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GBF News                                                                            January 2016
In This Issue...
Show Your Stuff at GBF 2016
High School Short Story Contest Deadline Drawing Near
Featured Authors Being Added Daily
Join Our Esteemed List of Featured Authors
Support the Arts with a 2016 GBF Sponsorship
National Park Trust Sponsors Kids to Parks School Contest
Welcome New Sponsors
Show Your Stuff at GBF 2016
Exhibitor Applications Now Available 
Whether you’re an author, poet, publisher, literary non-profit or have a business that relates to reading or the book industry, the Gaithersburg Book Festival provides you with a great opportunity to connect with avid readers.
As an exhibitor at the Festival, you’ll have your own space for the day where you can meet and interact with thousands of attendees and showcase your work, literary-related wares, services and programs.
We are now accepting applications for:
  • Exhibiting Authors - Non-presenting authors who wish to have a booth space for the whole day, to market and sell their books. Exhibiting Author booths are interspersed with other literary vendor booths throughout the festival.

  • Literary Vendors - All vendors must be of a literary nature and fit the literary theme of the event. Publishers must publish works by authors and be available for hire by authors seeking publication of their work. Publications qualify only if the publication itself is the primary focus of the business or organization. Organizations who publish only pamphlets or literature for the purpose of promoting the organization’s mission do not qualify. 
All applications are due by March 21, 2016.  Questions? Email Jennie Cottrell or call 301-258-6350.
High School Short Story Contest Deadline Drawing Near
High school students from across the Washington Metropolitan Area are invited to submit short stories to the Gaithersburg Book Festival Short Story Contest. To participate, your story must be no longer than 1,000 words and must be inspired by one of the photographs found here.
The submission deadline is February 19, 2016,
midnight ET.  
For full contest guidelines, visit the Short Story Contest webpage.
Featured Authors Being Added Daily
Stay tuned to the Gaithersburg Book Festival website to see the fantastic authors that we are adding on a daily basis. A taste of the most recently announced participants include:  
Cece Bell is the author-illustrator of the Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Book, “Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover.” She is also the creator of the Newbery Honor–winning graphic novel, “El Deafo,” and “The Sock Monkey” picture books, among other works for children. Cece Bell lives in an old church in Virginia and works in a new-ish barn right next door. She has worked as a freelance illustrator for all kinds of nutty projects, but is now a full-time author and illustrator. Cece enjoys moments of hilarity with her husband, Tom, along with three lady dogs and two youngsters. 
Steve Light is the author-illustrator of “The Christmas Giant,” “Zephyr Takes Flight,” “Have You Seen My Dragon?,” “Have You Seen My Monster?” and “Swap!” After graduating from the Pratt Institute, Light worked as an illustrator in the corporate world. He created illustrations for companies such as AT&T, Sony Films, Absolut Vodka and the New York Times Book Review. He loves to draw mostly with fountain pens and to share his passion for these vintage drawing tools with children and adults alike. He lives in New York City with his wife and cat. 
~Teen/Young Adult~ 
Kristen-Paige Madonia is the author of two young adult novels, “Invisible Fault Lines” and “Fingerprints of You.” She was the 2012 D. H. Lawrence Fellow and has received fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Hambidge Center, Vermont Studio Center, Juniper, VCCA, Hedgebrook, the Millay Colony, the Studios of Key West, the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the Key West Literary Seminar. She holds an MFA from California State University, Long Beach and teaches creative writing at the University of Virginia, James Madison University and the low-residency MFA program at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. 
Garinè Isassi is a former singer/songwriter who grew up with one foot in Texas and the other in New Jersey. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, she is a lover of music, chocolate and altruistic sarcasm; a writer of post-punk humor; and the illustrious founder of Helicopter Moms Anonymous. She lives in Maryland, where she works full time in marketing communications, sings in a gospel choir, is the Workshops Chair for the Gaithersburg Book Festival, over volunteers for a variety of community organizations, writes when everyone else is asleep, and lives with her husband, three kids, a cat, a dog and a gecko. It’s the gecko that sent her over the edge. 
Allison Leotta is a former federal sex-crimes prosecutor who now writes thrillers about a fictional sex-crimes prosecutor. She also reality-checks TV crime dramas on her award-winning blog. A Harvard Law graduate, Leotta has provided legal commentary for CNN, MSNBC, PBS and others. Her thrillers have earned starred reviews and appeared on a number of “best of” lists by publications including Library Journal, Strand Magazine, Romance Reviews Today, Suspense Magazine and, most recently, O, The Oprah Magazine.
Join Our Esteemed List of
Featured Authors

