ALL EVENTS

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Friday, September 28




11AM

What's Your Writer Origin Story

Our panel of authors will tell you what led to their chosen career, and which books and stories inspired them along the way.

Panelists: Elektra Hammond, Kosoko Jackson, Kenneth Rogers Jr., Lawrence M. Schoen

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

11:30AM

Baltimore City Public Schools, variety

Baltimore Book Festival Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

12PM

Zumbini with Miss Kelly

Join Miss Kelly, children’s librarian at Southeast Anchor Library, for a Zumbini® demo! Zumbini® is a music and movement class for children 0 to 3 that will have dancing, singing and instruments. It will feature the theme: "Kalino Finds the Music"! Please register online at Zumbini.com to attend the demo class.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

12PM

The Influencers

Before they were authors, they were readers-and we all have books that touched our hearts or impacted our lives in profound ways. Maryland Romance Writers discuss their five favorite books and ask the audience to share theirs, too!

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM

My Muse Is My Day Job

Plenty of authors keep part or full time day jobs, some famously. Find out how these writers' other careers inspire and influence their fiction.

Panelists: David Pedreira, Jonathan P. Brazee, Arkady Martine, Christopher Mark Rose, Nancy Schrock, K.M. Szpara

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

1PM

Self-Pub, Traditional, and Hybrid, Oh My!

There are many roads to publication in this day and age. Find out which one is right for you, the positives and negatives of each, and the things our authors wish they had known.

Panelists: Michael R. Underwood, Jonathan P. Brazee, Vera Brook, Kenneth Rogers Jr., Lawrence M. Schoen, Nancy Schrock

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

1PM

Bringing the Past to Life: Historical Romance Style

With Hamilton: An American Musical, Outlander, The Crown, and other pop culture historicals, the past has never been more in style. Award winning and multi-published authors explore the challenges and rewards of finding the right style for writing believable historical romance.

Panelists: Joyfully Jay, Mary Tilghman, Lori Ann Bailey, E. Elizabeth Watson

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1:30PM

Paper Magic with Mr. Matt

Learn how to make magical toys out of simple pieces of paper with Central Library children’s librarian Matthew Hickey. Flexagons are paper toys that have the magical quality of changing images as they are flexed or folded. In this program we will learn how a simple piece of paper can be transformed to make flexagons, exquisite corpses, and accordion style booklets.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

2PM

Who Am I? Creating a Character

A great character steps off the page and into our lives. You may love her or hate her, but if the author does their job, the character becomes oh-so-real to the reader. Join these award winning and multi-published authors for a discussion on what it takes to bring a character to life.

Panelists: Alexa Jacobs, Priscilla Oliveras, Robin Covington, Donna Alward, Emily Duvall, E. Elizabeth Watson

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM

Research, or "How I Spent My Whole Day on Wikipedia"

Whether a writer is after something historical, scientific, cultural, or trivial, it's easy to fall down the rabbit holes of research. Let our authors tell you about the places they've gone for a single reference, as well as tips on how to do effective research.

Panelists: Sue Hollister Barr, Elektra Hammond, Kosoko Jackson, KJ Kabza, Marianne Kirby, Rosemary Claire Smith

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3PM

Beyond Borders, Beyond Maps: The Everything Else That Shapes A World

Worldbuilding is more than just inset maps. It's about economy, culture, politics, food, entertainment, modes of transit, class structures, gender roles. Panelists talk about creating worlds, and how much they know that doesn't ever make it to the page.

Panelists: Denise Clemons, Vera Brook, L. Penelope, Jon Skovron, Rosemary Claire Smith, Na'amen Gobert Tilahun

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3PM

Everybody Falls in Love: Diverse Characters in a Diverse World

Bestselling and award-winning authors share their experiences as diverse authors, and using the page to bring characters of every dimension to life. Love is universal. 

Panelists:
Denny S. Bryce, Pintip Dunn, Pintip Dunn, Xio Axelrod, Ivy Quinn, Cheryl Barton, Andrew Gray

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM

Open Works Mobile Workshop

Open Works Mobile (OWM) is Baltimore’s first and only mobile maker-space offering an introduction to “maker” based education. The workshop on wheels travels to schools, community centers, and community event sites to demonstrate basic digital fabrication technology with a desktop 3D printer, CNC machine, and Laser engraver. Join them today for a brief demo and the 3d printing pen activity.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

4PM

What's New in Indie/Self-Publishing

Indie authors have upended the traditional publishing model. What's new and hot in this fast-growing trend? Bring your questions!

