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GBF News                                                                            February 2016
In This Issue...
The Impressive List of Featured Authors Continues to Grow
Holiday Book Drive Delivers New Books to Gaithersburg Students
Deadline Extended for High School Short Story Contest
Exhibitor Applications Due March 21
Welcome New Sponsors
Show Your Support for the Arts with a Festival Sponsorship
The Impressive List of Featured Authors Continues to Grow
The Festival committee is gearing up for another exciting year of bringing top names in literature, award-winning authors and prominent personalities to Gaithersburg. Take a look at the newest additions to the 2016 line-up.  
Cathy Alter is a returning GBF author. Her articles and essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Washingtonian,, The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, Huffington Post, Smith Magazine and McSweeney’s. She is the author of “Virgin Territory: Stories From the Road to Womanhood,” the memoir, “Up for Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, and Starting Over,” and the anthology, “CRUSH: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing, and the Lasting Power of Their First Celebrity Crush.” Cathy received a B.A. from Colgate University and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, where she is a faculty member and a non-fiction advisor. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and their son.
Tim Kurkjian is a baseball analyst, host and reporter for ESPN TV and the Emmy award-winning ESPN productions “Baseball Tonight” and “SportsCenter.” Tim is also a senior writer for ESPN magazine and and a frequent contributor to baseball discussions on Tony Kornheiser’s “Pardon the Interruption,” ESPN radio and numerous other radio baseball programs, including NPR’s “Only a Game.” Tim has been covering major league baseball for more than 35 years, 10 as a beat writer for three different newspapers, then eight years as a senior writer for Sports Illustrated before joining ESPN in 1998. Tim authored his first book, “America’s Game,” in 2000. His second book, “Is This a Great Game or What?” was released in 2007. His latest book is “I’m Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies.” Tim is a member of the Baseball Writer’s Association of America, which entitles him to vote annually on Baseball Hall of Fame inductions. Tim currently resides in Darnestown, Md., with his wife, Kathy, and two children, Kelly and Jeffrey.
Diane Rehm has hosted “The Diane Rehm Show” on WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington, D.C.—distributed by NPR—since 1979. The show has a weekly listening audience of two and a half million. Currently, it is broadcast on nearly 200 stations and Sirius Satellite Radio across the country, as well as internationally by Armed Forces Radio Network. She lives in Washington, D.C. She has written several books; her latest book is “On My Own.”
Dave Singleton is the author of three non-fiction books, “The Mandates,” “Behind Every Great Woman” and the new memoir anthology, “CRUSH: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing and the Power of Their First Celebrity Crush.” His honors include the Media Industry Award for Outstanding Exclusive Coverage, GLAAD Award for Outstanding Multimedia Journalism and two NLGJA Excellence in Online Journalism awards. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, PBS’s Next Avenue, AARP Media, Yahoo, MSN, the BBC, Washingtonian, Harper’s Bazaar and OUT. He’s a columnist and teaches at The Writer’s Center. He holds degrees from the University of Virginia and New York University.
Isabel Vincent is an investigative reporter for the New York Post. Previously, she was a foreign correspondent based in Rio de Janeiro and before that she covered the conflicts that led to the war in Kosovo. Her work has appeared in magazines and newspapers all over the world, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, L’Officiel and Time. She is the author of four books: “Gilded Lily: Lily Safra: The Making of One of the World’s Wealthiest Widows,” “Bodies and Souls: The Tragic Plight of Three Jewish Women Forced into Prostitution in the Americas,” “Hitler’s Silent Partners: Swiss Banks, Nazi Gold and the Pursuit of Justice” and “See No Evil: The Strange Case of Christine Lamont and David Spencer.” The recipient of numerous journalism honors, including the Canadian Association of Journalist’s Award for Excellence in Investigative Journalism, she has been a journalism fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto. Vincent won the National Jewish Book Award in Canada for Bodies and Souls and the Yad Vashem Award for Holocaust History for “Hitler’s Silent Partners.”
Juan Williams is a former White House correspondent at The Washington Post, where he worked for more than 21 years, and a senior correspondent and talk show host at NPR. He is currently a political analyst for Fox News and co-host of the daily news roundtable show “The Five.” He writes a weekly column for The Hill. Williams is the author of such bestselling and critically acclaimed books as “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954–1965,” “Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary,” “Enough” and “Muzzled.” His latest book is “We the People.” He lives in Washington, D.C.
