrey, Nancy Reagan, the Bush Family, Frank Sinatra, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor and the British royal family. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, People, Ladies Home Journal, McCall’s, The New Republic and The American Scholar.


Leslie Maitland is the author of “Crossing the Borders of Time,” an account of her mother’s escape from the Nazis in World War II and the fiancé she left behind in Europe. Maitland is an award-winning former New York Times investigative reporter and national correspondent who covered the Justice Department. She appears regularly on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show to discuss literature. Maitland lives with her husband and two children in Bethesda, Md.


Mark K. Shriver is The New York Times and The Washington Post best-selling author of “A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver,” published in June 2012 by Henry Holt. He is the head of U.S. programs for Save the Children, where he developed the charity’s domestic emergency, early childhood development, literacy and health programs. Shriver is a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates. He resides in Bethesda, Md., with his wife and three children.


~ Fiction ~

Vaddey Ratner’s debut novel, ”In the Shadow of the Banyan,” is a New York Times best-seller and the result of her recent travels back to her native country of Cambodia and Southeast Asia. Ratner was five years old when the Khmer Rouge came to power in 1975. After four years, having endured forced labor, starvation and near-execution, she and her mother escaped while many of her family members perished. In 1981, she arrived in the U.S. as a refugee not knowing English and, in 1990, went on to graduate as her high school class valedictorian in Minnesota. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Cornell University, where she specialized in Southeast Asian history and literature. She lives in Potomac, Md., with her husband and daughter.


~ Children's ~

Fred Bowen writes the weekly KidsPost sports column in The Washington Post and is the author of 17 books of sports fiction (ages 8+) and a picture book biography of Red Sox legend Ted Williams titled “No Easy Way.” Bowen is not your usual sports-fiction writer; he always weaves a little real sports history into his fast-moving plots, and includes a history chapter at the back. He likes showing kids that the games they play are part of a large, rich tradition. Bowen grew up in Massachusetts and now lives in Silver Spring, Md.


Tommy Greenwald is the author of the Charlie Joe Jackson books, a middle-grade series about the most reluctant reader ever born. It is a projected five-book series, and is based on Tommy’s three sons: Charlie, Joe and Jack. The first book, “Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading,” was published by Roaring Brook/Macmillan in July 2011; the second, “Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Extra Credit,” was published in summer 2012. His third book, “Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Summer Vacation,” will come out in May 2013.


Mary Quattlebaum is the author of 19 award-winning children’s books, most recently “Pirate vs. Pirate,” “The Hungry Ghost of Rue Orleans” and “Jo MacDonald Had a Garden.” She has received Random House’s Marguerite de Angeli Prize for Middle-Grade Novels, Parenting‘s Reading Magic Award, SIBA’s Award for Best Picture Book and NAPPA’s Gold Award, and has been included on several state Children’s Choice lists. Quattlebaum teaches in the Vermont College MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults and at the Writer’s Center in Maryland. She also reviews books for The Washington Post and Washington Parent.

High School Student Short Story Contest Accepting Entries Until Feburary 15

Once again, the Gaithersburg Book Festival is sponsoring a short story writing contest for Washington, D.C., metropolitan area high school students.


To participate, individuals must be enrolled in grades 9-12 at a public or private school, or in a homeschool program, for the 2012-13 school year, and reside in Maryland, Virginia or the District of Columbia. Stories must be no longer than 1,000 words and start with one of the following three lines, which were provided by New York Times best-selling writer Caroline Leavitt, author of “Pictures of You,” “Girls in Trouble” and “Is it Tomorrow,” which will be released in May 2013:

  • The first time he saw her, she was homeless, sitting in Union Station eating crackers from a paper bag...
  • I was 16 the year my brother vanished...
  • Every summer, whether he or she wanted to or not, one person was chosen to go to the moon...

Stories must be submitted as a Word document to by midnight ET on Friday, February 15, 2013.


Up to 15 stories will be selected as finalists and posted on the Gaithersburg Book Festival website prior to the festival on May 18, 2013. The first-, second- and third-place winners will be announced at the festival and will be awarded $100, $50 and $25 gift certificates, respectively, courtesy of the Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus.


Complete rules and regulations for the contest can be found online.

Never Too Early to Recruit Volunteers for May 18, 2013

It's never too early to start planning ahead. That's why the GBF is starting its search for volunteers now!  


As a volunteer, you'll be able to play an important role in the success of the fourth annual GBF, and have a unique chance to meet and interact with some of today’s top authors. High school students, ages 16+, also have the opportunity to earn SSL hours. 


If you are interested in volunteering to set up on Friday, May 17, or assisting the day of the festival, Saturday, May 18, please visit the GBF website for more information or to sign up

GBF Founder Ashman Accepts County Arts & Humanities Award


Photo by Clark Day


On October 22, Gaithersburg City Council member and GBF founder Jud Ashman was honored with the “Community Award” at the County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities. Ashman was recognized for founding the Gaithersburg Book Festival. Pictured above at the award ceremony (from left) Gaithersburg's Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture Michele Potter; GBF PR Chair Robin Ferrier; Catherine Leggett; Ashman and Montgomery County Executive Isiah "Ike" Leggett.


To see Jud's speech from the award's ceremony, visit the Montgomery Community Media website.

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Save the Date


4th Annual Gaithersburg Book





May 18, 2013



On the Grounds of

City Hall in

Olde Towne Gaithersburg, Md.


Sponsor the GBF and Gain Visibility

It's not too late to include the Gaithersburg Book Festival in your company's 2013 charitable giving or sponsorship plans.


A GBF sponsorship is a highly visible way to show that you support the community and value the arts.


The festival has quickly become a prestigious annual event, attracting 17,000 attendees in 2012, many of whom are among the region’s best-read and most well-educated individuals. Because of the sheer scope of the Gaithersburg Book Festival, the City of Gaithersburg is able to fund only a modest percentage of the event’s expenses. For the rest, we rely on the generosity of corporate partners, foundations and individual donors to help us deliver the world-class event that our attendees have come to expect.


To find out more about sponsorship opportunities, visit the GBF website.

Thanks to our Newest Sponsors

The GBF would like to thank those sponsors who already have committed to supporting the 2013 Gaithersburg Book Festival:


Literary Sponsor

Adventist Healthcare


In-Kind Sponsors

Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital


Penny Theater sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Quince Orchard Chapter and the Noyes Library Foundation


Nicolo Whimsey Show


Flow Circus


Frederick Keys


Leah Taylor


















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