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Friday, September 22




11AM

Kerry Dunnington, The Seasonal Kitchen: Farm-Fresh Ingredients Enhance 165 Recipes

Kerry Dunnington is a Baltimore-based award-winning cookbook author, caterer, food blogger, and curator of unique culinary concepts. With a devoted following on social media, Kerry loves to share her fresh ideas, innovative recipes, and culinary adventures at Williams-Sonoma, Whole Foods Market, open-air farmers' markets and many other food locales. Kerry's work is inspired by locally-based, farm-to-table eating and she is committed to following the rhythm of the food seasons. She is passionate about creating and sharing exciting and healthy food combinations, teaching cooking classes, and writing cookbooks.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

11AM

What's A SFWA, Anyway?

Last year was the 50th anniversary of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. Find out what the organization can do for you as a reader, a writer, a teacher, or a librarian.

Authors: Anatoly Belilovsky, Kate Baker, Paul Levinson, Sarah Pinsker, Bud Sparhawk

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

12PM

The Business of Writing

Let our panel answer your questions about the business side of writing. Whether you're a curious reader or a new writer, our panelists will discuss how they got started, how to keep going, and other tips and traps of the industry.

Authors: Kate Baker, Sarah Pinsker, Bud Sparhawk, Bill Campbell, Michael R. Underwood

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

12PM

Be Your Own Superhero with C. Edward Sellner

We may not live in a world where people fly or lift cars, but we can all discover our own super-powers and be a real super-hero! Join a fun workshop and learn about the great heroes and heroines of comics who are more popular today than ever! Learn what it takes to be a real super-hero, and design your own superhero look! This is an active and artistic workshop for children and youth ages 6 and up.

Charm City Comic Pavilion Event Details

12PM

Curtis Blues

Curtis Blues is an educational entertainer whose interactive shows introduce all ages to the history of American music. Mr. Blues' shows include bringing fascinating instruments into the audience for a close look, as well as leading the group in songs and dance to the music. Appropriate for all ages.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

12PM

Free Friday Feedback Returns with Editors from Regional Journals and Publishers

Attention, writers! On-the-spot feedback from editors of Barrelhouse, Cherry Castle Publishing, and Little Patuxent Review. Bring 2-3 poems or 4-5 pages of prose (fiction or nonfiction) and get suggestions on what to do next.

Barrelhouse bridges the gap between serious art and pop culture. It’s produced by writers for readers who are looking for quality writing with an edge and a sense of humor. Founding Fiction Editor Joe Killiany, who teaches writing at George Mason University.

Cherry Castle Publishing is a press that honors the vibrant multicultural voice of American literature, and whose commitment is to practice literary equality and to embrace work that is informed by the social, political and cultural vigor of our times. Founder & Managing Editor Truth Thomas is a singer, songwriter and poet whose collections include Party of Black, A Day of Presence and Speak Water.

Little Patuxent Review reflects and draws upon the creativity and diversity of the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond by promoting the literary and visual arts in print and throughout the region’s community and educational venues. Fiction Editor Lisa Lynn Biggar is currently working on a short story collection set on the eastern shore of Maryland. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals and forthcoming in The Delmarva Review. Deputy Editor Ann Bracken is the author of two collections of poetry, No Barking in the Hallways: Poems from the Classroom and The Altar of Innocence.

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM

Baltimore City Public Schools, Variety

Group 1: ConneXions Academy
Group 2: Western High School
Group 3: William Paca Elementary #83
Group 4: Dunbar High School

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

12:30PM

Royal Sonesta / Explorers Lounge Cooking Demo

For more than 20 years, Chef Lloyd Titus, Executive Chef for Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore, has brought his passion for food and cooking to the various places he has worked around the country. At the Book Festival, he will delight the audience with his culinary talents as he prepares a traditional gumbo complete with fresh seafood, andouille sausage and just the right amount of spice.  Chef Titus oversees the hotel’s delivery of Food Is Art- Sonesta’s focus on delivering creative, locally inspired menus that assist the hotel in immersing its guests into the local culture.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

1PM

All About That Writing Process

Authors discuss where they get their ideas, how they turn those ideas into fiction, whether they outline or wing it, and what to do when the well runs dry. Bring your questions!