Have you dreamed of being among the elite group of authors who are alumni of the Gaithersburg Book Festival?  You could add your name to this list if you are an author who will publish a book in the coming year before May 2016.
We are now accepting applications for authors interested in presenting at the 7th annual Gaithersburg Book Festival, taking place on Saturday, May 21. If selected, you could present individually, be paired with other featured authors or be featured in a panel discussion.
To apply, you must submit the following:
  • Completed Application – Download it here
  • Resume or description of speaking experience
  • A copy of the book you’ll be promoting
The deadline to submit is Monday, February 15.
Support the Arts with a
2016 GBF Sponsorship
Sponsoring the Gaithersburg Book Festival is a highly visible way to show that you support the community and value the arts, while gaining visibility with our attendees, who are among the region’s best-read and most well-educated individuals.
Because of the sheer scope of the Festival, the City of Gaithersburg is able to fund only a modest portion of the event’s expenses. We rely on the generosity of corporate partners, foundations and individual donors to help us deliver the world-class event that our attendees have come to expect.
We offer sponsorships to fit a variety of budgets, or we can tailor a sponsorship plan to fit your needs.
Find out more on our website, email Jenny Opel to discuss these opportunities, or download the 2016 Sponsorship Opportunities form.
To ensure that your company name is included on all Festival materials, we recommend that you secure your sponsorship by January 31, 2016.
National Park Trust Sponsors
Kids to Parks School Contest

The National Park Trust (NPT), which is partnering with the Gaithersburg Book Festival, is once again hosting its Kids to Parks (KTP) Day National School Contest!
The purpose of the contest is to empower students to create and plan their own park experience. This national contest is open to all under-served schools across the country and in the U.S. territories.
Students can submit proposals for a KTP event at a park in their community. NPT will award grants up to $1,000 to winning entries. Schools are encouraged to implement their KTP event during the month of May 2016, but exceptions can be made based on school schedules.
The contest is now accepting entries, and the deadline to submit is Friday, March 4. Winners will be announced Friday, March 25, 2016, on the NPT website.
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Save the Date
7th Annual Gaithersburg Book
May 21, 2016
On the Grounds of
City Hall in
Olde Towne Gaithersburg, Md.
New Sponsors
The Gaithersburg Book Festival thanks the newest organizations to pledge
their support of our
7th annual event.
~Festival Sponsors~
~Pavilion Sponsor~
Activity Rocket
Modern Eyes, LLC
~Literary Sponsors~
Adventist HealthCare

Friends of the Library

Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery County Campus
~Book Lovers~
Candlewick Press/WALDO
City of Gaithersburg Educational Enrichment Committee 
The Elegant Envelope
Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa
LEGO Education, Mid-Atlantic Region
LeafFilter Gutter Protection
National Park Service

National Park Trust
Montgomery County Public Schools
St. Martin's School
Story Tapestries with
Arianna Ross
~Festival Friends~
Noa Baum

D&B Construction
Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital
Let's Play America
Yvette Lewis
Montgomery College
Early Childhood Club
Montgomery History
Nick Newlin
Oreo the History Pony with Leah Jefferson, Author
Penny Theater, Sponsored by Friends of the Library,
Quince Orchard Chapter
Pets on Wheels
Scholastic, Inc.
Twinbrook Tellers of the Dogwood Dogs 4-H Club
For more information on how GBF sponsorships can provide a highly visible way to show that you support the community and value the arts, and to position your organization in front of some of the region’s best-read and most well-educated individuals, please visit our website.

~Featured Sponsor~
~Festival Sponsors~
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