2020 gaithersburg book festival

May 15, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

What to Expect at the Virtual Gaithersburg Book Festival

Another year, another Gaithersburg Book Festival. The coronavirus can’t stop the city’s book worms and writers from coming together, even if they won’t be gathering in Bohrer Park. Mayor Jud Ashman discusses what to expect at this year’s Virtual Gaithersburg Book Festival: The Virtual Gaithersburg Book Festival launches Saturday and there there will be activities […]

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April 7, 2020 | Alexandra Macia

Gaithersburg Book Festival Selects Poetry Contest Finalists

The Gaithersburg Book Festival has selected the finalists for their second annual high school student poetry contest. The book festival – originally scheduled for May 16 at Bohrer Park – was cancelled due to the coronavirus health crisis but the poetry contest is going on as planned. The first, second and third place winners will […]

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February 6, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Navarro Takes Issue with ‘Stereotypes and Caricatures’ in Controversial ‘American Dirt’ Book

Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Navarro has weighed in on the controversial book “American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins. Cummins, a graduate of Gaithersburg High School, will participate in a city-wide “Gaithersburg Reads” book discussion on March 31. The book has come under fire from Latinx authors who say Cummins uses stereotypes to portray Mexican characters fleeing […]

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January 29, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

‘American Dirt’ Author Still Coming to Gaithersburg Despite Book Tour Cancellation

The rollout of “American Dirt,” the critically acclaimed novel by Gaithersburg High School alumna Jeanine Cummins, has become so controversial, that Bob Miller—the president of Flatiron Books—has announced the cancellation of Cummins’ book tour. This cancellation does not, however, affect Cummins’ appearance at the Gaithersburg Reads community book discussion scheduled on March 31 at Gaithersburg […]

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January 13, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Gaithersburg Mayor Selects ‘American Dirt’ for City-Wide Book Club

City of Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman has announced that “American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins is the first selection for “Gaithersburg Reads,” a new city-wide book club that leads to a large community discussion with the author. Cummins, a graduate of Gaithersburg High School and a former guest at the Gaithersburg Book Festival, is the author […]

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