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GBF News                                                                               April 2016
In This Issue...
But Wait, There's More: A Look at the Latest Additions to 2016 Festival
Workshops Give Children a Chance to Explore Writing, Illustrating 
GBF Offers Free Workshops for Adults and Teens
Finalists Selected in High School Short Story Writing Contest
Welcome New Sponsors
Show Your Support for the Arts with a Festival Sponsorship
But Wait, There's More: A Look at the Latest Additions to 2016 Festival
The list of featured authors for the 2016 Gaithersburg Book Festival continues to grow and become more impressive. Take a look at the most recent award-winners and best-sellers we've added in the last month: 
Joanne Bamberger, an attorney and journalist, is the author/editor of the Amazon #1 bestseller “Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox,” an anthology that explores why so many Americans are conflicted about Hillary Clinton and her bid for the White House. She is the publisher and editor in chief of The Broad Side, a noted digital magazine of women’s commentary, and contributes political commentary to MSNBC, CNN, Fox News and others. She is a regular contributor to USA Today, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Huffington Post. Her first book was the Amazon bestseller, “Mothers of Intention: How Women & Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America.” 
Sidney Blumenthal is the former assistant and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton, and senior adviser to Hillary Clinton. He has been a national staff reporter for The Washington Post, Washington editor and staff writer for The New Yorker, senior writer for The New Republic, and contributed to numerous additional publications. His books include “The Clinton Wars,” “The Rise of the Counter-Establishment” and most recently, “A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln.” 
Eleanor Clift is a political writer for The Daily Beast and a panelist on the public affairs show, “The McLaughlin Group.” She started her career as a secretary with Newsweek and was one of the first women to cross over into the editorial ranks to become a reporter. She covered Jimmy Carter’s campaign and when he won the presidency, she became a White House correspondent. She has been in Washington ever since, covering the Reagan, Clinton and Obama White Houses, and writing about the partisan clash of culture and ideas between Republicans and Democrats. Eleanor will be appearing "In Conversation With Diane Rehm." She'll also be signing her own book, “Two Weeks of Life.” 
E.J. Dionne is a best-selling author, a syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in The Washington Post and nearly a hundred other newspapers, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a professor at Georgetown University. He is the author of six books, and edited or co-edited six other volumes. His “Why Americans Hate Politics” won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a nominee for the National Book Award. His newest best-seller is “Why the Right Went Wrong: Conservatism—From Goldwater to the Tea Party and Beyond.” 
John Feinstein is author of 36 books, including his most recent, “The Legends Club.” His “A Season on the Brink” and “A Good Walk Spoiled,” were both #1 New York Times bestsellers and “Last Shot,” which won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for mystery writing in the Young Adult category. He was inducted into the U.S. Basketball Writer’s Hall of Fame in 2000; the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013. He currently writes for The Washington Post and Golf Digest and is a regular contributor to The Golf Channel, Comcast Sports Regional Networks and hosts a college basketball show and a golf show on SiriusXM Radio. He lives in Potomac, Md. 
Annette Gordon-Reed is the author of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize–winning “The Hemingses of Monticello” and is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard University. Her most recent book (co-authored with Peter S. Onuf) is “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination.” 
Kristen Green is the author of “Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County,” published by Harper in 2015 to critical acclaim. The Washington Post called it “a gift to a new generation of readers” and made it a Notable Nonfiction pick. It was an editors’ choice at The New York Times, which termed it “essential reading.” Kristen has worked for two decades as a reporter for newspapers including The Boston Globe, The San Diego Union-Tribune and The Richmond Times-Dispatch. She also has written for The Atlantic. She earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. 
Margaret Guroff is a magazine and online writer and editor of features, essays and investigative work. A former editor of Baltimore Magazine, she is now an executive editor at AARP The Magazine. Guroff teaches non-fiction writing courses at Johns Hopkins University and speaks regularly at writers’ conferences. She is also the editor and publisher of Power Moby-Dick, an online annotation of Herman Melville’s classic novel. Her cultural history book, “The Mechanical Horse: How the Bicycle Reshaped American Life,” was published in 2016 by the University of Texas Press. She lives in Bethesda, Md. 
Dr. Rose Ihedigbo immigrated to the United States with her late husband Apollos, and three children under three years old in 1979. Both had a strong commitment to education and wanted to instill that in their children. After moving to the U.S., they had two more boys. They both began their pursuit of higher education. She studied at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where she received her BA, M.Ed., and Doctorate in Early Childhood Education. She does consulting and public speaking across the country. She is the author of two books: “Sandals in the Snow: A True Story of One African Family’s Journey to Achieving the American Dream,” and “Why the Turtle Has A Broken-Patterned Shell.” She is the founder of Ihedigbo Consulting Group and co-founded the Nigerian American Technological and Agricultural College (NATAC) with her late husband. 
Claudia Kalb is an award-winning journalist and author specializing in science and medicine. A former senior writer at Newsweek, Kalb has reported on a wide range of subjects, from emotional memory to the origins of autism. Her new book, “Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder,” probes the intricacies of the brain and human behavior through the minds of history’s most celebrated icons. Kalb lives with her family in Alexandria, Va. 
Karen Kullgren is the author of “Grace in the Gray Areas: Thriving in Life’s Paradoxes.” She is a freelance writer and editor with a particular interest in exploring women’s lives, spiritual journeys, diverse cultures and the universality of human experience. Her articles have been published in print and online in many local and national magazines and newspapers. Kullgren is contributing editor for Washington Parent and was contributing editor for Washington Woman, where her “Grace in the Gray Areas” column appeared monthly. 