Panelists:
Rebecca Rivard, Kelly Maher, Xio Axelrod, Robin Covington, Stoni Alexander, Cheryl Barton

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM

Hey, You: Why You Should Be Reading SF/F Even If You Never Have Before

Don't consider yourself a genre reader? Let our panel try to convince you why you should be reading SF/F, and some of their favorite entry points and gateway books.

Panelists: Karlo Yeager Rodriguez, Sue Hollister Barr, Vera Brook, Christopher Mark Rose, K.M. Szpara, Andrea Tang

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

4PM

Autographing: L. Penelope, Na'amen Gobert Tilahun

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

4:30PM

The Billy Price Charm City Rhythm Band, r&b

Baltimore Book Festival Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

5PM

Magic Men and Women: Paranormal & Fantasy Romance

Join our award winning and multi-published paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi romance authors for a discussion of what's new and fresh in speculative fiction, how they create those magical men and women, and more.

Panelists: Rebecca Rivard, Andy Palmer, Pintip Dunn, Jamaila Brinkley, L. Penelope, Meredith Hale

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

5PM

Heroes, Villains, and Everyone in Between

No matter how cool your setting, you want people to want to follow your characters, whether out of love or hate or fascination. Our panel talks about what makes a good hero (or antihero), why some villains are just delicious, and the joy of centering a story around an everyday person who falls into neither of those categories.

Panelists: Keffy R.M. Kehrli, Zoraida Córdova, Jeff Gunhus, Michael Moreci, Karen Osborne, Kenneth Rogers Jr.

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5PM

Autographing: Sue Hollister Barr and Vera Brook

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

6PM

UNDead Genres: Marginalized Writers Reinvigorate Tired Tropes

There are some subgenres we think we've probably read enough of… until somebody comes along with a spin on that story that elevates it out of cliché and makes it new again.

Panelists: K.M. Szpara, Bill Campbell, Ruthanna Emrys, Nibedita Sen, Vivian Shaw, Na'amen Gobert Tilahun

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

6PM

It's getting hot in here: Steaming up the pages of Erotic Romance

From sensual tension to explicit love scenes (and language), romance authors excel at writing erotically. Bestselling and award-winning authors share straight talk about writing hot.

Panelists: Andie J. Christopher, Kelly Maher, Stoni Alexander, Andrew Gray

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details



Saturday, September 29




11AM

All About That Swag: A Q&A Debate Game

Do you ever wish you could ask your favorite author about their writing practices? Pantser or plotter? Play it sweet, or make them work for it? Ask what they were thinking when they killed off your favorite character? Perhaps find out what sorts of books they love to get lost in. Join us for a casual open Q&A session where you can bring your questions and win yourself some specially chosen swag to kick off our Saturday morning fun!

Panelists: Robyn Neeley, Alexa Jacobs, Mary Tilghman, Rebecca Rivard, Emily Duvall

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

11AM

"…In Space!"

Need we say more? The fictions and realities of space and getting there, from Hidden Figures to space opera, and why we love SF set in space.

Panelists: Gwendolyn Clare, Jack Clemons, Arkady Martine, Michael Moreci, Karen Osborne, David Pedreira

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12PM

Actual Science in Science Fiction

People usually equate science fiction with astronomy and physics. We do too, but also biology, chemistry, paleontology, and more. Our authors talk about how much science they include, the science behind the stories, and what it means to "get it right."

Panelists: Nancy Schrock, Gwendolyn Clare, Jack Clemons, Jeff Gunhus, Keffy R.M. Kehrli, David Pedreira

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12PM

Fictional Foes: Villains & Antagonists

Who doesn't adore a dastardly villain or a juicy antagonist? Join these popular romance authors as they share ideas for creating the perfect fictional foe.

