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Information for Participants

Participation is open to all local authors, book and paper artists, bookmakers, publishers, literary groups, and Kensington community organizations. There is a $20 participation fee (per "space" - tables can be shared), collected on the day of the festival, to help cover the cost of the tents, etc (non-profit groups and organizations exempt). You must bring your own folding table, chairs, and whatever you need to set up. If you have a small tent/canopy, please bring that too (let us know so we can make space). Set up will be at or before 10am on the date of the festival. Pull up to the gas station at Howard & Armory, quickly unload, and go park. (See below for parking info). Please note: There will NOT be a shuttle this year. Plan to stay until 5pm. Please make and keep your space attractive, absolutely no cardboard boxes showing. It's a good idea to bring a plastic covering just in case of sudden windy rain. Book and art sales are handled directly by the author/artist. Please feel free to contact us anytime.


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Substantial Donations from these major sponsors make this festival possible. Please visit and thank them! Interested in becoming a sponsor? Please let us know!

Town of Kensington

Safeway 10541 Connecticut Ave
(301) 945-4273

Fundacio Pauli Bellet, Catalan Library
3786 Howard Ave, Kensington

Grove Printing Co
4225 Howard Ave, Kensington

Demond W. Moy, M.A.
Achieve Tutoring, LLC

Hardware City
10504 Connecticut Ave, Kensington

Gary Ditto
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

Mizell Lumber
10500 Saint Paul St, Kensington

more to come!

Donations of any amount accepted, and much appreciated! If you wish to contribute towards the success and continuation of the festival, please make checks payable to "Kensington Book Festival" and send to either of the contact addresses below. Thanks so much!

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Sign Up and
Contact Info:

Kensington Row Bookshop
3786 Howard Ave
Kensington MD 20895

Osiris Books
4233 Howard Ave suite E, Kensington 20895

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Directions & Parking Information

There will NOT be a shuttle bus this year. Please read on for more info on Parking

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 from Armory Ave to the Train Station.

There is plenty of parking within the neighborhood. The public lot at the Town Hall/Armory on Mitchell street is available. Also the Train Station lot and the M&T Bank lot at the end of Howard, as well as street parking.

- Yahoo Maps -
Directions to Howard Ave
Kensington, MD 20895-3349

Food Venues
1) Cafe 1894
2) Pumpernickel's Deli
3) Tea Room
4) Safeway
5) Old Town Market

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Media Thanks:

Thanks to the following magazines, newspapers, and websites for mentioning the festival or including us in their calendars:

Maryland Life Magazine

The Gazette
April 9, 2008
Feb. 13, 2008

Insight Magazine

Library of Congress, Center for the Book

Gary Ditto's Real Estate Blog

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More Information

This Festival is a celebration of local authors, and the importance of books in our community. The Book, not just as pages of words, but as art, music, and knowledge. Come celebrate with us!

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. This is a grass-roots effort, our budget is small, so please help spread the word! Thank you!

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Unfortunately the Day of the Book
will not be held in 2009.
We hope to have a bigger and better festival in 2010. Please feel free to email us with any questions or comments.
Day of the Book 2008
The Book as Literature * The Book as Art * The Book as Music

Sunday, April 27th 2008
Howard Avenue, Old Town Kensington
Celebrate the Book!
Street Festival !... Rain or Shine!... 12-5pm

(We have tents in case of rain)

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 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 Catalan Library, 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

check back for schedule & updates!

Welcome Ceremony
1:00-1:15 in front of Prevention of Blindness Shop
Mary Donatelli, Kensington Town Councilmember
Julie O'Malley, President Kensington Historical Society
Roser Caminals, Catalan author & Professor of Catalan Literature

Meet Local Authors
Over 60 local authors will be available to show and discuss their works of fact and fiction. Browse from table to table along Howard Avenue and find out the many ways authors approach their writing and publishing experiences.

Meet Local Book Artists
Meet over 30 local book and paper artists. Many of them will be demonstrating their artistic process. Have artistic abilities yourself ? Sit down and create your own book!

Bookmaking, writing, and art activities for children and adults!

  • Hey Kids! Learn what it takes to write and publish a book. Win some prizes while playing an interactive game with children's book author Wendy Ormsby! 12:30 and 3:30 in the Children's Tent

  • Write a Story with Achieve
    and Get 15 Seconds of Fame!