Ron Childress began publishing short stories in the 1980s. The manuscript of his debut novel, “And West is West,” won the PEN/Bellwether Prize in 2014. Originally planning to teach English literature and write fiction, he changed his career path after a year as a college adjunct. Moving from Florida to Washington, D.C., he worked as a writer/editor for a professional association and then as a copywriter/technical writer/programmer for a marketing company that served high-tech clients. 
Jeffery Deaver is a former journalist, folksinger and attorney and an international No. 1 best-selling author. His novels have appeared on best-seller lists around the world. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. The author of 37 novels, three collections of short stories and a non-fiction law book, and a lyricist of a country-western album, he’s received or been shortlisted for dozens of awards. His “The Bodies Left Behind” was named Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers association, and his Lincoln Rhyme thriller “The Broken Window” and a stand-alone, “Edge,” were also nominated for that prize. Deaver has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention and by the Raymond Chandler Lifetime Achievement Award in Italy. His book “A Maiden’s Grave” was made into an HBO movie starring James Garner and Marlee Matlin, and his novel “The Bone Collector” was a feature release from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. Lifetime aired an adaptation of his “The Devil’s Teardrop.” His latest book is “The Steel Kiss.” 
Naomi Jackson is the author of “The Star Side of Bird Hill,” published by Penguin Press in June 2015. She studied fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Jackson traveled to South Africa on a Fulbright scholarship, where she received an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. A graduate of Williams College, her work has appeared in literary journals and magazines in the United States and abroad. She is the recipient of residencies from the University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writers House, Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center and the Camargo Foundation. 

Alice McDermott will be appearing at this year's festival with author Roger Rosenblatt, to discuss his novel "Thomas Murphy." A GBF alum, Alice's seventh novel, “Someone,” was a New York Times best-seller, a finalist for the Dublin IMPAC Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Patterson Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award. Three of her novels, “After This,” “At Weddings and Wakes” and “That Night,” were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. “Charming Billy” won the National Book Award for fiction in 1998. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker and elsewhere. She is the Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University. 

Jon Methven’s work has appeared in Timothy McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The New York Times, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, Buzzfeed, New York Observer, Daily Beast, The Morning News, n+1 and The Awl. His first novel, “This Is Your Captain Speaking,” was published by Simon & Schuster in June 2012. His second novel, “Strange Boat,” will be published by Rare Bird Books in April 2016. Methven lives in New York City with his wife and sons. 
Roger Rosenblatt’s essays for Time and PBS have won two George Polk Awards, the Peabody and the Emmy. He is the author of six off-Broadway plays and 17 books, including the national best-sellers “Kayak Morning,” “Unless it Moves the Heart,” “Making Toast,” “Rules For Aging” and “Children Of War,” which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. “Lapham Rising,” his first novel, was also a national best-seller. He is a 2015 recipient of the Kenyon Review Literary Achievement Award and a Distinguished Professor of English and Writing at Stony Brook University. His latest book is “Thomas Murphy.” 
Dianna Hutts Aston is the author of many award-winning books, among them “An Egg Is Quiet,” “A Seed Is Sleepy,” “A Butterfly Is Patient,” “A Rock Is Lively” and the new “A Beetle Is Shy,” all illustrated by Sylvia Long. Her book, “The Moon Over Star,” illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, is a Coretta Scott King honor book. It was selected by President Barack Obama and NASA astronaut Melvin Leland to read to and inspire schoolchildren in Washington, D.C. She lives on an island in Texas. 
Fred Bowen was a Little Leaguer who loved to read. Now the GBF alum is the author of 21 action-packed chapter books for kids, including his most recent, “Out of Bounds.” He has written the weekly sports column for kids in The Washington Post since 2000. Bowen has been a guest author at hundreds of schools and conferences across the country, as well as the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., and The Baseball Hall of Fame. Fred lives in Silver Spring, Md., with his wife. 
Monica Brown, Ph.D., is the author of “Lola Levine is Not Mean!” and “Lola Levine, Drama Queen,” the first two books in a chapter book series from Little Brown & Co. She is also the author of “Maya’s Blanket/la manta de Maya” (Lee & Low), a picture book illustrated by Caldecott-winner David Diaz. Monica has written many award-winning books for children, including “Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People” (Henry Holt), winner of the Américas Award for Children’s Literature and an Orbis Pictus Honor for Outstanding Non-Fiction, and “Waiting for the Biblioburro” (Random House), a Christopher Award winner. Her picture book “Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match” (Lee & Low) is the winner of the Tejas Star Book Award, the International Latino Book Award and a Pura Belpré Honor for Illustration. 
