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Celebrate Capitol Hill’s Literary Culture at Bookfest

Fall for books again.

Join the free celebration of the vibrant literary culture of Capitol Hill from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17th, in the North Hall at DC’s historic Eastern Market!

Meet some of your favorite authors of fiction, history, memoir, poetry, children’s literature, politics, mystery and more. It’s free, and there’s activities for the kids!

Featured writers include poet and DC Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy nominee E. Ethelbert Miller, New York Times notable author Louis Bayard (whose acclaimed novels include The Pale Blue Eye, adapted into the global #1 Netflix release starring Christian Bale), Tablet magazine columnist James Kirchick; National Book Award finalist Carole Boston Weatherford; Washington Post columnist and Thurber prize finalist Alexandra Petri; award-winning educator and author Liz Kleinrock; two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist Cheryl Head; and many more.

In addition to being available to discuss and sign their books, many authors will also participate in panels throughout the day to discuss a variety of timely topics.

Visitors will be able to purchase an assortment of books from the Hill’s own East City Bookshop and Capitol Hill Books, as well as children’s titles from Lola and Pear Publishing and Platypus Media/Science Naturally!, and poetry from the Washington Writers’ Publishing House and Day Eight.

Visit the Children’s Corner for read alouds with some of our children’s authors and activities inspired by their books. Write letters as Lily does in Grandpa’s Scroll by Frances and Ginger Park, explore the wild world of insects with Buzzkill author Brenna Maloney, and color portraits of beloved dogs, Fozzie and Milton, of Fozzie’s Great Adoption Day Adventure and Milton and Vivi. Activities and events will take place in the Children’s Corner as visitors pass through, so visit us on your own schedule!

Following the BookFest, visitors are invited across the street to the patio at Tunnicliff’s Tavern for Poets’ Corner@Tunnicliff’s, a reading and open-mic event that gives both renowned and novice poets a chance to share their verse with an enthusiastic crowd.

The BookFest is entirely free and open to the public. So come to the North Hall of Eastern Market on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on the patio at Tunnicliff’s from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Find more details at www.literaryhillbookfest.org and follow on social media @theliteraryhill.

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