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Literary Hill BookFest
May 1 @ 11:00 AM - 3:00 PMFree
The Literary Hill BookFest is an annual celebration of books and authors held each spring on Capitol Hill. After hosting our event virtually for the past two years, we’re excited to be back “home” in D.C.’s historic Eastern Market for our first in-person event since 2019!
Please join us in the Market’s North Hall on Sunday, May 1, where we’ll feature more than 50 authors, poets, booksellers, publishers, literacy groups, and more, including National Book Critics Circle award winner Ariel Sabar, poet and D.C. Hall of Fame inductee E. Ethelbert Miller, award-winning poet and memoirist Sandra Beasley, former Washington Post columnist and NPR host Bonny Wolf, award-winning public radio journalist and children’s author Kitty Felde, two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist Cheryl Head, and many more. Visitors will partake in the vibrant literary culture of Capitol Hill through timely panel discussions, help compose this year’s community-penned poem, enjoy a full slate of family-friendly activities in our bustling Children’s Corner, peruse titles from beloved Capitol Hill Books and East City Bookshop, and meet some of their favorite authors of fiction, history, children’s literature, poetry, politics, memoir and more. The BookFest is completely free and open to the public, with a poetry open mic immediately following the main event, where established and aspiring poets will address an enthusiastic crowd.