    We are making a short video highlighting our activity and you can star in it! Just write a short story or poem and then read it to the group. We will film your reading and put it on our website so that you and your family can view it. Don't miss your chance to be a part of the fun! Hosted by: Achieve Tutoring, LLC -

  • Make a Book!
    Stop by and make a 14, 16, or 32 page mini book with Sallie Lowenstein, author, illustrator and book designer. From a single sheet of paper, make a few folds and a few cuts, and create a surprising little book to put your thoughts or pictures in. Everyone invited. While you're there, ask about Sallie's young writers workshops.

  • Learn how to make Artist Trading Cards
    -- small works of art that are made from pictures, paint, collage, drawing, or any other imaginable thing you want to add. Artist Brenda Smoak and friends will teach you how to make these wonderful, fun works of art. ATCs are always traded, never sold so bring your friends along with you. Look for the banner that reads: Artist Trading Cards. Contact Brenda at for more information.

Free Rare Book Evaluations
12:30 to 4:30 at All Books Considered
Bring your books to All Books Considered, 10408 Montgomery Avenue, and owner Don Ramsey will evaluate your book. You might have a true treasure!

Open Mic
see schedule below
Sit and listen to poetry and author readings. Poets and authors will read from their works for 5 minutes each. (To sign up to read, please see below).

Special Appearance by
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson!
Noon to five along Howard Ave

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson will fly in from England to consult with passersby and answer questions about their lives and investigations. Mr. Holmes also will challenge visitors to test their own observational and deductive powers.
The detective duo's appearance is made possible by Watson's Tin Box of Ellicott City, Md. ( and MysteryVisits (

The Twinbrook Tellers
1:00 to 2:30 in the Children's Tent

The Twinbrook Tellers tell tales of magic and adventure to enchant and entertain children of all ages.

John Henry, The Guitar Playing Man!
4:00 in the Children's Tent
John Henry is a favorite local performer. "Around the World with John Henry" is a magical, musical tour of world music. Songs from each continent, combined with movement, entice audiences of all ages onto the dance floor! John Henry plays some familiar North American traditionals as well. It is a mesmerizing program from a strong performer. Come for music, movement and fun!

See What Firemen Read
Noon to five on Howard Avenue

The Kensington Volunteer Fire Department will bring their firetruck and a display of books and manuals about firefighting. Come climb on the truck and talk to the firemen about books!

Free Books from Bookcrossing!
BookCrossing members would like to share their passion for books and reading with you. How? By offering FREE used books to take home. Each book will have its own unique BCID (Bookcrossing identification number). If you log onto the BookCrossing website,, you'll be able to see where the book has been and later track where it will go long after you've read it. BookCrossing is FREE and FUN! Help make the whole world a library and share the joy of literacy.

Glamorous Gowns, Evening Wear and Accessories
2:30 at Fawcett and Howard
Calling all fashionistas, Blueberries Bridal, a rising star on Antique Row, Kensington Maryland, is the Metropolitan Area’s Newest Premier Bridal Salon. This year, at the International Day of the Book, blueberries’ will present their glamorous collection of designer, couture gowns and accessories in a fashion show, at 2:30 p.m., on Fawcett Street. Stop in to meet the staff and see firsthand blueberries intricate and elegant silhouettes.

Visual acuity screening tests
Prevention of Blindness Antique Shop
Prevention of Blindness, 3716 Howard Ave., will perform visual acuity screening tests. Free.

Learn how to Preserve Your Stuff!
All day at Louisa's table
Louisa Jaggar is the co-author of Saving Stuff: How to Care for and Preserve Your Collectibles, Heirlooms, and Other Prized Possessions (Simon and Schuster 2005). Saving Stuff is filled with easy-to-follow instructions for preserving everyday objects important to you and your loved ones. Bring your most cherished possessions and Louisa will share with you how best to preserve them. A regular contributor to the Washington Post, some of her articles can be found on Her book is one that every teacher will want in their classroom, every family will use at home, and every connoisseur needs at their fingertips. Infused with good humor and anecdotes from the Smithsonian and personal experiences, SAVING STUFF informs and entertains.

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schedule tba

  • J.P. McDermott & Western Bop
    2:30-4:30 in front of Prevention of Blindness on Howard Ave
    Back before they called it rock and roll they called it Western Bop. We're talking about high-energy rockabilly, tear-in-your-beer ballads, and hell-raising honky tonk all rolled into one exciting package.
    The Washington Post calls it
    "Honky Tonk the way it should be."

