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GBF News                                                                              April 2013

In This Issue...

Featured Authors List Grows to More than 100 as Festival Nears

Finalists Selected for High School Student Short Story Contest

Children's Village Offers a Myriad of Activities for Budding Readers

Don't Keep Us a Secret

Who Knew Volunteering Could Be So Fun?!

Sponsor a D.C. Literary Gem

Thanks to Our Newest Sponsors

Partners & Sponsors

Socialize With Us

GBF Children's Village Sponsor Washington Parent is More than a Magazine

Featured Authors List Grows to More than 100 as Festival Nears

The Gaithersburg Book Festival is just about a month away, and we've grown our list of featured authors to more than 100 best-selling, award-winning authors from around the globe. Since the last issue of the GBF News, we've added:


~ Fiction ~

Jami Attenberg’s fourth book, “The Middlesteins,” is a New York Times best-seller and a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. In 2013, it will be published in England, Taiwan, Russia, Italy, France, Turkey and the Netherlands. She has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York, Salon and others. Jami also is the author of “Instant Love,” “The Kept Man” and “The Melting Season.” She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.


Jennifer Close is the author of the national best-seller “Girls in White Dresses” and “The Smart One.” She was born and raised on the North Shore of Chicago. She is a graduate of Boston College and received her M.F.A. in fiction writing from The New School in 2005. She worked in New York in magazines for many years and now lives in Washington, D.C., where she teaches creative writing at George Washington University.


Jeanine Cummins is the national best-selling author of the groundbreaking memoir, “A Rip in Heaven: A Memoir of Murder and Its Aftermath,” and the award-winning novel, “The Outside Boy.” “The Crooked Branch” is her second novel. She worked in the publishing industry for 10 years before becoming a full-time writer. Jeanine was born in Spain, but grew up in Gaithersburg. She also has lived in California, Ireland and New York, where she resides now with her husband and their growing family.


Therese Anne Fowler’s book, “Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald,” already has been selected by O Magazine as one of its “Ten Titles to Pick Up Now” and named one of the most anticipated books of 2013 by The Huffington Post, Flavorwire, The Australian and Publishers Marketplace. Therese is an Illinois native and a graduate of North Carolina State University, where she earned a B.A. in sociology and an M.F.A. in creative writing. She taught undergraduate fiction writing and was an editorial assistant for the literary magazine Obsidian III before leaving to write fiction full time. Therese has two grown sons and two nearly grown stepsons, and lives with her husband in North Carolina.


Kathleen McCleary has written three novels: “House and Home” (2008); “A Simple Thing” (2012), which was recently nominated for the Library of Virginia Literary Awards in fiction; and “Leaving Haven” (Oct. 2013). Kathleen is a journalist and author whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Ladies Home Journal, More and Good Housekeeping. When she’s not writing, Kathleen teaches writing. She has taught as an adjunct professor at American University, and is an instructor with Writopia Labs, a nonprofit that teaches creative writing to kids. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two daughters.


Emily Jeanne Miller’s debut novel “Brand New Human Being” was called “an addictive summer novel” by Real Simple magazine. Her short stories have appeared in The Portland Review and the North American Review. Emily has a B.A. in religion from Princeton University, an M.S. from the environmental studies program at the University of Montana, and an M.F.A. from the University of Florida in Gainesville. She lives, writes and teaches in Washington, D.C.


P.J. O’Dwyer, author of “Relentless” and “Defiant,” the first and second books in the Fallon Sisters Trilogy, is an award-winning author and an active member of Romance Writers of America. Born in Washington, D.C., and the oldest of five children, P. J. was labeled the storyteller of the family and often accused of embellishing the truth. Her excuse? It made for a more interesting story. The proof was the laughter she received following her version of events. Today, P. J. lives in western Howard County, Md., with her husband Mark, teenage daughter Katie, and their cat Scoot and German Shepherd FeFe in a farmhouse they built in 1998.


Maryanne O’Hara is the author of “Cascade,” a Slate Best Books 2012 Editor’s Choice selection, People magazine “People Pick,” Boston Globe “Best of the New 2012” and Library Journal “Best Bet.” She was the longtime associate fiction editor of Ploughshares, and has had her short fiction widely published and anthologized. Maryanne is a graduate of Emerson College’s M.F.A. program, where she was winner of the Graduate Dean’s Award. She has been a recipient of grants from the St. Botolph Club Foundation and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She lives on a river near Boston.