Panelists: Rebecca Rivard, Elodie Nowodazkij, Dawn Ibanez, Nancy C. Weeks, Amy Case

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM

Nita’s First Signs Storytime for Families

American Sign Language makes it easy to communicate with your child. Come and discover how with Kathy MacMillan, author of Nita’s First Signs, a lively family story that teaches 10 basic ASL signs! We'll celebrate with stories, songs, and more. Appropriate for all ages.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

1PM

Whose Book Is It Anyway?: Picture Book Edition

Face off against six wily picture book authors and illustrators and win a signed book!  Can you spot which book excerpts are real and which are clever fakes?  Don't miss this lineup: Lulu Delacre (Turning Pages), Patricia Valdez (Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor), Laura Gehl (I Got a Chicken for My Birthday), Liz and Jimmy Reed (Sweet Success), Rachel Kolar (Mother Goose: Nursery Rhymes for Little Monsters), Moderated by Rebecca Evans (Masterpiece Robot and the Ferocious Valerie Knick-Knack). Co-sponsored by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators MD/DE/WV Region.

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1PM

Beyond Mr. Darcy – From Kensington Books

Our friends at Kensington Books have matched together some of the bestselling and award winning authors of Kensington and Avon books to discuss  what it takes to weave history into fiction. Join these award winning and multi-published historical romance authors as they share tips and tricks of their trade.

Panelists: Denny S. Bryce, Jenna Jaxon, Charis Michaels, Lori Ann Bailey, E. Elizabeth Watson, Mary Tilghman

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1PM

Short Fiction: The Beating Heart of SF/F

Novels may get all the press, but some writers do their most interesting work at the shorter lengths, where they are free to be more experimental. Find out the great reasons to read short stories, novelettes, and novellas, which ones to read, and where to read them.

Panelists:
Sarah Pinsker, AT Greenblatt, KJ Kabza, Sam J. Miller, Irette Y. Patterson, Karlo Yeager Rodriguez

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

1PM

Autographing: Jeff Gunhus and Jack Clemons

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2PM

YA For Today

Our panel of Young Adult novelists talk about what makes a good YA novel, and the ways they reward their readers, adult or teen. Discover your new favorite author and your new favorite book.

Panelists: Kosoko Jackson, Vera Brook, Gwendolyn Clare, Zoraida Córdova, Justina Ireland, Andrea Tang

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

2PM

Autographing: KJ Kabza and Sam J. Miller

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

2PM

Needful Things: Writing for Young Adults

Coming-of-age romance is about those all-important firsts--first crush, first kiss, first heartbreak--all while negotiating the tricky path to adulthood. Bestselling and award-winning YA and New Adult authors discuss how they craft these intense but engaging stories.

Panelists: Elodie Nowodazkij, Pintip Dunn, Jessica Ruddick, Ivy Quinn, CL Rose

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM

Read to Reef Book Club featuring Ricardo Cortés's, Sea Creatures from the Sky

New York Times best-selling illustrator author Ricardo Cortés reads from Sea Creatures from the Sky, a touching story of a misunderstood shark. Hear the story before reading it in the National Aquarium and Pratt Library’s Read to Reef Book Club in October. Following the reading, dive deeper into the shark’s watery world with Aquarium educators who will be on hand with real shark artifacts to explore and an interactive presentation about these toothy predators.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

3PM

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices panel featuring Carole Boston Weatherford and Jeffrey Weatherford, and publishers Wade Hudson & Cheryl Willis Hudson, hosted by Deborah Taylor

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices publishers, Wade Hudson, inductee into the International Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent, and Cheryl Willis Hudson, inductee into the International Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent, discuss their anthology, We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, with contributors  Carole Boston Weatherford, New York Times best-selling author and NAACP Image Award winner, and Jeffrey Weatherford, illustrator and founder of global hip hop collective known as “TRiiiBE Worldwide”. Hosted by Deborah Taylor, school and student services coordinator at the Pratt Library.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

3PM

Contemplating Contemporary – From Kensington Books

From “Meet Cutes” to “Racy Run-ins,” and from the locker room to the boardroom, our special guests from Kensington and Avon Books write all things romance with a modern twist. Bestselling and award-winning contemporary authors discuss the making of a good love story in today’s world. 

