Schedule

Numerous literary events take place throughout downtown Bethesda during the Bethesda Literary Festival. Search by day or scroll through the full list.

Please note that the most up-to-date information is online.
Friday   •   Saturday   •   Sunday

Friday, April 15

7pm – Award-Winning Essays & Short Stories
Hyatt Regency Bethesda, 7400 Wisconsin Ave
Adult and high school winners from the Bethesda Literary Festival’s Essay & Short Story Contest will read their work and receive awards. 

7pm – Fabulous Female Fictionists
The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street
Join New York Times bestselling authors Kate Alcott, A Touch of Stardust, and Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Balm, as they discuss their latest novels.

8:30pm – Spy Storyteller
The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street
David E. Hoffman, author of true crime mystery The Billion Dollar Spy, discusses his CIA-based book.


Saturday, April 16

10am - Children's Story Time
Barnes & Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave. 
Enjoy traditional and new favorite stories for children read by Barnes & Noble's fabulous children's booksellers! Ages 3-7

11am – Presidential Prose
Residence Inn Bethesda, 7335 Wisconsin Ave.
Join author Thomas Mallon, Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years, and award-winning author Joanne Bamberger, Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox, for a discussion a past president and a presidential hopeful.

12:30pm – Capital Dames
Residence Inn Bethesda, 7335 Wisconsin Ave.
Award winning “Living Legend” bestselling author and political commentator Cokie Roberts, offers a riveting look at Washington, D.C. during the Civil War in Capital Dames.

2pm – The Man Who Would Not be Washington
Residence Inn Bethesda, 7335 Wisconsin Ave.
Jonathan Horn is an author and former White House presidential speechwriter whose new Robert E. Lee biography, The Man Who Would Not Be Washington, made The Washington Post bestseller list.

2pm – Children and Teen Author Presentation
Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Road
Shawn K. Stout discusses her newest book, A Tiny Piece of Sky, a humorous and heartbreaking story about sisters, spies, and World War II on the American home front. An event for children ages 8 & up.

2pm - A Field Guide to Award Silences

Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E
Some people are born awkward. Some achieve awkwardness. Some have awkwardness thrust upon them. Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri is all three. Join her for a discussion of her memoir, A Field Guide to Award Silences.

2:30pm - Sex, Death and Money
The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street
Hear how students from the Writer's Center advanced Novel Year program re-interpret and re-imagine these perennial topics for fiction. Spanning genres from literary fiction to historical fiction, fantasy to mystery, students will read from their novels in progress. Q&A to follow. Fun, fast-paced, informative: if you're interested in the creative writing process, or just want to hear from the next generation of novelists, this panel is for you.  

4pm - Paul Goldberg
Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Road
Paul Goldberg's debut novel is a hilarious, intellectual and moving historical fantasy about Stalin's 1953 plan to purge Jews from the Soviet Union.

5pm – Poetry Readings and Awards
Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E
Hear readings from former Maryland poet laureate Linda Pastan and the winners of the Bethesda Poetry Contest.


Sunday, April 17

11am – Inspiring Authors
Hyatt Regency Bethesda, 7400 Wisconsin Ave
Join Los Angeles Times Book Prize nominee Ariel S. Winter, Barren Cove and author Paul Lisicky, The Narrow Door as they discuss their compelling books.

11am – Don't Call Me Grandma
Barnes & Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave. 
In her book Don't Call Me Grandma! A Guide for the 21st-Century Grandmother, author Ilene Leventhal dispels the stereotype of the so-called typical grandmother.Blue hair has been traded for younger cuts, baking for trips for fun fast food, and the flower-print aprons for tennis skirts, matching tops and cute boots.

12:30pm – Washing the Dead
Hyatt Regency Bethesda, 7400 Wisconsin Ave
Award-winning writer Michelle Brafman discusses her acclaimed, moving novel Washing the Dead.

2pm – One Nation, Under Gods
Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E
Join author Peter Manseau for a riveting discussion of his book, One Nation, Under Gods, a groundbreaking new look at the history of America and religion.

2pm – Poetry Reading
The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street
Visiting poet Martin Espada reads from his recent collection, Vivas to Those Who Have Failed. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing. Free admission.

2:30pm – Children's Author Presentation
Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Road
Bilingual author and illustrator Lulu Delacre discusses her Rafi and Rosi book series. An event for families and children of all ages. 

2:30pm – Memory Music Live
Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East-West Hwy.
Experience James Landry’s photoblog book, Memory Music, at this multimedia performance and book party.

3pm – Talk About Taste
Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E
Author John McQuaid will enlighten the audience through a talk of his latest book, Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat.  

3pm – “If I Were President
Hyatt Regency Bethesda, 
7400 Wisconsin Ave
Winners of the Bethesda Literary Festival’s Youth Writing Contest, “If I Were President,” read their stories and receive prizes.

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