Kensington Day of the Book is Sunday!

Join us!


Sant Jordi by Alba Marina Rivera

10th annual!

Kensington Day of the Book Festival  

Sunday, April 26
11am – 4pm

 street festival 

Howard Avenue
Old Town Kensington
rain or shine

Special Guest Speakers

La Rambla Stage – Howard Ave at Armory Ave

Steve Piacente
Master of Ceremonies


Tim Tobin – 11:30 to 12:00

Author of Your Leadership Story: Use Your Story to Energize, Inspire, and Motivate

Stories have power.  Many leaders use stories as a tool, but most have no idea what tale their own leadership is telling.  Leadership development expert Tim Tobin talks on how to think of your career as a narrative – with a plot, characters, and an arc – to help you become a more effective, insightful, and inspiring leader.


Origins Journal Panel – 12:00 to 12:45
“The art of narrative through an examination of identity and the ways in which one’s identity informs the creative process.”

Moderated by Origins Editor, Dini Karasik
with Brando Skyhorse – Lisa Page
Alexandra Zapruder – Dan Vera

Martin Goldsmith – 1:00 to 1:45
Author of Alex’s Wake: The Tragic Voyage of the St Louis to Flee Nazi Germany and a Grandson’s Journey of Love and Remembrance

A tale of two journeys.  Martin Goldsmith recounts the history and sad journey of his grandfather and uncle, and his own journey to retrace their steps and come to terms with his own heritage.


Maj Gen Oleg Kalugin, KGB (Ret.) – 2:00 to 2:45
Author of   Spymaster: My Thirty-two Years in Intelligence and Espionage Against the West

A retired Major General in the 1st Chief Directorate of the KGB, General Kalugin was the youngest general in the history of the KGB. General Kalugin played a major role in the John Walker spy ring as Deputy Chief of the KGB station at the Soviet Embassy in Washington, DC. He was also an elected member of the Soviet parliament during Gorbachev’s administration and was one of the first reformers of the KGB.

Chef Jonathan Bardzik – 3:00 to 4:00

Chef, Author, and Culinary Storyteller.

w/ Julie Castillo – author of Eat Local for Less: The Ultimate Guide to Opting Out of Our Broken Industrial Food System 


Inspired by the local, fresh, seasonal ingredients he grew up with from his mother’s garden and enjoyed today from local farm markets, Jonathan Bardzik’s culinary passion is exploring ingredients, techniques and flavors and sharing those adventures to help others find joy in their own kitchens.

In front of The Sweat Shop 10410 Montgomery Ave

Emory Luce Baldwin
1:00 to 1:30
Author of  Parenting With Courage and Uncommon Sense

What passes for parenting “common sense” today often falls short of the mark. Many of the most common ways parents try to get kids to behave only creates stress and frustration, with little resulting improvement in children’s behavior. Emory Luce Baldwin will be talking about what really works when it comes to raising children who grow up to be good people, not just good kids. 

See the festival website for more information

Children’s Program

Children’s Stage on Fawcett Street at Howard Avenue

The Great Zucchini – 11:15 to 12:00
Interactive magic and silliness keeps children on the edge of their seats!

Oh Susannah! – 12:15 to 1:00  

Fabulously fun interactive music show for families and young children

1-2-3- Andres! – 1:15 to 2:00
Andrés’ music vibrates with the pure beauty of languages and encourages kids to embrace cultural differences

Dansez! Dansez! – 2:15 to 3:00
African and Caribbean Folklore interactive performance inspires kids to get up and dance along.

Unique Dreams Entertainment – 3:15 to 4:00
Put on your dancing shoes! We have found the best Deejay to interact with kids!

FNDTN Gallery and Liveroom 3762 Howard Ave

Fun Teasers by Uncle Devlin
1:00 to 1:15 and 3:00 to 3:15
Live music “teasers” with percussionist Uncle Devin, multicultural book sales by Tutus Storybooks, and raffles for free cds throughout the day!

In front of the Sweat Shop at 10410 Montgomery Ave

Twinbrook Tellers
12:30 to 1:00 and 2:30 to 3:00
Children and young adult storytellers tell tales of magic and adventure for children of all ages.

See the festival website for more information

Poetry Stage
Location: Howard Avenue just West of Fawcett Street

Featured Poetry Readings by

The Federal Poets – 1:00 to 1:30
The Poets of Ellicott Street – 1:30 to 2:00

Poet Cary Kamarat
with Gina Ashton
and music by Scott Stancill – 2:00 to 2:30

Open Mic Readings
Bring a poem or two to read!
Moderated by Matt Vossler
Before and after featured readings.

