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Long before #squadgoalz and Fear of Missing Out (FoMO), Francis Scott Fitzgerald lived large, loved hard and died young; he even “saved jazz,” a master of cultural appropriation before his time. Scott and his gorgeous wife Zelda were a power couple of Kim-and-Kanye proportions, frolicking in the fountain of the Plaza Hotel, dashing off to the South View more
When it comes to annual festivals, many people know exactly what to expect. They are familiar with the schedule of their favorite events and so can plan accordingly. That is not the case with the annual Gaithersburg Book Festival. "Every year we have a whole new crop of authors," said City of Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman who founded the festival. View more
New York Times bestselling author Brian Jay Jones and his latest biography, “George Lucas: A Life,” are coming to our galaxy on April 19. Hosted by the Gaithersburg Book Festival, Politics & Prose, and Johns Hopkins University, the free event, “An Evening with Brian Jay Jones,” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Hopkins’ Montgomery County campus in G View more
Montgomery County residents like their literature in all shapes and fonts: fiction and non-fiction books, poems, biopics and homegrown essays. And every year, in downtown Bethesda, thousands soak up, share and celebrate the wonders of words at the Bethesda Literary Festival.
Gaithersburg playwright John Morogiello’s work has been performed all over the world, including Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills, Ca. His earliest works—written on his mom’s old manual typewriter—were set in less glamorous locales. “She loaded up a piece of paper for me, showed me how it worked, and I immediately started plagiarizing old episodes of ‘F View more
“Desperate unhappiness” was the source of Merrill Leffler’s earliest inspiration for writing poetry. Fortunately, the spirits of Takoma Park’s poet laureate have improved considerably since those dark days. The septuagenarian’s achievements as laureate as well as career highlights that include cofounding and editing a poetry magazine that evolved i View more
Ellyn Wexler knows what you like. Sure, she’s Brooklyn born and bred, but the arts and entertainment writer-editor has made it her business to know exactly what’s going on all over Montgomery County—literally. And for nearly three decades, Wexler has used what she knows to get as many people as possible excited about the MoCo arts scene, most recen View more
Upbeat and straightforward, Betty Hafner is a writer and published author, artist and retired counselor. She is also a domestic violence survivor. Her new book, “Not Exactly Love,” explores how anyone can become caught in an abusive relationship, why it can be hard to leave, and how to heal once the relationship is over.
Unlike any other arts nonprofit in the county, TWC offers a space for performance and visual arts on top of the literary. Sure, you can go to TWC to hone your writing skills, but you also can enjoy a play in its intimate black-box theater and peruse the vibrant work of local visual artists on its walls. In a Q&A, Callahan talked about upcoming chan View more
On her way to becoming a household name, Gaithersburg writer Orly Konig continues to make a name for herself championing writers of female fiction nationwide as the founding president of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, now in its third year.
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