David Mark is a Washington, D.C.-based news editor and writer. He is co-author, with Chuck McCutcheon, of the political language book “Dog Whistles, Walk Backs, and Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang, and Bluster of American Political Speech” and its updated eBook edition – “Doubletalk: The Language, Code and Jargon of a Presidential Election.” David was previously author of “Going Dirty: The Art of Negative Campaigning.” A frequent media analyst on politics, David has spoken with audiences in 10 countries, to legislators, business leaders, journalists and others. 
John Norris is the executive director of the Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative at American Progress. Previously, he served as the Washington chief of staff for the International Crisis Group and the director of communications for U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott. He has written for Politico, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal. His latest book is “Mary McGrory: The First Queen of Journalism.”  
Wayne Pacelle is president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), one of the 100 largest charities in the U.S. During his tenure, Wayne has more than doubled the size of the organization, and its impact is felt throughout the United States and increasingly throughout the world. He’s helped pass more than 1,000 state laws to advance the organization’s mission and negotiated agreements with dozens of the nation’s biggest corporations – from McDonald’s to Walmart to Armani. Pacelle writes for a number of publications, most recently, Foreign Affairs, and is the author of The New York Times best-seller “The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them.” His newest book is “The Humane Economy.” 
Marlene Trestman is author of “Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin.” She had a personal relationship with Margolin stemming from common childhood experiences: The two women spent time together while Trestman attended Goucher College and George Washington University Law School, and started her legal career. A former Special Assistant to the Maryland Attorney General, Trestman was twice recognized for exceptional service. A recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, American Jewish Archives and the Supreme Court Historical Society, Trestman lives in Baltimore and enjoys visiting her native New Orleans. 
Dr. Hattie N. Washington is currently a professor of Education at Coppin State University (CSU) in Baltimore, Md. She likes to be known as “Aunt Hattie” and is the founder and president of Aunt Hattie’s Place, Inc., a non-profit residential facility for males with special educational needs. Dr. Washington travels the country as a motivational speaker, trainer and consultant. She shares her humble beginnings in Prince Edward County, Va., from living in a small wooden house with more than 15 family members to being sent away from home for education purposes, when her two-room school closed down in 1959 due to desegregation. Her compelling story will inspire audiences as she shares lessons learned on how to make positive changes in their lives despite obstacles. Her memoir is entitled “Driven to Succeed.” 
Michelle Brafman is the author of “Washing the Dead” and “Bertrand Court.” Her writing also has appeared in The Washington Post, Tablet, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Slate, Lilith Magazine, the minnesota review and elsewhere. She teaches fiction writing at the Johns Hopkins University M.A. in Writing Program and lives in Maryland with her husband and two children. 
Ellen Prentiss Campbell is the author of the short story collection “Contents Under Pressure,” which was nominated for The National Book Award. “The Bowl with Gold Seams” is her debut novel. Her short fiction has been featured in numerous journals including The Massachusetts Review, The Fourth River, The Potomac Review and The MacGuffin. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The Fiction Writers Review, where she is a contributing editor, and The Washington Independent Review of Books. A practicing psychotherapist, Campbell lives in Washington, D.C., and Manns Choice, Pa. 
Dana Cann’s debut novel, “Ghosts of Bergen County,” is out this spring from Tin House Books. His short stories have been published in The Sun, The Massachusetts Review, The Gettysburg Review, Barrelhouse, Fifth Wednesday Journal, The Florida Review and Blackbird, among other journals. He has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Dana earned his M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Bethesda, Md., where he also teaches fiction workshops at The Writer’s Center. 
Nancy Naomi Carlson is a poet, translator and editor, as well as a recipient of a literature translation fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She also has received grants from the Maryland Arts Council and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County. Author of three prize-winning non-translated titles, Carlson has published three collections of poetry translations. Her work has appeared in APR, AGNI, FIELD, Five Points, The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, The Massachusetts Review, Poetry and Prairie Schooner, among others. She is an associate editor for Tupelo Press and holds a doctorate in foreign language methodology. 
Toby Devens is the award-winning author of novels “Happy Any Day Now,” published by Penguin Random House, “My Favorite Midlife Crisis (Yet)” and “Barefoot Beach,” scheduled for release July 5. Her collection of poetry, “Mercy, Lord, My Husband’s in the Kitchen,” was published by Doubleday. Toby was senior editor at Harcourt Brace publications and New York editor of Where magazine. Her short fiction, poetry and articles have appeared in Readers’ Digest and Parents, among other national magazines. Her career in media/public relations culminated in her work as senior vice president of an international nonprofit.
Kathy Flann’s short story collection entitled “Get a Grip” won the George Garrett Award and was released by Texas Review Press in the fall of 2015. It was named a top book of the year by Baltimore Magazine and Baltimore City Paper. A previous collection, “Smoky Ordinary,” won the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award and was published by Snake Nation Press. For five years, she taught creative writing in England, where she created mini-courses for the BBC’s Get Writing website and served on the board of the National Association of Writers in Education. She has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Bulgaria and Le Moulin à Nef in France. She is an associate professor at Goucher College in Baltimore. 
