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GBF News                                                                                       June 2016
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South River's Grace Biddle Takes Top Honor in Short Story Contest
C-SPAN Live from the GBF
Sights from the Festival
Book Club for Kids Podcast Recorded at 2016 Festival
#GBF Winner
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South River's Grace Biddle Takes Top Honor in Short Story Contest
Grace Biddle (at right with GBF founder and Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman), a Crofton, Md., resident and junior at South River High School, took first prize in the 2016 Gaithersburg Book Festival short story contest for high school students with her story, “Flight.”
Second prize went to Osbourn Park High School (Prince William County, Va.) senior Bethany Kressin, for her story, “Eulogy for a Chameleon.” Third prize went to “The Ticket,” written by Sarah Craig, a senior from Oakton (Va.) High School. And “As Time Goes By,” written by junior Olivia Hammond from Clarksburg (Md.) High School, was named the Fan Favorite.
The top three winners received $100, $75 and $50 gift certificates, respectively, and the Fan Favorite, which was determined based on voting on the Gaithersburg Book Festival website, received a $25 gift certificate. Prizes were provided by the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus.
The winners were announced May 21 at the 7th annual Gaithersburg Book Festival. The winning stories were 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 appeared at the 2016 Festival to talk about her latest novel for young teens, “Going Where It’s Dark.”
“I am always amazed at both the quality and depth of some stories by teen writers, far better than what I was writing at their age,” Naylor said.
Contest finalists also included:
  • Alli Henderson – Broadneck High School, grade 11, Arnold, Md.
  • Naomi Kline – Osbourn Park High School, grade 10, Woodbridge, 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 GBF website.
C-SPAN Live from the GBF

C-SPAN Book TV once again was onsite doing live coverage of the Gaithersburg Book Festival. Full coverage of their programming can be found on the Book TV website.
Individual presentation videos include:
Sights from the Festival
Despite the dreary weather, thousands of literary fans - children and adults alike - came out to see their favorite authors, get their books signed and partake in a multitude of activities.
Here are just a sample of the sights from the day. To see more photos, visit the GBF photo album on Facebook.

Crowds enjoy author presentations





Book Club for Kids Podcast Recorded at 2016 Festival
Kitty Felde, host of the Book Club for Kids podcast, hosted her latest episode at the Gaithersburg Book Festival - bringing together middle schoolers from Montgomery County with author Gennifer Choldenko and celebrity reader, NPR newscaster Jack Speer.
The students and Felde discussed Choldenko’s book “Al Capone Does My Shirts.” Listen to the podcast and see more photos at the Book Club for Kids website

Photos courtesy of Margaret Stevens and Tonya Wright
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Congrats to Dorothy Dew @_dorothydew - the winner of our #GBF contest and recipient of a $50 Visa gift card. Dorothy’s winning tweet was: “On my way to #GBF to see @anthonyfmarra, one of my favorite authors.” And meet him, she did. She later tweeted a photo with Marra after getting her book signed.
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