Panelists: Shelly Ellis / Stratton, Shirlee McCoy, Priscilla Oliveras, Christi Barth, Zoey Castile

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM

Afrofuturism: Black Panther, Janelle Monae, and the Spaces In Between

The Afrofuturism of Black Panther is the culmination of years of literary works by Black authors that imagined a future in which Blackness was valued and exalted. On this panel, authors will discuss how the impact of Black Panther and reimagining Blackness in literature can forge new grounds for the stories of the future.

Panelists: Justina Ireland, Bill Campbell, Kosoko Jackson, Irette Y. Patterson, L. Penelope

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4PM

I've Seen Your Face Before

From John Kessel's Pride & Prometheus to Victor LaValle's "The Ballad of Black Tom" to Maria Dahvana Headley's The Mere Wife to our panelists' own work, authors discuss how it can be a fascinating and rewarding experiment to ask new questions of others' characters, and to take a page from their stylebooks. What does it take to put a new spin on a character readers recognize?

Panelists: Scott Edelman, Ruthanna Emrys, Theodora Goss, Nibedita Sen, Vivian Shaw, Jon Skovron

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4PM

Autographing: Lara Elena Donnelly and Justina Ireland

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4PM

Writers & The Legacy of the Black Panther

How has the blockbuster hit film Black Panther changed the landscape for black characters and creators? With so many across the globe consuming positive depictions of black diasporic culture, what does this mean for black authors amidst publishing's long-standing challenges with diversity and inclusivity?

Panelists: L. Penelope, Cheryl Barton, Dawn Ibanez, Denny S. Bryce, J.L. Lora, Xio Axelrod

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4:30PM

Brigid Kemmerer, More Than We Can Tell, in conversation with Nisha Sharma, My So-Called Bollywood Life, moderated by Matthew Winner of The Children’s Book Podcast

Nisha Sharma grew up immersed in Bollywood movies, eighties pop culture, and romance novels, so it comes as no surprise that her first novel My So-Called Bollywood Life features all three. Brigid Kemmerer is the author of dark, contemporary Young Adult romances like More Than We Can Tell and Letters to the Lost as well as paranormal YA novels like The Elemental Series and Thicker Than Water.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

5PM

Love and Lies: Contemporary Romance

Lies. Deception. Dishonesty. Bestselling and award-winning authors discuss how these elements can advance a plot, build characterization, create romantic conflict, and lead to a positive resolution.

Panelists:
Stoni Alexander, Christi Barth, Andi J. Christopher, Nancy C. Weeks, Kate Clayborn

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

5PM

LGBTQIASFF

LGBTQIA voices are everywhere in modern SF/F, re-examining the genres and giving them new life. Our panel discusses the state of queer SF/F, where it's going, where we want it to go, and who and what you should be reading.

Panelists: Marianne Kirby, Kosoko Jackson, KJ Kabza, Sam J. Miller, Nibedita Sen, Kellan Szpara

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5PM

Autographing: Theodora Goss and Sherri Cook Woosley

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6PM

And Still She Persisted: Strong Female Characters

Contemporary romance writers share their thoughts about why they write strong-willed female characters, why empowerment is so critical in the world of fiction (especially in romance) and how their heroes love the challenge of an independent woman.

Panelists: Kini Allen, Kate Clayborn, Stoni Alexander, L. Penelope, J.L. Lora, Melinda Valentine

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

6PM

The Speculative Table: Beyond Stew and MREs

Every character needs to eat, but food is more than just sustenance. It interacts with culture, identity, class, gender, and power. How does SFF deal with those intersections? Which books acknowledge the effort (or future ease?) of putting food on the table? Whose menus are represented, and why?

Panelists: Denise Clemons, Lara Elena Donnelly, Scott Edelman, Marianne Kirby, Karlo Yeager Rodriguez, Nibedita Sen

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Sunday, September 30




11AM

Hopeful Fiction

We hear a lot about dystopic fiction, so this panel will look at the other side of that coin. Authors discuss the difference between utopic and hopeful fiction, if they like the term "hopepunk," the works that do this well, and above all, why we need hope.

Panelists: Bill Campbell, Ruthanna Emrys, Jo Miles, Day al-Mohamed, Michael R. Underwood

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11AM

Book Cover Bingo

Join the authors as they share their favorite romance book covers--and check off the book titles on your Bingo card. Books, swag and other prizes for the winners!

