INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE BOOK
Welcome to Old town Kensington's Celebration of the International Day of the Book.
April 23 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 it's inspiration from a Catalan tradition, the Festival of the Rose.
Legend has it that Saint George, Patron Saint of Catalonia 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 Town of Kensington, Kensington Literary Group, and the Pauli Bellet Foundation for Catalan Studies, invite you to celebrate this wonderful day on Howard Ave, our "La Rambla".
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Links for further reading about The International Day of the Book:
World Book and Copyright Day at UNESCO
Check back for additions and updates
All activities are FREE, but some may encourage pre-registration.
In the case of very bad weather, Flinn Park children's activities will move to St Pauls Church on Armory Ave.
In front of Prevention of Blindness Antique Shop:
2nd Story Band....12:30-2:30
JP McDermott and Western Bop....3:00-5:00
At the corner of Armory and Howard Avenues:
Doris Justis and Pete Marinovich....3:00-5:00
At the end of the Row in front of the Sweat Shop
Kensington Guitar Quartet from Stancill's Guitar Studio....3:00-5:00
At the end of the Row and at Flinn Park
Puget Sound....time still to be scheduled
Various locations throughout the day
Art Harrison and Kevin on Theremin and Banjo
At Chesapeake Framing on West Howard (across Conn Ave)
Readings at the Open Mic
All Day at the corner of Fawcett and Howard
There will be an open microphone for participants and visitors alike to read from their works, or other works...sign-up required, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info (5-10 minutes each)
Play Chess against a Chess Master
All Day on Howard Ave
Allan Savage, International Chess Master, a former Maryland State Chess Champion, and Chess books author, will simultaneously play six games of chess at once! Come see if you can beat him!
2:30 in front of Prevention of Blindness Antique Shop
and 4:00 at Flinn Park
"Fur, Feathers & Scales"
Ellouise Schoettler tells stories from folklore and nature with a few tall tales for good measure. In Fur Feathers and Scales have FUN with stories where animals talk, play tricks & teach lessons about life.
Ellouise Schoettler performs in elementary schools and libraries in DC and Maryland and California. She recently told stories at Strathmore Hall for Discovery Day and she is also Storyteller-in-residence for the Audubon Naturalist Society, Chevy Chase, MD.
"Squeezing the Juice Out"
1:00-1:45 at Flinn Park - Ages 6-8
"Squeezing the Juice Out"
local poet Heidi Mordhorst will encourage younger children to put their observational skills to work as a springboard for writing. We'll take time to notice tiny but surprising things going on around us in the park, and then we'll work on choosing a handful of muscular words to write about them.
Heidi Mordhorst's first book is Squeeze: Poems from a Juicy Universe (Boyds Mills Press 2005). For 20 years she has taught writing in classrooms from Manhattan to London to Bethesda and is about to introduce a creative writing group for 6 to 8-year-olds called The WordPlay Club. She is available for classroom workshops and presentations throughout the Metro area.
Preregistration not required but strongly encouraged. To pre-register, or for more information, send Heidi an email at email@example.com or visit www.heidimordhorst.com.
and Other Weird Things to Write About"
2:00-2:45 at Flinn Park - Ages 9-12
Spaceships, and Other Weird Things to Write About"
will focus on writing exercises that get children to initiate/develop material -- phrases, words, and
sentences -- that can be developed into poems and stories.
Donald Illich has published or will
publish poetry in several literary journals, including
"The Iowa Review," "Fourteen Hills," "New Zoo Poetry
Review," "Passages North," "The Sulphur Liteary
Review," and others. He has also published fiction in
the Web site for the literary journal "Pindeldyboz."
He taught mini-workshops in creative writing for
children at Ohio University, where he graduated with a
degree in journalism.
Pre-registration encouraged but not required. Please email Mr. Illich at firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more information.
