Literary Organizations

Book festival

Saturday, May 21, 2016
2016 Gaithersburg Book Festival
at the Gaithersburg City Hall Grounds
31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD

Over seven years ago, Jud Ashman, a member of the Gaithersburg town council, had an ambitious and fanciful idea: He wanted to create a first-rate literary festival in the heart of Montgomery County. Some doubted whether a suburban enclave could really attract enough readers and authors to support a full-fledged festival. But Ashman recruited a stable of local volunteers who shared his vision and love of books. And they set to work.

By 2010, the Gaithersburg Book Festival was born, drawing thousands of book-hungry attendees to the Gaithersburg City Hall grounds to listen to authors, panel discussions, and other events that are free to the public. Now in its fifth year, the 2016 festival will be held at the City Hall grounds on Saturday, May 21, and will feature more than 100 fiction and non-fiction authors.

Politics & Prose is honored to serve for the third time this year as a festival partner and the event’s bookseller. We’ll be in a large tent, handling the sale of books. And a few of our staff members will be introducing a number of the authors scheduled to speak during the day.

Thanks to Ashman’s dedication and determination, and the effort of many volunteers working with him, the festival continues to grow in size and quality. 

Please join us. Admission is free, and the festivities will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more details, go to

American Writers Museum

The mission of the American Writers Museum Foundation is to establish the first national museum in the United States dedicated to engaging the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture and our daily lives.

Which writers have inspired and influenced leaders from around the world? Which literary works from around the world have inspired American writers? Which books would help global leaders better understand American culture? The American Writers Museum explores these topics in its first online exhibit: Power of the Word: Leaders, Readers & Writers, which provides a fascinating glimpse into the reading habits and literary preferences of some of the world's most powerful leaders.

Visitors to the online exhibit will learn about the favorite books and reading habits of political leaders such as Angela Merkel, Nelson Mandela, Dilma Rousseff, Yoshihiko Noda, David Cameron, Wen Jiabao, Barack Obama, among others.

In a separate gallery, contemporary American writers share their early memories of reading and comment on which authors from other countries have influenced their own writing. They also suggest books by American authors that they think might help world leaders gain a better understanding of American culture.

A third, interactive gallery invites the public to become part of the exhibit by recommending two or three books--fiction, nonfiction, drama, or poetry--they think world leaders should read.

You can support the American Writers Museum by shopping with Politics & Prose. The AWM brings you an assortment of items to gift or own on a special online shopping page. Any purchases made from that page - as well as other items added to your order after visiting this page - will directly benefit the Museum, as AWM will receive a portion of the proceeds from each sale. Click here to start shopping and to support the museum.