  • Esther Haynes & Keith Grimes
    12:15-2:15 in front of Prevention of Blindness on Howard Ave
    Vocalist/Guitarist Esther Haynes has won six WAMMIE awards. Her first recorded collection, Esther Haynes explores old-time 20's and 30's blues and jazz songs. Her follow-up cd, Approach Note, contains classic compositions by George Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael, and others, arranged with a more contemporary feel.
    Guitarist Keith Grimes has emerged as one of the top rhythm and blues guitarist on the DC scene and is perhaps best known for his work with platinum-selling artist Eva Cassidy.

  • Art Harrison and his Theremin
    Art's website

  • Doris Justis and Mark Ashby
    2:00-4:00 in front of Cafe 1894 on Armory Ave
    Doris Justis has been a mainstay of the local folk and acoustic scene for over 25 years. The Washington Post recently said "...she's a sensitive interpreter whose attractive soprano never fails to bring warmth and luster to her material..". Her own songs such as "Who to Turn to" and "Rainbow Bridge" will tug at your heartstrings and your voice, as Doris is very much an audience participation performer.

  • 2nd Story Band
    12:00-2:00 in front of Cafe 1894 on Armory Ave
    Meagan's sultry voice is only enhanced by the curious and provoking lyrics she emits. Catchy.

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    see map

    Cafe 1894
    10417 Armory Avenue

    Pumpernickel's Deli
    3784 Howard Avenue

    Tea Room
    At the corner of Howard & Fawcett

    (carry-out salads, sandwiches, etc.)
    Connecticut & Howard, At the top of Howard Ave

    Old Town Market
    (carry-out soup & sandwiches)
    At the bottom of Howard Ave

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    12:20-Aaron Eisendradth
    12:25-Minister Kesha Lee Gore
    12:30-Susan Staff
    12:35-Sheppard Ranbom
    12:40-August Spector
    12:45-Rosemary Winslow
    1:00-Mike Maggio
    1:05-Emily Robinson
    1:10-Mary Jane Ricketts
    1:15-Kaz Campe
    1:20-Mary Sesso
    1:25-Melanie K. DeMayo
    1:30-Joy C. West
    1:35-Sallie Lowenstein, Lion Stone Books
    1:40-Lion Stone Books, Reader 2
    1:45-Lion Stone Books, Reader 3
    1:50-Lion Stone Books, Reader 4
    2:00-Mare Cromwell
    2:05-Tom Lacombe
    2:10-Angeline Bandon-Bibum
    2:15- Jim Foy
    2:20-John R Monagle
    2:25-Stephen Rojcewicz
    2:30-Michael Philips
    2:35-Michelle Mintner
    2:40-Patricia Smith
    2:45-Judith McCombs
    3:00 -Shirley Brewer
    3:05-Brenda Farrar
    3:30-David L. Martin
    4:00-Coburn, Stefanie
    4:10-Vannessa Grace
    4:30- Diana Tokaji
    4:35-Annie Johnstone
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    Check back for regular updates!

    Authors - Arts - Music - Misc Tables
    Publishers - Bookshops/Sellers - Open Mic Readers

    Please email
    to sign up!

    Local Authors
    check back for updates!

    • Debi Hammack

    • Massud Alemi

    • Angeline Bandon-Bibum

    • Georgia DeGangi
      Effective Parenting for the Hard-to-Manage Child

    • Mathew Lee Gill
      Leaving the Canoe Club

    • Larry Moffi
      The Conscience of the Game: Baseball's Commissioners
      Crossing the Line: Black Major Leaguers, 47-59
      This Side of Cooperstown: An Oral History of Major League Baseball in the 1950s

    • Robin "Robbie" Ayele

    • Tom Lacombe
      Light Ruck, Vietnam 1969

    • Wilma Brockington
      Cinnamon Girl Blues

    • Ken Ingham, Eco Poet
      Ecoepic & Other Poems

    • Sallie Lowenstein
      Waiting for Eugene
      Sir Kyle and Lady Madeline

    • Linda Morelli
      Fiery Surrender; Shadow of Doubt
      and Lani's Challenge
      Linda's Place - A Site for Romance Readers and Writers

    • Winthuysen Foundation, inc
      Memorias de un Senorito Sevillano

    • Jeffery King
      The Life and Death of Pretty Boy Floyd
      The Rise and Fall of the Dillinger Gang

    • Andrea Rugh
      Within the Circle:Parents and Children in an Arab Village
      The Political Culture of Leadership in the United Arab Emirates

    • William Heath
      The Children Bob Moses Led (novel)
      The Walking Man (poetry)

    • Roser Caminals, Catalan author
      El Carrer dels Tres Llits; La Dona de Mercuri
      La Petita Mort; Once Remembered, Twice Lived

    • Denise Brown
      Big Stuff and Little Me

    • Judith Laura
      Beyond All Desiring
      Three Part Invention
      Goddess Spirituality for the 21st Century
      She Lives! The Return of Our Great Mother

    • Frank S. Joseph
      To Love Mercy

    • Wendy Ormsby
      Let's Count the Rhymes!
      see her book here

    • Paul Elliott
      60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, D.C.

    • Susan Staff
      Rosewood and Saconk
      see her books here

    • Mike Maggio

    • Matthew Carr Anderson
      Initial Incidents

    • David Frank Urbanske
      The Ayreborough Legacy:
      Secrets of Life in the 21st Century

    • J. Benjamin Williams
      The Rose for Today: The Story of J.B. Williams
      and the Miniflora Rose

      Mr. Williams will also have roses for sale!

    • Jay and Sue Shotel
      It's Good to Know a Miracle

    • A.F. Cook
      Democrats in the Red Zone:
      an Independent voter's take on the game of political perception

    • Garden Urthark (A.J. Miele)
      Portraits Deep in the Castle

    • Joy C. West
      Dancing on the Fringes of the Realm

    • Michael I. Phillips
      Boycott Money and Save Your Soul
      - Launching the Goodwill Revolution

    • Victoria Wells
      A Special Summer

    • Jeffrey S. Reznick
      Healing the Nation:
      Soldiers and the Culture of Caregiving
      in Britain during the Great War


    • Vannessagrace
      The Dark Before The Light At Dawn

    • Lisa Sanford
      Ethnic Scrapbooking -
      a new idea book Connecting People and Cultures!

    • Mare Cromwell
      If I gave you God's phone number...
      Searching for Spirituality in America

    • Con Lehane
      Death at the Old Hotel
      What Goes Around Comes Round
      Beware the Solitary Drinker

    • Louisa Jaggar
      Saving Stuff

    • Brenda Farrar-Ejemai
      The Family In The Car, A Revelation

    • Poets of Ellicott Street
      Dan River Anthology
      Unicorns in the Garden
      It's On My Wall
      The Spirit of Methodist in Kensington, 1885-2007
    • Mary Sesso
    • Mary Jane Ricketts
    • Emily Robinson

    • Cathy D. Knepper, Ph.D
      Dear Mrs. Roosevelt, Letters to Eleanor Roosevelt

    • Jennifer Allison
      Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator
      Gilda Joyce: The Ladies of the Lake
      Gilda Joyce: The Ghost Sonata

    • Robert Brooks

    • Lisa Flaxman
      Glances at Time: A Young
      Mother's Journey with Breast Cancer

    • Frances Garrett Connell
      Children Kept from the Sun
      The Rest is Silence
      Down Rivers of Windfall Night

    • Ray J. Lum
      The Rebus Escape

    • Patty Crowe
      Mankind's Greatest Quotes; Quotes on Art and Artists; Quotes on Children and Childhood; Quotes on the Beauty of Aging; Quotes on Educating and Educators; The Artwork of Ira Crowe

    • Flora Singer
      Flora: I Was But a Child
      see book

    • Ann McCallum
      The Secret Life of Math
      Beanstalk: The Measure of a Giant
      Rabbits, Rabbits Everywhere: A Fibonacci Tale

    • Tammy Pie
      Angry Woman's Journal
      Ghetto Walls

    • Sylvia Henderson
      Why You Talk So White? Eliminate the behaviours that sabotage success
      Conversations on Success

    • Charles Garris
      Remembering Cicely - A Family Letter Turned Love Story

    • Amy Egan, MA; Amy Freedman, MA, CCC-SLP; Judi Greenberg, MS, OTR/L; and Sharon Anderson, OTR/L
      Is It a Big Problem or a Little Problem: When to Worry, When Not to Worry and What to Do
      Why You Talk So White? Eliminate the behaviours that sabotage success
      Conversations on Success

