Carl Bernstein headlines free Books in Bloom festival in Colombia

Carl Bernstein headlines free Books in Bloom festival in Colombia

Calling all readers! The Books in Bloom festival returns to Columbia, Maryland on Sunday.

WTOP’s Jason Fraley Previews Books in Bloom Festival (Part 1)

Calling all readers! The Books in Bloom festival returns to Columbia, Maryland on Sunday.

The free festival hits Color Burst Park in the Merriweather District from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Festival organizer Vanessa Rodriguez said this is the festival’s sixth year, and “we are thrilled with how it has grown. We’ve had major authors take part in the Books in Bloom festival since its inception – and this year is no different.

This year welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Carl Bernstein, the DC native who broke the Watergate scandal (who turns 50 this summer). He will talk about his new memoir “Chasing History: A Kid in the Newsroom”.

“It’s really about the beginnings of a young journalist in Washington DC,” Rodriguez said, adding that the book is full of stories about the Kennedy era and the civil rights movement.

Bernstein is just the latest famous author to headline the festival in recent years.

In 2017, the festival featured Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; 2019 featured activist and celebrity chef Jose Andres; 2020 brought Robin DiAngelo, of “White Fragility” fame, and last year headlined Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and creator of Project 1619, and CNN’s Jake Tapper.

This year’s festival will also feature a tent discussing the danger of banning books.

“There’s a lot of talk about censorship and removal of certain books from parenting and in general,” Rodriguez said, “[and] it was our responsibility to use this particular topic in this platform to be able to shed light on what is happening in our country.

The idea of ​​a free-thinking society plays into the very foundation of Columbia.

“Columbia was started over 50 years ago by a gentleman named Jim Rouse,” Rodriguez said. “Rouse was really about creating a progressive community and a new way of living downtown. Columbia has become an incredible suburb.

She added, “He wanted to create a garden for people to grow. … We’re building on that with a progressive venue to grow people and ideas.

WTOP’s Jason Fraley gives an overview of the Books in Bloom festival (part 2)

Listen to our full conversation here.

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