Inside the Gaithersburg Book Festival

The fourth annual Gaithersburg Book Festival took place Saturday, May 18 on the grounds of City Hall. Montgomery Community Media (MCM) is a sponsor of this premier literary event and our crews and volunteers were on site the day of the festival. Take a look at our related posts and videos below.

Gaithersburg Book Festival 2013


Goodman on His Music Friends (Video)

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Former MTV VJ Mark Goodman stays in touch with Rick Springfield but not so much with David Lee Roth. Find out more about his friendships in this video clip. Goodman was in Gaithersburg on May 18 along with former MTV VJ Nina Blackwood to discuss their bestselling book: “VJ: the Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First […]

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"A Great Time" (video)

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In this video clip, Mark Goodman talks about his favorite MTV memories and focuses on the friendships he’s made along the way. Take a look. Goodman attended the Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 18 along with former VJ Nina Blackwood. The former MTV stars are now New York Times bestselling authors of “VJ: The Unplugged […]

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VJ on Music Today (Video)

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His book may be about music in the 1980s but that’s not what is playing on former MTV VJ Mark Goodman’s Ipod today. In this video clip, Goodman tells us who he is listening to today. Goodman attended the Gaithersburg Book Festival, along with former VJ Nina Blackwood, to discuss their NY Times bestselling book, […]

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MTV VJs Unplugged (Video)

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Original MTV VJs Mark Goodman and Nina Blackwell visited the Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 18 to discuss their New York Times bestselling book, “VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First Wave.” Goodman tell us a little about the book in this video clip.

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MTV VJ on Music (Video)

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During an interview at the Gaithersburg Book Festival, former MTV VJ Mark Goodman said he is always looking ahead for new music.

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"An Artist Has to Have Something to Say" (Video)

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In this video clip, MTV Original VJ Mark Goodman explains why he doesn’t watch “American Idol” and “The Voice.” Goodman was recently in Gaithersburg attending the Book Festival where he was promoting his new book, “VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First Wave,” along with former MTV VJ Nina Blackwood.

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Walter Dean Myers On Literacy (Video)

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Walter Dean Myers, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, talks about the impact of unemployment on literacy at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 18. Take a look.

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Nina Blackwood on Music TV (Video)

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One of MTV’s original VJs, Nina Blackwood talks about the decline of music television at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 18. She is joined by MTV VJ Mark Goodman and TV Critic Hank Stuever from The Washington Post for the discussion. Take a look.

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"Music Ain't Free" (Video)

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MTV Original VJ Mark Goodman attended the Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 18. During a panel discussion that included MTV original VJ Nina Blackwood and the Washington Post’s TV Critic Hank Stuever, Goodman talked about the future of music.

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Mark Shriver Talks About his Dad (Video)

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Author Mark Shriver discusses his book, “A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver” at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 18. Here’s a clip from his presentation.

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Adam Mansbach on Movie Deal (Video)

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Author Adam Mansbach, who wrote the #1 New York Times bestselling book, “Go the F**k to Sleep,” was one of the featured authors at the Gaithersburg Book Festival. In this clip, Mansbach tells the Washington Post’s Ron Charles that the book is being made into a movie. Take a look.

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Nina Blackwood's Favorite Videos (Video)

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MTV original VJ Nina Blackwood was one of the featured authors at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 18. In this video clip, she talks about her favorite videos.

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Book Festival Sets Attendance Record (Video & Photos)

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Over 18,500 people visited this year’s Gaithersburg Book Festival. Now in its fourth year, this annual literary event is putting Gaithersburg and Montgomery County on the map as a cultural destination. MyMCMedia’s Sonya Burke reports. Officials said 17,000 people visited the festival last year. Below are some more images from this year’s event.

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Catherine Leggett Introduces Walter Dean Myers (Video)

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Montgomery County’s First Lady, Catherine Leggett, introduced the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature on May 18 at the Gaithersburg Book Festival. Take a look:

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Walter Dean Myers at GBF (Video)

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The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Walter Dean Myers, attends the Gaithersburg Book Festival. Take a look.

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Behind the Scenes Videos


Mayor's Speech at GBF Authors' Reception (Video)

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Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz spoke at the authors’ reception the evening before the Gaithersburg Book Festival. Take a look.

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Jud Ashman's Remarks at Authors' Reception (Video)

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Gaithersburg Book Festival Founder Jud Ashman addresses the authors, volunteers and city officials at a reception the night before the literary event.

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Book Festival Authors' Reception (Photos & Video)

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Montgomery Community Media (MCM) was granted access to a reception for the authors the night before the Gaithersburg Book Festival. MyMCMedia’s Sonya Burke reports that many of the festival’s authors were excited to meet each other in person. More photos from the reception: That’s Singer Erin Willett and her mom Mary; Children’s Author John Scieszka; […]

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Book Festival Puts MoCo On Cultural Map (Video)

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MyMCMedia’s Sonya Burke recently sat down with the founder of the Gaithersburg Book Festival (GBF), Jud Ashman, to talk about the significance of the literary event for the city of Gaithersburg and Montgomery County. Take a look. You can find out more information about the May 18 GBF on its website: www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org.

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GBF Insider: Jud Ashman (Video)

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MyMCMedia’s Sonya Burke recently sat down with Gaithersburg Book Festival Founder Jud Ashman to get an insider’s look at the May 18 festival. In this clip from their conversation, they talk about the MTV VJs who are coming to the festival and the possibility of a Redskins sighting. Take a look. For more information about […]

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"Our Secret Weapon" (Video)

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In this webisode of the Gaithersburg Book Festival Insider you will meet the Gaithersburg Book Festival’s secret weapon: Becky Meloan. Meloan, a Gaithersburg resident, tells us about some of the authors presenting at this year’s event. Take a look.

