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

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Friday   •   Saturday   •   Sunday

Friday, April 17

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

7pm – D.C. Mystery Masters
The Writer’s Center

Allison Leotta, author of crime mystery Law of Attraction, and Neely Tucker, Washington Post journalist and author of The Ways of the Dead discuss their Washington, D.C.-based crime novels.

8:30pm – Jim Henson: The Biography
The Writer’s Center
Join biographer Brian Jay Jones to learn about the most famous puppeteer featured in his New York Times bestselling book Jim Henson: The Biography.

Saturday, April 18

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

11am - American Girl® Party
Bethesda Elementary School
Bring your American Girl doll and meet Valerie Tripp, author of 31 of American Girl Doll books. She will discuss her most recent novel, Full Speed Ahead: My Journey with Kit.

11am – Wonderful Women Writers
Residence Inn Bethesda
Join novelist author Susan Coll, The Stager, and bestselling author Sarah Pekkanen, Catching Air, for a discussion on their page-turning books.

11am – Family Story Time
Bethesda Library

Susan Stockdale’s new book Spectacular Spots brings to life a patterned parade of animals. Her love of animals and nature is apparent in this book and her previous books which include Fabulous Fishes, Stripes of All Types and Bring on the Birds.Six.

12:30pm – HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton
Residence Inn Bethesda
Award-winning reporter Jonathan Allen co-authored  HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton, a mesmerizing story of Hillary Clinton's political rebirth, based on eyewitness accounts from deep inside her inner circle.

2pm – Midnight in Siberia
Residence Inn Bethesda

Midnight in Siberia chronicles the journey of David Greene, NPR’s Morning Edition’s co-host, on the Trans-Siberian Railway, a 6,000-mile cross-country trip from Moscow to the Pacific port of Vladivostok.

2pm – Family Story Time
Bethesda Library

Author and Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten and illustrator Eric Shansby to celebrate their new book: Me and Dog. 

2:30pm – Historical Non-Fiction
Gallery B

Professor, active field archaeologist, ancient historian and author Eric H. Cline discusses his Pulitzer Prize nominated book 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed.

3pm – Family Story Time
Bethesda Library
Laura Gehl, author of One Big Pair of Underwear, And Then Another Sheep Turned Up and Hare and Tortoise Across Israel.

4pm – Swing Sisters: The Story of International Sweethearts of Rhythm
Bethesda Library
Karen Deans: Author of Swing Sisters: The Story of International Sweethearts of Rhythm. Some guest musicians and the author will tell the true story of a girls swing band who played in Washington, D.C. in the early 1900’s.

5pm – Poetry Readings and Awards
Gallery B

Hear readings from Maryland poet laureate Stanley Plumly, and the winners of the Bethesda Poetry Contest.

Sunday, April 19

11am – Take This Man: A Memoir
Hyatt Regency Bethesda

Brando Skyhorse tells the true story of his dysfunctional childhood in Take This Man: A Memoir.

12:30pm – Citizens of the Green Room: Profiles in Courage and Self-Delusion
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Author of the groundbreaking #1 New York Times bestseller This Town, Mark Leibovich returns with a masterly collection of portraits of Washington’s elite, and wannabe elites in Citizens of the Green Room: Profiles in Courage and Self-Delusion.

2pm – Empire of Sin
Gallery B

New York Times bestselling author Gary Krist discusses his latest book, Empire of Sin, which recreates the remarkable story of New Orleans’ thirty-year war against itself.

2pm – Poetry in Medicine Anthology
The Writer’s Center
Join editor Michael Salcman and poets in a reading celebrating publication of the W.W. Norton Poetry in Medicine anthology. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing. 

3pm – Our Crime Was Being Jewish
Gallery B
Award-winning history author Anthony S. Pitch presents Holocaust survivors’ true accounts in his new work, Our Crime Was Being Jewish.

3pm – “My Favorite Character from a Book
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Winners of the Bethesda Literary Festival’s Youth Writing Contest, “
My Favorite Character from a Book,” read their stories and receive prizes.

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