The East of the River Book Festival celebrates five years of bringing independent authors and culturally diverse literature to Washington D.C.
The festival features local and national writers, small publishers and independent book shops. There will be a variety of books available for readers looking for culturally diverse books, story time for children and workshops about self-publishing.
The festival takes place Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Thurgood Marshall Academy (2427 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE). Attendees are encouraged to wear a costume of their favorite author or book character. This free, family-friendly event is for readers of all ages and genres.
When founder of the East of the River Book Festival and self-published author, Dr. Courtney Davis was denied the opportunity to participate in a book festival, it motivated her to provide a platform for other independent authors.
“Our mission is to create direct access to independent authors and culturally diverse literature to the public,” said Davis.
“When readers see themselves reflected in literature or learn about other cultures in books, it promotes literacy and strengthens the vitality of the whole community,” she added. “It also encourages publishers and books stores to support indie authors, when readers demand more diverse stories.”
The East of the River Book Festival is featuring over 30 local and national authors and local vendors. The event is sponsored by the Washington Informer Newspaper, the American Poetry Museum, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC-DC), Cole Chamberlain, Reading Partners – DC, and BlueJay Media.
For more information or to register visit the East of the River Book Festival website: http://www.eotrbookfest.com/