End of the world?

The F. Scott Fitzgerald Fiction tent where earlier I had the pleasure of speaking

Not in Gaithersburg, Maryland on Saturday, May 21, 2011. This was a fine day for the 2nd annual Gaithersburg Book Festival—sunny and warm with a gentle breeze. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., excited readers raced from tent to tent to hear their favorite authors—among the more than sixty—discuss their books in nine tents designated for fiction, poetry, mystery, non-fiction, children’s books, young adult, and special interest genres. After each talk, they hurried off to buy books, have them signed, and chat with authors and publishers at their booths.

Among the author-luminaries present were:

Meg Clayton & Caroline Leavitt

Meg Waite Clayton best-selling author:  The Four Ms. Bradwells (www.megwaiteclayton.com);

Caroline Leavitt (www.carolineleavitt.com),  award-winning author of 9 novels including  New York Times bestselling novel, “Pictures of You”;

Elizabeth Berg (www.elizabeth-berg.net), author of more than 20 novels:  Once Upon A Time, There Was You;

Scott Simon at the signing table

Scott Simon, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday:  Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other—In Praise of Adoption;  we bought this book for someone who is considering adoption and found it to be an interesting and inspirational quick read before we gave it away.   (www.scottsimonbooks.com);

Eleanor Brown (www.eleanor-brown.com):  The Weird Sisters, (New York Times best-seller);

Alan Cheuse (www.alancheuse.com), NPR’s longtime “voice of books” and author of four novels:  Song of Slaves in the Desert;

Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones (www.tayarijones.com):  Silver Sparrow;

Rita Mae Brown (www.ritamaebrown.com):  Hiss of Death (New York Times best-seller);

Sarah Pekkanen (www.sarahpekkanen.com):  Skipping a Beat;

James Swanson:  Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln’s Corpse (New York Times best-seller) (www.harpercollins.com/author/microsite/About.aspx?authorid=25032);

Richard Peabody

Richard Peabody, reading selections of his poetry in the Ogden Nash Coffee House (Peabody is editor of Gargoyle Magazine and has published a novella, two books of short stories, six books of poems, plus an e-book, and has edited or co-edited nineteen anthologies including: “Mondo Barbie,” “Conversations with Gore Vidal,” “A Different Beat: Writings by Women of the Beat Generation,” and “Kiss the Sky: Fiction and Poetry Starring Jimi Hendrix);  he was my editor on Cologne No. 10 For Men, helped me reduce the length, restructure, and greatly improve the book;  he included Chapter 23 of Cologne in his short story collection, Stress City;  he also introduced my talk about Well Considered on Saturday in the F. Scott Fitzgerald Fiction Pavilion) (www.gargoylemagazine.com);

Clare Vanderpool (www.clarevanderpool.com), on Moon Over Manifest, children’s book, winner, 2011 Newbery Medal;

Stephen Wermiel & Seth Stern (www.justicebrennan.com), on Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion;

Dominique Paul

Dominique Paul, young adult writer, The Possibility of Fireflies  (http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Dominique-Paul/34751405);

Gerald Blain (www.kennedydetail.com), former U.S. Secret Service Agent, The Kennedy Detail;

Richard Morris - Well Considered - thriller

Me, Richard Morris, a featured local author, on Well Considered, a Maryland thriller;

and many others (see www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org)

This day was not the end of the world, but for many,  the beginning of new worlds of insight and pleasure locked inside the printed word.

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