Frances de Pontes Peebles is the author of “The Seamstress,” winner of the Elle Grand Prix for Fiction 2009 and the Friends of American Writers Award. Born in Pernambuco, Brazil, she is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has received a Fulbright Grant, the James Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award and Brazil’s Sacatar Foundation Fellowship. Her short stories have appeared in the Missouri Review, Indiana Review, O. Henry Prize Stories 2005 and Zoetrope: All-Story.


Grady Smith draws on his military career in his debut novel, “Blood Chit.” He attended infantry Officer Candidate School, Airborne and Ranger training, all at Fort Benning. He commanded an infantry company in Vietnam and ultimately spent 20 years in military service. He also is a produced playwright, and taught Greek and Roman comedy at George Mason University for seven years. His “Travel Abroad,” the first translation of a humanist Latin comedy, “Peregrinatio,” was published in 2003. He now lives in Arlington, Va., with his wife.


~ Non-Fiction ~

Peggielene Bartels, author of “King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village,” was born in Ghana in 1953 and moved to Washington, D.C., in her early twenties to work at Ghana’s embassy. She became an American in 1997. In 2008, she was chosen to be king of Otuam, a Ghanaian village of 7,000 people on the west coast of Africa.


Kathy Boehlert is a wife and the mother of three boys. When her youngest son, Patrick, was diagnosed with lymphoma at the age of nine, her family began a journey of heartache and fear. It was also a journey of incredible inspiration and support. Kathy and Patrick decided to share their account in the book “The Little Things That Matter in the Big Game.” The Boehlert family resides, attends school, works and supports the Magruder Colonels in Montgomery County, Md.


Judy Colbert is an award-winning writer and photographer who has written about Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Delaware for decades. Her latest book is “Peaceful Places Washington, D.C.: 114 Tranquil Sites in the Nation’s Capital and Beyond.” She also has written about Super Bowl trivia, temper tantrums, divorce, the hospitality industry, spas and cruising. Her articles have appeared in international, national and regional publications, and on numerous Internet sites. Her favorite reaction when someone reads something she’s written is, “I didn’t know that.” She hopes to spend a year or two cruising the Seven Seas.


Rachel S. Cox began her latest book, “Into Dust and Fire: Five Americans Who Went First to Fight the Nazi Army,” when curiosity about her lost uncle’s fate in World War II inspired her to discover the untold story of the five idealistic American volunteers who fought at El Alamein with the British. Rachel previously wrote about war for “The Civil War” and “The Epic of Flight” series of Time Life Books. A Harvard graduate, she was an editor of Preservation magazine, and her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, World War II, CQ Researcher and other national magazines.


Tom Dunkel, author of “Color Blind: The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball’s Color Line,” is a long-time contributor to The Washington Post Magazine and a former feature writer for the Baltimore Sun. His other writing credits include The New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated, National Geographic Traveler and Smithsonian. He lives in Washington, D.C. “Color Blind” is his first book.


Barbara Glickman, author of “Capital Splendor: Gardens and Parks of Washington, D.C.,” has been an avid and active member of the D.C. gardening community for many years. Her extensive travels have taken her to gardens around the country and the world. She holds a B.A. in English from Franklin and Marshall College, a Master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan, and an M.B.A. in marketing from George Washington University. She worked in health care administration for 20 years and has lived in the Washington area for more than 30 years.


Mel Goodman, the author of “National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism” and the acclaimed “Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA,” is the director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy and an adjunct professor of government at Johns Hopkins University. A former professor of international security at the National War College, Mel was an intelligence adviser to the strategic disarmament talks in the 1970s. He lives in the Washington, D.C., area.


John A. Jenkins, author of ”The Partisan: The Life of William Rehnquist,” has been writing from Washington, D.C., about the law and lawyers since 1971, when, shortly before his graduation from the University of Maryland College of Journalism, he went to work as a reporter covering the Justice Department. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, GQ and many other newspapers and national magazines in the United States and abroad. As a longtime Washington publishing executive, he built the textbook and reference publishing enterprise of Congressional Quarterly and created First Street, a revolutionary political intelligence tool for tracking money and influence in politics. He is the recipient of four Certificates of Merit from the American Bar Association Gavel Awards, one of the highest honors in legal journalism.


