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Gaithersburg Book Festival, Saturday, May 17, 2014

“A celebration of books, writers, and literary excellence”

Come out and meet local Author Gwen Pegram and other authors at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on Saturday, May 17 from 10am – 6pm in the heart of Olde Towne Gaithersburg.

Gwen is a Featured Presenter this year. She will read from her debut novel, The Missing Five, an adult mystery fiction set in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. The tale chronicles the lives and disappearance of five middle-age, African-American men, and narrates the storytelling episodes of protagonist Jackie Trumpleton and four women she has known for twenty plus years. The women share an unusual relationship. They only interact during annual vacations where they drink champagne nonstop, share secrets, tell soul-wrenching stories, and explore sexual adventures.

The Gaithersburg Book Festival is in its fifth year. The festival has established itself as one of the DC metropolitan area’s premier literary events, featuring prominent authors, poets, and songwriters.

The festival is free to attend and offers free parking and shuttle service.

I hope to see you there.

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Posted by on March 22, 2014 in Books


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Book Discussion with Page Turners DMV Book Club

Missing Five Book DiscussionPage Turners DMV Book Club member, Laura Farrio, invited local Author Gwen Pegram to discuss her debut novel, The Missing Five. The Book Club met at Bonefish Grill in Woodbridge, VA, on February 22.

Denise opened up the discussion with a statement, followed by a question. “I’m an avid reader and I have never read a book with a plot line like this. How did you come up with the plot?”

Response: “I’m from a small town and when I moved to DC in the 70s, everything was new, different, weird. All my senses were on high alert and I was affected by everything I saw, heard, touched, smelled, and tasted. (Sorry, I won’t provide spoilers). I knew one day I wanted to capture that experience in a fictional tale–an embellished accounting from my point of view.

“Will there be a sequel?” Sylvia asked.

Response: “Yes. I am writing the sequel as we speak with a publication date of October 2014. Also, I’ve decided to present a third book of the ‘Jackie Trumpleton Novel’ completing the trilogy by mid-to-late 2015.”

“I love the cover,” Dawn said.

Response: “Thank you. I created the cover myself. Years ago while visiting New Orleans, I purchased a beautiful mask by Tom Finn, which I wanted to use on the cover. Unfortunately, I was unable to locate the artist to acquire permission. Then, I met with a photographer, showed her the mask, and described what I wanted but she could not capture the essence of what I was looking for. So, I searched and found the photo that I felt captured the soul of the book. I taught myself the software in order to create the cover. 

“How did you come up with the title, The Missing Five?

Response: It wasn’t easy. At first, I was going to name the novel, Jacqueline Ophelia Antoinette Trumpleton, the protagonist’s name. After creating the cover, and seeing the title on the spine, I thought, no one’s going to buy my book. It doesn’t give an inkling of what the book is about. I played with several names and out of nowhere, The Jackson Five popped into my head. That’s how The Missing Five was born.

Question to club members from Author: “Did you think there was too much sex?”

“No,” Denise exclaimed. The members agreed the sex scenes were tastefully done.

This was the author’s first book discussion. “It was wonderful getting together with a group of women on a Saturday afternoon to discuss my book. I enjoyed the camaraderie and look forward to doing it again.”

Participants who joined the book discussion (from left to right: Dawn, Sylvia, Pearl, Olivia, Laura, Gwen, Miriam, and Denise).

If you are interested in having Author Gwen Pegram do a book reading, book signing, or book discussion, please send an email to

The next Book Reading is at Serengeti Gallery and Cultural Institute, 7919 Central Avenue, Capitol Heights, MD, on Saturday, March 22, from 2:30pm – 4:00pm (adults only). Hope to see you there.

The Missing Five is available in paperback at and can be downloaded to any eReader at

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Posted by on March 9, 2014 in Books


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