"Pop-ups With Paulette"
1:00-1:45 & 3:00-3:45 at Flinn Park
Paper Art Workshop - ages 10 & up, adults too
"Pop-ups With Paulette"
Learn how to make simple pop up cards. We’ll construct reusable templates and design cards that can
be used for birthdays, anniversaries or holidays. Taught by Paper Artist Paulette Dickerson
Special Appearance....Sherlock Holmes
The appearance of Mr. Sherlock Holmes is made possible
through the efforts of MysteryVisits and its overseer, John
C. Sherwood. Details may be found at www.MysteryVisits.com
All day at author Nancy Zastrow's table on Howard Ave
Children can hammer clay onto a small anvil to see how blacksmith's do it! Nancy Zastrow is the author of Lives Shaped by Steel: Celebrating East Coast Outdoor Metalartists
"From Cover to Cover"
All Day at Sallie's table on Howard Ave
"From Cover to Cover"
Come put your own story and illustrations into small, simple, but wonderful handmade books with the help of Author/Illustrator and Book Designer Sallie Lowenstein. Learn how to make your own book, design a cover, get tips on getting story ideas, and find out how real illustrators and writers do it. For children and teens, but adults are welcome as well.
"Magic Safari" Book Workshop
2:00-2:45 at Flinn Park
Join Wild Washington authors Cathy Abramson and
Nancy Arbuthnot to create your own animal safari book by cutting and
folding a sheet of paper, and drawing and writing about a favorite
animal. Ages 4-8, able to handle scissors!
Cathy, a graphic artist, and Nancy, a professor at the Naval Academy,
have taught book-making classes together for several years, at schools,
libraries and summer camps.
Free Book Evaluations
12-5 at Sparrows, 4115 Howard Avenue, on the West side of Connecticut Ave.
Dale Sorenson of Waverly Book Auctions will be available to look at your books and evaluate them. Phone (301) 530-0175 for more information. (Shuttle bus available as well as onsite parking)
3:30-4:00 at Flinn Park - Ages 12 and up
"A Short Walk through 2 1/2 Million Years of Stone Tool Technology"
Flinknapper Richard Martin will demonstrate the ancient art of flintknapping, making flaked stone tools.
Visual acuity screening tests
1:00-4:00 at Prevention of Blindness Antique Shop
Prevention of Blindness, 3716 Howard Ave., will perform visual acuity screening tests. Free.
Directions & Parking Information|
The Day of the Book Festival will take place along Howard Avenue, Antique Row in Old Town Kensington, one block east of Connecticut Ave (the same side as the Safeway). Howard Ave will be closed for one block, between Armory and Fawcett, and then the festival will continue another two blocks along the sidewalk and small park areas. The children's activities will take place at the bottom of the Row at Flinn Park. There will be maps and programs available at the festival.
- Yahoo Maps -
Directions to Howard Ave
Kensington, MD 20895-3349
Parking: Parking areas will be designated on the map below. Besides the available parking areas nearby, there will be a minibus shuttle to ferry visitors to the outlying parking areas. It is important that Festival vistiors not park in the Armory Parking lot on Mitchell Street. That lot must remain reserved for the Theater Performance scheduled for the same day. But there is plenty of parking!
Parking is available at Kensington Park Library,4201 Knowles Ave (Kensington Md 20895). The shuttle bus will pick up from there, about every 15 minutes or so.
Click for Detailed Parking Map
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We are now planning for the 2006 Day of the Book
celebration in Kensington. It will take place on
Sunday, April 23rd, which is the International Day of
the Book, from 12 noon to 5pm.
Last year we had quite a few authors and musicians
participate and we gave out over 300 roses. The
celebration is a "street festival" with authors set up
with their books along the Row, to show and sell, and
musicians performing here and there. Howard Ave will be closed from Armory to Fawcett, with tables set up in the street, and the festivities will continue all the way down to Flinn Park, along the sidewalks and in front of the shops. It was alot of
fun last year and we hope it will become an annual
event here in Kensington.
This year we would like to invite artists to
participate also, with a special emphasis on book-arts. So,
if you are an author, artist, or musician/performer,
we would very much like to have you participate! Or,
if you know anyone who would like to set up a table of
books or art, or play the guitar or juggle, or
whatever, please pass this on to them. We encourage
participants of all
We are also planning other activities, such as art and poetry for
children, and an open mike. If you have any
suggestions or ideas please let us know.
