|2016 Book Festival Set to Be |
Star-Studded Literary Event
|Fiction and non-fiction stars, celebrity chefs, favorites of kids and teens, and even an award-winning editorial cartoonist are the most recent additions to the growing list of featured authors coming to the Gaithersburg Book Festival on Saturday, May 21. |
Mary Kay Andrews is The New York Times best-selling author of “Beach Town,” “Save the Date,” “Ladies’ Night,” “Spring Fever,” “Summer Rental,” “The Fixer Upper,” “Deep Dish,” “Blue Christmas,” “Savannah Breeze,” “Hissy Fit,” “Little Bitty Lies” and “Savannah Blues.” Her latest book is “The Weekenders.” A former journalist for The Atlanta Journal Constitution, she lives in Atlanta.
E.A. Aymar is the author of “I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead” and “You’re As Good As Dead.” He also writes a monthly column for the Washington Independent Review of Books and is the managing editor of The Thrill Begins (for the International Thriller Writers). His short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in a number of top crime fiction publications. He earned a Masters in Literature and lives outside of Washington, D.C.
Jo Baker was born in Lancashire and was educated at Oxford University and Queen’s University Belfast. She is the author of “Longbourn,” a national best-seller and New York Times Notable Book. Her previous novels are “The Undertow,” “The Telling,” “The Mermaid’s Child” and “Offcomer.” Her most recent book is “A Country Road, A Tree.” She lives in Lancaster, England.
Susan Coll is the Events and Programs director at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C. “The Stager” is her fifth novel. She is the author of “Acceptance,” a satire of the college admissions process, which was made into a 2009 television movie starring Joan Cusack and Mae Whitman. She is also the author of “Beach Week,” “Rockville Pike” and “karlmarx.com.” Her work has appeared in publications including The Washington Post, NPR.org, atlantic.com, and The Millions.
Nadia Hashimi is the daughter of Afghan immigrants who fulfilled their American dream and established roots in the United States. Nadia attended Brandeis University and went on to graduate from medical school and train in pediatrics at NYU/Bellevue Hospitals. She has published two internationally best-selling novels and will be releasing her third novel and first middle grade story in 2016. Her latest book is “When the Moon is Low.” She advocates for gender equality and shares the joy of parenting four curious children with her husband in Maryland.
Con Lehane is a mystery writer who lives outside Washington, D.C. He’s published three previous crime novels featuring New York City bartender Brian McNulty. Over the years, he has worked as a college professor, a union organizer, a labor journalist, and has tended bar at two dozen or so drinking establishments. His latest book is “Murder at the 42nd Street Library.”
Todd Moss is COO and senior fellow at D.C. think tank, The Center for Global Development, where he focuses on U.S.-Africa relations, national security, energy and investment. He is the former deputy assistant secretary of State in the Bureau of African Affairs and in August 2008 was dispatched by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Mauritania to meet with General Aziz just days after he overthrew President Abdullahi in a coup. He has worked at the World Bank, the Economist Intelligence Unit and as a professor at Georgetown University and the London School of Economics. He lives with his family in Maryland. His latest book is “Minute Zero.”
Matthew Palmer is a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, currently serving as the director for Multilateral Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of Asian and Pacific Affairs. A life member of the Council of Foreign Relations, Matt has worked as a diplomat all around the world. While on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning staff, Matt helped design and implement the Kimberly Process for certifying African diamonds as “conflict free.” He is the author of three works of fiction: “The American Mission,” “Secrets of State” and “The Wolf of Sarajevo.”
Chris Pavone is author of The New York Times best-sellers, “The Accident” and “The Expats,” winner of the Edgar and Anthony Awards for best first novel. He was a book editor for nearly two decades and lives in New York City with his family. His new novel, “The Travelers,” was published by Crown this month.
Colleen J. Shogan is a senior executive at the Library of Congress. A political scientist by training, she previously served as the deputy director of the Congressional Research Service and as a Senate staffer. She writes the “Washington Whodunit” mystery series published by Camel Press. “Stabbing in the Senate” is her first novel. Colleen lives in Arlington, Va., with her husband and beagle mutt, Conan.