    • D.L. Wilson
      Unholy Grail

    • Malcolm Lawrence
      Something Will Come Along: Witty Memoirs of a Foreign Service Officer with Nine Children

    • Minister Kesha Lee Gore
      Ravaged Relentlessly: Biblical Help for Those Overcoming Sexual Crime

    • Alice Miller
      To Everything There is a Season: A Psychotherapist's Spiritual Journey Through the Garden

    • M. Cassandra Smith
      A Good Story: A Collection of Short Short Stories
      Do You Know Us? A Collection of Short Stories

    • Asa Showell
      Vicious Karma

    • Tom Denes
      The Waterproof Coach: The Waterproof Workout Book for Fitness Swimmers and Triathletes; The Waterproof Triathlete: Waterproof Workouts for Triathletes; The Armchair Athlete: Fitness for Baby Boomers and Other Rebels

    • Dr. Israel King
      How To Keep A Man

    • Gene D. Cohen, MD, PhD
      The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life & The Mature Mind: the Positive Power of the Aging Brain

      more to come!

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    Book Arts & Photography
    check back for updates!

  • R.W. Smith, Photography
    see his photos here!

  • Curt Nelson, Photography

  • Brenda Smoak, Altered Books

  • Shireen Holman, Printmaker and Book Artist

  • Patricia Lee, BookWyrms Art
    Hand bound Journals and Bookart

  • Janet Myder Hammack and James Hammack, Photography

  • John Brodkin, Photography
    Words Worth 26 Pictures

  • Leah Mackin, Book Artist

  • Nicole Eiland, Book Artist

  • Vanessa Richardson, Illustrator
    VR Illustration

  • Roxana Laing, Paper Artist

  • Margy Stancill, Watercolorist

  • Sung Miele, Artist

  • Denise Bentley, Fabric Artist
    Fabric Bookcovers, Bookmarks, Book Totes

  • Judine Slaughter, Graphic Artist

  • Washington Metropolitan Artists' Society

  • Firouzeh Sadeghi, Watercolorist

  • Diane Ford, Wildlife & nature art

  • Karen Schleifer, Petals of Metals
    Handcrafted whimsical metal flowers

  • Val Lucas, Bowerbox Press
    handmade books and letterpress cards

  • Deborah Kidd Veitch
    Bookbinder & Conservator

    more to come!

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  • Literary & Community Groups

    Publishers & Journals

  • Maryland Life Magazine

  • Ibex Publishers, Inc

  • Washington Writers' Publishing House

  • Settlement House

  • Gargoyle Magazine/Paycock Press

  • Radiant Printing Services

  • Altered I/Altared Eye

    more to come!

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  • Bookshops and Booksellers
    more to come!

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    Benvolguts i benvolgudes...

           A Catalunya la celebració de la Diada de Sant Jordi és una de les tradicions més atractives del nostre costumari. I és que el dia del llibre i de la rosa té un ventall de simbolismes per celebrar que permet que agradi a tothom. D'una banda, és una diada nacional, ja que s'homenatja el patró de Catalunya. D'altra banda, la diada de Sant Jordi és també el nostre dia dels enamorats amb la rosa vermella com a protagonista i amb la llegenda del drac com a referent èpic. Els llibres donen un aire intel·lectual a la diada i, finalment, el fet que la festa se celebri al carrer --les rambles s'omplen de parades de roses i llibres,--la converteix en una exhaltació de la natura i de la primavera en un ambient ben ciutadà. N'hi ha per a tots els gustos, per això no és estrany que sigui una festa fàcilment exportable.
           I és així com la nostra festa ha arribat a Kensington, pràcticament amb els mateixos ingredients que a Catalunya: les parades al carrer i les actuacions festives, les roses, els llibres --en aquest cas com a principals protagonistes-- i una munió de gent passejant amunt i avall, gaudint amb la companyia dels altres vianants i de la plenitud de la primavera.
           Els catalans de Washington i rodalies ens hem de sentir afortunats de poder celebrar el Sant Jordi en un ambient tan semblant al de Catalunya. La nostra participació, però, no pot ser passiva; a nosaltres ens toca posar l'ingredient dels origens de la festa: de Sant Jordi, de la llegenda del drac i de Catalunya. Per aconseguir-ho només cal anar-hi i fer la festa encara més gran.
           La festa se celebrarà, com ja sabeu, el diumenge 27 d'abril de dotze del migdia a cinc de la tarda.

    Bon Sant Jordi!

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