Book Festival
May 17, 2014 10am - 6pm
City Hall


“What I love about the Gaithersburg Book Festival is its intimacy, its small-town atmosphere lit by big-time literary stars. Here’s a chance for authors to talk and laugh with their readers, and for readers to share their enthusiasm in a setting that’s as friendly as a country fair, as sweet as kettle corn.”
— Ron Charles, fiction editor for the Washington Post


Download the 2014 Featured Author Application.

You could be among the hundreds of authors who have joined us on the stages of the Gaithersburg Book Festival. In its fifth year, the Festival has established itself as one of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area’s premier literary events, featuring prominent authors, poets and songwriters.

Among the past participants are a variety of best-selling and award-winning authors, including Tom Angleberger, Jami Attenberg, Alex Berenson, Buzz Bissinger, Sarah Blake, Eleanor Brown, Rita Mae Brown, Michael Buckley, Andrew Clements, John Feinstein, Mary Downing Hahn, Adam Hochschild, Stephen Hunter, Jenny Lawson, Caroline Leavitt, Jim Lehrer, Alice McDermott, Madeline Miller, Lynne Olsen, Sarah Pekkanen, David O. Stewart, and Karen Thompson Walker.

If you are an author who will publishing a book in the coming year, and it will be out by May 2014, we invite you to submit to present at the 2014 Gaithersburg Book Festival. If selected, you could present individually, be paired with other featured authors, or be featured in a panel discussion.

2014 Application Available Now!

To apply,  the following is required:

  •  Completed Application – download here
  •  Resume or description of speaking experience
  •  A copy of the book you’ll be promoting




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