Karen Yaffe Lottes and Dorothy Pugh have collaborated on “In Search of Maryland Ghosts: Montgomery County.” Karen is an historian and museum educator. She worked for many years as education director for the Montgomery County Historical Society (MCHS) and is currently a museum consultant. She has developed site-specific and county-wide local history programs, including “In Search of Ghosts,” one of the first history-based Halloween programs in the Washington, D.C., area. This is Karen’s first book, although she has published extensively on the history of Montgomery County, Md., in MCHS publications as well as in local newspapers. She lives in historic Washington Grove, Md. Dorothy has had a lifelong interest in history which she was able to turn from hobby to vocation when she volunteered for many years at the MCHS’s Library and Archives as an assistant librarian and researcher. She has researched and written extensively about the history of Montgomery County. Her article “Ghost Stories of Montgomery County,” published in the Montgomery County Story, led her to the realization that most paranormal happenings can be tied into the history of a house or place, thus creating an intriguing story.


Cory MacLauchlin, author of “Butterfly in the Typewriter: The Tragic Life of John Kennedy Toole,” is a producer, biographer and teacher. He is featured in the award winning documentary film “John Kennedy Toole: The Omega Point.” He has published on topics in American and British literature, ranging from Mark Twain to the mysterious history of The Hummums, a centuries-old literary institution of London. As a member of the English faculty at Germanna Community College, he teaches American Literature and Composition. With a belief in the ability of writing to rehabilitate lives, he also teaches writing and literature classes at a nearby state prison. He currently is researching the life of Carl Laemmle.


Les Standiford is the author of 20 books and novels, including The New York Times Editors’ Choice “The Man Who Invented Christmas” and The New York Times best-selling “Bringing Adam Home.” AARP Magazine named his latest book, “Desperate Sons: Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Patrick Henry and the Desperate Radicals Who Led the Colonies to War,” its #1 “Big Read” for the winter season. He is the recipient of fellowships in fiction from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. He directs the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami, where he lives with his wife Kimberly, a psychotherapist and artist.


~ Children's & Young Adult ~ 

Christopher Healy is the author of “The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle” and “The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.” He has been deeply immersed in children’s media for most of the past decade, covering children’s entertainment for Parenting, Time Out New York Kids, Real Simple Family, Cookie, iVillage and AOL’s He lives with his wife and two children in Maplewood, N.J. 


Illustrator Diane Kidd and Margaret A. Weitekamp, Ph.D., a space history curator at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, have collaborated on the children’s book, “Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery.” Diane’s book “Weird Stories From the Lonesome Café” won the Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media Award, the Beverly Cleary Award and Nevada Young Reader’s Award. Diane is the manager of the Barron Hilton Early Childhood program at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. Margaret oversees more than 4,000 individual pieces of space memorabilia and space science fiction objects. In addition to writing “Pluto’s Secret,” she has co-edited a scholarly volume called “Analyzing Art and Aesthetics” and written the award-winning “Right Stuff, Wrong Sex: America’s First Women in Space Program.”


~ Special Interest ~

Matt Dembicki is a local comics creator who edited and contributed to the comic anthology “District Comics,” named one of The Washington Post‘s best books of 2012. He also edited and contributed to “Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection,” a 2011 Eisner Award nominee and 2011 Aesop Prize winner. Matt was the writer and artist on the 2012 graphic novel “Xoc: The Journey of a Great White Shark.” In 2005, he co-founded the D.C. Conspiracy, a comics creators collaborative in Washington. He has two books scheduled for release in 2014 from Fulcrum Publishing.


Courtney Rau is a 15-year-old songwriter who has been singing, playing music and acting most of her life. She has had lead roles in many musicals and productions, and her passion for music keeps growing. In 2010, Courtney was crowned Miss Teen Potomac. Courtney has spent a lot of time in Nashville this past year writing and recording original music, and performing at local writers’ nights, including the Commodore Grille, Loew’s Hotel and Opry Mills Mall. She recently completed a music video with Jessica Harp of her latest single, “After the Storm.”