Yochi Dreazen, managing editor of Foreign Policy, is one of the country’s most respected military journalists. He has covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for The Wall Street Journal and reported from more than 20 countries. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post and other publications. “The Invisible Front,” his first book, is the profoundly human story of one Army family’s quest to find purpose in their own tragedy. It was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2015, and an Amazon Best Book of the Month. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Barbara Glickman’s travels have taken her to gardens around the country and the world. She holds a Bachelors Degree in English from Franklin and Marshall College, a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan and an MBA in Marketing from George Washington University. She has presented her books to numerous community organizations. She worked in health care administration for 20 years and has lived in the Washington area for more than 30 years. Her latest book is “Maryland’s Public Gardens & Parks.”
Sam Horn, intrigue expert and TEDx speaker, is a communications strategist who helps people create collaborative, respectful, one-of-a-kind projects – TED talks, presentations, funding pitches, books and brands – that scale their influence for good. Her speaking clients include NASA, Intel, Cisco, Boeing, KPMG and National Geographic. Her work – including "POP!," "Tongue Fu!®" and Washington Post best-seller "Got Your Attention?" – has been featured in Fast Company, The New York Times and Forbes.
Kevin Kallaugher (KAL) is the international award-winning editorial cartoonist for The Economist and The Baltimore Sun. In a distinguished career than spans 38 years, KAL has created more than 8,000 cartoons and 140 magazine covers. His resumé includes six collections of his published work, exhibitions in a dozen countries and awards and honors in seven. In 2015, KAL was awarded Cartoon of the Year in Europe, The Herblock Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Patrick O’Connell is a self-taught chef who pioneered a refined, regional American cuisine in the Virginia countryside. His alliance with local farmers and artisanal producers was an adaptation born of necessity more than 35 years ago. Long before the farm-to-table movement had a name, he began cultivating fruitful relationships with his neighbors – many of whom have a strong connection to the land and a heritage of self-sufficiency. Often referred to as the “Pope of American Cuisine”, O’Connell is the author of three best-selling books, including “Patrick O’Connell’s Refined American Cuisine” and “The Inn at Little Washington: A Magnificent Obsession.”
Eric Ripert is the chef and co-owner of the New York restaurant Le Bernardin, which has held three stars from the Michelin Guide since its inception in 2005, ranks 18 on the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list and was most recently rated New York City’s Most Popular Restaurant and top for food and service by the Zagat 2016 guide. The restaurant has upheld a four-star review from The New York Times for more than two decades. Ripert partnered with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company to open Blue in Grand Cayman, is vice chairman of the board of City Harvest and is a recipient of the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest honor. He is the host of his own Emmy-award winning PBS TV series, “Avec Eric,” which began its third season on the Cooking Channel in February 2015. Ripert also is the author of five cookbooks and the memoir “32 Yolks.”
James Risen is the author of “Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War” and an investigative reporter for The New York Times. He was the winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting and was a member of The New York Times reporting team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. His other books include the nationally best-selling “State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration.”
Jeffrey J. Selingo has reported on higher education for two decades as an award-winning journalist and author of three books. He is a regular contributor to The Washington Post, where he writes weekly about college and universities, their future and how students can succeed in a fast-changing economy. Jeff is the former editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he covered many of the pressing issues, including admissions, student debt and university finances. In 2013, he published “College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students,” a New York Times best-selling education book, and in 2014 he authored a follow-up book, “MOOC U: Who Is Getting the Most Out of Online Education and Why.” His latest book is “There is Life After College.” He lives with his wife and two daughters in Chevy Chase, Md.
Bryan Voltaggio is the executive chef and owner of the restaurants Volt, Lunchbox, Family Meal, Range and Aggio. As a finalist on Top Chef (season 6) and Top Chef Masters (season 5), he is the first chef to compete on both programs. The James Beard Foundation Award finalist co-authored the cookbook “VOLT ink” with his brother, Michael. “Home” is his first solo cookbook. Bryan lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children in Frederick, Md. Bryan will be appearing at GBF in conversation with Chef Eric Ripert.
Paul Czajak got an F with the words “get a tutor” on his college writing paper and, after that, he never thought he’d become a writer. But after spending 20 years as a chemist, he knew his creativity could no longer be contained. Paul lives in New Jersey with his wife and two little monsters. In addition to the Monster & Me™ series, he’s also the author of “Seaver the Weaver,” a contributor to The Huffington Post and a reviewer for The New York Journal of Books.
