Gaithersburg Book Festival Will Run Virtually Throughout May

Free and open to all ages, the annual festival features more than 30 author events plus writing workshops.

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Gaithersburg Book Festival 2021
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Avid readers, young and old, will want to head on over to the Gaithersburg Book Festival this May — virtually, that is. 

Author panels, workshops and activities will be online again this year, but there’ll be no shortage of learning and fun for all ages. Running May 1 to May 28, the festival will offer something for everyone, whether you’re a mystery fan or your child loves graphic novels.


Founded in 2010, this year’s festival features nearly 100 authors from a variety of genres and backgrounds. Bibliophiles will recognize such names as Jerry Craft, author of “Class Act;” Meena Harris, author of “Ambitious Girl;” Susan Page, author of “Madam Speaker;” and Ishmael Beah, author of “Little Family.”

The first two weeks will focus on adult programming, but the rest of the month is reserved for younger readers with plenty of children’s and young adult authors in attendance. Since the virtual programming runs on weekdays and weekends, it’ll be easy for busy families to join in whenever they want.

For young writers, Gaithersburg Book Festival is offering Zoom workshops to help kids put pen to paper. Past events included advice on creative journal writing and how to come up with new characters. Teens and adults can take workshops, too: flash fiction and writing a key scene are just two of the topics that will be covered. Registration is required.

Check out the growing list of authors, scheduled events and more on the festival’s website.

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