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Day 99: The 12th Annual Bethesda Literary Festival

Logo from Bethesda Magazine, A Festival Sponsor

Mark your calendars now for April 15th.  No, not just because good ole’ Uncle Sam will have his palm out awaiting your tax returns (and of course any payments that may be due) but this date also marks the beginning of the Bethesda Literary Festival

Beginning at 7 PM on April 15th and continuing on through Sunday the 17th at 2 PM, the Bethesda Literary Festival will offer over 20 events at various locations within our town.  The event was organized by Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. and highlights the works of journalists, authors, poets and essay contest winners.

Remember the essay and short story contest whose deadline was mentioned on Day 46 of Bethesda365?  The winners will be presented at the Hyatt Recency on Friday, the 15th at 7 PM at which time they will read their award-winning works. 

Kids stories on Sat. at the Library

On Saturday, events will begin at 9:30 AM and continue on until 8 PM at various locations around the city including the Bethesda Library, Barnes and Noble, Imagination Stage, The Writers Center and Waverly Gallery among others.  Many of Saturday’s events will include readings by well-known authors for children, teens and adults.  For a full list of events, authors, literary works and locations, visit the BUP website.  Plan your schedule as some of the events are running concurrently.

Sunday will mark the final day of the Festival.  One of the highlights is an Author’s Reception at 11 AM at Barnes and Noble as well as an opportunity to hear from Cokie Roberts, political commentator for ABC News and senior news analyst for National Public Radio and her husband Steve Roberts, a political analyst on ABC Radio and National Public Radio at 12:30 PM at the Hyatt Regency.  They will discuss their latest book, Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families.  Check the BUP calendar for additional events of the day.

Here is a list of addresses for the various event locations:

Author Reception on Sat. at Barnes and Noble

Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave
Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd
Doubletree Bethesda, 8120 Wisconsin Ave
Hilton Garden Inn, 7301 Waverly St
Hyatt Regency Bethesda, 7400 Wisconsin Ave
Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave
Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St
Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East-West Hwy

Bring your families and enjoy an opportunity to experience the arts through literature.  Meet the authors and hear about the inspiration for their work.  We are lucky to live in a city that appreciates and honors the lost art of writing.   ~Amy

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