Tom Glenn has worked as an intelligence operative, a musician, a linguist (seven languages), a cryptologist, a government executive, a care-giver for the dying, a leadership coach and, always, a writer. Much of his fiction came from the better part of 13 years he operated under cover in Vietnam before escaping under fire when Saigon fell. Maryland Public Television will feature him in its May 2016 salute to Vietnam vets. He has published three novels and 16 short stories. The Naval Institute Press will publish his fourth novel, “The Last of the Annamese,” in 2017.
Michael Landweber lives and writes in Washington, D.C. He is the author of two novels, “Thursday, 1:17 p.m.” and “We.” His short stories have appeared in many literary magazines such as Gargoyle, Fourteen Hills, Fugue, Barrelhouse and American Literary Review. He is an associate editor at Potomac Review and a contributor for the Washington Independent Review of Books. 
Vivian Lawry is a prize-winning writer whose short fiction has appeared in more than three dozen literary journals and anthologies. This is her second appearance in the “Virginia Is For Mysteries” short story collection. She co-authored two Chesapeake Bay Murder Mysteries, “Dark Harbor” and “Tiger Heart.” Her most recent book is “Different Drummer: a collection of off-beat fiction.”
Anthony Marra is The New York Times best-selling author of “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena,” which has been translated into 16 languages. His second book, “The Tsar of Love and Techno,” was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction. He is the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Magazine Award, the Whiting Award and the Berlin Prize Fellowship, and presently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University. Anthony Marra was born in Washington, D.C. 
Alan Orloff’s debut mystery, “Diamonds for the Dead,” was an Agatha Award finalist for Best First Novel. His seventh novel, “Running From the Past,” was a winner in Amazon’s Kindle Scout program. His short fiction has appeared in “Shotgun Honey Presents: Locked and Loaded,” “Jewish Noir,” Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, and “Chesapeake Crimes: Storm Warning.” A former engineer, marketing manager and newsletter editor, Alan grew up in Montgomery County and is a proud product of the County’s public school system. He now lives in Northern Virginia and teaches fiction writing at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Md.
Helen Klein Ross is a novelist and poet whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and in The Iowa Review, where it won the Iowa Review Award for Poetry in 2014. She’s published two novels: “What Was Mine” and “Making It: A Novel Of Madison Avenue,” an e-book that experiments with digital epilogue. She is the creator and editor of “The Traveler’s Vade Mecum,” a poetry anthology inspired by a tweet, forthcoming in September from Red Hen Press. She lives with her husband in Manhattan and Salisbury, Conn. 
David O. Stewart, a former lawyer, is the author of several books, including “The Lincoln Deception;” “The Summer of 1787,” which won the Washington Writing Award for Best Book of 2007; and “Madison’s Gift.” David also garnered the 2013 History Prize from the Society of the Cincinnati. His latest book is “The Wilson Deception.” He lives in Maryland. 
Paula Whyman’s debut collection of connected short stories, “You May See a Stranger,” will be published by TriQuarterly Books in May 2016. A music theater piece, “Transfigured Night,” based on one of those stories, is in development with composer Scott Wheeler. A native of Washington, D.C., Whyman lives in Maryland. 
John Bemelmans Marciano, a writer and artist, is the grandson of Ludwig Bemelmans and is continuing his grandfather’s legacy of the Madeline books with “Madeline and the Old House in Paris,” “Madeline at the White House” and “Madeline and the Cats of Rome.” He is the author of “BEMELMANS: The Life and Art of Madeline’s Creator,” and of “The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield,” illustrated by Sophie Blackall. John lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Andromache, and their daughter, Galatea. His latest book is “The Witches of Benevento.” 
M. Tara Crowl grew up in Murfreesboro, Tenn., studied Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, and received an M.A. in Creative Writing at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Her debut novel, “Eden’s Wish,” was released in 2016 by Disney-Hyperion. The second book in the series, “Eden’s Escape,” will be released on September 6, 2016. She lives in New York City. 
Syl Sobel is an author, attorney, newspaper reporter and director of publications for a federal government agency. He has written several children’s books on U.S. government and history, including titles on the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and presidential elections, and has spoken at book fairs and libraries, in classrooms, and on radio and C-SPAN Book-TV about his books. He also is an award-winning high school sports reporter for The Town Courier, in Gaithersburg, Md. Syl is a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Wisconsin Law School, and is active in alumni activities for both institutions. His latest book is “Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts.” 
Timothy Young has had a long career doing all kinds of interesting and fun stuff. He’s been an animator, puppet maker, toy designer, sculptor, art director and graphic designer. His career highlights include being the head model-maker for the Penny cartoons on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, designing and building Muppets for Jim Henson Productions and sculpting the very first Simpsons character toys. Tim is the author and illustrator of six picture books and he especially enjoys visiting schools and sharing his books and experiences with students. His latest book is “Do Not Open the Box.” He lives with his family on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. 
~Teen/Young Adult~ 
Martina Boone is the acclaimed author of “Compulsion” and “Persuasion,” out now in the romantic Southern Gothic Heirs of Watson Island trilogy. “Illusion,” the final book, will be out October 2016. Martina also is the founder of, a three-time Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers Site, and, a site dedicated to encouraging literacy and reader engagement through a celebration of series literature. She’s on the board of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and runs the program to distribute books to underfunded schools and libraries. 
Lori Goldstein was born into an Italian-Irish family (hence the short temper and the freckles), grew up on the Jersey shore and now makes her home outside of Boston. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in journalism and worked as a writer, editor and graphic designer before embracing her love of fictional people. Lori is the author of the YA contemporary fantasy series “Becoming Jinn,” named one of the best fantasies of 2015 by VOYA Magazine, and the sequel, “Circle of Jinn.” She has an (un)healthy obsession with The Vampire Diaries. 