Authors: Marianne Kirby, Jamie Lackey, Christopher Mark Rose, Bud Sparhawk, Bill Campbell. Moderator: Jon Skovron

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

1PM

National Aquarium presents: Jennifer Keats Curtis

Hear award-winning children’s author Jennifer Keats Curtis read Turtles in My Sandbox, a selection from the National Aquarium and Pratt Library’s Read to Reef Book Club, based upon the real-life terrapin head-start program. You’ll learn about how young children are working to protect the Maryland state reptile in this session which concludes with an interactive touch-and-talk with turtle artifacts and an Aquarium educator.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

1PM

Writing About the Past: Historical Novels

With Hamilton: An American Musical, Outlander, The White Queen, The Crown, and other pop culture historicals, history has never been more present. Bestselling authors explore the challenges and rewards of writing in other times.
Katharine Ashe
Laura Kamoie
Sarah MacLean
Maya Rodale
Mary K. Tilghman
E. Elizabeth Watson

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1:30PM

Pokemon Go & Draw

Join AWA Artists as they show you how to draw some of your favorite Pokemon characters. From the original 151 to the new Sun & Moon starters, these artists know them all. Participants may even help to create their own creatures!  Bring your Pokedex and creativity!

Charm City Comic Pavilion Event Details

2PM

Pitches & Queries: How I Sold My Book

SF/F authors talk about how they got their agent or book deal, and how they crafted attention-getting queries.

Authors: Addison Gunn, Arkady Martine, K.M. Szpara, Michael R. Underwood. Moderator: KM Szpara

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

2PM

Out of This World Love: Science Fiction Romance

Outer space. Other planets. Other times. Bestselling and award-winning authors talk worldbuilding, science in fiction, crafting unique characters, and more.
Pintip Dunn
Michelle Howard
Chrsitine Manzari
Anne Renwick
M.D. Waters
Jasinda Wilder

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM

Kathy Hornig: 22 Years of Cookbooks: My Favorite Baltimore Book Festival Recipes Revealed

Emeril Lagasse, Cat Cora, Patrick O’Connell, Jeff Henderson, Mario Batali, Ree Drummond … since its inception in 1996, the Baltimore Book Festival has played host to many of America’s top chefs.  Here, festival director Kathy Hornig shares a few of the recipes she’s collected along the way.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

3PM

Health, Fitness and Writing Naked

Two New York Times bestselling romance authors cross into non-fiction (Jennifer Probst, Write Naked; Jasinda Wilder, Big Girls Do It Running) to share their personal stories, life advice, and writing journey and tips for writers (and readers!) in every genre.
Jack Wilder
Jasinda Wilder

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM

Commute-Length Reads: Short Fiction on The Cutting Edge of SF/F

Short fiction has always been an important part of science fiction and fantasy. Find out who to read and where to read them, as well as what's going on in the field right now.

Authors: Anatoly Belilovsky, Jamie Lackey, Arkady Martine, Sam J. Miller, Sarah Pinsker

3PM Signing: Bud Sparhawk

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

3PM

Drawing Chibi with Tyrone Barnes

Chibi is a style formed from Japanese anime and manga, the word itself means "small child". This is fitting for a style that exaggerates features like head size and shape, height, and eye size. In this class students will learn to transform a character into a Chibi! We will explore different styles of Chibi as well as pinpointing key features to capture the identity and attitude of a character.

Charm City Comic Pavilion Event Details

3:30PM

Kevin Brown, SNAC & Nancy Cooking Demo

Owner of the Station North Arts Café & Nancy by SNAC and Food for Thought Stage emcee takes the stage.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

3:30PM

HIDDEN Voices Project

Share your secrets anonymously with HIDDEN Voices: Illuminating Baltimore Secrets.  The coalition of Baltimore City groups is collecting secrets citywide to better understand our fellow Baltimoreans.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

4PM

Feminism and Romance

Romance is a billion-dollar genre in the publishing industry, and is largely written by women for women. These bestselling and award-winning authors explore romance as a feminist genre.

