Free book festival features well-known authors, family activities

Sunday, June 10 is the second annual Books in Bloom festival in Columbia, Maryland. The event features author readings, panel discussions and family-friendly activities. (Courtesy Books in Bloom)
Have little ones? There will be puppet shows, face painting, balloons and more at Books and Bloom. (Courtesy Books in Bloom)
Sunday, June 10 is the second annual Books in Bloom festival in Columbia, Maryland. The event features author readings, panel discussions and family-friendly activities. (Courtesy Books in Bloom) 
Featured speakers range from Amanda Lucidon, Michelle Obama’s official White House photographer and author of “Chasing Light,” to Vikram Sunderam, cookbook author and Rasika’s James Beard Award-winning chef. (Courtesy Books in Bloom) (Courtesy Books in Bloom)
At Books in Bloom, several prominent authors and journalists will take the stage for readings and panel discussions. (Courtesy Books in Bloom)
“We believe that the market that we’re in is a very intellectual market and smart and progressive, and it’s a way to really celebrate all of those things in one location, in one day,” said Vanessa Rodriguez, director of marketing with the Howard Hughes Corporation, the sponsor of the event. (Courtesy Books in Bloom)
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Sunday, June 10 is the second annual Books in Bloom festival in Columbia, Maryland. The event features author readings, panel discussions and family-friendly activities. (Courtesy Books in Bloom) 

WASHINGTON — The D.C.-area’s summer schedule is packed with beer, wine and food festivals, but on June 10, there’s a festival that will feed the mind.

The second annual Books in Bloom will take place Sunday at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront in Columbia, Maryland, and several prominent authors and journalists will take the stage for readings and panel discussions.

“We believe that the market that we’re in is a very intellectual market, and smart, and progressive, and it’s a way to really celebrate all of those things in one location, in one day,” said Vanessa Rodriguez, director of marketing with the Howard Hughes Corporation, the sponsor of the event.

Featured speakers range from Amanda Lucidon, Michelle Obama’s official White House photographer, and author of “Chasing Light,” to Vikram Sunderam, cookbook author and Rasika’s James Beard Award-winning chef.

Well-known graphic designer Oliver Munday, children’s author Laura Melmed and Hillary Clinton’s former presidential campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri will also be in attendance.

If your crew prefers to get up and play rather than sit and listen, no need to worry. Rodriguez said Books in Bloom will have plenty of activities to keep the young ones occupied, including puppet shows, face paintings, a balloon artist and more.

The daylong event will also include live music, food and a pop-up bookstore from Politics and Prose.

Books in Bloom is free and open to the public. More details are available on the event’s website.


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