And the List of Authors Grows...
Our author recruitment committee has been hard at work recruiting another stellar line-up of authors. See the most recent additions below, and visit the GBF website for a full list of all 2014 featured authors.
~ Fiction ~
Eric Jerome Dickey is the author of 12 novels, including the best-sellers “Genevieve,” “Drive Me Crazy,” “Naughty or Nice,” “The Other Woman” and “Thieves’ Paradise.” His newest book is “A Wanted Woman.” Dickey writes full time and is developing a six-issue mini-series of comic books for Marvel Enterprises featuring Storm (X-Men) and the Black Panther.
Alice McDermott is the author of seven novels. Her latest novel, “Someone,” was long-listed for the National Book Award. Alice’s novel, “Charming Billy,” received the 1998 National Book Award, and three of her books — “That Night,” “At Weddings and Wakes” and “After This” — were all finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. McDermott lives with her family outside Washington, D.C.
Erika Robuck is the critically acclaimed author of “Hemingway’s Girl” and “Call Me Zelda.” Born and raised in Annapolis, Md., Erika was inspired by the cobblestones, old churches, Georgian homes, the mingling of past and present of the Eastern Shore, the Annapolis City Dock and the Baltimore Harbor. Her forthcoming historical fiction novel, “Fallen Beauty,” will be published in March, and her work also will appear in “Grand Central,” a short story anthology set at Grand Central Terminal in New York following World War II. Erika writes about and reviews historical fiction at her blog, Muse, and is a contributor to popular fiction blog, Writer Unboxed. She is also a member of the Historical Novel Society, Hemingway Society and the Edna St. Vincent Millay Society.
~ Non-Fiction ~
Paul Dickson is the author of more than 65 non-fiction books and numerous newspaper and magazine articles on a variety of subjects from ice cream to baseball to slang to jokes to Sputnik and the Army. His latest book, “Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers,” will be published on April 23 in honor of that day in 1564 marking the sesquiquadricentennial, or 450th anniversary, of the birth of William Shakespeare. Paul’s recent books include “Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick,” “Words from the White House: Words and Phrases Popularized by America’s Presidents” and “The Official Rules: 5,427 Laws, Principles, and Axioms to Help You Cope with Crises, Deadlines, Bad Luck, Rude Behavior, Red Tape, and Attacks by Inanimate Objects.”
J. Garrett Glover is an author, scriptwriter, digital media producer and restaurant consultant. His book, “How We Do Business: Clyde’s Primer for Beating the Odds in the Restaurant Business,” draws on Garrett’s more than 45 years experience in the restaurant industry working with independents and government agencies, which includes serving as Clyde’s first corporate operations manager. He is the author of trade articles and manuals, and conducts seminars and workshops nationwide. A senior producer and creative director, Garrett produces films and TV programs for, among others, the Food Network, and develops digital content, marketing/branding and social media initiatives and interactive media. A native Washingtonian, Garrett received a Ph.D. from New York University and has taught writing at Columbia University.
Anna Holmes has written and edited for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, InStyle and The New Yorker online. She is the founder of the popular website Jezebel.com and the 2012 recipient of a Mirror Award for Best Commentary. She is the editor of two books, including the recently released “The Book of Jezebel,” and is a columnist for the New York Times Book Review. She lives in New York.
Judith Martin & Nicholas Ivor Martin - Judith Martin is the author of the “Miss Manners” columns and best-selling books. In “Miss Manners Minds Your Business,” Judith and her son Nicholas equip readers with the practical, pertinent and utterly correct advice necessary to win the job, keep the job and leave the job with sanity and dignity intact. Judith lives in Washington, D.C. Nicholas, who lives in Chicago, is the director of operations at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and recently became co-author on the Miss Manners newspaper column.
Garrett Peck is a literary journalist, local Washington-area historian and author of five books: “The Prohibition Hangover: Alcohol in America from Demon Rum to Cult Cabernet,” “Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Weren’t,” “The Potomac River: A History and Guide” and its sequel, “The Smithsonian Castle and The Seneca Quarry.” His latest is “Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C.” This is Peck’s fourth time presenting at the Gaithersburg Book Festival. A native Californian and VMI graduate, he now lives in Arlington, Va.