Panelists: Kelly Maher, Alexa Jacobs, J.L. Lora, Mary Tilghman, Emily Duvall

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM

Give and Take: Author/Blogger Relationships

Spend time getting to know bloggers and reviewers as they share their love of romance stories and the authors who write them. Learn how a blogger shares book content without giving away secrets or plot twists. These panelists will discuss how they get the word out and connect writers to readers.

Panelists: Kim Lowe, Kini Allen, Rae Latte, Joyfully Jay, Victoria Kennedy

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM

Dangerous Voices Variety Hour Presents

The Dangerous Voices Variety Hour takes its cues from NPR's quiz show "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me," and Orson Welles' original "War of the Worlds" broadcast. During this hour, two authors will read, answer irreverent interview questions, and compete to win free books for the audience members. Hosted by Sarah Pinsker and Michael R. Underwood. Guests: Charlie Jane Anders and Theodora Goss

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1PM

Yoga Pants, Coffee and Word Counts: Writer's Life

Ever wondered how a book gets written? How do authors fill blank pages? What fuels a writer, day in and day out? Learn from a talented group of authors how they craft their stories, what goals they set to ensure their books gets written, and what does the day in a writer look like? Details are revealed!

Panelists: Jamaila Brinkley, Robyn Neeley, Robin Covington, Alexa Jacobs, Jessica Ruddick

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1PM

The Future of Cities, the Fantasy of Cities

What does it mean to be a city-dweller in 2018, or 2118, or 1918, our world or another? When people discuss a city's character, what are they referring to? Is it possible for that word to capture all the different communities that form the whole? What do we imagine for future cities? Which books and stories capture the idea of city well?

Panelists: Arkady Martine, Lara Elena Donnelly, Sam J. Miller, Malka Older, Na'amen Gobert Tilahun, Sherri Cook Woosley

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1PM

Children’s Picture Book Panel hosted by Paula Willey featuring Sarah Jacoby, Forever or a Day, Minh Lê, Drawn Together, and Elizabeth Lilly, Geraldine

Paula Willey, librarian and organizer of the annual KidLitCon conference, interviews three fantastic picture book authors: Sarah Jacoby, award winner from the Society of Illustrators (Gold Medal), Creative Quarterly, and Communication Arts, Minh Lê, author of Drawn Together illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat and Let Me Finish! named an NPR Best Book of 2016, and Elizabeth Lilly, whose debut, Geraldine, received a starred review from School Library Journal.

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2PM

Fantastic Places & Where to Find Them: Wakanda, Westeros, and Beyond

In all genres, locations can often be so vividly imagined they become characters in themselves. Our authors talk about their favorite hidden, lost, invented, reinvented spaces, and whether or not anyone would want to live there.

Panelists: L. Penelope, Lara Elena Donnelly, A.T. Greenblatt, Ilana C. Myer, Vivian Shaw, Jon Skovron

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2PM

Autographing: Charlie Jane Anders and Sarah Pinsker

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2PM

It's Just Business: The Nitty-Gritty of Publishing

Writing a book is just the beginning. This talented group of authors discuss the zillion things that happen after typing, "The End." From marketing to newsletter publication to finding new readers and networking with industry pros, you'll hear it all in this lively panel discussion.

Panelists: Christi Barth, Priscilla Oliveras, Andi J Christopher, Robin Covington, Donna Alward

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM

Scotty P & The Love From Above*, reggae

Baltimore Book Festival Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

2PM

Dear Martin, Nic Stone in conversation with Letrice Gant of Baltimore Ceasefire

OneBook Baltimore is a new initiative that provides opportunities for Baltimore City 7th and 8th graders, their families, and community members to connect through literature by reading the same book. This year’s book is New York Times bestseller Dear Martin by Nic Stone. Growing up with a wide range of cultures, religions, and backgrounds, Stone strives to bring these diverse voices and stories to her work. Baltimore Ceasefire 365 is a self-determination movement started by residents in Baltimore City to reduce murder and celebrate life by calling quarterly Ceasefire weekends.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

3PM

Trends in Romancelandia

Let this talented group of bloggers and writers update you on everything current in romance! Things in the publishing industry change quickly and this skilled group of professionals will enlighten you as to what's hot and what's not…

Panelists:
Robyn Neeley, Kini Allen, Rae Latte, Joyfully Jay, Nancy C Weeks

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM

Politics, Resistance, and Speculative Fiction

From its early years to Star Wars to the Hunger Games and beyond, genre fiction has always asked the question "what would you do?" Science fiction and fantasy authors talk about the fiction that inspires their activism and the activism that inspires their fiction.

