What's New

Paws & Pages Stage
Explore the worlds of animals with fascinating panel discussions on our relationship to our household pet as well as the wild animals of the world, animal encounters presented by the National Aquarium and hands-on experiences for kids and adults alike. Adoptable pets from the Maryland SPCA will be visiting for attendees to meet potential new furever friends!

National Aquarium Presents: Sustainable Seafood Panel
The National Aquarium brings the sustainable seafood conversation from Bay to Book Festival by convening a panel of experts. Chesapeake chef John Shields, James Beard Award-winner Spike Gjerde and oyster expert Patrick Hudson will discuss sustainability and its relationship to economic and ecological Bay health. Photographer Jay Fleming will moderate the conversation, while sharing insights gained through photographing life along the Chesapeake Bay for his new book, Working the Water. The panel concludes with an oyster shucking and tasting by Hudson’s True Chesapeake Oyster Co. 

The Stoop Storytelling Series: Baltimore Book Festival Edition
The Stoop Storytelling Series presents “The Story Behind the Story: Adventures with Baltimore Writers," a live show at the 2016 Baltimore Book Festival featuring 7 local scribes telling true, personal tales about researching, reporting, and writing that never make it onto the page. The Stoop Storytelling Series is a popular Baltimore-based live event and podcast that features "ordinary" people telling the extraordinary true, tales of their lives. Since its founding in 2006, The Stoop has presented the stories of nearly 1,000 people. There are no notes, no scripts -- just real people sharing the stories that matter to them.

The Story Share
Making its debut at the 2016 Baltimore Book Festival, The Story Share is a unique storytelling space dedicated to bringing people together to share their favorite tales and hear from local and visiting authors. Anchored by Goodnight Moonlight Nightlight (a reading space), an installation by Baltimore artist Stewart Watson, The Story Share creates a cozy and family friendly environment devoted to getting comfy and digging into stories new and old. 

Baltimore Innovation Week Partners with BBF
Celebrate #BIW16 (September 23-October 1) and the Baltimore Book Festival with a solo book talk with Thomas Dolby! The musician-turned-Johns Hopkins University professor-turned author will lead a discussion on his memoir, “The Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Techonology” on Saturday, September 24 from 4-6pm in the Literary Salon.

Tablers Tent
In order to improve the experience for small presses, zines, self-published authors and literary organizations, the Author’s Tent is no longer a component of the festival. New this year, applications are available for single-day participation at the festival. These exhibitors are known as tablers and include authors, booksellers, independent presses and publishers, non-profit or cultural organizations and vendors selling literary-themed items. Tablers receive one 6-foot table within a larger tent on the promenade for one day of the event or all three days. There are limited tabler spaces each day.

Pop Culture Parade: Presented by Geppi’s Entertainment Museum
Saturday, September 24 at 11AM
Superheroes, storybook characters, pets from MDSPCA, BmoreFit Dancewalkers, The Baltimore Twilighters Marching Band, special guests and more dress up in costume and march down the Inner Harbor promenade, starting at The Rusty Scupper traveling down to the USS Constellation Pier. New this year: bring your pet! Festival-goers are encouraged to dress up with their furry friends in costume and be part of the fun. 

Accessible Festivals
To ensure BBF is a fully accessible event for all, the Baltimore Book Festival is partnering with Accessible Festivals, a California-based non-profit organization founded by Austin Whitney that aims to ensure all festival attendees are able to enjoy them, regardless of ability.

New Location for Inner Harbor Stage and Food for Thought Stage
The Inner Harbor Stage will now be located inside the Baltimore Visitor Center.
The Food for Thought stage will be located at Kaufman Pavilion by Rash Field.



Sept 23-25, 2016
Fri-Sun: llam - 7pm


Baltimore Inner Harbor

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