Wednesday, May 09, 2012
It is time for the Gaithersburg Book Festival! On Saturday May 19, booklovers and authors will gather on the grounds of the Gaithersburg City Hall to to celebrate books, writers and literary excellence. In its third year, the Festival features talks and book signings by authors, writing workshops, a coffee house with singers and poets/songwriters, a Children's Village and several panel discussions. One discussion, Separating Fact from Fiction, will include audience participation. Another will tackle the future of bookstores and books. Take a look at the festival program to decide how you want to spend your Festival Day. It's a perfect time for kids, 'teens and grown-ups to make a summer reading plan or to gather suggestions for a new or ongoing book group.
To prepare for the Festival, look at the photos and videos from last year or read an entry from this year's short story contest for high school students. MCPL can help booklovers prepare for the Festival, too. Let the Reader's Cafe guide your author presentation selection. Read or listen to a book by one of the featured authors. MCPL offers many of these works as downloadable audio books or ebooks, too. This year's featured authors include novelists and mystery writers, Sandra Parshall, Christopher Tilghman, and Tim Wendel. Non-fiction writers include Buzz Bissinger, John Feinstein, Marvin and Deborah Kalb, and Jim Lehrer.
Get the kids ready, too. Share a book or audio book. Children's and young adult authors appearing in the Jim Henson and Willa Cather Pavillions include Fred Bowen, Andrew Clements, Mary Downing Hahn, Laura McNeal and Matthew Quick (aka Q). Free craft and other hands-on sessions are offered for children, too.
Grab your sunscreen, a pen for autographs and get ready to collect ideas for summer reading!!