Megan Frazer Blakemore is the author of “The Friendship Riddle,” “The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill” and “The Water Castle,” which was listed as a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, and as a New York Public Library Best Book for Reading and Sharing. She is also the author of the young adult novel “Secrets of Truth and Beauty,” which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was on the ALA Rainbow list. A former middle-school librarian, Megan lives in Maine with her family. Her latest book is “The Firefly Code.” 
Lisa Martin is a returning GBF author. She has worked as an educator and children’s poet and currently resides in Charlottesville, Va. “Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea” was her first book for young readers, and the beginning of a trilogy co-written with her aunt, the novelist Valerie Martin. “Anton and Cecil: Cats on Track” is the second book in the series.
John Parra is an award-winning illustrator, designer, teacher and fine art painter. His children’s books have earned starred reviews and appeared on the Texas Library Association’s 2×2 Reading List. His awards include The SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Illustration, ALA’s Pura Belpré Honor’s Award, The International Latino Book Award for Best Children’s Book Illustrations, The Christopher Award and many more. In 2015, John was invited by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to present a special event about his work and career in art and illustration. His latest book is “Waiting for the Biblioburro.”
Aaron Reynolds’ latest book is “President Squid.” He is a New York Times best-selling author and has written many highly acclaimed books for kids, including “Nerdy Birdy,” “Here Comes Destructosaurus!,” “Carnivores” and the Caldecott Honor-winning “Creepy Carrots!” He has a passion for kids’ books and seeing kids reading them. He regularly makes time to visit schools, where his hilarious hands-on presentations keep kids spellbound. Aaron lives in Chicago with his wife, two kids, four cats and anywhere between zero and 10 goldfish, depending on the day. 
Dave Roman is the author/illustrator of the “Astronaut Academy” series (winner of Maryland’s Black-Eyed Susan Book Award) and writer of the graphic novels “Teen Boat! Race for Boatlantis” and “Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery.” He has contributed stories to “Comics Squad: Recess!,” “Explorer: The Mystery Boxes,” “Nursery Rhyme Comics” and “Goosebumps Graphix: Slappy’s Tales of Horror.” Roman is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, has worked as an editor at Nickelodeon Magazine and lives in Astoria, N.Y. His latest project is the all-ages webcomic, “Starbunny, Inc.”
Jennifer Sattler is the award-winning author and illustrator of several children’s books including “Sylvie,” “Uh Oh, Dodo!” and the popular series “Chick ‘N’ Pug” and “Pig Kahuna.” She grew up outside of Philadelphia and  went on to study painting and drawing at the University of New Hampshire and then the Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University in Bloomington. In 1996, she won a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her books have won The Mockingbird Award for picture books and The Georgia Children’s Book Award. Jennifer lives in upstate New York. 
Shawn K. Stout is the author of several critically acclaimed books for young readers, including the “Not-So-Ordinary Girl” series and the “Penelope Crumb” series. “Penelope Crumb” and “Penelope Crumb Never Forgets” were Bankstreet Best Books for 2013 and 2014. Her new middle grade novel is “A Tiny Piece of Sky”—a summer story of three sisters, one restaurant and a (possible) German spy. Shawn has an M.F.A. in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Maryland in a very old house, with her family and piles of books and dirty dishes. 
Maris Wicks is the author behind Human Body Theater, as well as the illustrator of New York Times best-selling “Primates,” with Jim Ottaviani. Her latest comic is “Science Comics: Coral Reefs.” When she’s not making comics, Wicks works as a program educator at the New England Aquarium. She is quite fond of being in the water, whether it’s swimming in ponds or scuba diving in the Atlantic Ocean. She lives in sunny Somerville, Mass. 
~Teen/Young Adult~ 
Candace Fleming is the prolific and versatile author of more than 30 books for children. Her non-fiction titles include “The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look At Abraham and Mary,” which won the 2009 Boston Globe – Horn Book award for Non-fiction; “The Great and Only Barnum: the Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum,” a 2010 Award for Excellence in Non-fiction for Young Adults; and “Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart,” a New York Times Notable Book. Her latest book is “The Family Romanov,” winner of the Boston Globe Horn Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Literary Book Prize, NCTE’s Orbis Pictus Award and a Sibert Honor. 
