2021 Books In Bloom Festival - Nikole Hannah-Jones

  • Location: Colorburst Park
  • Address: 6100 Merriweather Dr, Columbia, MD 21044

The Downtown Columbia Partnership (DTC Partnership) and The Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) proudly announces that Dr. Nikole Hannah-Jones will headline the Books in Bloom (BIB) Festival back for its fifth year on Sunday, October 10, 2021.

Books in Bloom is one of the region’s most progressive community events, bringing together some of the country’s best and brightest authors for a free one-day outdoor festival. This year’s event will continue the Books in Bloom tradition of activism through literature by encouraging open dialogue on themes of diversity, racism, inequality and culture.

Dr. Nikole Hannah-Jones is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine who rose to prominence as the creator of the landmark 1619 Project, a long-form journalism initiative launched in 2019 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the beginning of slavery in what would become the United States. Dr. Hannah-Jones's lead essay, "Our Democracy's founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true," was awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. During the festival, Dr. Hannah-Jones will discuss her new book The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story and The 1619 Project’s Born on the Water co-authored with Renée Watson and illustrated by Nikkolas Smith, both scheduled to publish November 16, 2021.

“We are honored to welcome Dr. Nikole Hannah-Jones to headline this year’s Books in Bloom Festival,” said Phillip Dodge, Executive Director of The Downtown Columbia Partnership. “This event is needed now more than ever as communities like ours across the country are having important conversations about equality, justice and race. Dr. Hannah-Jones’s work on and creation of The 1619 Project continues to be one of the most consequential pieces of journalism in recent years, and we are humbled to have a part in sharing its message at BIB.”

The DTC Partnership promotes and advances Downtown Columbia as a vibrant, diverse, creative, economically robust and desirable place for employment, entertainment, living and learning. Its initiatives, such as Books in Bloom and BikeAround Downtown, include supporting cultural and arts programs aimed at enhancing residents’ quality of life. DTC Partnership partners closely on this event with HHC, the developer of Downtown Columbia, to actualize the vision for a diverse and inclusive community connected by the arts and culture. Since beginning work in Columbia, HHC has invested heavily in creating a Center of Culture and Commerce, launching and championing key artistic efforts across DTC including the Merriweather District Artist in Residence program and public art like Azlon, one of the largest kinetic sculptures in the region.

“The arts and arts programming like Books In Bloom are central to the culture evolving in Downtown Columbia,” said Vanessa Rodriguez, Vice President of Marketing at The Howard Hughes Corporation. “This year’s festival allows us to discuss issues that deserve and demand attention and to share beauty and joy together as a community. HHC is proud to partner with the DTC Partnership on another exciting year of BIB.”

2021 Books In Bloom Festival - Nikole Hannah-Jones