We would also very much like to invite any Kensington
groups or organizations, businesses, churches, etc to
participate in any way they would like. Maybe sponsor
a speaker, or set up an event, anything related to
books and reading, literature, illustration,
bookmaking, etc. We will make a program that will tie
all the activities together, something like a "walking
tour" of the event, with all participants and
Please contact either Beth or Elisenda if you want
more info, want to sign up, or have ideas! Or if you
can help in any way, especially publicity.
Benvolguts i benvolgudes...|
Ja tenim el Sant Jordi a tocar i com podeu veure, aquest any no falten
activitats per a celebrar-lo com cal.
Per començar, diumenge tenim una festa organitzada als carrers de
Kensington digna de celebrar-se a la Rambla de Barcelona (ja us vam enviar
informació fa uns dies). És sobretot una festa del llibre, amb artesans
del sector a més d'escriptors, però també hi haurà molta música i altres
Tampoc faltarà l'encant de les roses que recorden la llegenda de Sant
Jordi i que vinculen l'esdeveniment als orígens catalans de la diada.
Tenim cinc-centes roses per repartir a més de molts punts de llibre!
Hi haurà, evidentment, una parada de l'associació amb informació sobre
Catalunya i comptarem amb la presència de la Roser Caminals com a
representant dels escriptors catalans.
Què més? Hi ha tantes coses! A la biblioteca també hi haurà una exposició
sobre Dalí. Aprofiteu per a visitar-la!
També es faran lectures en veu alta des d'un micròfon públic, des del qual
també aprofitarem per explicar l'origen de la celebració.
És una festa familiar, o sigui que porteu els nens. Hi harà activitats per
Penseu que és un gran esdeveniment. L'any passat hi havia onze
participants i va ser un èxit. Aquest any n'hi ha més de cent. Fins i tot
tenim l'alcaldessa de Kensington engrescada i, a banda de tallar els
carrers, ha facilitat autobusos per accedir a la Howard Avenue des de les
zones de pàrquing.
De moment, us podeu anar ambientant llegint els articles que han publicat
a la Gazette i també trobareu l'anunci de l'esdeveniment en diversos
diaris, com ara el Washington Post.
A les cinc s'acabarà la festa a Kensington, però encara podreu
connectar-vos a Internet per escoltar Catalunya Ràdio i RAC1 que faran un
seguiment de les activitats de Kensington (ja us confirmarem els programes
i les hores d'emissió).
Finalment, podreu anar a sopar i a dormir per recuperar forces, perquè
dilluns continua la festa a la Universitat de Georgetown, amb més roses i
activitats que segur que us interessaran.
Tot seguit teniu els enllaços per consultar el programa i llegir els
articles de diari.
Bon Sant Jordi!
CURRENT LIST OF PARTICIPANTS|
Check back for regular updates!
Please email email@example.com if you want to sign up!
- Allan Savage....(Kensington)....Chess Master
Reconciling Chess: A Marcel Duchamp Sampler
The Anti-Indian: Trompowski’s Attack
Introduction to Chess: The Creative Game
- Donald Illich....(Rockville)....Poetry
- Mark Gorkin....(Kensington)...."The StressDoc"
Practice Safe Stress
The Four Faces of Anger
- Linda Morelli....(Glen Echo)....Romance Author
Shadow of Doubt
- Teresa Winthuysen Alexander, ed....Autobiography, Spanish Language
Memorias de un Senorito Sevillano
- Debi Hammack...(Kensington)...Comic book author/artist
- Jeffery King....(Silver Spring)....Nonfiction
Rise and Fall of the Dillinger Gang
The Life and Death of Pretty Boy Floyd
- C. E. Laine....(Virginia)....Poetry
Spken Word CD: conversations in a basement
Postcards from a Summer Girl
The Weight of Dust
- Heidi Mordhorst....(Bethesda)....Children's poetry
Poems from a Juicy Universe
- Sallie Lowenstein....(Kensington)....Children's Book Author, Artist,and publisher
Lion Stone Books
Waiting for Eugene
The Mount Olympus Zoo
- Sean Enright....(Kensington)
Goof and Other Stories
