Loudoun Book & Arts Festival

Loudoun Book and Arts Festival


Brambleton Library
Saturday, June 8
10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The inaugural festival is a free, daylong event in and around Brambleton Library, featuring talks with bestselling and up-and-coming authors, interactive displays with local artists, live music and a book sale courtesy of Second Chapter Books.

Special thank you to our event partners, Brambleton Town Center and the Loudoun Arts Council.

EVENT MAP: Click here for a printable map and schedule.



Time Location Author/Event
10:30-11:30 a.m. Brambleton Library: Makerspace Author: Adam Nemett, We Can Save Us All

Comic book artist and illustrator Orion Zangara will give away an original piece of art inspired by the book.
10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Town Center Circle Juried plein air "paint out" (winners announced at 3 p.m.)
11 a.m. Brambleton Plaza Boot, Scootin' Painting: Anthony Allegro scoots his paint-splashed dancing boots on canvas to create a work of art.
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Brambleton Library:
Room A
Author: Robert Kurson, Rocket Men
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Brambleton Plaza Live music: Carlos and the Romisonko Trio
Noon-1 p.m. Brambleton Library:
Teen Center
Author: Taryn Noelle Kloeden, Twice Blessed and Hex Breaker
Noon-4:30 p.m. Lost Rhino Retreat Chalk art exhibit and demonstrations
12:30-1:30 p.m. Brambleton Library:
Storytime Room
Author: Sara Taber, Born Under an Assumed Name: The Memoir of a Cold War Spy's Daughter and Chance Particulars
12:30-1:30 p.m. Brambleton Library:
Room A
Author: Tom Rosenstiel, The Good Lie and Shining City

Rosenstiel will be interviewed by John DeDakis, author of Bullet in the Chamber.
1-2:30 p.m. Lost Rhino Retreat Art on Canvas: Singer-songwriter Dave Mininberg plays while David Oberreith captures his performance in a painting. 
1:45-2:45 p.m. Brambleton Library:
Storytime Room
Author: Eugenia Kim, The Kinship of Secrets
1:45-2:45 p.m. Brambleton Library:
Room A
Author: Julie Langsdorf, White Elephant

Langsdorf will be interviewed by journalist Cari Shane.
3-4 p.m. Lost Rhino Retreat Author: Douglas Grindle, How We Won and Lost the War in Afghanistan 

Grindle will be joined by several Afghan War veterans for a Q&A session.
3-4 p.m. Brambleton Library:
Room A
Author: Carrie Callaghan, A Light of Her Own

Callaghan will join a panel discussion about women in the arts.
3 p.m. Brambleton Plaza Boot, Scootin' Painting: Anthony Allegro scoots his paint-splashed dancing boots on canvas to create a work of art.
3:30-4:30 p.m. AhSo Restaurant Author: Edward Lee, Buttermilk Graffiti

The James Beard Award-nominated chef will be interviewed by adventure traveler John Daum.

A local art experience

The Loudoun Arts Council plans to create an immersive outdoor “art experience” surrounding Brambleton Library, featuring live music and artist booths and demonstrations, as well as installations throughout the library. A “We Love Art” adult coloring book will be for sale, featuring designs created by Loudoun artists exclusively for the festival.

About the authors

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Tom Rosenstiel is one of the most recognized thinkers on journalism and the intersection of media and politics in the country. The author of seven books of nonfiction before turning to crime fiction (The Good Lie and Shining City), he has written about politics, campaigns, Congress, culture, technology, journalism, media and ethics. He is executive director of the American Press Institute.

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Edward Lee is the chef and owner of six restaurants in the Washington metro area and Louisville, Ky., who has a passion for exploring the history and evolution of cooking. In his 2018 book Buttermilk Graffiti (winner of the 2019 James Beard Award for Best Book of the Year), Lee documents his travels in search of America’s new melting-pot cuisine. He appears frequently in print and on television, including the Emmy Award-winning series The Mind of a Chef and Top Chef.

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Robert Kurson tells riveting, true tales of ambition, persistence and hope — from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the Moon. The author of multiple New York Times bestsellers, his latest book, Rocket Men, goes inside the stunning story of Apollo 8 and the astronauts who took on the near-impossible challenge of humankind’s first mission to orbit the Moon.

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Julie Langsdorf’s 2019 debut novel, White Elephant, entered the literary world with a bang, quickly landing on best-of lists from The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times. White Elephant is an uproarious, tangled-web tale of neighbor hating neighbor, as newcomers and longtime residents alike clash in conflicting pursuits of the American Dream.

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Adam Nemett is the author of We Can Save Us All, a sprawling, ambitious debut that delves into contemporary life in all of its chaos and unknowing. In this epic, ribald novel, a group of alienated Princeton students — fueled by performance enhancers and psychedelic drugs — respond to escalating climate change by forming an end-times cult inspired by superheroes.

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Carrie Callaghan’s historical fiction debut, A Light of Her Own, tells the riveting true story of 17th century painter Judith Leyster, the first woman to attain master status in a cutthroat profession. Drawing on scant documentary evidence from Leyster’s real life, Callaghan paints a vivid portrait of a forgotten heroine from the Dutch Golden Age.


Douglas Grindle has been an eyewitness to nearly 15 years of conflict in Afghanistan as a freelance journalist. In How We Won and Lost the War in Afghanistan, Grindle provides a firsthand account of how the Afghan War was won in a rural district south of Kandahar City and how the newly created peace slipped away when vital resources failed to materialize and the United States headed for the exit.

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Eugenia Kim’s second novel, The Kinship of Secrets, draws on the true story of her family’s immigration to the U.S. from postwar Korea. Through the parallel growth of two separated sisters — one raised in America, the other in South Korea — Kim bears witness to the fall and rise of a nation and its resilient and generous people.

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Sara Taber is the author of Born Under an Assumed Name: The Memoir of a Cold War Spy's Daughter, a deep and wondrous memoir of her exotic childhood as the daughter of a covert CIA operative. Born Under an Assumed Name portrays the thrilling and confusing life of a girl growing up abroad in a world of secrecy and diplomacy — and the heavy toll it takes on her and her father.

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As a graduate student in anthrozoology with an undergraduate degree in psychology and biology, Taryn Noelle Kloeden is dedicating her life to understanding and protecting animals, both human and nonhuman. This zeal for the outdoors combined with a lifelong love affair with fantasy and horror stories led her to create the YA dark fantasy series, The Fenearen Chronicles.