Panelists: Marianne Kirby, Bill Campbell, Ruthanna Emrys, Jo Miles, Sam J. Miller, Day al-Mohamed, Malka Older

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3PM

Autographing: Vivian Shaw and Michael R. Underwood

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3:30PM

Kate Reed Petty, Chasma Knights, in conversation with Elissa Brent Weissman, The Length of a String

Kate Reed Petty is a 2018 Rubys Artist grantee in Literary Arts and a 2018 Edith Wharton Writer-in-Residence. Elissa Brent Weissman is an award-winning author of novels for young readers. Best known for the popular Nerd Camp series, she and her books have been featured in Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, NPR's “Here and Now,” and more.

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4PM

Up Against the Wall: Creating Conflict

The engine of a good story is the conflict. What does the character want--and what's stopping him or her from getting it? Authors discuss their favorite ways of torturing their characters while still ensuring they get their happily ever after.

Panelists: Donna Alward, Emily Duvall, Priscilla Oliveras, Lori Ann Bailey, Robyn Neeley

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM

From Harry Potter to the Broken Earth Trilogy: Magic Systems That Will Put You Under Their Spell

Forget fake Latin! Fantasy authors talk about the magic systems they've created and the ones they wish they had. Learn about geological magic, musical magic, and other inventive conjurings.

Panelists: Na'amen Gobert Tilahun, Zoraida Córdova, Ilana C. Myer, Jon Skovron, Michael R. Underwood, Sherri Cook Woosley

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4PM

Autographing: Andy Duncan and Malka Older

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4:30PM

Tony Medina, I Am Alfonso Jones, in conversation with Matthew Winner of The Children’s Book Podcast

Dr. Medina, Pushcart Prize-nominated poet, professor of creative writing at Howard University, and two-time winner of the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, discusses his graphic novel, I Am Alfonso Jones with Matthew Winner of The Children’s Book Podcast.

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5PM

What I Talk About When I Talk About Literary SFF

Colson Whitehead, Kelly Link, Karen Joy Fowler, Ursula K. Le Guin, Carmen Maria Machado, and George Saunders are just a few of the authors who transcend boundaries, mixing literary and genre elements. Our panel will talk about works that straddle genres and what "lit" means in this context.

Panelists: KJ Kabza, Charlie Jane Anders, Andy Duncan, Theodora Goss, Sarah Pinsker, Shawn Proctor, Nancy Schrock

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5PM

Autographing: Jonathan P. Brazee and Ilana C. Myer

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5PM

Keeping It Real: World Building in Romance

Sometimes the biggest characters of the best love stories are the places that capture our character’s heart. From New York to Seattle, small towns to big cities, and lonely mansions to cozy cottages, we will chat about what it takes to build and create a captivating backdrop to the best love stories ever told.

Panelists: Christi Barth, Emily Duvall, Pintip Dunn, L. Penelope

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6PM

Defending the Tropes

Secret babies. Friends to lovers. Runaway bride. Tropes are used in romance as plot devices to bring lovers together. Join these authors in a spirited defense of their favorite tropes--or the ones they love to hate. Audience participation encouraged!

Panelists: Andy Palmer, Victoria Kennedy, J.L. Lora, Dawn Ibanez, Jamaila Brinkley

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6PM

HELP! I loved ____! What should I read?

Ever reach the end of a great book (or movie or TV show) and find yourself at a loss for how to follow it? Our panelists are at your service to suggest the book you'll love next based on your taste.

Panelists: Andy Duncan, Jonathan P. Brazee, Scott Edelman, Marianne Kirby, Day al-Mohamed

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Plan Your Visit

When:
Sept 28-30, 2018
Fri - Sun: 11am - 7pm
Where:
Baltimore Inner Harbor

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