Gaithersburg Book Festival Goes Virtual in 2021 with Month-Long Celebration of All Things Literary


Per the Gaithersburg Book Festival:
Even though the Gaithersburg Book Festival will be virtual again in 2021, there will be no lack of mystery, political intrigue, tall tales, picture books or expressive poetry. Throughout the entire month of May, on whatever device you prefer, you’ll be able to see presentations and panel discussions by nearly 100 authors from every genre, and participate in writing workshop classes designed for both children and adults.


“Despite not being able to gather in-person this year, our commitment to showcasing the best and brightest in the writing world has not diminished,” said Jud Ashman, Festival chair and Mayor of the City of Gaithersburg. “Once again our committee has put together a stellar line-up. We are excited to bring some of today’s top authors into your homes, and give you a glimpse into the inspirations of their craft.”


During the first two weeks of May, Festival programming will focus on a variety of genres for adults, including fiction, non-fiction, mystery, science fiction and poetry. Among the featured authors are Ishmael Beah, Sandra Beasley, Maureen Corrigan, Jeanine Cummins, Cory Doctorow, Pam Fessler, Robert Jones, Jr., Dr. Michio Kaku, Jon Klassen, Carole Lindstrom, Carlos Lozada, Susan Page,  Lisa Scottoline, Karen Tumulty, and more.


The second half of the month will be for the kids and young adults, with programming from award-winning authors and illustrators of children’s books, graphic novels and YA titles, including Tom Angleberger, Atinuke, Jerry Craft, Sharon Flake, Alan Gratz, Meena Harris, Jon Klassen, Gordon Korman, Remy Lai, David LaRochelle, Carole Lindstrom, Dave Roman, Jordan Sonnenblick, Francisco X. Stork, Deborah Wiles, and Mike Wohnoutka.


An up-to-date list of featured authors and their books can be found on the Festival website.


The virtual Festival will also feature writing workshop classes for adults, teens and kids, led by experienced teachers and held via Zoom. These free workshops give participants the chance to hone their skills and learn tips and tricks from the professionals. Workshop details and registration information will be available in early April.


“During the pandemic it’s been more important than ever to spark curiosity and encourage reading,” said David and Mikel Blair, founders of The David and Mikel Blair Family Foundation, the Festival’s premier sponsor. “The David and Mikel Blair Family Foundation is proud to sponsor the 2021 Gaithersburg Book Festival in its efforts to celebrate the joys of reading.”


Keep up with GBF programming developments on the Festival website at You can also subscribe to the GBF newsletter and follow the Festival on Facebook and Twitter @GburgBookFest.
About the Gaithersburg Book Festival


Founded in 2010, the Gaithersburg Book Festival is a celebration of books, writers and literary excellence. It is one of the premier literary events in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The 2021 Festival will take place virtually throughout the month of May, featuring author appearances, panel discussions and writing workshops. The Gaithersburg Book Festival also hosts author events in Montgomery County throughout the year as a way to encourage continued appreciation for all things literary. The event is sponsored in part by The David and Mikel Blair Family Foundation. For more information please visit, follow us on Twitter @GburgBookFest or like us on Facebook.

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