By Jan Mercker

            Literary LoCo has a new feather in its cap: the inaugural Loudoun Book and Arts Festival takes place Saturday, June 8 in Brambleton and will feature a full day of bestselling authors, music and art.

            The free, all-day event takes place in and around Brambleton Library with talks from nationally acclaimed and up-and-coming authors, interactive displays with local artists, live music and a book sale. 

            Highlights include talks from chef Edward Lee, whose “Buttermilk Graffiti” explores the evolving story of American cuisine, and DC-based novelist Julie Langsdorf, whose novel “White Elephant” explores suburban drama.

Book and Arts Festival Author Talks at Brambleton Library:

• Adam Nemett, “We Can Save Us All,” 10:30-11:30 a.m.

• Robert Kurson, “Rocket Men,” 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

• Taryn Noelle Kloeden, “Hex Breakers,” noon-1 p.m.

• Sara Mansfield Taber, “Born Under an Assumed Name,” 12:30-1:30 p.m.

• Tom Rosenstiel, “The Good Lie” and “Shining City,” 12:30-1:30 p.m.

• Eugenia Kim, “The Kinship of Secrets,” 1:45-2:45 p.m.

• Julie Langsdorf, “White Elephant,” 1:45-2:45 p.m. 

• Carrie Callaghan, author of “A Light of Her Own,” joins a panel discussion on women in the arts from 3-4 p.m.

Book and Arts Festival Author Talks around Brambleton Town Center:

• Douglas Grindle discusses his book “How We Won and Lost the War in Afghanistan” with a Q&A session including several Afghan War veterans from 3-4 p.m. at Lost Rhino Retreat.

• James Beard Award-nominated chef Edward Lee, author of “Buttermilk Graffiti” will be interviewed by adventure traveler John Daum from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at AhSo Restaurant. 

The Loudoun Book and Arts Festival takes place Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. at Brambleton Library, For more information, go to