Sarah Schmelling, author of “Ophelia Joined the Group Maidens Who Don’t Float: Classic Lit Signs on to Facebook,” is a journalist and humor writer. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Spin, Slate, Salon, Newsweek, Real Simple, The Los Angeles Times, Parents, The Huffington Post and many other publications. She is a frequent contributor to McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and a piece she wrote for that site, “Hamlet (Facebook News Feed Edition),” inspired “Ophelia Joined the Group Maidens Who Don’t Float.” She lives with her family outside of Washington, D.C.


 ~ Poetry ~ 

Eric Pankey is the author of nine collections of poetry, most recently “Trace.” He is the Heritage Chair in Writing at George Mason University and his work has been supported by fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. His poems have appeared widely in journals such as Poetry, The New Yorker, The New Republic and The Yale Review.

Finalists Selected for High School Student Short Story Contest

Judges have selected 12 finalists from a pool of more than 200 entries for the Gaithersburg Book Festival’s third annual High School Student Short Story Contest. The first-, second- and third-place winners, along with a fan favorite, will be announced at the festival on May 18 at 12:30 p.m. in the Ogden Nash tent. Winners will receive $100, $50 and $25 gift certificates, respectively. The prizes are provided by the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus.


The winning stories will be selected by New York Times best-selling author Caroline Leavitt (“Pictures of You” and “Is It Tomorrow”), who is a featured author at the 2013 Gaithersburg Book Festival and presented at the festival in 2011. Leavitt also provided the three opening lines from which students had to choose when writing their stories.


The 12 finalists are: 

  • Jennifer Baik – Ellicott City, Md. (Centennial High School, grade 12, Howard County)
  • Megan Baldwin – Rockville, Md. (Walter Johnson High School, grade 11, Montgomery County)
  • Rebecca Danaceau – Gaithersburg, Md. (Northwest High School, grade 12, Montgomery County)
  • Casey Early – Fairfax, Va. (Robinson Secondary School, grade 11, Fairfax County)
  • Mia Harris – Annandale, Va. (Washington Waldorf School, grade 9, Fairfax County)
  • Rachel Page – Washington, D.C. (Woodrow Wilson High School, grade 9) 
  • Nur Simsek – Fairfax, Va. (Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, grade 10, Fairfax County)
  • Cary Spector – Chevy Chase, Md. (Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, grade 12, Montgomery County)
  • Caroline E. Steel – Kensington, Md. (Walter Johnson High School, grade 11, Montgomery County)
  • Becky Sutherland – Manassas, Va. (Osbourn Park High School, grade 11, Prince William County)
  • Devin Taylor – Silver Spring, Md. (Northwood High School, grade 12, Montgomery County)
  • Joey Vaughan – Vienna, Va. (Oakton High School, grade 10, Fairfax County) 

This year’s list includes two students – Baik and Spector – who were also finalists in the 2012 contest.


Entrants included public, private, and homeschooled students from 16 jurisdictions throughout D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Jurisdictions included the Maryland counties of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Howard and Montgomery; and the Virginia counties of Arlington, Chesapeake, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Fairfax, Fauquier, Goochland, King George and Prince William.


The finalists’ stories have been posted to the Gaithersburg Book Festival website. Visitors are encouraged to go read the stories and give a “thumbs up” to those stories they like best to determine the “Fan Favorite” entry.

Children's Village Offers a Myriad of Activities for Budding Readers

Whether your child wants to listen to a favorite author talk about how he or she writes a book, create his or her own original story or make a reading buddy, the Gaithersburg Book Festival is the place to be.


Featuring some of the top authors in children’s literature, the festival’s jam-packed Children’s Village also will include the Imagination Station, where children can perform or watch professional entertainers; the StoryTime Tent, which will host storybook readings by educators from the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and the parents of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III; Writopia Lab Workshop Tent, where the next generation of budding novelists and poets can hone their craft; and hands-on activities run by local non-profit groups.


