The third annual Gaithersburg Book Festival was a large and successful book event that I intend to return to in future years.
Besides being a lovely day, the plethora of booths, authors, and panels were astounding. It was an amazing opportunity to meet local authors, publishers, and writing groups, including the Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, the Maryland Writers' Association, and Lands Atlantic Publishing.
I attended readings with authors whose books I'm very interested in reading, including Baratunde Thurston (How to Be Black) and Matthew Norman (Domestic Violets).
I received an ARC for review and two free books from the Bookcrossing booth; Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood, and a Folger Shakespeare Library edition of Macbeth!
These sorts of events bring together people from all aspects of the book world with readers and writers, and I can only hope that events like these can continue to grow and continue to be free for everyone.
Excuse me while I attend to my exponentially expanded reading list...