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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 27th 2014, 11am-4pm
Howard Avenue, Old Town Kensington, Md
Celebrate the Book * Street Festival * Rain or Shine


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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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Our Sponsors

The Mansion
Pauli Bellet Foundation
Town of Kensington
The Armory
OTJ Architects | Facebook
Banking as it should be! | Facebook
The Train Station
Sponsor of The Great Zucchini
Gary and
Diana Ditto
Sponsor of the Irish Program
Limerick Pub
Kensington Service Center

3794 Howard Ave
Avitecture, Inc.
GHT Limited | YouTube
The Library
Hopper Home Inspection
The Studio of Colour and Design
Sponsor of Oh Susannah!
Delegate Al Carr | Facebook
Fitzgerald Auto Malls | Facebook
Prevention of
Blindness Society
Hardware City
The Cabin
Kensington Historical Society
Landis Architects/Builders
Attend Landis' Seminar on Renovation Ideas at FNDTN Gallery, 3762 Howard Ave, at 3pm during the festival! Presented by Paul Gaiser.
More information.
BB&T | Facebook

On the Purple Couch, LLC
On the Purple Couch will be doing painting demo's with Chalk Paint Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan at their table. Come and learn how you can transform your old pieces and give them a new life.
Kensington Business District Association (KBDA)
Website | Facebook
BCTGM International Union | Facebook
HSU Builders

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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.
Kensington Business Friends

Sunflowers Consignments
10307 Kensington Pkwy

Paul Sexton from Edward Jones
10401 Connecticut Ave Suite 105

Red Persimmon Imports
3800 Howard Ave (upstairs)

Kensington Pizza & Kabob House
3701 Univeristy Blvd

On the Purple Couch, LLC
4228 Howard Ave.

Gala Artisan Jewelry and Gifts
10417 Armory Ave

Sage Consignment & Sage Style
3730 & 3734 Howard Ave
Stop by their shop for a game of Redskins/Corn hole with vintage books as prizes!

Integrative Therapies
Jill Nelson
10410 Kensington Pkwy

Adah Rose Gallery
3766 Howard Ave

Country Cupboard Tea Room
3750 Howard Ave

Java Nation
10516 Connecticut Ave

The Sweat Shop
Fitness Club
10410 Montgomery Ave

Nina's Antiques
10419 Fawcett St

The Kensington Caboose
Children's Consignment Boutique
10508 Connecticut Ave

support the

All donations are tax-deductible.
Visit these tables for special readings and activities!

Scavenger Hunt!
Pick up bags and info at the Welcome Table.

Author Lulu Delacre will be signing books at the Noyes Library Foundation Table from 12-2.

Marjuan Canady, author of Callaloo: A Jazz Folktale will be reading at her table at 12:30 & 2:30.

Stop by The Writer's Center table for a little writing project/contest for kids!

Free Books from Bookcrossing

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Free Book Evaluations!

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

Play Chess!

Chess enthusiast and master player Alexander Conant will play up to 6 people at once! All ages and levels welcome!


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

Featuring Live Music by:

2:00-4:00                                 12:00-2:00
In front of Prevention of Blindness Shop 3716 Howard Ave

Root Rock and Blues. Come enjoy the ride!

A perky mix of swing, rockabilly, big band, lounge, and jazz with a rockin' edge!!

Drawing on Ireland’s rich tradition of story-telling...
A Program of Irish Literature
and Music

Sponsored by The Limerick Pub

With Special Guests:
Alice McDermott

Terence Winch
John Aloysius Farrell

And featuring a performance by
The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

With Music by
Michael Winch, Patrick Armstrong,
Jesse Winch,
& Kieran Whelan

More information
Time: 11:15 - 12:45, Location: Howard Ave at Armory Ave.

Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond

A wildly varied collection designed to showcase multiculturism, diversity, and characters of color in genre fiction which sets a bold new course and creates an experience that's both eye-opening and unpredictable.

Four of the authors will be joining us to read and discuss this ground-breaking anthology!

Bill Campbell (co-editor), Carmen Maria Machado,

C. Renee Stephens and Ran Walker

More information
Time: 1:00 - 1:45, Location: Howard Ave at Armory Ave.

Steampunk Program

A presentation on "Steampunk Literature and its Roots"
with special guests
Michael Dirda and Colleen Cahill

Readings by Steampunk Author
Heather Hutsell

Costume Contest
With Special Guest Costume Contest Judge
Mark P. Donnelly
Multi-award winning author, historian, screenwriter, television producer, renowned duelist, swashbuckler, and constant gentleman.

More Information
Time: 2:00 - 4:00, Location: Howard Ave at Armory Ave.

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
Federal Poets
Kensington Row Series
Poets of Elicott Street
Poetry Saloon

Children's Stage
[More information and times here]

Featuring Washington DC's #1 children's entertainer
The Great Zucchini
Sponsored by Gary and Diana Ditto

Along with Award-winning
children’s singer/songwriter
Susan McNelis,
AKA Oh Susannah!

Sponsored by Delegate Al Carr

Also featuring:

The Twinbrook Tellers and Young Poets

Musical French


Fun with Nature
an Exotic Animal!

Featuring Julia Heckathorn and
one of her rare animals

Gala CREST Craft Fair

In conjunction with Kensington Day of the Book Festival, Gala Artisan Jewelry & Gifts is proud to present it's second annual Gala CREST Craft Show, from 10am-4pm. Gala will host wonderful local crafters from the Capital Region Etsy Street Team.

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

Musical performances by:
Doris Justis, Side by Side (Doris and Sean McGhee)
and Scott Morgan (1:00-4:00), and Silver Creek (12:00-12:45)

Go Fish

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

Holy Crepes
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Los Lobos - Northern Mexican Burritos
Their food cart will be located at the intersection
of Armory Ave and Howard Ave

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

Kensington Book Festival | 3786 Howard Ave, Kensington MD 20895 | 301-949-9416 |

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