- John D.S.Muhlenberg....(Virginia)....Nonfiction
Astronomical Cycles and Human Affairs
- Hawk Stern....(Virginia)....Fiction
A One Man Woman
- Jim Litchko....(Kensington)....Self-Help
KNOW Your Life
- William J. Stockton, MD....Psychology
Now It All Makes Sense
- Nancy Zastrow....(Silver Spring)....Art Book
Lives Shaped by Steel: Celebrating East Coast Outdoor Metalartists
- Cathy D. Knepper, Ph.D.....(Kensington)....History
Greenbelt, Maryland, a Living Legacy of the New Deal
Dear Mrs. Roosevelt
- Mary Shomon....(Kensington)....Health and Humor
Author of 6 Health Books
The Single Woman's Guide to the Available Men of Washington
and co-author, with Jon Mathis of
Scratching the Net: Websites for Cats
- Dorothy Camer, PhD....Nonfiction
CarFree Mobility: Reducing traffic - Improving mobility
- Tran Van Dinh....(Washington DC)....Historical Novels
Blue Dragon, White Tiger: A Tet Story
- Nancy Arbuthnot & Cathy Abramson....Children's Book author & illustrator
Wild Washington: Animal Sculptures A to Z
- Jeffrey Coleman....(St. Mary's College)....Poetry
Spirits Distilled: Poems
- Piotr Gwiazda....(Univ of MD, Balt Co)....Poetry
Gagarin Street: Poems
- Louise Appell....(Bethesda)....Fiction
Forgive me, Father
- Bill Porter....(Rockville)....Reference
The Coca Cola Bottle Collectors Club: Coke Bottle Checklist
- Mary L. Tabor....(Washington DC)....Short Stories
The Woman Who Never Cooked
- Elisabeth P. Waugaman, PhD....(Potomac)....Children's Author
Follow Your Dreams: The Story of Alberto Santos-Dumont
- Frances Connell....(Silver Spring)
Children Kept from the Sun: Excerpts from An Afghan Journal 1973-1976....photography and memoir
The Rest is Silence....poetry
Down Rivers of Windfall Night....novel
- Moshe Briel....(Wheaton)
Reader of the 2000's
- Bonny Barry Sanders....(Annapolis)....Poetry
- Malcolm Lawrence....(Chevy Chase)....Memoirs
Something will Come Along: Witty Memoirs of a Foreign Service Officer with Nine Children
- Les Whitten....(Silver Spring)....Poetry
Sad Madrigals: Translations of Baudelaire
The Rebel: Translations of Baudelaire
- Jacqueline Garrick....(Silver Spring)....Health
You Can Too! The Mind, Body, Spirit Connection to Weight Loss
- Ed Ashe....(Chevy Chase)....Children's Books
Happy Horse Books
- Con Lehane....(Kensington)....Mysteries
Beware of the Solitary drinker
What Goes Around Comes Around
- Alice G. Miller....(Potomac)....Spiritual Gardening
To Everything There is a Season
- Paul Dickson....(Garrett Park)
The Bonus Army: An American Epic
The Hidden Language of Baseball
- Theresa del Ninno....(Virginia)....Literary Fiction
Pancake Hosts from Heaven
- Bob Luke....(Garrett Park)....Baseball Biography
The Dean of Umpires: A Biography of Bill McGowan 1896-1954
- Mollie Dickenson....(Kensington)....Biography
Thumbs Up: The Life & Courageous Comeback of White House Press Sec. Jim Brady
- James R. Dickenson....(Kensington)....Nonfiction
Home on the Range: A Century on the High Plains
- Richard Peabody....(Virginia)....Poetry and Fiction
I'm in Love with the Morton Salt Girl
Sugar Mountain....and more
- Matt Watier....Children's Book Author
ANTS: Another Nice Tasty Sweet
- Larry Checco....(Silver Spring)....Business
Branding for Success:
A Roadmap for Raising the Visibility and Value of Your Nonprofit Organization
- Roser Caminals....(Frederick)....Catalan Novelist
- Dina Nahmani....Children's Book in Hebrew
Atzel Bouli Ba'nagaria- At Bouli's Woodshop
- David Stuart Koitz....(Bethesda)....Novel
The Provisional American Faction
- Sonia Feigenbaum Karsenti....(Kensington)....Novel in Spanish
Memorias del Olvido
- Sean Brijbasi....(Silver Spring)....Fiction
Still Life in Motion
- C.C. Colee....Romance Novels
RB: The Widow Maker
RB: The Enchantress
RB: The Game
- Ann Berger, MD....(Gaithersburg)....Health
- Joel M. Lerner....(Capitol View Park)....Landscape Design
Anyone Can Landscape!
