Virtual Gaithersburg Book Festival Set for May 1–28
The Gaithersburg Book Festival (GBF), a celebration of books, writers and literary excellence, is holding this year’s event virtually, offering live and pre-recorded programming on weekdays and weekends beginning Saturday, May 1 through Friday, May 28.
The event will include more than 30 author presentations, as well as several writing workshops for adults, teens and children scheduled throughout May. More information is available here.
In related news, the festival has selected the finalists for its third annual poetry contest for high school students. The students wrote poems on themes of isolation and/or community during the pandemic. More than 150 entries poured in from around the region.
The MCPS finalists are:
- Solange Campos, junior at Poolesville High School
- Caroline Dinh, senior at Richard Montgomery High School
- Joy Jiang, freshman at Richard Montgomery High School
- Charlotte Lucas, freshman at Walter Johnson High School
- Casey Majewski, senior at Rockville High School
- Kendall Rill, freshman at Damascus High School
- Arushi Singh, senior at Richard Montgomery High School
- Allison Xu, freshman at Walter Johnson High School
The finalist poems are posted on the Gaithersburg Book Festival website so visitors can read the entries and vote for their favorite. Fan favorite voting will close on Friday, May 7, at 11 p.m.
First-, second-, and third-place winners and a fan favorite will be announced on the festival website on Friday, May 14.