Katharine Ashe
Robin Covington
Dawn Ibanez
LaQuette
Sarah MacLean
Maya Rodale
Moderator: Elissa Petruzzi

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM

Worldbuilding For Writers

One of the most important parts of any piece of fiction is the worldbuilding. Panelists will discuss everything from geography to language to economics of your hidden country or new planet.

Authors: Tom Doyle, Jeremy M. Gottwig, Addison Gunn, Marianne Kirby, Fran Wilde Moderator: Marianne Kirby

4PM Signing: Jamie Lackey and Paul Levinson

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

4:30PM

Lit & Art Reading Series with Eric D. Goodman, Richard Peabody, Jen Grow, and more!

The Lit and Art Reading Series has been showcasing the fiction, nonfiction, poetry, original art, live music, and other artistic works of local, regional, national, and international talent for 10 years, at such venues as The Watermark Gallery, The Ivy Bookshop, The Historic York Inn/Smyser-Bair House, and The Baltimore Book Festival. Learn more about The Lit and Art Reading Series at www.facebook.com/groups/LitAndArt.

Eric D. Goodman is a Baltimore author who writes about trains, wombs, and animals gone wild. His new book, Womb: a novel in utero (Merge Publishing) is available at the Baltimore Book Fest, and in bookstores. Visit him at www.EricDGoodman.com.

Clarinda Harriss is a professor emerita of English at Towson University. Her work as publisher of BrickHouse Books, Inc., MD's oldest literary press, has gone on for almost 50 years. Most of her published books are poetry-related; The White Rail is her first published collection of short fiction. She is completing a mixed-genre book, The Dementia Diary.

Ron Tanner’s awards for writing include a Faulkner Society gold medal, a Pushcart Prize, a New Letters Award, a Best of the Web Award, a Maryland Arts Council grant, and many others. He is the author of four books, most recently Missile Paradise, a novel. He teaches writing at Loyola University-Maryland and directs the Marshall Islands Story Project.

Fernando Quijano III (The Word Pimp) can’t be contained in 75 words or less. If you really want to know him, just visit one of his blogs: The Word Pimp Spits Wisdom Like Seeds & The Word Pimp’s Guide to Surviving the Trumpocalypse. You’ll find his words there, for free. Fernando was awarded a B grant in 2011 for his writing by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund.

Goodloe Byron
is a musician, writer, muralist, painter and passionate cloud collector from Frederick.

Manzar was born in Tehran, Iran. Her work’s been exhibited throughout the country and around the world. Her new work, Maagu, translates to “silence” and is inspired by the Rumi poem that repeats “Maagu” 13 times, inspiring the silence and peace within us. The Watermark Gallery in Baltimore houses her permanent collection. www.manzar.net.

Nitin Jagdish’s job is to put words into sentences and paragraphs that form all types of government documents. Sometimes, his employer uses those words. When he is not working for his employer, he puts words into sentences and paragraphs that form stories, essays, and (very rarely) poems. Sometimes, publishers use those words.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

4:30PM

Ama Chandra, Soul

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

5PM

Writing Inclusively

Fostering acceptance and exploring diversity is one of the finest traditions in literature and may be more important now than ever before. These bestselling and award-winning authors write to reflect the diverse world we live in and share their stories, advice, and experiences.
Michele Arris
Xio Axelrod
Robin Covington
Andrew Grey
Tracey Livesay
L. Penelope
Ivy Quinn

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

5PM

Creating with Writers in Baltimore Schools and Pique Collective

Flex your creativity! Pique Collective performs music as young writers respond to the sounds under the direction of a Writers in Baltimore schools teaching artist.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

5PM

Ancient Ales & Extreme Brewing Dogfish Head Panel Discussion

Featuring Sam Calagione, Founder of Dogfish Head Brewery and author of Project Extreme Brewing: An Enthusiast's Guide to Extreme Brewing at Home and Dr. Patrick McGovern, Ancient Brews: Rediscovered and Recreated, this happy hour includes Ancient Ale tastings and an ale/food pairing sample from Dogfish Head Alehouse. Plus, enjoy release samples of Dogfish Head’s new beer, Puddin' Wine.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