The Complete Idiot¹s Guide to
- Cooking for a Cure....(Walter Johnson High School area)....Cookbook
- Javed Amir....(Beltsville)....Essays & Novel
Writing Across Boundaries
- A.J. Miele....(Kensington)....Short Stories, Essays, Poetry
In Vision of the Night
- Randall Matke....(Kensington)....Romantic Novel
I'll Never Find Another You
ART & PHOTOGRAPHY
BOOKBINDERS AND CONSERVATORS
COMMUNITY GROUPS & MISC
- Kensington Historical Society
- Kensington Park Library
- Kensington Volunteer Fire Department....See the books that firemen read about firefighting!....
- Women's Club of Kensington....Cards, Books, and Brownies
- Pauli Bellet Foundation....(Kensington)....Catalan Library
- Washington Antiquarian Booksellers Association (WABA)
- Dave Taylor....(Kensington)...The Purple Party & Traveling Troubadour
- Richard Martin....(Kensington)....Flintknapper
- R.E. Evans....3766 Howard Ave #204....(Kensington)....Violin Maker
- Roy Heintzelman....See Roy's collection of local high school yearbooks at the Tea Room
- The Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery College
- American Association of University Women...Kensington Branch
- Amazon Alliance....Nonprofit Organization
- Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) Bookstore....(Kensington)
- National Family Caregivers Association....(Kensington)
- Sherlockian Paul Churchill from Watson's Tin Box dressed as an English Bobby, also an appearance by Sherlock Holmes! (courtesy of John C. Sherwood of MysteryVisits)
- Potomac Bottle Collectors Club
Book: Antique Bottles from the Washington DC Area
- National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI)....(Kensington)
- Wheaton/Kensington Chamber of Commerce
PUBLISHERS & JOURNALS
BOOKSHOPS AND BOOKSELLERS
- Audubon Naturalist Society Bookstore....(Chevy Chase)
- Kensington Row Bookshop....3786 Howard Ave....(Kensington)
- Osiris Books....4233 Howard Ave....(Kensington)
- Russia On-Line....3800 Howard Ave....(Kensington)
- All Books Considered....10408 Montgomery Ave....(Kensington)
- Arete Books & Stepladder Books....3760 Howard Ave....(Kensington)
- Bonnie McFadden....(Kensington)....Bookseller
- Gail Miller, BuyGoneBooks....(Kensington)....Signed Books
- A Rare View Books & Prints....(Kensington)....Old Magazines, Books, Prints
- Barbara Yoffee, Children's BookAdoption....(Kensington) ....Children's Books
- Dale Sorenson of Waverly Auctions will give free book evaluations 12-5 at Sparrows on West Howard. See Programs section for more info.
OPEN MIC READERS
Please let us know if you would like to read at the open microphone
and we'll sign you up!
Readers will be given up to 5 min each
Jane Edwards....original poetry....12:40-12:45
Cathy D. Knepper....from her books....12:45-12:50
Mary L. Tabor....from her book of short stories .... 12:50-1:00
Ron Ames....original poetry....1:05-1:10
Sonia Feigenbaum Karsenti....from her novel in Spanish...1:10-1:15
Teresa Winthuysen Alexander....from her book....1:15-1:20
Dr. William Stockton....from his book....1:20-1:25
Emily Robinson....original poetry....1:25-1:30
Theresa del Ninno....from her books....1:30-1:35
Frances Connell....from her book....1:35-1:40
Jim Foy....original poetry....1:55-2:00
Bettie Mikosinski....original poetry....2:00-2:05
Kathi Wolfe....original poetry....2:10-2:15
Mollie & Jim Dickenson....from their books....2:15-2:20
Javed Amir....from his essay...2:20-2:25
Sallie's Group of Kids....readings....3:00-3:15
Don Illich....original poetry....3:30-3:35
Michelle Minter....original poetry....4:05-4:10
Moshe Briel....from his book....4:10-4:15