Capital BookFest Says Goodbye

A NOTE FROM KWAME ALEXANDER, FOUNDING PRODUCER

When we started the Capital BookFest in Largo, MD in 2005, we never envisioned that our one-day, one-city community event would evolve into a multi-day, multi-city literary festival. Over the past seven years, we've presented nearly a thousand authors and exhibitors, partnered with almost a hundred sponsors, and met tens of thousands of children and families, all in the name of reading.

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Last year, marked three successful Capital BookFests, culminating in over 5000 people attending the inaugural Charleston Capital BookFest.
I’ve had so many memorable moments over the years: One year, my former college professor, Nikki Giovanni, talked to a SRO crowd about my collegiate years sitting in her poetry workshop; another year a nine year old girl remarked that she had just read her first hardcover book—my smile was almost as large as hers; I even remember one of our exhibitors leaving the festival mid-way through the day. When I asked him where he was going, he replied, “I’ve sold out of books.”

This note is to officially announce that the Capital BookFest will not be taking place in 2011. We’ve made this decision because of economic and other reasons. Certainly, we never started this event to make a lot of money, but we also did not want to lose money as we have for a few years. Also, as I am a writer, I’ve decided to spend more time actually writing. This does not mean that our event will never resurface, but for now, we are taking a breather.

I am personally grateful to Stephanie Stanley, Gabrielle Faulcon, LaWanda Amaker, Dianne and Chris Chambers, Tinesha Davis, Deanna Nikaido, Chad Welch, and all of our fans, attendees, authors, and sponsors for seven years of amazing support.
Warm Regards,

Kwame Alexander
Founding Producer, Capital BookFest
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