Books In Bloom

The inaugural Books in Bloom Festival held 0n June 11, 2017 in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods was a WILD SUCCESS. Visit this page in the coming months for information about the second annual Books In Bloom to be held in early June of 2018.

BOOKS IN BLOOM: The Inaugural Book Festival of Downtown Columbia, Maryland.

The Chrysalis in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods

10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD.

Sunday, June 11, 2017; Noon-5 p.m.

The Downtown Columbia Partnership presents Books in Bloom, Columbia, Maryland’s inaugural book festival, in celebration of the city’s 50th anniversary year. Books in Bloom will bring together some of the country’s best and brightest writers for a daylong festival celebrating the joy of books and reading. Readings, panel discussions, a poetry wall and pop-up bookstore by Politics & Prose are featured.

In partnership with the Howard County Library System, Books in Bloom will launch Summer @ Your Library, featuring crafts, games, and activities for all ages.

The festival is free and open to the public of all ages.

Parking information.

Chrysalis Stage Authors

Discussion: Race in America

Featured Authors

Feminism in Young Adult Fiction Panel Authors

Media Panel: Your Summer Reading

Children’s Authors


Click here for Author Bios.

The Downtown Columbia Partnership promotes and advances the growth of Downtown Columbia as a vibrant, economically robust and desirable place for employment, entertainment, living and learning. Its initiatives include supporting cultural arts programs.

The Howard County Library System is one of the most acclaimed and active systems in the country and was designated Library of the Year in 2013 by the Library Journal. In addition, Howard County is one of the most well-educated communities in the country and is well-known for its book clubs, poetry and literature organizations and literary publications.

Downtown Columbia is undergoing a transformative redevelopment by Presenting Sponsor The Howard Hughes Corporation. One of the hallmarks of the redevelopment is the repositioning of Downtown Columbia as a regional hub for culture and commerce.


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