Each spring Downtown Bethesda hosts the annual Bethesda Literary Festival featuring local and national authors, journalists and poets, essay, short story and poetry contests, and children’s events. All events are free and are held throughout downtown Bethesda’s hotels, bookstores and community centers.
Dates and Times
April 11 - 13, 2014
Friday 7 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
2014 Bethesda Literary Festival Participants
- bestselling mystery author Martha Grimes and her son Ken Grimes, Double Double: A Dual Memoir of Alcoholism
- National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Alice McDermott
- Award-winning journalist, writer and producer Stephen Jimenez, The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard
- New York Times bestselling author William Martin, The Lincoln Latter
- Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin, authors of The Nanny Diaries and The First Affair
- Seth Goldman, Mission in a Bottle: The Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently—and Succeeding
- Sujata Massey, The Sleeping Dictionary
- John Rizzo, Company Man
- Peter Ross Range, Murder in the Yoga Store
- New York Times Magazine author Michael Sokolove, Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater
- award-winning non-fiction writer David O. Stewart, The Lincoln Deception
- reporter and author Steve Vogel, The Pentagon: A History; historian and writer Henry Wiencek, Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves
- Mary Kay Zuravleff, Man Alive!
Bethesda Literary Festival’s Writing ContestBudding writers and poets from the community are encouraged to participate in the annual writing contest. Poets can share original poems about any topic. Winners of all three contests will receive prizes and will be honored at special events during the festival.
Festival LocationsBarnes & Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave.
Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd.
Doubletree Bethesda, 8120 Wisconsin Ave.
Hilton Garden Inn, 7301 Waverly St.
Hyatt Regency Bethesda, 7400 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda Elementary School, 7600 Arlington Rd.
The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St.
Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East-West Hwy.
For more information and a complete schedule of events, please call (301) 215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.