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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 21st 2013, 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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for their continued support

Elisenda Sola-Sole
Kensington Book Festival
3786 Howard Ave
Kensington MD 20895

with special guest

Mr. Pelecanos will join the Nighthawks with readings from
his books

And live music by the


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

Children’s Program

Come and join us for a magical day of storytelling, drawing, eating your math homework, meeting a special miniature horse and all types of magical presentations for children. Mayor Peter Fosselman kicks off our fun-filled day of programs that will delight children young and old. For more information, see Children’s Activities. All programs will be held at the Children’s Stage Area of the festival.

Poetry Readings and Open Mic
BYOV - Bring Your Own Verse!

Poetry Open Mic at the poetry tent (see schedule for times) hosted by Oaklight Publishing. Matthew Vossler, author of Poet Rising, will lead with some of his poems and will give away signed copies of his book. Feel free to bring one to four of your own poems to read, or share a favorite poem by one of the masters of yesteryear.

Featured Readings by
The Veterans Writing Project, The Federal Poets, Kensington Row Poetry Series, Settlement House, The Poets of Ellicott Street, and others.

Also Featuring:

Kensington Poet Laureate
Richard Rice

2nd 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!

Gala CREST Craft Fair

In conjunction with Kensington Day of the Book, Gala Artisan Jewelry & Gifts is proud to present it's first annual Gala CREST Craft Fair, on April 21 from 10am-4pm. Gala will host several CREST artisans (CREST is the Capitol Region ETSY Street Team), along with storybook making with Sushmita Mazumdar from 1-3, and other hands on arts and crafts activities throughout the day. Where? In the parking lot at 10417 Armory Ave -- in front of Gala and JennyCakes. Musical performances by Side by Side, Doris & Scott, and Silver Creek.


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

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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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