Laura Gehl is the author of “One Big Pair of Underwear, ” “Hare And Tortoise Race Across Israel,” “And Then Another Sheep Turned Up” and “Peep and Egg: I’m Not Trick or Treating,” releasing summer 2016. A former science and reading teacher, Laura also writes about science for children and adults. She lives in Chevy Chase, Md., with her husband and four children.
Dianne K. Salerni is the author of the popular “Eighth Day” fantasy series about a secret day of the week. She has also published two YA historical novels: “The Caged Graves” and “We Hear the Dead,” which was the inspiration for a short film, “The Spirit Game,” that premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Dianne is a former elementary school teacher who retired from teaching to spend more time hanging around creepy cemeteries and climbing 2,000-year-old pyramids in the name of book research.
Ronald L. Smith is a former advertising writer and the author of “Hoodoo,” a Southern gothic fantasy novel for young readers. It was chosen as a Junior Library Guild Selection and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center named it to their Annual Best of the Year List. He was recently awarded the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award. His second book, “The Mesmerist,” is slated for release in February 2017. He lives in Baltimore and writes fiction full time.
Kathy MacMillan is a writer, American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, signing storyteller and avowed Hufflepuff from Baltimore, Md. Her young adult novel, “Sword and Verse,” explores questions of power and prejudice in an epic fantasy setting. Kathy is the founder of The Sweet Sixteens debut group and serves as co-regional advisor for the Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia Region of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She also is the author of eight resource books for educators, librarians and parents, including “Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together.”
Jon Skovron is the author of young adult novels “Struts & Frets,” “Misfit,” “Man Made Boy” and “This Broken Wondrous World.” His short stories have appeared in publications like ChiZine and Baen’s Universe, and more recently in anthologies, “GRIM” and “Summer Days and Summer Nights.” “Hope and Red,” the first book in his new epic fantasy trilogy, comes out June 28 from Orbit. He lives just outside Washington, D.C. with his two sons and two cats.
Meg Wiviott is the author of “Paper Hearts,” a young adult novel-in-verse based on a true story of friendship and survival in Auschwitz. “Paper Hearts” made the 2016 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults and the Amelia Bloomer lists. It also was a Cybils Poetry Finalist and a 2015 Nerdy Poetry and Novel in Verse Winner. Meg is also the author of the award-winning picture book, “Benno and the Night of Broken Glass,” which tells the story of Kristallnacht through the eyes of a cat. She holds an M.F.A. from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
|Children's Village is Chock Full of Top Authors, Full Day of Activities|
|This year's Children's Village is designed to inspire creativity and a life-long love of literature in children of all ages. |
Sponsored by Washington Parent, and featuring events and activities almost entirely donated by local organizations, the Children’s Village will feature some of today’s top authors in children’s and young adult literature, hands-on activities, performances and interactive workshops.
~ Imagination Station~
Imagination Station will bring literature alive with storytelling, juggling, drama and dance performances:
- Book Club for Kids with Kitty Felde: Watch a live, on-stage version of "Book Club for Kids," a 20-minute podcast where students from local middle schools will discuss, “Al Capone Does My Shirts” with author Gennifer Choldenko and host Kitty Felde.
- Penny Theater: Sponsored by the Quince Orchard Chapter of the Friends of the Library, Penny Theater will perform the "Gingerbread Boy" and "Sam Who Never Forgets."
- Arianna Ross & Story Tapestries: Eat your fill of stories in "The Giggling, Wiggling Book Worm." Participants in this interactive program will dance, sing, wiggle and giggle as the book worm in you finds an exciting new story to read, write, draw, dance, make music and, of course, tell other stories.
- Mayor's Book Club Award: The Mayor and Junior Mayor of Gaithersburg will present awards to the third grade student and class that read the most books in a four-week competition, followed by entertainment by the Gaithersburg Elementary School Chorus.
- Nicolo the Jester of Nicolo Whimsey: With his blend of poetry, music, juggling, comedy, character acting and audience participation, Nick Newlin performs as Nicolo the Jester of Nicolo Whimsey and present the a 30-Minute Shakespeare Book Series at his booth.
- Twinbrook Tellers of the Dogwood Dogs 4-H Club: This group will tell "Tales of Magic and Adventure" for children of all ages. Storyteller Noa Baum will shares stories from diverse cultures to highlight our similarities and celebrate our differences.