Among the award-winning line-up of featured children’s and young adult authors are:

Imagination Station

At the Imagination Station children’s stage, festival attendees can be treated to performances by storytellers, puppeteers, jugglers, authors and even a little magic. The curtain will rise with two shows from Penny Theatre, sponsored by Friends of the Library, Quince Orchard Chapter and the Noyes Library Foundation. Other featured performances on the Imagination Station stage include:

  • Arianna Ross & Story Tapestries — Tales about finding the bookworm within are sure to delight families as they sing, dance, wiggle and giggle their way through her stories.
  • Nicolo Whimsey — This juggling, singing, storytelling poet also will perform and engage audiences to learn three of his original poems, including “Louie Grenouille,” a poem about a frog who learned poetry at the library.
  • Flow Circus – Performer Dawn Daria will share her story “Grounded for Good,” where an 8th grader finds himself grounded and ordered to spend his summer vacation “volunteering” in the library; while performer Paul Miller will teach the audience how to juggle.

StoryTime Tent

The StoryTime Tent will feature storybook readings by media specialists, teachers and paraeducators from MCPS, including educators from Diamond Elementary, Fields Road Elementary, Gaithersburg Elementary, Rosemont Elementary, Thomas W. Pyle Middle School and Watkins Mill Elementary. The educators will be reading their favorite picture books throughout the day. Also making an appearance will be Mr. and Mrs. Robert Griffin Jr., parents of Washington Redskins quarterback RGIII, who will read some of RGIII’s favorite childhood books.


Writing Workshops

The Children’s Village also offers free writing workshops for children and teens, presented by instructors from Writopia Lab, a nonprofit creative writing center for ages 8-18. These workshops include:

  • Kids Writing Collaboratively – Group Story (Ages 8+) – 10 a.m.-10:50 a.m.
  • College Admissions Essays – What’s Your Story? (Grades 9-12) – 11 a.m.-11:50 a.m.
  • How Do You Get Published? Tips from YA Novelists (Ages 10+) – Noon-12:50 p.m.
  • Making & Marking the World – Teen Poetry (Teens) – 2 p.m.-2:50 p.m.
  • Scholastic Writing Awards – Mock Judging (Grades 7-12) – 4 p.m.-4:50 p.m.
  • Big Impact, Small Space – Flash Fiction (Age 10+) – 5 p.m.-5:50 p.m.
  • Writopia Lab will also be holding a reading for winners of the DC Scholastic Writing Awards at 3 pm!
  • Monologue, Dialogue – Kids’ Playwriting (Ages 10+) – 1 p.m.-1:50 p.m.

Non-Stop Activities

Back by popular demand will be Leah Taylor, author of “Horses of the Presidents” and “The Adventures of Oreo and Algonquin,” and her pony, Oreo. Children will be able to dress up and get their photos taken with Oreo.


Around the Children’s Village, kids will be able to make bookmarks, reading buddies and other crafts, and collect fun stamps in their GBF "Books Are An Adventure" passport for a prize!. Among the groups hosting these fun activities are Whole Foods KentlandsFamily Services Inc., Girls on the Run, the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital and Montgomery College Early Childhood Education Group. Rumor has it, too, that Keyote from the Frederick Keys will be making a guest appearance to talk to kids about how much he loves to read!


The festival also will be hosting a book drive to collect chapter books for summer reading throughout the City. Please bring a few of your favorite books or buy one at the Politics & Prose book sales tent on the festival grounds and donate it to encourage youth to read during the summer. In addition, winners of the Mayor’s Book Club reading contest, taking place now amongst third grade classes in area elementary schools, will be recognized at the Festival.

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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.


Who Knew Volunteering Could Be So Fun?!

Books, booze and charity. You’d think that these three have nothing in common…but they do when it comes to Booktini, a national book club that started in Oakland, Calif.


Booktini also has a chapter (pun, intended) in the DMV (DC-MD-VA), as well as one in Brooklyn, N.Y. Each Booktini group holds a monthly book club meeting to discuss a featured tome and indulge in the chosen adult beverage of the month. And ta-da, that’s where the "tini" comes into the picture. 


But there’s also the charity aspect, and this year, the Gaithersburg Book Festival is a lucky recipient. The Booktini-DMV chapter will be providing a strong volunteer corps on May 18.


“Booktini has a commitment to at least one literacy-related community service activity each year,” said Booktini member Amilia Evans. “In the DMV chapter's pursuit to serve in the community, we came across an opportunity with the Gaithersburg Book Festival.”


Other recent Booktini activities have included a Feed the Homeless program in McPherson Square in D.C., and a retreat in Miami to attend the Miami International Book Fair. (We’ve got a tough act to follow with that one!)


