The street festival, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Howard Avenue in Old Town Kensington, includes live music, an open mic, book sales and other activities for kids.
D.C. native George Pelecanos, crime book author and writer involved in the HBO series “The Wire,” is expected to make an appearance from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with blues band The Nighthawks.
The event will also offer free books from an organization called BookCrossing and rare book evaluations by a former auction appraiser. If you want, you can also take on former Maryland State Chess Champion Allan Savage. He’ll be playing six to eight games at once.
For more information, visit the event website.
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The 14th Annual Bethesda Literary Festival will include about 20 author discussions, readings, open houses and writing award presentations over three days in April at nine locations throughout the downtown area.
The event, operated by the Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP), includes authors on a range of subjects who will discuss their books from Friday, April 19-Sunday, April 21 at locations including the Bethesda Library (7400 Arlington Rd.), Barnes & Noble (4801 Bethesda Ave.) and The Writer’s Center (4508 Walsh St.).
The Washington Post’s David Maraniss will discuss his biography of Barack Obama, which was published last year, starting at noon on April 20 at the Residence Inn Bethesda (7335 Wisconsin Ave.).
BUP and Bethesda Magazine will present winners of their essay and short story contest with awards and particpants will read their works at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda (7400 Wisconsin Ave.) on April 19.
The full schedule is after the jump. For more info, visit the event page.
Albright, the first woman to hold the country’s top diplomatic position, will appear at 7 p.m. on March 1 to talk about her book “Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948.”
Albright was born in Czechoslovakia in 1937 before her family left the country for England during the war. She eventually came to the United States where she climbed the diplomatic ranks. Albright served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 1993 to 1997.
In 1997, she was confirmed as the 64th U.S. Secretary of State.
The book, which was published last year, relies on Albright’s childhood memories, interviews, parents’ written reflections and official documents to look back on the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia, Battle of Britain, Holocaust and other events that shaped World War II.
For more information, visit the Barnes & Noble website.
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