Gareth Hinds is the creator of critically-acclaimed graphic novel adaptations of literary classics, including “Beowulf,” “King Lear,” “The Merchant of Venice,” “The Odyssey,” “Romeo & Juliet” and “Macbeth.” His latest illustration project is the action-packed non-fiction book “Samurai Rising,” written by Pamela Turner, which has received four starred reviews. Gareth is a recipient of the Boston Public Library’s “Literary Lights for Children” award. His books are used in English classrooms across the country, and his illustrations have appeared in the Society of Illustrators, the New York Historical Society, and over a dozen published video games. Gareth lives in Takoma Park, Md. 
Tim Grove is author of “First Flight Around the World,” a 2016 YALSA Excellence in Non-fiction award finalist. This amazing true adventure tale for ages 10-14 tells the story of an airplane on display at the National Air and Space Museum and features more than 100 photos from the museum’s archives. Grove’s upcoming book, “Milestones of Flight,” will feature stories about 27 iconic artifacts from the Smithsonian collection. Grove is chief of Museum Learning at the National Air and Space Museum. As both a historian and educator he strives to find creative ways to engage diverse audiences with history. His memoir “A Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History” chronicles various projects from his 20 years working at some of America’s most popular history museums. 
Kara Thomas is the author of “The Darkest Corners.” She also wrote the “Prep School Confidential” series and a pilot, “The Revengers” for the CW under the pen name Kara Taylor. She has written for everything from her high school newspaper to Warner Bros. Television. She is a true-crime addict who lives on Long Island with her husband and rescue cat. 
Workshops Give Children a Chance to Explore Writing, Illustrating 
From illustrating and writing to creating memorable characters and building stories with LEGOs®, the Gaithersburg Book Festival has a workshop that will appeal to every elementary and middle schooler. Offered for free and led by writing and graphics professionals from around the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, the children’s writing workshops take place at the Festival - Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The workshops include:
No pre-registration is required for these free workshops; participants should just plan to show up at the time their preferred workshop is scheduled to start. Workshops are generally limited to 20 participants, but individual presenters can expand the workshop at their discretion.
GBF Offers Free Workshops
for Adults and Teens

