Celebrate literature in Bethesda

March 24, 2012 by  

The 13th annual Bethesda Literary Festival will take place at various venues in Downtown Bethesda, from April 20-22. This free event will celebrate local and nationally known authors and will discover new ones.

There will be approximately 20 events during the festival such as readings, seminars, panel discussions, and writing and poetry contests. Awards will be handed out to the winners of the Essay and Short Story Contest for adults and high school students. The first place winners of the adult contest receive $500, while the winners of the high school contest win $250. The awards will take place at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda and will feature readings from the first, second and third place winners. While publishing is not included, an enterprising winner could arrange with a local printing company to have copies of their essays or short story printed to be given to friends and family as a memento.

Also at the Hyatt Regency, Bethesda author Joby Warrick will be reading from and discussing his book

“The Triple Agent: the Al-Qaeda mole who Infiltrated the CIA.”

Others appearing at the literary festival include children’s authors, Judith Viorst, Marc Aronson and R.L. Stine of “Goosebumps” fame.

On the last day of the festival, there will be a reception for local authors. Also the winner of the Bethesda Poetry Contest will be announced at the Hilton Garden Inn; the awards ceremony will feature readings from the winners and from Poet Laureate of Maryland, Stanley Plumly.