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The literary world is beautiful; within it lies a glimpse into faraway lands. In those lands, we connect with fascinating characters. These memorable characters and tales we hold dear to our hearts are born and shared by the most imaginative authors. Literature opens windows to history, science, politics, and technology and brings us together for lively discussions. The cerebral benefits and entertainment value offered by these tales and scholarly pursuits are endless.

“At The Carnegie, we are thrilled to join such a passionate, highly motivated city that advocates the unique impact that literature has on our society,” said Gene Smallwood, regional vice president of sales at Kisco. “Our vision and ideals as a Kisco Signature community align perfectly with the Gaithersburg Book Festival, which prompted us to inquire about a partnership with them. At the beginning of 2023, we will become the Title Sponsor for the Festival, taking place at Bohrer Park on Saturday, May 20th. We will  also work with its planners to host post-festival functions at our Discovery Center in Downtown Crown, and eventually at The Carnegie community.”

Post-Festival events hosted by The Carnegie will include intimate author signings and discussions, literary-inspired gatherings such as poetry and high tea evenings, children’s story-times and other similar activities.

The Festival, which started in 2010, has become one of the nation’s top literary affairs, attracting hundreds of award-winning and best-selling authors, poets and songwriters from across the country each year. Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman conceptualized the book festival when he was a city council member. Ashman teamed with city staff and a group of volunteers to launch the event, which is free to attend and offers programming for all ages.

“We are so thrilled with the addition of The Carnegie as a sponsor and partner of our Gaithersburg Book Festival,” said Mayor Ashman. “The Festival is a result of this community’s love of books, and so it is fitting that The Carnegie, which will offer programming rich in the arts, music and literature, has already joined us as a partner to ensure this remains one of the most celebrated literary events in the country.”

As a Kisco Signature community, The Carnegie will offer residents a curated selection of intellectually stimulating programming, like lectures developed through partnerships with educational institutions and experts in various fields. Even before The Carnegie’s doors officially open in 2024, the Signature community will advance its vision of culture, intellectual growth and enrichment through its Red Carpet Speaker Series. The Carnegie recently hosted a Red Carpet Speaker Series® Event featuring Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of Sherlock, Downton Abbey and an abundance of other renowned shows. The Carnegie plans to continue to bring intellectually stimulating minds to speak at Red Carpet Speaker Series Events in anticipation of The Carnegie opening in summer 2024.

To celebrate the holiday season, The Carnegie is putting on a Holiday Open House December 5th-9th. There will be four themed celebration days, to include holiday pajamas, holiday socks, holiday characters and holiday sweaters. There will also be an exclusive Priority Renaissance Member event on Friday, December 9th. We will also be collecting books to donate to the Little Free Libraries of Gaithersburg throughout the week of the Holiday Open House to help build the community, inspire readers, and expand book access for all. Check out our events page to RSVP or to get more information on upcoming events happening at The Carnegie.