Kensington Celebrates the International Day of the Book Festival
The Book as Literature * The Book as Art * The Book as Music
Celebrating our 10th Anniversary!

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 11am-4pm
Howard Avenue, Old Town Kensington, Md
Celebrate the Book * Street Festival * Rain or Shine


This afternoon street festival celebrates the International Day of the Book with live music, author readings, open mic, activities for children and adults, storytellers, ...and books, books, books! Local authors, bookartists, publishers, booksellers, and literary groups line Howard Ave in Historic Old Town Kensington to show, sell, and discuss their works. All activities are free, rain or shine. Come celebrate with us!

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Printmaking Demonstration

Join book artists from Pyramid Atlantic for a printmaking demonstration and presentation of their works.

Books in French!
Bonjour Mama French Language Books presents

3 Francophone authors:
Lucas Salomon
Melissa Kerley
and Jane Singleton Paul

Stop by her tent to say "Bonjour!"

Play Chess!

Play chess with International
Chess Master and chess book author Allan Savage!

Free Book Evaluations!

Bring your rare and unusual books to get a free evaluation by professional book appraiser
Dale Sorenson PhD.

Free Books from Bookcrossing

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Our Sponsors

The Mansion

Pauli Bellet Foundation

Town of Kensington
The Armory

OTJ Architects

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Of Wheaton/Kensington
Of Poolesville/Clarksburg/Damascus
301-933-2425 | 301-482-0818
Independently owned and operated
The Train Station
Kensington Park
Friends of the Library
Prevention of
Blindness Society
Kensington Service Center

3794 Howard Ave
The Library
Colour and Design
By Margie Billian
Kensington Farmer's Market
St Paul's Hunger Ministry
St Paul's Hunger Ministry
Hardware City
The Cabin
Gorina-Ysern, LLC

Bella Rella Stationery
Gary and
Diana Ditto
Kensington Historical Society
The Sweat Shop
Russia Online Inc
Kensington Business District Association (KBDA)
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Want to be a Sponsor?
Find out how here!

Fundraiser Concert
Saturday, April 25 8-10pm
Third Wave Americana Band, Know1Else, will perform “The Night of the Book" at FNDTN gallery and livespace in Kensington from 8-10pm to kick off “The Day of the Book,” Know1Else will present a literate, listenable, likable selection of songs you haven't heard about things you've already lived.
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We would like to thank
Grove Printing
Grove Printing
for generously donating their services to print fliers and bookmarks for this year's festival.
A big "Thank you" to artist
Alba Marina Rivera
for our header illustration
Etsy Page
Barcelona, Spain
Thank you so much for your support! It is so much appreciated! If you or your company are interested in becoming a festival sponsor, we would love to talk to you! We offer promotional benefits at different levels of sponsorship. Please contact Elisenda Sola-Sole at or call 301-949-9416. Thank you!
Support our Literary Friends!

Kensington Car Show
Sunday, April 12
(Not literary, but good friends!)

World Book Day Washington DC
Saturday, April 25

Gaithersburg Book Festival
Saturday, May 16

National Book Festival
Saturday, September 5

Literary Hill BookFest

Explore Kensington!

Explore the warmth and charm of Old Town Kensington


Elisenda Sola-Sole
Kensington Book Festival Director

Pam Luskin
Children's Program &
Children's Authors

Mail and Drop-in address:
Kensington Book Festival
3786 Howard Ave
Kensington, MD 20895

Info. for Participants

Participation is open to all local authors, book and paper artists, bookmakers, publishers, literary groups, and Kensington community organizations.

Thank you to the 2015 Festival Team

Al Lacey
Karen Sage
Lisa Schaefer
Janet Camillo
Larry Johnson
Alice Kessler
George Buckwalter
Rebecca Boone
Monica Hopper
Missy Carr
Sarah Bonner
Pamela Shewmaker
Pam Stuckey
Liz Brennan
Diane St Clair
Sara Gallagher Williams
Carl Porter
Melanie Batchelor
and the
Meet & Greet Team


Root Rock and Blues. Come enjoy the ride!

The Rock-A-Sonics play rockabilly, classic country and vintage rock 'n' roll.

Along with:


A Baltimore, MD and NYC based Chamber Folk ensemble that
plays dark and melodic heartfelt tunes.

