15 Sep 2023


The Literary Hill Bookfest is Back!

Alexandra Petri

The Literary Hill Bookfest, which has brought together local authors with their fans for many years now, is back and better than ever. This year, it will be on Sunday, September 17, from 11 until 3 in the North Hall of Eastern Market.

The list of authors is long and distinguished, even if one of us from The Hill is Home did manage to sneak in. New this year is Alexandra Petri, whose columns you have been reading in the Washington Post for the past few years. Also new is James Kirchick, whose book Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington has already found a large audience, and deserves even more. And of course there’s Louis Bayard, fresh off the success of Jackie & Me and the movie version of The Pale Blue Eye.

There are also lots of other new authors whom you may not have heard of yet – this is a great opportunity to meet them and find a new book. Or, if you are one of those people who are good at planning ahead, a great opportunity to get some Christmas presents!

There will also be five author panels covering topics such as diversity in children’s literature, Intrigue and deception in fiction and memoir, and one looking at hidden histories.

Topics covered, along with the usual fiction and non-fiction are children’s literature, memoirs, poetry and travel. There will be numerous children’s activities.

There is certainly something for everybody, so come by – it’s free and open to everybody. Books will be sold either by the author or by East City Books, so bring your checkbook and help support local authors, and find new avenues to explore. You can see if your favorite local author will be represented at their website or on Facebook (though we must warn you that the date of the event is wrong in their banner!)

Anyway, don’t you think it is time to learn about Zeppelins?

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