Tim Wendel is the author of 11 books, including the highly acclaimed “Summer of ‘68” and his latest, “Down to the Last Pitch,” which chronicles the epic 1991 World Series. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, GQ and Esquire. He is a writer in residence at Johns Hopkins University and lives in Northern Virginia.
~ Children's & Young Adult ~
Anna Banks is the author of “Of Poseidon,” which was praised by Kirkus Reviews as “entertaining for readers riding the wave of mermaid fantasies.” Both “Of Poseidon” and its sequel, “Of Triton,” were Macmillan Fierce Reads titles. Anna lives in Crestview, on the Florida Panhandle, with her husband and their daughter, and grew up in Niceville, Fla.
L.M. Elliott is author of “Under a War-torn Sky,” a WWII story of a B-24 bomber pilot and the French Resistance, named a Notable Book in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC), a Jefferson Cup Honor Book, a Bank Street College Best Book and winner of Borders’ Original Voices Award. Its sequel, “A Troubled Peace,” in which pilot Henry Forester returns to France to find the young Resistance boy who saved his life, is also a NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Book. Her newest book, “Across a War-tossed Sea,” is a companion to Henry’s adventures, as the young British evacuee escape Hitler’s Blitz, staying with the family of his hometown girlfriend, Patsy. A former senior writer with Washingtonian magazine, Elliott’s other novels include “Annie,” “Between the States” and “Give Me Liberty.” She lives in Fairfax County, Va.
Katie Finn is the acclaimed author of “Top 8,” “What’s Your Status?” and “Unfriended.” She is also known as Morgan Matson, the young adult novelist of the hits “Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour” and “Second Chance Summer.” Katie, who is part of the Macmillan Spring 2014 Fierce Reads tour, grew up in Connecticut, and during high school was a total theater devotee and never dreamed she’d be a writer. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
Kate Samworth grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Her book, “Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual,” is a faux-catalog with an ecological subtext that purports to replace extinct bird species with build-a-bird automatons. Kate was introduced to art by her mother, who is also an artist, and to ecology by her father, who worked for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Travel has had an important influence on her life and art. Her study of Portuguese led her to Brazil, where she discovered a passion for bird watching. She lived in New Orleans for many years, and it was the temporary absence of birds following Hurricane Katrina that inspired her book. She now lives in Charlottesville, Va., and is an ardent spokesperson for environmental protection and preservation.
Lindsay Smith’s love of Russian culture has taken her to Moscow, St. Petersburg and a reindeer festival in the middle of Siberia. “Sekret,” a YA historical thriller, is her first novel. Lindsay, another one of the 2014 Fierce Reads authors, writes on foreign affairs and lives in Washington, D.C. When she’s not reading or writing, she can be found nerding out over food, board games, modern history, the Science channel and all things cheesetacular.
Raina Telgemeier grew up in San Francisco and moved to New York City, where she earned an illustration degree at the School of Visual Arts. Her most recent graphic novel, “DRAMA,” was published to rave reviews and quickly became a New York Times Best Seller. “SMILE,” her critically acclaimed graphic memoir based on her childhood, was a #1 New York Times Best Seller and winner of the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens, and received a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor. Raina also adapted and illustrated The Baby-sitters Club graphic novels. “SISTERS,” a companion to “SMILE,” will be published by Graphix / Scholastic in Fall 2014. Raina lives in Astoria, N.Y., with her husband, fellow comics artist, and GBF presenter, Dave Roman.
Jacqueline West is the author of the award-winning middle grade series The Books of Elsewhere. The latest in the series is “The Books of Elsewhere, Volume Four: The Strangers.” The first book in the series, “The Shadows,” garnered starred reviews, several state award nominations and a spot on the New York Times Best Sellers List. Jacqueline’s short fiction for adults and children has appeared in a variety of publications, and her poetry has received many honors, including two Pushcart nominations, a Rhysling Award nomination and a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prize. "Cherma," her series of poems about Wisconsin’s Bohemian immigrants, was published in March 2010 by the University of Wisconsin’s Parallel Press chapbook series.
Sponsor the GBF and Attract Attention from the Nation's Most Literate Citizens
For the third year in a row, the Washington, D.C., region was ranked as “America’s most literate city." If you’re ready to reach this literate population, now is the time to learn more about sponsoring the 2014 Gaithersburg Book Festival, scheduled for Saturday, May 17.
Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the festival has seen its attendance grow each year – drawing visitors from around the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, as well as numerous states across the country – with a 2013 attendance topping 18,000. The event also is gaining notoriety among the local and national literary elite as one of the important events to attend each May.
Because of the sheer scope of the Festival, the City of Gaithersburg is able to fund only a modest portion of the event’s expenses. The remainder of the Festival is made possible only by the generosity of corporate partners, foundations and individuals, whose contributions help it deliver the world-class event that attendees have come to expect.
The Festival offers sponsorships to fit a variety of budgets, and organizers can tailor a sponsorship package to fit any company’s needs. Depending on the level of sponsorship, a company can be featured prominently in Festival-related advertising, as well as the Festival’s e-newsletter, blog, website and program; be mentioned in select radio promotions; receive complimentary exhibit space and/or exclusive naming rights to author pavilions; and earn complimentary admission to the exclusive Author Reception preceding the Festival.
Exhibitor Discounts End March 3
Whether you’re an author, poet, publisher, literary non-profit or owner of a business that relates to reading or the book industry, the Gaithersburg Book Festival is an ideal venue for showcasing your offerings.
With tens of thousands of visitors and more than 100 award-winning and best-selling authors expected to converge on the grounds of City Hall on Saturday, May 17, the Festival offers an excellent opportunity to capture the attention of book lovers and avid readers of all ages. Growing in attendance each year, the Festival attracts attendees from around the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, as well as numerous states across the country.
Literary Exhibitor spaces are available throughout the festival grounds, and are comprised of a 10’ x 10’ space that includes a canopy, one table and two chairs. Exhibitors are responsible for bringing their own materials and must operate within their assigned space.
For authors, the Festival offers a Hall of Exhibiting Authors – a large, tented main attraction where authors sell their books. Authors who sign up to exhibit are provided with a 5’ x 5’ tabletop space and two chairs. Backdrops, pop-ups and signage are encouraged for both Literary Exhibitors and Exhibiting Authors, and are the responsibility of the individual exhibitors.
Secure Your Exhibit Space by March 3 and Save
Exhibitors are eligible for an early bird discount if space is secured by Monday, March 3, 2014. Booth space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications for Exhibiting Authors in the Hall of Authors or Literary Exhibitors are available on the Exhibit page of the Festival website.
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5th Annual Gaithersburg Book
May 17, 2014
On the Grounds of
City Hall in
Olde Towne Gaithersburg, Md.
H.S. Short Story Contest Entries Due This Friday
Only a few days remain for high school students in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., to submit their stories for this year's Gaithersburg Book Festival short story contest. The submission deadline is this Friday!
To qualify, students must begin their stories with a line provided by Jon Methven, author of “This Is Your Captain Speaking.” Stories must be no longer than 1,000 words and written by individuals enrolled in grades 9-12 at a public or private school, or in a homeschool program for the 2013-14 school year.
Stories must be submitted as a Word document to the Writing Contest by midnight ET on February 21, 2014.
Up to 12 stories will be selected as finalists and posted on the Gaithersburg Book Festival website prior to the festival.
The first-, second-, and third-place winners will be announced at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on Saturday, May 17, 2014, and will be awarded $100, $50 and $25 gift certificates, respectively, courtesy of the Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus.
Never Too Early to Volunteer
Do you enjoy spending time with authors? Then we have a great opportunity for you! Come help set up for the Festival on Friday, May 16, or volunteer during the Festival on Saturday, May 17.
As a volunteer, you’ll play an important role in the success of the fifth annual GBF, and have a unique chance to meet and interact with some of today’s top authors.
High school students ages 16+ can earn SSL hours.
Thanks to Our Newest Sponsors
The GBF would like to thank those sponsors who already have committed to supporting the 2014 Gaithersburg Book Festival:
BP Realty Investments, LLC
Linowes and Blocher, LLC
~Friend of the Festival~
Captial Remodeling/Bath Guys
Friends of the Library
Gail Norris; Independent PR Consultant
The Elegant Envelope
ING Financial Partners, Tysons Corner
Maryland Insurance Administration
Story Tapestries- Arianna Ross
IT Media, Inc.
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