Rosslyn READS! Spring Book Festival


  • Thursday, Apr 26, 2018 10 am - 10 pm

LOCATION: Central Place Plaza - 1800 N. Lynn Street

A Pop-Up Bookstore on the Plaza! 

There's something for everyone at the first-ever Rosslyn Reads! Spring Book Festival. The Rosslyn BID is excited to partner with Carpe Librum and the Arlington Public Library to bring this pop-up bookstore to the neighborhood for a one-day event.

Drop by to enjoy author readings and signings, and have fun browsing thousands of used books, CDs, and DVDs for sale on Central Place Plaza. Prices range from just $1-$5 (+taxes). All proceeds go to Turning the Page, a nonprofit organization that helps ensure students receive educational resources and a high-quality public education.

Carpe Librum runs on donations, so feel free to bring your used books to donate as well! 

Win a $30 Shopping Spree at the Book Festival! Enter the contest HERE


10 a.m.: Opening of the event 

10:15 a.m.: Preschool Storytime

11 a.m.: Coffee Talk: 20 Minute "Workout" on Managing Up: Mary Abbajay, President of Careerstone Group, LLC, and Jennifer Nycz-Connor, editor-at-large of the Washington Business Journal

****FREE Coffee and Pastries from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, sponsored by the Washington Business Journal****

12 p.m.: Author Talk: David Guas, Owner of Bayou Bakery 

12:30 p.m.: Author Talk: John Pfordresher, The Secret History of Jane Eyre: How Charlotte Brontë Wrote Her Masterpiece

1 p.m.: Author Talk: Nicholas ReynoldsWriter, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures, 1935-1961 (New York Times Bestseller)

2 p.m.: Author Talk: Mrs. B,  Manners & Tea with Mrs. B

3 p.m.: Family Storytelling & Music (for all ages) 

4 p.m.: The Great Zucchini Show (for families)

4 p.m.: Our Pop-up Bar opens with Wine and Beer from Heritage Brewery

5-7 p.m.Author Talk: Mark Elliott BenbowThe Nation's Capital Brewmaster: Christian Heurich and His Brewery + Beer Tasting with Heritage Brewery

5:30 p.m.: Author Talk: Liza Mundy, Code Girls - The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II (Read our interview with her here.)

7 p.m.: Live Music: Two Ton Twig + Food Trucks + Pop-up Bar with Wine and Beer! 

Want to know where to park for this event? Find out HERE


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