5PM

Black Existentialism Lends to Dystopian Afrofuturism

With so much emphasis on the Black body - police brutality, dense photographical explorations of the inner city, stories of reformed criminals, death and loss within plot lines of Empire inundating American culture, the exploration of Black consciousness, and the navigation of the Black perception of life has been nearly nonexistent in media. Authors Olu Butterfly, Jordannah Elizabeth, Jason Harris, and Kaila Philo speak about Black consciousness and existentialism in writing, and how it lends itself to dystopian stories and plot lines in Afrofuturism.

CityLit Stage Event Details

5PM

When Genres Collide! What happens when you mix SF and mystery, or fantasy and romance?

From robot detectives to demon lovers, literature is full of genre mashups. Let's talk about where mysteries and SF/F and romance and literature all collide.

Authors: Anatoly Belilovsky, Marianne Kirby, Paul Levinson, Sunny Moraine, Michael R. Underwood. Moderator: Jon Skovron

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

5PM

Alia Malek, The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria in conversation with Susan Muaddi Darraj, A Curious Land: Stories from Home

Alia Malek is an award-winning journalist and civil rights lawyer. She is the author of A Country Called Amreeka and editor of Patriot Acts and EUROPA. Her reporting has appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Nation, Christian Science Monitor, and more.

Susan Muaddi Darraj is Associate Professor of English at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland, and a Lecturer in the Johns Hopkins University’s MA in Writing program. Her short story collection, A Curious Land: Stories from Home, was named the winner of the AWP Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, judged by Jaime Manrique, and published in December 2015. Her previous short story collection, The Inheritance of Exile, was published in 2007 by University of Notre Dame Press.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

5:30PM

John Eisenberg, The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken, and Baseball's Most Historic Record

John Eisenberg grew up with books in his hands – his first summer job was at his mother’s bookstore in his hometown of Dallas, Texas. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, he wrote for newspapers for almost three decades, mostly as a sports columnist at The Baltimore Sun covering major events such as the Super Bowl, Final Four, World Series, Kentucky Derby, and soccer's World Cup while also paying attention to his hometown teams – the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, and Maryland Terrapins. Along the way he wrote 3,000 columns and won more than 20 awards, including several first-places in the prestigious Associated Press Sports Editors contest.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

5:45PM

Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, interviewed by Quincey Gamble, President at Modern Advocacy

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is an award-winning author, a Georgetown University sociology professor, a New York Times contributing opinion writer, and a contributing editor of The New Republic, and of ESPN's The Undefeated website.

Literary Salon Event Details

6PM

J Pope and The HearNow, Hip Hop/Soul

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

6PM

Writing Erotically

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.

Stoni Alexander
Michele Arris
Laura Kaye
Kelly Maher
Alisha Rai

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

6PM

A Touch of Literati

CityLit Press celebrates the launch of author Rafael Alvarez’s new collection of fiction, Basilio Boullosa Stars in the Fountain of Highlandtown. The book commemorates the 20th anniversary of Alvarez's fiction debut, The Fountain of Highlandtown, which was also published by CityLit Press’s Gregg Wilhelm. The celebration includes 2017 Gordon Parks Foundation Fellow Devin Allen, founder of Through Their Eyes, a youth photography educational program, who will speak about the Time magazine photo that changed the trajectory of his career, and work and life after A Beautiful Ghetto. 2017 Guggenheim Fellow Deborah Rudacille is a science writer who tells stories about the ways in which science influences culture and culture informs science, the links between science and social justice movements, and the ways that science fuels cultural transformation. Her current project, funded by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, is titled "The Family Disease: Alcoholism, Addiction and Inheritance." CityLit introduces singer, songwriter, guitarist Jahiti of Brown FISH to its stage. This session is moderated by WYPR’s Aaron Henkin.