Monica Hesse is a features writer at The Washington Post, where she writes widely shared long-form pieces and has covered royal weddings, dog shows, political campaigns and White House state dinners. Monica has talked about those stories and others on NBC, MSNBC, CNN, CSPAN, FOX and NPR. She brings her research chops as a journalist to “Girl in the Blue Coat,” which has already been praised as “a gripping historical mystery” in a starred review from Publishers Weekly and “adept at verisimilitude” in a starred review from Booklist. Monica lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and their dog.
David Lubar novels, including “Hidden Talents” and “Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie,” are on reading lists across the country, saving countless students from a close encounter with Madam Bovary. His “Weenies” short story collections have sold more than two million copies, and his chapter book, “My Rotten Life,” is under option for TV and film development by Minds Eye Entertainment. His YA coming of age novel, “Character, Driven,” has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist and Kirkus Reviews. He grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in Nazareth. In his spare time, he takes naps on the couch. 
Deborah Wiles is the author of picture books — “One Wide Sky” and “Freedom Summer” — and middle-grade novels: “Love, Ruby Lavender;” “Each Little Bird That Sings” (a 2005 National Book Award Finalist); “The Aurora County All-Stars;” and two documentary novels: “Countdown,” book one of The Sixties Trilogy, and “Revolution,” book two, which was also a National Book Award Finalist. She teaches in schools and writing conferences around the country, lived in the Washington, D.C., area for most of her life, and now makes her home in Atlanta. 
Holiday Book Drive Delivers New Books to Gaithersburg Students
Led by Kay Hechler of Kentlands Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa, the holiday book drive collected more than 50 new books for Gaithersburg students. Read more about the book drive on the GBF Blog.
Save the Date
7th Annual Gaithersburg Book
May 21, 2016
On the Grounds of
City Hall in
Olde Towne Gaithersburg, Md.
Deadline Extended for High School Short Story Contest
Because of the recent blizzard and snow days, the Gaithersburg Book Festival is extending the deadline for its 2016 Short Story Contest.
All entries are now due Friday, February 26, by 5 p.m. ET.
Full details about the contest are on the GBF website.
Exhibitor Applications Due March 21
Whether you’re an author, poet, publisher, literary non-profit or have a business that relates to reading or the book industry, the Gaithersburg Book Festival provides you with a great opportunity to connect with avid readers.
As an exhibitor at the Festival, you’ll have your own space for the day where you can meet and interact with thousands of attendees and showcase your work, literary-related wares, services and programs.
We are now accepting applications for:
Exhibiting Authors - Non-presenting authors who wish to have a booth space for the whole day, to market and sell their books. Exhibiting Author booths are interspersed with other literary vendor booths throughout the festival.

Literary Vendors - All vendors must be of a literary nature and fit the literary theme of the event. Publishers must publish works by authors and be available for hire by authors seeking publication of their work. Publications qualify only if the publication itself is the primary focus of the business or organization. Organizations who publish only pamphlets or literature for the purpose of promoting the organization’s mission do not qualify. 
All applications are due by March 21, 2016.  Questions? Email Jennie Cottrell or call 301-258-6350.
New Sponsors
The Gaithersburg Book Festival thanks the newest organizations to pledge
their support of our
7th annual event.
~Featured Sponsor~
Montgomery Community Media
~Pavilion Sponsors~
 Linowes and Blocher, LLC
Maryland Center for the Book at the Maryland Humanities Council
~Book Lovers~
Hess Construction and Engineering
Patient First
~Festival Friends~
 Wegmans - Germantown
For more information on how GBF sponsorships can provide a highly visible way to show that you support the community and value the arts, and to position your organization in front of some of the region’s best-read and most well-educated individuals, please visit our website.

~Featured Sponsors~
~Festival Sponsors~
Show Your
Support for the Arts with a Festival 
Sponsoring the Gaithersburg Book Festival is a highly visible way to show that you support the community and value the arts, while gaining visibility with our attendees, who are among the region’s best-read and most well-educated individuals.
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. 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.
We offer sponsorships to fit a variety of budgets, or we can tailor a sponsorship plan to fit your needs.
Find out more on our website, email Jenni Opel to discuss these opportunities, or download the 2016 Sponsorship Opportunities form.
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