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Nigerian Novelist, Chimamanda Adichie among other authors to feature at Maryland’s inaugural book festival

A date has been set for the mush anticipated Maryland inaugural book festival. The Downtown Columbia Partnership presents ‘Books in Bloom’, in celebration of the city’s 50th anniversary.

The book festival is aimed to bring together renowned writers for a daylong festival celebrating the joy of books and reading. Some of the activities to look out for at the festival will be readings by popular authors, panel discussions, a poetry wall and pop-up bookstores.

The festival is to hold tomorrow Sunday, June 11, 2017; 12 Noon – 5 p.m.

Here are the participants and their categories:

Chrysalis Stage Authors

  • Chimamanda Adichie author of Dear Ijeawele
  • David Ebershoff author of A Danish girl

Discussion: Race in America

  • Micheal Eric Dyson author of Tears we cannot stop
  • April Ryan author of  At Mamas Knees
  • DeRay Mackesson, Civil Right Activist

Feature Authors

  • Karen Branan author of Family tree
  • Mikita Brottman author of The maximum security book club
  • Jennifer Close author of Hopefuls 
  • Laurie Frankel author of This is how is always is 
  • Katherine Heiny author of Standard Deviation 
  • Eric Pucher author of Last Day on Earth
  • Alex Ross author of The Industry of the Future 
  • Ursula Werner author of The Good at Heart
  • Ariel Winter author of Barren Cove 

Feminism in Young Adult Fiction Panel Authors

  • Sonia Belasco author of Speak of Me As I Am
  • Christina June author of It Started With Goodbye
  • Miranda Keannelly author of Catching Jordan
  • Katy Upperman author Kissing Max Holden

Media Panel: Your Summer Reading

  • Tayla Burney – WAMU
  • Carrie Callaghan – Washington Independent Review of Books
  • Petra Mayer – NPR
  • Mary McCauley – Baltimore Sun

Children’s Author 

  • Mary Amato author of Our Teacher is A Vampire
  • Karen Leggett Abouraya author of Malala Yousafzai
  • Debbie Levy author of I Dissent
  • Jerdine Nolen author of Calico Girl 

The festival is free and open to the public of all ages by registering at booksinbloom.eventbrite.com

For the reading schedule of the author and speakers CLICK HERE .

For further information visit Downtowncolumbiamd.com