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    The Gaithersburg Book Festival has a few good things going for itself: plenty of workshops, author meet-and-greets, and the all-important free admission.

    More than 100 authors will speak at the festival each, with a book signing to follow each session.  Authors include Mary Downing Hahn, Jim Lehrer, Christopher Tilghman and sixth-grader Adjeoda Tekpor. (See the full list here.)

    Guest readers include NBC's "The Voice" contestent Erin Willet, Gaithersburg native, along with Ironman triathlon champion Michele Potter.

    Take a timeout in the coffeehouse area, with treats and coffee from Canela Bakery, and performances by local musicians and poets.
    Panels discussions will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ian Shapira about spies, lies and the world of espionage; the future of the book and bookstore; and the Anthology of women writers with Alan Orloff leading the convo. 
    Bring the whole family because there's a childrens' village located on-site, offering activities, workshops and book signings for the little ones.

    The festival (31 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg, Md.) is Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    IMAGE CREDIT: Gaithersburg Book Festival 2011. Photo by Shashi Bellamkonda (, Social Media Swami Network Solutions.ShashiBellamkonda,