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GBF Insider: Nonfiction Authors (Video)

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In this webisode of the Gaithersburg Book Festival (GBF) Insider, GBF Founder Jud Ashman talks with Author Recruitment Volunteer Becky Meloan about the outstanding lineup of nonfiction authors. Take a look:

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GBF Insider with Volunteer Becky Meloan (Video)

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In this webisode of the Gaithersburg Book Festival (GBF) Insider, GBF Founder Jud Ashman sits down with author recruitment volunteer Becky Meloan to talk about the upcoming book festival and all the reasons you should plan to attend. Take a look. You can find out more about the May 18th Gaithersburg Book Festival by visiting […]

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Author Ellen Oh on Demons & Writing (Video)

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Prophecy Author Ellen Oh tells us the difference between a Dragon King and demon in this interview with Gaithersburg Book Festival (GBF) Founder Jud Ashman. She also explains what it took to get her latest fantasy novel published. Find out more in this webisode of the GBF Insider: You can meet Oh and dozens of […]

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GBF Insider & Author Ellen Oh (Video)

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In this webisode of the Gaithersburg Book Festival (GBF) Insider, GBF Founder Jud Ashman talks to author Ellen Oh about how the inspiration for her latest novel, Prophecy, actually occurred when she was stuck in traffic on the Beltway. Take a look. You can find out more about the May 18th Gaithersburg Book Festival by […]

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Meet Author Ellen Oh (Video)

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In the latest webisode of the Gaithersburg Book Festival (GBF) Insider,  GBF Founder Jud Ashman interviews author Ellen Oh about her new book, Prophecy. You can find out more about the May 18th Gaithersburg Book Festival by visiting its website at GaithersburgBookFestival.org View additional clips of Jud’s interview with Ellen Oh in our posts: Author […]

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GBF Insider with Author Garrett Peck

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In the second segment of the Gaithersburg Book Festival (GBF) Insider, GBF founder Jud Ashman interviews author and historian Garrett Peck about Peck’s latest book: “The Smithsonian Castle and the Seneca Quarry.” Take a look. For more info about the Book Festival, visit the website at www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org.

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News Posts


MCPS Students Finalists in Gaithersburg Book Festival Short Story Contest

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Judges have selected three finalists for the 2015 Gaithersburg Book Festival High School Student Short Story Contest. According to a press release, first, second and third place- along with a fan favorite- will be announced at the book festival on May 16. The event will be held on the grounds of City Hall in Gaithersburg […]

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Book Festival Sets Attendance Record (Video & Photos)

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Over 18,500 people visited this year’s Gaithersburg Book Festival. Now in its fourth year, this annual literary event is putting Gaithersburg and Montgomery County on the map as a cultural destination. MyMCMedia’s Sonya Burke reports. Officials said 17,000 people visited the festival last year. Below are some more images from this year’s event.

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Ashman Applauded: Book Fest Sets Record for Attendance

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The founder of the Gaithersburg Book Festival (GBF), Jud Ashman, also a City Council member, received a standing ovation at the May 20 Gaithersburg City Council meeting for his leadership and vision for the popular event. Despite less than perfect weather, Ashman reports that approximately 18,500 people attended this year’s event. That’s up slightly from […]

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Who's Introducing Who at the GBF

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Several local officials will be introducing some of the presenting authors and panel discussions at the Gaithersburg Book Festival (GBF) on May 18 on the grounds of City Hall. GBF Founder Jud Ashman said he is not doing introductions this year as he just wants to enjoy the festival. Here’s a quick preview of some […]

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Gaithersburg Book Festival Set for May 18

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The Gaithersburg Book Festival will take place on May 18 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Gaithersburg City Hall grounds. The family-friendly festival includes author presentations, book signings and numerous workshops. The schedules for the presentations, discussions and author signings is available on the Gaithersburg Book Festival website and summarized below.  View or print […]

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Plan Your Visit to the Gaithersburg Book Festival

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The Gaithersburg Book Festival is just a few weeks away so start planning your day. The festival includes author presentations throughout the day. This year, the format differs slightly as the presentations focuses on author pairings and panel discussions about hot topics. The schedules for the presentations, discussions and author signings is available on the […]

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Save the Date (Video)

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The fourth annual Gaithersburg Book Festival (GBF) will take place on the grounds of City Hall in Gaithersburg on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Take a look at this video for a quick preview of what to expect.

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GBF to Include Children's Village

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The Gaithersburg Book Festival (GBF) will take place on the grounds of City Hall in Gaithersburg on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival will spotlight a Children’s Village featuring some of the top authors in children’s literature. The Village will include the Imagination Station, where children can perform or watch […]

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Youth Workshops at GBF

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Writopia Lab will be offering a series of free, 50-minute workshops for kids and teens at the Gaithersburg Book Festival (GBF) on Saturday, May 18. GBF will take place on the grounds of City Hall in Olde Towne, Gaithersburg from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Workshops require sign-up at the Writopia Tent on the day […]

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Writer's Center Workshops at GBF

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Aspiring writers have a chance to hone their skills and learn more about the craft in a series of free workshops being presented by The Writer’s Center (TWC) during the 2013 Gaithersburg Book Festival on Saturday, May 18. All workshops will be open to participants on a first-come, first-served basis and will be limited to […]

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A Look Back: Inside the 2012 Gaithersburg Book Festival


“Inside the Gaithersburg Book Festival” takes an “inside” look as organizers prepare for the 2012 Gaithersburg Book Festival, as well as interviews with authors and much more from the day of the festival. The show also looks ahead to the 2013 Gaithersburg Book Festival.