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The Downtown Columbia Partnership proudly announces the third annual Books In Bloom book festival, Columbia, Maryland’s ultimate celebration of the joys of books and reading. Books In Bloom will bring together some of the country’s best and brightest authors for a daylong festival featuring readings, panel discussions, children’s activities, live music, curated culinary offerings, rosé and beer garden and a pop-up bookstore by Busboys and Poets.

Featuring Headliner:

  • Chef José Andrés, Author of We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time


Rising Up + Speaking Out: Black Feminism Today

  • Feminista Jones, Author of Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets

  • Brittney Cooper, Author of Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower

From Knife to Pen: Top Chefs Share Their Stories

  • Kwame Onwuachi, Author of Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir

  • Edward Lee, Author of Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef's Journey to Discover America's New Melting-Pot Cuisine

Looking for the Rainbow: Celebrating Pride 50 Years After Stonewall

  • Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown, Authors of We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation

  • Charles Kaiser, Author of The Gay Metropolis: The Landmark History of Gay Life in America

And You Don’t Stop: The Birth and Rise of Hip-Hop

  • Vikki Tobak, Author of Contact High

  • Geoff Edgars, Author or Walk This Way

Documenting Immigration: Sharing Perspectives with the Next Generation

  • Laura Wides-Munoz, Author of The Making of a Dream: How a Group of Young Undocumented Immigrants Helped Change What It Means to Be American

  • Nadia Hashimi, Author of The Sky At Our Feet

Graphic Memoirs + POC Voices: The Surprising New Narrative

  • Malaka Gharib, Author of I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir

  • Mira Jacob, Author of Good Talk

Featured Authors:

  • Bob Yule, Author of Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters: How the Cocktail Conquered the World

  • Nicole Chung, Author of All You Can Ever Know

  • Abby Maslin, Author of Love You Hard: A Memoir of Marriage, Brain Injury, and Reinventing Love

  • Angie Kim, Author of Miracle Creek

  • Maurice Jackson, Author of DC Jazz: Stories of Jazz Music in Washington, DC

  • David Wiegel, Author of The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock

  • Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman, Authors of The Hill to Die On: The Battle for Congress and the Future of Trump's America

  • Carmen Rorigues, Author of The Universal Laws of Marco

  • Kathy MacMillan, Author of Dagger and Coin

The festival is free and open to the public of all ages.

The Downtown Columbia Partnership promotes and advances the growth of Downtown Columbia as a vibrant, diverse, economically robust and desirable place for employment, entertainment, living and learning. Its initiatives, such as Books In Bloom, include supporting cultural and arts programs aimed at enhancing residents’ quality of life. Howard County is home to one of the most well-educated communities in the country and is well-known for its book clubs, poetry and literature organizations, literary publications and award-winning library system.

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