CityLit Stage Event Details

6PM

Kondwani Fidel, Raw Wounds

Vital and brutal snapshots of a life growing up in East Baltimore and a searing indictment of systemic racism, from the pen of poet and writer Kondwani Fidel.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

6PM

Fiction Pairings: I Liked ____, Now What Do I Read?

A panel of authors will help you find your next great read. Let us make your Mountain of To- Be-Read books even taller!

Authors: Anatoly Belilovsky, Tom Doyle, Christopher Mark Rose, Michael R. Underwood, Moderator: Fran Wilde

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details



Saturday, September 23




11AM

Humans, Adapt! How Humans and Cultures Adapt in Fiction

From zombie apocalypse to invasive government to zero gravity to uploaded consciousness, our panel discusses humanity's ability to adapt to new environments in fantasy and science fiction, and the resilience of body and spirit.

Authors: Carrie DiRisio, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Erin Roberts, Christopher Mark Rose, Rosemary Claire Smith

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

11AM

Stephen Hunter, G-Man and Will Englund, March 1917: On the Brink of War and Revolution

Stephen Hunter is the author of twenty novels and the retired chief film critic for The Washington Post, where he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism. His novels include The Third Bullet, Sniper’s Honor, I, Sniper, I, Ripper, and Point of Impact, which was adapted for film and TV as Shooter. Hunter lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Will Englund explores events in Russia and the United States in the crucial weeks before American entry into World War I. A veteran Moscow correspondent, he covered Russia’s tumultuous 1990s for the Baltimore Sun and the 2012 return of Vladimir Putin to the presidency for the Washington Post. He has also reported from India, Afghanistan, Egypt during the Arab Spring, and the Balkans. In the United States, he covered the White House for National Journal and has worked as an editor on the foreign desk of the Post.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

11AM

Storybook Parade

Saturday at 11am, storybook characters will flock to the Inner Harbor Promenade for the Storybook Parade, starting at Rash Field. All are welcome to join!

Inner Harbor Promenade Event Details

11AM

Coming of Age Fiction: Young and New Adult

Coming-of-age fiction is all about the firsts--first crush, first kisses, first taste of independence, and beyond. Bestselling and award-winning YA and New Adult authors discuss how they craft these engaging stories about younger people.
Pintip Dunn
Alexa Jacobs
Brigid Kemmerer
Christine Manzari
Lea Nolan
Elodie Nowodazki

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

11:30AM

David Cole, Blues/R&B

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

11:30AM

Jasinda Wilder, Big Girls Do it Running

New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. Her bestselling titles include ALPHA, STRIPPED, WOUNDED, and the #1 Amazon and international bestseller FALLING INTO YOU. You can find her on her farm in Northern Michigan with her husband, author Jack Wilder, her six children and menagerie of animals.

Literary Salon Event Details

11:30AM

McKay Jenkins, Food Fight: GMOs and the Future of the American Diet

McKay Jenkins has been writing about people and the natural world for 30 years. His new book is Food Fight: GMOs and the Future of the American Diet. He is also the author of ContamiNation, which chronicles his investigation into the myriad synthetic chemicals we encounter in our daily lives, and the growing body of evidence about the harm these chemicals do to our bodies and the environment. His book, Poison Spring, co-written with E.G. Vallianatos, has been called “a jaw-dropping expose´ of the catastrophic collusion between the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] and the chemical industry.”

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

12-2PM

Pets on Wheels

Children will be partnered with a therapy dog (or cat!) from Pets on Wheels; and after selecting a favorite book, the child is invited to sit and read to their furry friend. These gentle canines are amazing listeners. They do not tease, laugh or judge the child. As a result, even the shyest child or reluctant reader is encouraged to improve their literacy skills. http://www.petsonwheels.org/

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

12PM

Sketchnoting, HEAVY SKETCHES style, with very special guest Red Rohl

Join Red as he combines the worlds of comics, graphic novels, doodling, and dare we say, school. Learn the act of sketchnoting and how it can transform your boring classes into a platform for endless ideas to enhance what you really want to do, draw!