Join Us for the Fun! 

However, the Booktini crew is small and can’t provide close to the manpower we need to run the festival. So we encourage you – and your book club – to sign up today to volunteer on May 18 and become part of our great festival this year.


As a volunteer, youll 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 the day before or assist the day of the festival, please visit the GBF website for more information or to sign up

Sponsor a D.C. Literary Gem

Looking to reach some of the region's most educated individuals? Would you like to show your support for the community and the arts?


Called "one of the region’s top literary get-togethers" by Washingtonian magazine in its 2012 Hidden Gems feature, the Gaithersburg Book Festival attracted 17,000 attendees and more than 100 authors in 2012.


This world-class event, which draws praise from participating authors every year, is only possible thanks to the generosity of corporate partners, foundations and individual donors. You could be one of those sponsors!


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:


~ Partner ~

  Wyndham Garden Hotel Gaithersburg - The Official Hotel of the Gaithersgburg Book Festival


~ Premiere Sponsor ~

 C-Span Book TV



Festival Sponsors ~

 Capital Bank 


~ Pavilion Sponsor ~


Novavax Inc. 


Literary Sponsor ~

Bookworm Central

Hospice Caring, Inc.

 ING Financial Partners, Tysons Corner

Planet Cotton


Book Lover ~

Stephen and Risa Parsons

Christine and Timothy Koubek


 In-Kind Sponsors ~

 InterAct Story Theatre

Popular Kinetics Press

Mike Rose



Partners & Sponsors

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~ Premier ~




~ Festival ~








Aris Mardirossian 






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GBF Children's Village Sponsor Washington Parent is More than a Magazine

For 30 years, Washington Parent has been a trusted resource for families looking for education, support and fun activities to do with their kids all year long. This award-winning monthly magazine includes in-depth features, book and product reviews, helpful parenting tips and the popular Along the Potomac kids' event calendar. The magazine can be found at hundreds of distribution points in D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.


Washington Parent readers access its content and advertisers across a broad media platform. Visit it on the web or connect with its community on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+. It hosts two annual events, Funville parenting fair in the fall and The Northern Virginia Camp & Summer Fun Expo in the winter.


Washington Parent is your home for helpful parenting news and information, amazing giveaways, weekly events calendars, the Top 10 Things to do with Kids this Week and so much more.


Washington Parent is proud to sponsor the Children's Village at the 2013 Gaithersburg Book Festival, and can't wait to celebrate literacy through kids' activities, book signings, workshops and performances. Bring your children to write a play, learn how to get published and discover the wonderful world of books. See you there!


Here's a look at what's in the works at Washington Parent:


Stop by Its Booth – Visit the Washington Parent booth at the Festival to pick up the latest copy of the magazine and learn about all that is happening in the Children’s Village. It will have a fun bookplate craft for kids to put their names on the inside cover of any books purchased at the fest. Swing by, say hello and make a custom bookplate!


Help Celebrate the Big 3-0 – June marks Washington Parent's 30th birthday celebration, but it's turning the tables and sending gifts to YOU! Pick up the June issue or log onto the Washington Parent website starting June 1 to enter to win prizes in its 30th Birthday Bonanza sweepstakes. It will be giving away a prize a day for every year Washington Parent has been in print. Score some great things for the kiddos, bling for yourself or tickets to your favorite local destination as it blows out the candles and parties all month long. The June magazine is also the Party & Family Fun issue, and it will take a look back at how far the magazine has come in the past three decades.


Stay & Play (or Go for the Day!)Washington Parent’s guide to summertime activities, day trips and overnight excursions in and around the D.C. metropolitan area returns in the July and August issues of the magazine. Pick up your copy for the special pull-out section that highlights local hidden gems and fun, affordable things to do with kids this summer.


Enter the 2013 Cover Kid Contest – Would you like to see your child on the cover of Washington Parent magazine? The magazine is looking for the cutest, sweetest, most awe-inspiring photo of your child, newborn to age 14. Photo submissions may be used in online and/or print promotions. To enter, fill out an entry form including a photo of your child. Submissions must be made by April 15.


Sponsorship opportunities are available. Call 301-320-2321 for information. Washington Parent looks forward to seeing you in the Children's Village at the Gaithersburg Book Festival!



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