||The Gaithersburg Book Festival is an annual celebration of great books and great writing that is fast becoming one of the nation’s top literary events. More than 100 featured best-selling and award-winning authors – including Walter Dean Myers, Kitty Kelley, Phillip Margolin, Jon Scieszka, Mark Shriver, Maggie Stiefvater, Evan Thomas, original MTV VJs Nina Blackwood and Mark Goodman, and more – will participate in panel discussions and book signings at the festival on May 18, 2013. Other activities include a spotlight on local authors, interactive writing workshops, a Children’s Village, presentations by poets and singer/songwriters, announcement of short story contest winners, exhibitors with literary wares, and on-site sales of new and used books. Admission, parking and handicap-accessible shuttle buses are FREE. For information, visit www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org.