Sunday, June 2, 2019
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Merriweather Post Pavilion

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Columbia, Maryland began with the simplest yet boldest of ideas: That a city could enhance its residents’ quality of life. That vision is now a reality and Columbia is a flourishing community, recognized for its economic and social diversity, while undergoing a renaissance of development.

DTC, in partnership with The Howard Hughes Corporation and the Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission, is proud to present its third annual book festival, Books In Bloom. The festival seeks to invigorate the community and serve as a signature event that’s not only reflective of the values Columbia residents share, but a celebration of the joys of books and reading. Books In Bloom will bring together some of the country’s best and brightest authors for a daylong festival featuring readings, panel discussions, children’s activities, live music, curated culinary offerings, rosé and beer garden, and a pop-up bookstore by Busboys and Poets. The festival is free and open to the public. Please take a moment to register and let us know you’ll join us.


Rising Up + Speaking Out: Black Feminism Today

From Knife to Pen: Top Chefs Share Their Stories

Looking for the Rainbow: Celebrating Pride 50 Years After Stonewall

And You Don’t Stop: The Birth and Rise of Hip-Hop


Documenting Immigration: Sharing Perspectives with the Next Generation


Graphic Memoirs + POC Voices: The Surprising New Narrative

Featured Authors

Young Adult Authors


To register for free, visit the Books In Bloom Eventbrite page.

Books In Bloom is presented by: