Kensington Celebrates the International Day of the Book Festival Sunday April 26th 2015 * Howard Avenue, Old Town Kensington * 11am-4pm


Special Guest Speaker Martin Goldsmith
Sponsored by
Kensington Park Friends of the Library
1:00 to 1:45 |Location: La Rambla, Howard Ave. at Armory Ave..

Martin Goldsmith will speak about his book Alex's Wake. He is the host and classical music programmer for Symphony Hall on Sirius XM Satellite Radio and previously hosted NPR’s daily classical music program, Performance Today, from 1989 to 1999. He is also the author of The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany and lives in Kensington, Maryland.

Alex's Wake: The Tragic Voyage of the St Louis to Flee Nazi Germany and a Grandson's Journey of Love and Remembrance
A tale of two journeys...
       On May 13, 1939, the luxury liner SS St. Louis sailed away from Hamburg, Germany, bound for Havana, Cuba. On board were more than 900 Jewish refugees fleeing persecution in Nazi Germany. But an indifferent world conspired against them. After being denied landing rights in Havana, the refugees were turned away by the United States and Canada and forced to sail back to Europe, where the gathering storm of the Holocaust awaited them.
       Two of those refugees were Alex Goldschmidt, a sixty-year-old veteran of World War I, and his seventeen-year-old son Klaus Helmut Goldschmidt. After their trans-Atlantic voyage, they landed in France. They would spend the next three years in one French camp after another before being shipped to Auschwitz in 1942.
       Sixty-nine years later, Martin Goldsmith, Alex's grandson and Helmut's nephew, retraced their sad journey. Beginning in lower Saxony where Alex was born, Martin spent six weeks on the road and covered more than 5,700 miles, setting foot on the earth Alex and Helmut trod during their final days. Alex's Wake is Martin's eyewitness report.
       The book offers a compelling history of the voyage of the St. Louis, including testimony from those on board, a tale of espionage, and the brave resolve of Captain Gustav Schroeder. It also offers a harrowing chronicle of the vast network of camps in France, many of which were organized by the French themselves with little or no encouragement from the Germans.
       But Alex's Wake is also a contemporary travelogue and a heartfelt memoir of a second-generation American Jew trying to make sense of his heritage and to escape the burden of guilt and fear he long thought was his sole inheritance. Setting forth with the irrational, impossible desire to save two members of his family who were murdered ten years before he was born, Goldsmith concludes his journey by coming home to a moving symbol of remembrance at one of the scenes of the crime.

Read more on his website

Jonathan Bardzik is a cook, storyteller, and author living in Washington, DC. Originally from western Massachusetts, he is self-trained from nearly two decades of reading,testing, and sharing his passion for cooking and food with family and friends. He loves most to learn about new ingredients, recipes, and techniques. In 2011, Jonathan began sharing his love of cooking at Washington, DC’s historic Eastern Market, where he provides weekly demonstrations using fresh ingredients from the Market’s local farmers and purveyors. Growing up in the horticulture industry gives Jonathan a special connection to farmers and their farms (and explains his nerdy attachment to members of the Brassica family).

Jonathan is a regular contributing food writer to Capitol Community News’ publications the Hill Rag and Mid City DC. When not cooking at Eastern Market, food events and in people’s homes, Jonathan can be found at home with his husband Jason, cooking for friends and family in their kitchen. Jonathan is often asked, “What is your favorite thing to cook?” The answer has inspired a blog and Facebook page called What I Haven’t Cooked Yet, online at, where he shares his recipes and adventures in the kitchen.

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.

A retired Major General in the 1st Chief Directorate of the KGB, General Kalugin was the youngest general in the history of the KGB. Early in his 32-year career, he worked undercover as a journalist while attending New York’s Columbia University and then conducted espionage and influence operations as a Radio Moscow correspondent with the United Nations. General Kalugin played a major role in the John Walker spy ring as Deputy Chief of the KGB station at the Soviet Embassy in Washington, DC. He was also an elected member of the Soviet parliament during Gorbachev’s administration and was one of the first reformers of the KGB. His book Spymaster: My Thirty-two Years in Intelligence and Espionage Against the West chronicles his KGB career. General Kalugin is currently a professor at The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies in Alexandria, Virginia and Founding Board Member of the Spy Museum in Washington DC. (source )

Special Guest Speaker Tim Tobin
11:30 to 12:00 |Location: La Rambla, Howard Ave. at Armory Ave.