Special Guest Speakers

Martin Goldsmith
Author of Alex's Wake
Sponsored by
Kensington Park Friends of the Library

A tale of two journeys...Martin Goldsmith, author of Alex's Wake: The Tragic Voyage of the St Louis to Flee Nazi Germany and a Grandson's Journey of Love and Remembrance, recounts the history and sad journey of his grandfather and uncle, and his own journey to retrace their steps and come to terms with his own heritage.             [More Information]

Chef Jonathan Bardzik
Author of Simple Summer: A Recipe for Cooking and Entertaining with Ease
Sponsored by
Kensington Farmer's Market and
St Paul's Hunger Ministry

Jonathan Bardzik is a cook, author and storyteller from Washington, DC. He is self-trained over more than 20 years of long-hours cooking in his home kitchen. Jonathan is inspired by the local, fresh, seasonal ingredients he grew up with from his mother’s garden and he enjoys today from DC’s farm markets. Jonathan’s culinary passion is exploring ingredients, techniques and flavors and sharing those adventures to help others find joy in their own kitchens.             [More Information]

Chef Bardzik's program will include a short reading by Julie Castillo on her book Eat Local for Less: The Ultimate Guide to Opting Out of Our Broken Industrial Food System.

Major General Oleg Danilovich Kalugin, KGB (Ret.)
Author of Spymaster: My Thirty-two Years in Intelligence and Espionage Against the West
Sponsored by Russia Online, Inc

A retired Major General in the 1st Chief Directorate of the KGB, General Kalugin was the youngest general in the history of the KGB. His book Spymaster: My Thirty-two Years in Intelligence and Espionage Against the West chronicles his KGB career.
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Tim Tobin
Author of Your Leadership Story:
Use Your Story to Energize, Inspire,
and Motivate | Twitter

Stories have power. Many leaders use stories as a tool, but most have no idea what tale their own leadership is telling. Leadership development expert Tim Tobin, author of Your Leadership Story: Use Your Story to Energize, Inspire, and Motivate shows how, by thinking of your career as a narrative—with a plot, characters, and an arc—you can become a more effective, insightful, and inspiring leader. [More Information]

Master of Ceremonies Steve Piacente
Steve Piacente is Creative Director and an Executive Communications Coach at The Communication Center in Washington DC, a former journalist, and an award-winning author. His books include Bella, and Bootlicker. See his author listing [here]

Origins Journal Panel
Narrative Arts Through the Lens of Identity

Moderated by Origins Editor, Dini Karasik

Featured Panelists:
Brando Skyhorse - Lisa Page
Alexandra Zapruder - Dan Vera

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Featured Poetry Readings by
The Federal Poets
The Poets of Ellicott Street
Cary Kamarat with Gina Ashton
and music by Scott Stancill

Poetry Open Mic
Moderated by Matthew Vossler
Read your own poems!
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Featuring Washington DC's #1 children's entertainer
The Great Zucchini

Along with...
Susan McNelis, AKA
Oh Susannah!

1-2-3 Andres!
Unique Dreams

Dansez! Dansez!

FNDTN Junior Jams presents
Fun Teasers from
Uncle Devin!

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Sponsored by The Sweat Shop

Emory Luce Baldwin
Author of
Parenting With Courage and Uncommon Sense

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The Twinbrook Tellers

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Gala CREST Craft Fair

In conjunction with Kensington Day of the Book Festival, Gala Artisan Jewelry & Gifts is proud to present it's third annual Gala Craft Show.

In the parking lot at 10417 Armory Ave
(in front of Gala and JennyCakes)

Musical performances by:
Side by Side
- Doris Justis and Sean McGhee
(celebrating 31 years in May!)
and Doris and Scott Morgan

Holy Crepes Curley's Q BBQ
Carmen's Italian Ice & Cafe

Linda's Luncheonette
Go Fish

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Southern Cross Bakery will be set up on Armory Avenue.

Welcome to Old Town Kensington's Celebration
of the International Day of the Book.

      April twenty-third (the festival is on the nearest Sunday) is a symbolic day in world literature. Declared as International Day of the Book by UNESCO in 1995, this celebration of books and literature draws its inspiration from a Catalan tradition, the Festival of the Rose.
      Legend has it that Saint George, Patron Saint of Catalonia (Spain) and international knight-errant, slew a dragon about to devour a beautiful Catalan princess. From the dragon's blood sprouted a rosebush, from which the hero plucked the prettiest rose for the princess. Hence the traditional Rose Festival celebrated in Barcelona since the Middle Ages to honor chivalry and love. In 1923, this lover's "festa" became even more poetic when it merged with "el dia del llibre", or The Day of the Book, to mark the nearly simultaneous deaths of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare, the two giants of literary history, on April 23, 1616.
      On this day in Barcelona, bookstalls and street festivities run the length of the picturesque La Rambla, the old city's main boulevard and, according to the Spanish author Garcia Lorca, "the only street in the world which I wish would never end".
       The Pauli Bellet Foundation Catalan Library, the Town of Kensington, and all our sponsors, invite you to celebrate this wonderful day on Howard Ave, our "La Rambla".

Links for further reading about The International Day of the Book:
World Book and Copyright Day at UNESCO

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