- Buddy Bison's Yellowstone Adventure: Join Dr. Ilona Holland as she tells the tale of "Buddy Bison's Yellowstone Adventure” in partnership with the National Park Trust.
- Fizzical Fairytales: Fizzical Fairytales performs "The Selfish Giant," a story told with puppets.
~ Story Time Tent ~
The Story Time Tent is a place where children and families can enjoy listening to stories read in English by school media specialists, teachers, librarians, authors, pageant winners and Scholastic. Multilingual story time will be hosted by students from The Universities at Shady Grove, who will read stories in a variety of languages.
~ Writing Workshops ~
The Children’s Village will offer free writing workshops for children, led by experts from local writing programs. Workshops, designed for ages 8-14 will focus on activities such as creating picture books, comics and book dummies; developing memorable characters; and building a story with Legos. Also, kids can join graphic novelist Dave Roman for his popular Quickfire! Drawing Game Show.
~ Where's Waldo ~
This popular scavenger hunt returns, with Waldo hiding throughout the Festival. Pick up your scavenger hunt entry form and checklist at the Washington Parent Children’s Information Booth and let the race begin. Children who find all of the Waldo cutouts around the festival grounds can enter a raffle to win a Waldo deluxe prize pack.
~ Activities All Day Long ~
There’s more non-stop activities in the Children’s Village:
- Rocket Row: Here you will find a slew of activity booths, thanks to one of our top sponsors, Activity Rocket! Learn about traditional animation tools such as zoetropes and thanaumatropes with Kids Museum; Participate in games, stories and art projects taught in foreign languages with Language Stars; make a recipe book with Tiny Chefs; and enjoy reading and writing activities with Huntington Learning Center and The McLean School Summer Edge Program.
- City of Gaithersburg Educational Enrichment Committee & Youth Centers: Enter for a chance to win a set of books for your Gaithersburg elementary or middle school’s library! Donate a book appropriate for middle or high schoolers for Gaithersburg’s Youth Centers and earn a raffle ticket for a great prize! Talk to the Educational Enrichment Committee and the Bank on Gaithersburg Financial Wellness Coalition to learn about programs the City offers to area families.
- Young Audiences/Arts for Learning: Partnering with storyteller Noa Baum to bring internationally acclaimed stories to Imagination Station.
- National Park Trust and National Park Service: Visit Buddy Bison's booth to learn more about your local parks, get your "Buddy Bison's Yellowstone Adventure" book signed or purchase a Buddy Bison for your backpack.
- Montgomery History: Tap, Tap, Tap into History with the opportunity to experience what it was like to type on a 1913 Royal Standard No. 5, or a 1970's Safari portable typewriter.
- Scholastic, Inc.: Take a picture with Clifford the Big Red Dog, color, listen to a story, win a chance to have Clifford visit your school and so much more.
- Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital: Identify your special reading place by making foam door hangers and special book marks.
- B&O Railroad: Join Choo Choo and her good friends, Stationmaster Sue, Conductor Cap and Engineer Coal for story time and activities, including a felt board and wooden animal train.
- Montgomery College Early Childhood Club: Engage in crafts and activities that bring Dr. Seuss and the world of the Cat in the Hat alive.
- D B & C Home Restorations LLC: Free face painting, featuring a selection of storybook characters including Clifford the Big Red Dog, The Cat in the Hat and Winnie the Pooh. Oreo the History Pony and author
- Leah Taylor: Join Oreo for a time traveling trip through the White House to learn about the presidents and their favorite horses. You can also dress in costumes and get your photo taken with Oreo.
- Modern Eyes, LLC: Free vision screenings for kids. Pets On Wheels: Bring your favorite book and read to dogs.
- Let's Play America: Pat Rumbaugh, The Play Lady, and author of "Let's Play at the Playground," will lead fun activities, and sell and sign her book.
7th Annual Gaithersburg Book
May 21, 2016
On the Grounds of
City Hall in
Olde Towne Gaithersburg, Md.
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.
The Gaithersburg Book Festival thanks the newest organizations to pledge
their support of our
7th annual event.
Majestic by Spectrum
Asbury Methodist Village
Book Club for Kids/Kitty Felde
Bob & Judy Murphy
School of Dentistry
Teen Advisory Group for Montgomery County Public Libraries
Young Audiences/Arts for Learning
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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