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Books in Bloom Literary Festival

October 10, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm


Books in Bloom Literary Festival returns to Columbia with an in-person experience at Color Burst Park!

About this event

Books in Bloom is returning to Columbia, MD for its fifth year! This year, the progressive book festival will be headlined by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and creator of the landmark 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones.

Register to join us for the free one-day outdoor festival full of author readings, children’s activities, a pop-up bookstore by Busboys & Poets, and more.


  • DATE: October 10, 2021
  • TIME: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • LOCATION: Color Burst Park 6000 Merriweather Drive, Columbia, MD 21044
  • All guests will be required to be masked regardless of vaccination status.

About the Festival

In celebration of the city’s 50th anniversary, the Downtown Columbia Partnership wanted to host an event that captured the community’s character. Imagined as an extension of Columbia itself and its founder James Rouse’s vision for a diverse, inclusive, and progressive city, Books in Bloom was born. Since its inception in 2017, the festival has hosted renowned authors, chefs, activists, poets, and more, with interactive programming around salient themes including race, feminism, equality, and culture. Books in Bloom has served as an enduring expression of Columbia’s love of literature and venue for meaningful dialogue since its inaugural year, and will continue to do so for years to come.

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