Local Authors Showcased at 2019 BookFest


This year’s Literary Hill BookFest brings together nearly 40 local writers to talk with visitors about their books. Selected authors will also give talks on a variety of stimulating and important topics:

  • 11:15 a.m.       Sig Cohen and Carolyn Miller Parr, co-authors of “Love’s Way: Living Peacefully with Your Family as Your Parents Age,” discuss how to have the tough conversation about end-of-life issues.
  • 12:00 p.m.       Critically acclaimed New York Times notable author Louis Bayard reads from his new book, “Courting Mr. Lincoln,” about the future president and the two people closest to him: his friend and mentor, Joshua Speed, and his future wife, Mary Todd.
  • 12:45 p.m.       A panel of writers and teachers talks about how to inspire young people with a lifelong passion for reading. Grant Goodman is the author of YA novels featuring Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve and a middle school teacher; Glen Mourning, a fourth-grade teacher, writes the “Crunchy Life” series for urban kids; Paul Smith Rivas is a high school study coach and author of “This Book Is Not on the Test”; and Colleen Shogan is a mystery novelist (“K Street Killing”) and college professor.
  • Derek Musgrove

    1:30 p.m.         George Derek Musgrove delivers the Michael Fry Memorial Talk on Local History, focusing on the book he co-authored with Chris Asch, “Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital.” Musgrove is an associate professor of history at the University of Maryland and a noted authority on post-civil-rights-era black politics.

  • 2:15 p.m.         Abby Maslin, author of “Love You Hard: A Memoir of Marriage, Brain Injury, and Reinventing Love,” reveals how she and her family coped after her husband suffered a traumatic brain injury during a 2012 mugging on Capitol Hill.

The BookFest is on Sunday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the North Hall of Eastern Market. In addition to writers, this year’s event will feature more than a dozen exhibitors, book sales, activities for children and their families and, at 3 p.m., the Poets’ Corner@Tunnicliff’s reading and open-mic event across the street on the patio at Tunnicliff’s Tavern. Learn more at www.literaryhillbookfest.org or follow the BookFest on social media @theliteraryhill.

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