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 generously donating their services to print fliers and bookmarks for this year's festival.
Kensington Business Friends
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!
10410 Kensington Pkwy
Adah Rose Gallery
3766 Howard Ave
Country Cupboard Tea Room
3750 Howard Ave
10516 Connecticut Ave
The Sweat Shop
10410 Montgomery Ave
10419 Fawcett St
The Kensington Caboose
Children's Consignment Boutique
10508 Connecticut Ave
Visit these tables for special readings and activities!
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
Free Book Evaluations!
Bring your rare and unusual books to get a free evaluation by professional book appraiser
Dale Sorenson PhD.
Chess enthusiast and master player Alexander Conant will play up to 6 people at once! All ages and levels welcome!
Featuring Live Music by:
THE NIGHTHAWKS & ATOMIC SWING CLUB!
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
Sponsored by The Limerick Pub
With Special Guests:
And featuring a performance by
With Music by
John Aloysius Farrell
Michael Winch, Patrick Armstrong,
& Kieran Whelan
Time: 11:15 - 12:45, Location: Howard Ave at Armory Ave.
Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond
Four of the authors will be joining us to read and discuss this ground-breaking anthology!
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.
Bill Campbell (co-editor), Carmen Maria Machado,
C. Renee Stephens and Ran Walker
Time: 1:00 - 1:45, Location: Howard Ave at Armory Ave.
A presentation on "Steampunk Literature and its Roots"
with special guests Michael Dirda
and Colleen Cahill
With Special Guest Costume Contest Judge Mark P. Donnelly
Multi-award winning author, historian, screenwriter, television producer, renowned duelist, swashbuckler, and constant gentleman.
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
Kensington Row Series
Poets of Elicott Street
[More information and times here]
Featuring Washington DC's #1 children's entertainer
Sponsored by Gary and Diana Ditto
Along with Award-winning
AKA Oh Susannah!
Sponsored by Delegate Al Carr
The Twinbrook Tellers and Young Poets
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)
Their food cart will be located at the intersection
of Armory Ave and Howard Ave
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE BOOK
Welcome to Old Town Kensington's Celebration
of the International Day of the Book.
Links for further reading about 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".
World Book and Copyright Day at UNESCO