If you’ve ever dreamed about writing a best-selling mystery, the great American novel, children’s books or your own memoir, or wondered how to get your poetry published, you won’t want to miss this year's writing workshops for adults and teens at the Gaithersburg Book Festival, produced in partnership with The Writer’s Center
Interested participants can join the workshops on a first-come, first-served basis by registering in the workshop tent on the day of the Festival.
All workshops are for ages 16+:
One Month Away!
7th Annual Gaithersburg Book
May 21, 2016
On the Grounds of
City Hall in
Olde Towne Gaithersburg, Md.
Finalists Selected in High School
Short Story Writing Contest

First-round judges have selected 12 finalists in the Gaithersburg Book Festival’s sixth 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 Saturday, May 21. Winners will receive $100, $75 and $50, respectively. The fan favorite will receive a $25 gift certificate. The prizes are provided by the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus.
The winning stories will be selected by Gaithersburg resident Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, author of more than 140 books for both children and adults, including “Shiloh,” for which she received the Newbery Medal. Naylor will be appearing at the 2016 Festival to talk about her latest novel for young teens, “Going Where It’s Dark.”
The 12 finalists are:
  • Grace Biddle – South River High School, grade 11, Crofton, Md.
  • Sarah Craig – Oakton High School, grade 12, Herndon, Va.
  • Olivia Hammond – Clarksburg High School, grade 11, Germantown, Md.
  • Alli Henderson – Broadneck High School, grade 11, Arnold, Md.
  • Naomi Kline – Osbourn Park High School, grade 10, Woodbridge, Va.
  • Bethany Kressin – Osbourn Park High School, grade 12, Manassas, Va.
  • Angelica Mansfield – Watkins Mill High School, grade 10, Montgomery Village, Md.
  • Emerald Norman – Takoma Academy, grade 11, Rockville, Md.
  • Neida Reina – Gaithersburg High School, grade 12, Gaithersburg, Md.
  • Bisma Shaikh – Osbourn Park High School, grade 11, Manassas, Va.
  • Emma Stohlman – Osbourn Park High School, grade 11, Dumfries, Va.
  • Kayana Tyson – Osbourn Park High School, grade 10, Woodbridge, Va.
The finalists’ stories are available on the Gaithersburg Book Festival website. Visitors are encouraged to read the stories and “like” their favorites to help determine the “Fan Favorite” entry.
New Sponsors
The Gaithersburg Book Festival thanks the newest organizations to pledge
their support of our
7th annual event.
~ Partner ~
Dawson's Market
~ Featured Sponsor ~
~ Pavilion Sponsors ~
Holy Cross
Germantown Hospital
Retail Properties of
America, Inc.

~ Literary Sponsor ~
Mezeh Mediterranean Grill - Downtown Crown
~ Book Lovers ~

DANAC Corporation

Grace United Methodist Church
Kelly Irvine,
Graphic Designer

Kentlands Community Foundation

Navy Federal Credit Union

Nothing Bundt Cakes 
~Festival Friends~
Book Crossing, BC in D.C.

Gaithersburg Elementary School Chorus -
Karina McCarty, Director

Planet Cotton
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.

~Featured Sponsors~
~Festival Sponsors~
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