DC Author Festival


Enjoy readings, workshops, and over 60 local author and publisher vendor booths.

Vendor Fair
Saturday, November 5, 2016

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Workshop Day
Sunday, November 6, 2016

1:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Download the 2016 DC Author Festival Program Guide

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St. NW

Saturday Vendor Fair

Special Guests

Will Haygood
Wil Haygood
Marilyn Nelson
Marilyn Nelson
American Ace
Ronnie Green
Ronnie Greene
Shots on the Bridge
Carolyn Parkhurst
Carolyn Parkhurst
Upshur Street Books

Copies of Showdown, American Ace, Shots on the Bridge, and Harmony will be available for purchase and autograph at the Upshur Street Books Pop-Up Shop in the Great Hall.

Featured Speakers

Cathy AlterCathy Alter Robert BettmannRobert Bettmann Marjuan CanadyMarjuan Canady
Richard CytowicRichard E. Cytowic Erika EttinErika Ettin Rebecca GreenRebecca Green
Amina HassanAmina Hassan Marcella KriebelMarcella Kriebel Laura Krauss MelmedLaura Krauss Melmed
Bianca PalmisanoBianca Palmisano Dionne PeartDionne Peart Dolen Perkins-ValdezDolen Perkins-Valdez
John ShawJohn Shaw Irene WuIrene Wu  

Also Appearing at the Vendor Fair

An Open Book Foundation * Karen Batshaw * Ellen Boneparth * Karen Branan
Ellen Prentiss Campbell * Lamont Carey * Yasmin Carty * Ruben Castaneda
Jessica N. Childress * Marshall H. Cohen * Anthony Dobranski * W. B. Emerson
Douglass Eze * Janice Ferebee * Ruth Fitts * Grant Goodman * Kate Gorman
Carolivia Herron * Rickey K. Hood * Barbara E. Joe * M/R Johnson * Ida E. Jones
Tori Johnson Jones * Cynthia Kane * Carolyn L. Karcher * Janet Larsen
Peter Lovenheim * Nick Mann * Ann McClellan * Chuck McCutcheon
Tracy Chiles McGhee * Douglas Mendel * Tom Noll * Diane Wilson Onwuchekwa
Richard Paul * Milagros Phillips * Reach Incorporated * Ann Reavis
Ronnie J. * Clare E. Rowland * Shout Mouse Press * Louise Farmer Smith
Courtney Tisch * Sam Tracy * Garth Vickers * E. J. Wenstrom
Lisa Ellis Williams * Patricia Yarbrough

Sunday Workshops

RSVP to attend the DC Author Festival Workshops

Writing for Children and Young Adults
1:30 p.m. - Room A-5
Jacqueline Jules
Jacqueline Jules
Gilbert Ford
Gilbert Ford
Mary Quattlebaum
Mary Quattlebaum
Lindsay Smith
Lindsay Smith
Seasoned children's and young adult authors and illustrators offer advice and insight on writing literature for young people. What differences are there, if any, from writing for adults? Mary Quattlebaum, Gilbert Ford, Jacqueline Jules, and Lindsay Smith discuss their personal creative process, what inspires their stories, and how they hone the voices of their young characters.

Writing the Dreaded Query Letter
1:30 p.m. - Room A-9
Alan OrloffAlan Orloff
In this workshop, you’ll learn how to entice your dream agent into reading your masterpiece by writing a tight query that really sings (while avoiding those pitfalls that will land your query in the trash). We'll discuss the components of a query letter, learn what to put in and leave out, and examine a couple of successful examples. Primarily intended for novel/memoir writers.

My Comic Life: Building a Career in Comics
2:30 p.m. - Room A-5
Chuck SellnerChuck Sellner
Visionary Comics
Join Visionary Comics' CCO for a frank and honest conversation about building a career in comics. What does it take to build a career as a freelancer, creator, and comic professional? Chuck Sellner discusses the importance of defining your goals, your definition of success, and seeking out opportunity.

Ask an Agent!
3:30 p.m. - Room A-5
Cynthia Kane
Cynthia Kane
Capital Talent Agency
Bridget Matzie
Bridget Matzie
Zachary Shuster Harmsworth
Dara Kaye
Dara Kaye
Ross Yoon
Ever wonder what literary agents are looking for? Cynthia Kane from Capital Talent Agency, Bridget Matzie from Zachary Shuster,  Harmsworth, and Dara Kaye from Ross Yoon are here to tell you what their agencies look for when they review submissions, as well as offer general comments on the "do"s and "do not"s of querying agents, why it's a good idea to have an agent, and more.

DCPL Foundation LogoThis program is made possible thanks to support from the DC Public Library Foundation.  The District of Columbia Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that enhances DC Public Library resources and programs to promote, in all community members, literacy and a thirst for knowledge. Funds raised by the Foundation go to the sole support of the DC Public Library.

Additional support for this program was provided by the Oracle Set Foundation and The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.

A DC Center for the Book program.