Charm City Comic Pavilion Event Details

12PM

Ada Calhoun, Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give

Ada Calhoun is the author of St. Marks Is Dead (W.W. Norton & Co., 2015), a “revelatory” (Kirkus), “captivating” (Publishers Weekly), “delightful” (Wall Street Journal), “timely, provocative, and stylishly written” (Atlantic) “ecstatic roll call” (New York Times Book Review). It was named a New York Times Editors’ Pick, Amazon Book of the Month, and one of the best books of the year by Kirkus, the Boston Globe, Orlando Weekly, the New York Post, and the Village Voice, which called it 2015’s “Best Nonfiction Book About New York” and in a cover profile named its author “the most important new voice on Old New York.” As a collaborator and ghostwriter, she has written twelve books for major publishers, including several New York Times bestsellers.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

12PM

Dinosaurs, Diseases, & Dwarf Stars: Actual Science in Science Fiction

From eclipses to eoraptors, we'll talk about great science in fiction. May the facts be with you!

Authors: Gwendolyn Clare, Jack Clemons, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Vivian Shaw, Rosemary Claire Smith. Moderator: Scott H. Andrews

12PM Signing: Carrie DiRisio and Michael R. Underwood

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

12PM

Juliana “Jewels" Smith in conversation with artist-archivist Angela Carroll, (H)afrocentric Comics

An exploration of DIY comics as a tool for claiming identity and bringing stories of resistance and struggle to life.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

12PM

John McIntyre, The Old Editor Says: Maxims for Writing and Editing

John E. McIntyre has worked as an editor at The Baltimore Sun for 30 years, currently as the night news editor. He has taught copy editing at Loyola University Maryland since 1995. A charter member of the American Copy Editors Society, he served two terms as its second president. His blog on writing, editing, and miscellaneous subjects, “You Don't Say,” is at baltimoresun.com, where he also presents weekly short videos on language. He has published a small book of maxims on writing and editing, The Old Editor Says.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

12PM

Story Time with Eiyana

Join Eiyana Favers, the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s early literacy specialist, for an interactive, culinary-themed story time.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

12PM

Love in the Real World: Contemporary Fiction

Contemporary fiction remains hot in the market - and these authors are sharing tips and tricks for crafting sexy, compelling stories based in the real world that feel like an escape from reality.
Xio Axelrod
Emily Duvall
Andrew Grey
Pamela Ferguson
Michele Mannon
Melinda Valentine
Irene Vartanoff
Laura Ward
(Moderator)

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12:30PM

Dan Jones, The Templars, The Rise and the Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors

Dan Jones is an award-winning historian of the Middle Ages and the New York Times bestselling author of The Plantagenets and The Wars of the Roses. A charismatic television presenter, he has narrated Britain’s Bloodiest Dynasty, a four-part series based on The Plantagenets, as well as another series about castles in England and France. He is a columnist at the Evening Standard and has contributed to Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Smithsonian, and many other outlets.

Literary Salon Event Details

1PM

The Curators of Hip Hop, Hip Hop/Dance

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

1PM

Books That Thrill: Romance and Suspense

High stakes and danger all around? It must be Romantic Suspense! Bestselling and award-winning authors share tips that will rev up the suspense in any genre to keep the pages turning and readers’ hearts pumping.
Laura Kaye
Elodie Nowodazkij
J.B. Schroeder
Diana Quincy
M.D. Waters
Nancy C. Weeks
Rebecca York
Pintip Dunn
(Moderator)

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1PM

Susanna Reich, Stand Up and Sing!: Pete Seeger, Folk Music, and the Path to Justice, and Gary Golio, Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song

Susanna Reich, award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction books, and Gary Golio, acclaimed picture book author and New York Times bestseller, perform from their latest books.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

1PM

Amy Davis, Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters

Amy Davis, an award-winning Baltimore Sun staff photographer since 1987, brings her artistic eye and photojournalistic perspective to this homage to Baltimore. Amy received her BFA from The Cooper Union in New York City. At her first newspaper job at a weekly in Brooklyn, NY, Davis climbed to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge twice. This balancing act prepared her for the hazards of shooting inside decaying theaters and leaning precariously over rooftops for the perfect shot. After seven years at The Record in northern New Jersey, Amy headed south to Baltimore, and a rewarding career at The Sun covering politics, education, breaking news, social issues and features.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

