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Kensington Celebrates the International Day of the Book Festival
The Book as Literature * The Book as Art * The Book as Music

Sunday April 22nd 2012, 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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Pauli Bellet Foundation Pauli Bellet Foundation
Sponsor of the festival
The Town of Kensington Town of Kensington
Sponsor of the festival
OTJ Architects OTJ Architects
Sponsor of
The Nighthawks
Gary Ditto Gary & Diana Ditto
Sponsor of the festival
Alphaville Books
Sponsor of the festival
The Healthy Children-Healthy Oceans Foundation The Healthy Children-Healthy Oceans Foundation
Sponsor of the festival
Hardware City Hardware City
Sponsor of the festival
Emi's Salon and Spa Emi's Salon and Spa
Sponsor of the festival
Grove Printing We would like to thank Grove Printing for generously donating their services to print fliers for this year's festival.
Kensington Park Retirement Community Kensington Park Retirement Community
Sponsor of the festival
Noyes Library
Festival Kick-off

Celebrate the Book with Noyes:
A fundraiser for Noyes Library

Saturday, April 21 7-9pm
Two Pears Cafe
10417 Armory Ave, Kensington

A delightful and delicious evening with live music, wine, savories, sweets, dancing, and mingling.

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Live Music Featuring

Also Featuring:
Over 100 local authors, bookartists, publishers,
literary and community organizations

1st Annual Morris L. Parker Art Festival
In the Howard Avenue Antique Village courtyard, in conjunction with the book festival. Juried Art show presenting the work of artists from the metro DC/ Md area. Visit their Facebook page!

Kensington Poet Laureate
Richard Rice
More coming soon

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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