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!
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:
and Jane Singleton Paul
Stop by her tent to say "Bonjour!"
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.
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.
For information go to know1else.com
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We would like to thank
for generously donating their services to print fliers and bookmarks for this year's festival.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 301-949-9416. Thank you!
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
Diane St Clair
Sara Gallagher Williams
Meet & Greet Team
THE NIGHTHAWKS & THE ROCK-A-SONICS
ELI AUGUST AND THE ABANDONED BUILDINGS
A Baltimore, MD and NYC based Chamber Folk ensemble that
Root Rock and Blues. Come enjoy the ride!
The Rock-A-Sonics play rockabilly, classic country and vintage rock 'n' roll.
plays dark and melodic heartfelt tunes.
LA RAMBLA STAGE
Special Guest Speakers
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]
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.
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.
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.
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
Brando Skyhorse -
Alexandra Zapruder -
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!
[More information and times here]
Featuring Washington DC's #1 children's entertainer
Susan McNelis, AKA
|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
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE BOOK
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.
Links for further reading about The International Day of the Book:
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".
World Book and Copyright Day at UNESCO