1PM

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R, "You're in the Wrong Bathroom”: And 20 Other Myths and Misconceptions about Transgender and other Gender Nonconforming People

A critical and accessible introduction demolishing the most damaging myths about transgender people and their fight for recognition and dignity. Co-sponsored by the Baltimore Transgender Alliance.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

1PM

Zombies Ate My Homework: Young Adult SF/F Issues and the SF/F Books to Go With Them

The teens of YA SF/F books face the same stuff as our world's teens, PLUS problems with magic, monsters, and science run amok.

Authors: Gwendolyn Clare, Carrie DiRisio, Kosoko Jackson, Daniel Jose Older, Sam J Miller, Moderator: Fran Wilde

1PM Signing: Lawrence M. Schoen

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

1PM

Barbara Bourland, I’ll Eat When I’m Dead

Barbara Bourland lives in Baltimore, MD. Formerly, she was a freelance writer for Forbes Traveler, Conde Nast Digital's Concierge.com, and a web producer for O, The Oprah Magazine, Oprah.com, and OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. She is a member of the ITW, MWA, and Sisters in Crime. I'll Eat When I'm Dead is her first novel. She is at work on a sequel, entitled Maniacs. Her third novel, Pine City, is also forthcoming.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

1PM

Lunch At The Homesick Restaurant

Laura Lippman, Ann Hood and Michael Ruhlman discuss the way fiction informs food and food informs fiction, both in their own work and the works of others. Audience members who know their fictional food will have a chance to win some distinctly Baltimore treats.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

1:30PM

The Culture Of Comics with Nick Allen and Troy-Jeffrey Allen

“The comic book industry is dying!” "Comic books are a failing medium!" Yeah, yeah, yeah! We've heard it all before. But why would you want to kill an entire culture? Join FIGHT OF THE CENTURY writers Nick Allen and Troy-Jeffrey Allen as they reintroduce you to the umbrella that is "comics" and the myriad of subcultures responsible for its rich past, expanding present, and undeniable future.

Charm City Comic Pavilion Event Details

2PM

Andrea Ritchie, Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color in conversation with Baltimore organizers

An unflinching intersectional look at the violence unleashed on Black and other women of color by a police system built around gendered white supremacy, and a clarion call for that system’s abolition.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

2PM

Ric Cottom, Your Maryland: Little Known Histories from the Shores of the Chesapeake to the Foothills of the Allegheny Mountains

Ric Cottom, host of "Your Maryland" on WYPR came to Baltimore more than four decades ago and never left. Formerly the editor and publisher at the Maryland Historical Society, he now runs the Chesapeake Book Company, publishing Chesapeake regional history, biography, and environmental studies. Ric lives in historic Roland Park with his lovely wife Barbara. He loves Maryland seafood, Hopkins lacrosse, Ravens football, good books, tropical islands, and a dry martini, in no particular order.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

2PM

Javaka Steptoe, Radiant Child

The Randolph Caldecott Medal and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner, Javaka Steptoe, shares from Radiant Child.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

2PM

Awakening the Literary Warrior: Expressing Your Truth, Embracing Your Power, Empowering Your Dream

Writing gives access to the discovery of personal truths and one’s most authentic voice. This talk will lead audiences on a journey of self-discovery that will help them to connect with their trial-to-triumph story, explore the concepts of truth, power, and authenticity, identify personal blocks to authentic self-expression, and discuss the process of writing for self-discovery and empowerment. Lane Cobb, MS, CPC, a Certified Life and Business Coach and author of Heal Your Power Heal Your Life: Essential Healing Practices for Women on the Rise.

