The Gaithersburg Book Festival, now in its second year, has recruited a number of national authors, as well as the local favorites.

The keynote for the May 21 events is Matt Logelin, the author of “Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love.” His story tells how he and his daughter found their way after his wife died only 27 hours after giving birth to Madeline.

Logelin is scheduled to talk at 4 p.m. on the grounds of City Hall in Olde Towne Gaithersburg, where the one-day festival is being held. Last year 8,000 people attended.

Among the 80 authors who have signed up are Elizabeth Berg, Alex Berenson, Eleanor Brown, Rita Mae Brown, Stephen Hunter, Paula McLain and James Swanson and Sarah Pekkanen.

Two panels willdiscuss the topics “The State of the Book” and “There’s a Children’s Book in Me — How Do I Get It Published?”

Clare Vanderpool (Photo by Annmarie Algya)

There will also be a Children’s Village with authors Clare Vanderpool, Kathryn Erskine, Alison Hart and actor Brian Meehl.

The festival is introducing a new feature called “A Conversation With...”One of ArtsPost’s favorite critics, Ron Charles, the Post’s fiction editor, will discuss writing with Eleanor Brown, Washington native and the author of “The Weird Sisters.”

Here’s Logelin talking about his wife, daughter and book: