Schedule

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

Click here for a printable schedule. Please note that the most up-to-date information is online.
Friday   •   Saturday   •   Sunday

Friday, April 11

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 – Remarkable Writers
The Writer’s Center
Reporter and author Steve VogelThrough the Perilous Fight and historian and writer Henry Wiencek, Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves will discuss their books.

8:30pm – Controversy & Crisis in the CIA
The Writer’s Center
Join former CIA chief legal officer John Rizzo, author of Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA.


Saturday, April 12

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

10:30am – Music-n-Motion
Bethesda Library
This family-friendly event features Music-n-Motion performer Tracey Eldridge. Through songs, stories and movement, Ms. Eldridge engages the audience in a most delightful way as they celebrate books and reading.

11am – Mother-Son Memoir
Residence Inn Bethesda
Award-winning mystery writer Martha Grimes and her son, Ken Grimes, offer two points of view on their struggles with alcoholism in the memoir Double, Double. In alternating chapters, they share their stories of drinking, recovery, relapse, friendship, travel, work, success, and failure.

11am – George Washington's Secret Six
Barnes & Noble
Join talk-show host and author Brian Kilmeade for a discussion and book signing of his New York Times bestselling bookGeorge Washington's Secret Six.

12:30pm – Lincoln Literature
Residence Inn Bethesda
Join William Martin, The New York Times bestselling author of 10 novels including The Lincoln Letter, and David O. Stewart, lawyer-turned-acclaimed author of the novel The Lincoln Deception and many award-winning non-fiction books.

1pm – Family Story Time
Bethesda Library
Award-winning author and former Childrens’ Book Ambassador Jon Scieszka with his new book Battle Bunny and the celebration of “laughing your way through a good book.” Jon is also the author of The Stinky Cheese Man, Spaceheddz and Guys Read. 

2pm – Ripped from the Headlines
Residence Inn Bethesda
Meet award-winning journalist, writer and producer Stephen Jimenez of The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard and Peter Ross Range, author of Murder In The Yoga Store: The True Story of the Lululemon Killings.

2pm – The Nanny Diaries Novelists
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Join The Nanny Diaries authors Nicola Kraus & Emma McLaughlin as they discuss their newest D.C.-based novel, The First Affair, which will be coming to a movie theater near you soon!

2pm – Finding Your Style in Pastel
Waverly Street Gallery
Waverly Street Gallery member Jean Hirons will be discussing her recently published book on painting in the medium of pastel, Finding Your Style in Pastel.

2:30pm – Teen Time
Bethesda Library
Author Laura Elliott once again brings World War II events alive through her new novel Across A War-Tossed Sea. She will also discuss her popular companion novel Under A War Torn Sky.

3pm - Motivational Memoir
Barnes & Noble
Join author Caroline Adams Miller as she discusses her newest book, Positively Caroline: How I Beat Bulimia for Good... and Found Real Happiness. Book signing follows talk. Click here for a Q&A with Caroline.

4pm – Pulitzer Prize Author
Bethesda Library
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Willman discusses his book Mirage Man: Bruce Ivins, the Anthrax Attacks and America’s Rush to War

5pm – Poetry Readings and Awards
Gallery B
Hear readings from award-winning poet and Professor of English at George Washington University, David McAleavey, and the winners of the Bethesda Poetry Contest.


Sunday, April 13

11am – Alice McDermott
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Meet National Book Award winner and three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize Alice McDermott as she discusses her newest book, Someone.

12pm - The Yoga Store Murder
Barnes & Noble

Washington Post reporter Dan Morse covered the investigation and subsequent trial in the tragic murder of Jayna Murray at the Lululemon Athletica store in downtown Bethesda in March 2011. Morse's book reflects his knowledge of the case.

12:30pm – Wonderful Women Writers
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Join award-winning author Sujata Massey, The Sleeping Dictionary, and novelist Mary Kay Zuravleff, Man Alive!, for a discussion on their page-turning books.

1pm - Concise Histories of U.S. Military Conflicts From Lexington to Afghanistan
Barnes & Noble
Meet Terence (Terry) Finn who has written America At War: Concise Histories of U.S. Military Conflicts from Lexington to Afghanistan.

2pm – Noteworthy Non-Fiction
Gallery B
Seth Goldman, cofounder and TeaEO of Honest Tea, the nation's top-selling organic bottle tea will discuss Mission in a Bottle: The Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently--and Succeeding. Michael Sokolove, author and contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, will discuss his book Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater.

2pm – Selby McPhee and Natasha Saje
The Writer’s Center
Shelby McPhee will read from Love Crazy. She is joined by poet Natasha Saje, who reads from Vivarium. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing.

3pm – “The Person I Most Admire”
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Winners of the Bethesda Literary Festival’s Youth Writing Contest, “The Person I Most Admire,” read their stories and receive prizes.

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