"Leadership is complex, and none of us should be expected to tackle leadership alone. And like the great American philosopher John Dewey, I believe that as adults, we learn best by doing when we reflect on what was done. My goal here is to provide insights and inspire action. My hope is... to help you navigate the complexities of leadership – not just for your benefit, but for those you lead."

Tim Tobin creates learning and leadership development opportunities that make a difference in people’s lives. He has been directly responsible for the development of thousands of people over his two decades of experience. He believes in the importance of providing leadership development opportunities across every level of leader and based on the specific needs and style of each leader.

Tim is currently Vice President, Global Learning and Leadership Development at Marriott International. He received his Doctorate of Education in Human Resources Development from George Washington University. He has been an Adjunct Professor at Catholic University, Trinity University and George Washington University. He is also on the Advisory Board for University of Maryland’s Executive Programs. | Twitter

Editor, Dini Karasik
Origins Journal Panel
12:00 to 12:45 |Location: La Rambla, Howard Ave. at Armory Ave.

Join Origins Journal ( for a panel discussion on the art of narrative through an examination of identity and the ways in which one's identity informs the creative process.

Origins: A Literary Journal is a literary arts collective established in 2014. Its purpose is to explore the art of narrative through extensive interviews with writers as well as through the publication of provocative literature. We love stories that are different from our own, voices that manifest the many combinations of world cultures, perspectives that offer unique and endless interpretations of who we are as human beings.

The panel will be moderated by Origins Editor, Dini Karasik.

Meet the authors at the Origins Journal table.
Brando Skyhorse
Brando Skyhorse’s debut novel, The Madonnas of Echo Park, received the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award and the Sue Kaufman Award for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The book was also a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. He has been awarded fellowships at Ucross and Can Serrat, Spain. Skyhorse is a graduate of Stanford University and the MFA Writers’ Workshop program at UC Irvine. He is the 2014 Jenny McKean Moore Writer-In-Washington at George Washington University.

Alexandra Zapruder
Alexandra is the author and editor of Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust, (Yale, 2002), which won the National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category. She wrote and co-produced I’m Still Here, a documentary film for young audiences based on her book, which aired on MTV in 2005 and was nominated for two Emmy awards. As a freelancer, she wrote Nazi Ideology and The Holocaust, (USHMM, 2005) andA Young Readers’ Biography of Anne Frank, (National Geographic, 2013). She wrote an introduction and edited the Diary of Rywka Lypcyc (Lerhaus Judaica, 2013) and contributed to The Day Kennedy Died (Life Books, 2013)

Dan Vera
Dan, an American poet of Cuban descent is the author of Speaking Wiri Wiri (2013), and The Space Between Our Danger and Delight (2008). In his compassionate, humorous poems, Dan explores the shifting nature of identity. In a review of Speaking Wiri Wiri for Lambda Literary, Charlie Bondhus observed, “so much of Vera’s work is about a simultaneous ‘splitness’ and ‘togetherness’—between Cuba and the United States; between English and Spanish; between revering history and lamenting its fallout.” Dan cofounded Poetry Mutual Press, is the publisher of Souvenir Spoon Press, and was the longtime managing editor of the journal White Crane. With poet Kim Roberts, he curates DC Writers' Homes. He has also served on the boards of Split This Rock and Rainbow History Project, and lives in Washington, DC.

Emory Luce Baldwin
Sponsored by
The Sweat Shop
1:00 to 1:30 |Location: East End Stage, In front of 10410 Montgomery Ave.

What passes for parenting “common sense” today often falls short of the mark. Many of the most common ways parents try to get kids to behave only creates stress and frustration, with little resulting improvement in children’s behavior. Emory Luce Baldwin will be talking about how her new book: "Parenting With Courage and Uncommon Sense," shows parents what really works when it comes to raising children who grow up to be good people, not just good kids. Emory co-authored her book with Linda Jessup, the founder of Kensington's Parent Encouragement Program (PEP).

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