GAITHERSBURG – While organizers agreed Saturday’s inclement weather brought attendance down from previous years, several thousand people nonetheless braved the rain and came to the City Hall grounds for the seventh annual Gaithersburg Book Festival.
Attendees could listen speeches by authors and meet them afterward as well as purchase books and participate in workshops, including ones for kids.
Novelist Jeffery Deaver writes crime and mystery novels, several of which have been adapted into films.
Deaver said he became interested in writing as a child because he had few friends. He praised the role books play in forging connections between people.
“You see a shy boy carrying a book under his arm,” Deaver said. “You look at the cover and say, ‘Oh, I like that book, too.’ And suddenly that boy isn’t alone anymore. Suddenly you have a new friend.”