See the festival website for more information


Live Music
Howard Avenue Park in front of 3716 Howard Avenue

Rock-a-Sonics – 12:00 to 2:00
Rockabilly, classic country and vintage rock ‘n’ roll

The Nighthawks – 2:00 to 4:00

Root Rock and Blues. Come enjoy the ride!

On the La Rambla Stage on Howard Ave at Armory Ave

Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings
10:45am to 11:20am and again 12:45 to 1:00
A Baltimore and NYC based Chamber Folk ensemble that
plays dark and melodic heartfelt tunes.

See the festival website for more information

3rd annual Gala CREST Artisans Fair

Parking lot in front of GALA shop and JennyCakes Bakery at 10417 Armory Ave

Twice now Gala has joined in the fun of the Kensington Day of the Book Festival by setting up a small craft show featuring CREST artisans (C.apital R.egion E.tsy S.treet T.eam),  We look forward to welcoming Doris Justis and her folk band Side by Side to set up their stage in front of Frankly Pizza. Also, this year we are happy to host local children’s book author Susan Stockdale from 12-2pm. She is introducing her new title Spectacular Spots. Stop by and meet this wonderful local author/illustrator and have her sign your copy!

Musical performances by:
Side by Side – Doris Justis and Sean McGhee
(celebrating 31 years in May!)
and Doris and Scott Morgan
For more information see


Local Authors
Over 80 local authors, plus artists, publishers, literary groups, and community organizations.
 Book Arts
Join book artists from
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
for a printmaking demonstration and presentation of their works.


Free Rare Book Evaluations
Bring one or two of your
rare, old, collectible,  and unusual books for a
free book evaluation 
by professional book appraiser
Dale Sorenson PhD.
Play chess with International
Chess Master Allan Savage –author of The Anti-Indian: Trompowski’s Attack
and  Reconciling Chess: A Marcel Duchamp Sampler.
All ages and levels welcome!

Free Books
Free Books from Bookcrossing!
Bookcrossers will be  giving away 1500 books!
Take one, take two,
take many!

Food Trucks:





Southern Cross Bakery

Prefer a restaurant?
Country Cupboard Tea Room
KTown Bistro
are all within the festival

and… JennyCakes Bakery!

For other restaurants within walking distance see a list on fthe estival website 
Fundraiser Concert
Saturday April 25
FNDTN Liveroom
3762 Howard Avenue
Third Wave Americana Band, Know1Else, will perform
“The Night of the Book”at FNDNT Gallery and Liveroom to kick of the “Day of the Book”!
Know1Else will present a literate, listenble, likable selection of songs you haven’t heard about things you’ve already lived.

For more information go
The festival takes place along three blocks of Howard Avenue in Old Town Kensington Maryland, (20895)(also known as “Antique Row”) just east of Connecticut Avenue (Please note: Howard Ave will be closed for the event)
Visit the Shops!
There are many great shops in Old Town Kensington within the festival area.  Antiques, gifts, home decor, jewelry, crafts, art galleries, mid-modern furniture, bookshop, and more!  Take time to stop in to say Hello!
Parking and Bus
There is parking available in the neighborhood and in a number of parking lots in  town.   All parking is free.

Most parking in the neighborhood and in the business district is unrestricted on Sundays, but please don’t park in private lots where the businesses are open.

There are two Town of Kensington public lots located at the Armory/Town Hall on Mitchell Street (1 block from the festival, off of Armory Avenue) and on Metropolitan Avenue on the north side of the railroad station.

Or take public transportation…

BUS: Several bus lines have stops nearby: 4, 5, 6, 7, 33, 34.

METRO AND BUS: Wheaton metro: buslines 34, 6. Silver Spring metro: 4, 5. Grosvenor: 6. Medical Center: 33, 34. Twinbrook: 5. White Flint: 5. Bethesda: 34. Glenmont: 33Check online for Sunday bus schedules
Follow Us!
Twitter: @dayofthebook
Thank you
A big “Thank you” to artist
Alba Marina Rivera
for our header illustration
Visit her Etsy Page
Barcelona, Spain
Thank you to our sponsors!Town of Kensington
Pauli Bellet Foundation
OTJ Architects
Fitzgerald Auto Malls
Kesington Park Senior Living
GHT Limited
Avitecture, Inc.
Kensington Service Center
ColourDesign by Margie Billian
Kens Park Friends of Library
Gary and Diana Ditto
and all others!
see a complete list of sponsors on the festival website
or call



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