Like many other events this year, Books in Bloom has gone virtual. The annual book festival begins Monday and will last six weeks. Best of all, it’s completely free!
The festival started three years ago as a celebration of Columbia, Maryland’s 50th anniversary year. The city was developed with education and the arts as a priority, along with racial and socio-economic diversity.
2020’s series will include workshops, panels, contests and lots of event partnerships with local businesses. The festival headliner is Robin DiAngelo, the author behind the NY Times bestseller White Fragility.
Other authors set to make appearances include:
- Molly Ball, national political correspondent for Time Magazine, who authored Pelosi
- Megan Giddings, author of Lakewood
- Feminist geographer author Leslie Kern, author of Feminist City: A Field Guide
- Author Sarah Posner, who wrote Unholy: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump
- Elizabeth Acevedo, who wrote Clap When You Land
- Call Me American: A Memoir author Abdi Nor Iftin
- Naomi Paik, who wrote Bans, Walls, Raids, Sanctuary: Understanding US Immigration Policy
Programming will be announced on a rolling basis. Those interested on the latest updates should visit booksinbloommd.com. This is the first year the festival is accessible to those living all across the country.