CityLit Stage Event Details

2PM

Love and Lies: Deception and Dishonesty in Fiction

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. Sponsored by Avon Books.
Katharine Ashe
Christi Barth
Tracey Livesay
Sarah MacLean
Alisha Rai
Maya Rodale
Mia Sosa
Laura Kaye
(Moderator)

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM

Eileen Myles, Afterglow (A Dog Memoir)

Eileen Myles is the author of nineteen books including I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems, and a 2015 reissue of Chelsea Girls. Eileen is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in non-fiction, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, four Lambda Book Awards and the Shelley Prize from the PSA. In 2016, Myles received a Creative Capital grant and the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. Currently she teaches at NYU and Naropa University and live in Marfa TX and New York.

Literary Salon Event Details

2:30PM

The Fruition Experience, Neo Soul/Jazz

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

2:30PM

Steven Raichlen, BARBECUE SAUCES, RUBS, AND MARINADES, Bastes, Butters, and Glazes, Too

Steven Raichlen is the author of Project Smoke, The Barbecue! Bible, How to Grill, and six more live-fire cookbooks that have won James Beard and IACP awards. Raichlen has written for The New York Times, Esquire, Food & Wine, and Bon Appétit, and he teaches Barbecue University classes at the Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs. His TV shows include the PBS series “Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke,” “Primal Grill,” “Barbecue University” and the French language show “Le Maitre du Grill.” Raichlen has lectured on the history and culture of barbecue at the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and Harvard University. In 1975, Raichlen received a Watson Foundation Fellowship to study medieval cooking in Europe, as well as a Fulbright to study comparative literature. He holds a degree in French literature from Reed College and trained at the Cordon Bleu and La Varenne cooking schools in Paris.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

2:30PM

National Aquarium Animal Encounter

Get up close and personal to one of our animals! Both kids and adults alike can enjoy this interactive session that allows for audience participation, provides fun facts about the animals and discusses ways to help conserve their natural environments.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

2PM

#OwnVoices: What Does It Mean to Write What You Know? Identity and SF/F

Authors discuss what it's like writing characters who share their own marginalized identities and mapping issues of identity into science fiction and fantasy.

Authors: Craig Laurance Gidney, Kosoko Jackson, Sam J Miller, Day al-Mohamed, K.M. Szpara

2PM Signing: Gwendolyn Clare, Fran Wilde

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

3-5PM

Pets on Wheels

Children will be partnered with a therapy dog (or cat!) from Pets on Wheels; and after selecting a favorite book, the child is invited to sit and read to their furry friend. These gentle canines are amazing listeners. They do not tease, laugh or judge the child. As a result, even the shyest child or reluctant reader is encouraged to improve their literacy skills. http://www.petsonwheels.org/

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

3PM

Asia McClain Chapman, Confessions of a Serial Alibi

In Confessions of a Serial Alibi, Asia McClain tells her story of how she became the key alibi witness for Adnan Syed in the hit podcast “Serial.”

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

3PM

Where is Westeros: Secondary Worlds in SF & Fantasy

We're not in Kansas anymore – or on Earth, for that matter. Our authors discuss how they create new worlds, whether they're through the looking glass or in a galaxy far far away. Step through the wardrobe and into a whole new read.
 
Authors: Jamie Lackey, Erin Roberts, Lawrence M. Schoen, Vivian Shaw, Michael R. Underwood. Moderator: Scott H. Andrews

3PM Signings: Ruthanna Emrys, Sarah Pinsker

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

3PM

Matthew Crenson, Baltimore: A Political History

Matthew Crenson began teaching at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Political Science in 1969 and became a professor emeritus in Urban Government and American Political Development, his primary areas of interest, in 2007. Crenson has authored or co-authored several books including Downsizing Democracy, Building the Invisible Orphanage, Presidential Power: Unchecked and Unbalanced, and Baltimore: A Political History.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

3PM

Robyn Spencer, The Revolution Has Come: Power, Gender, and the Black Panther Party

A retelling of the history of the Black Panther Party from the perspective of the women in its rank-and-file, centering questions of gender in struggle for Black liberation.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

3PM

Jared Reck, A Short History of the Girl Next Door, in conversation with Matthew Winner: Live Podcast of All The Wonders

Join us for a live recording of All The Wonders podcast with Jared Reck hosted by Matthew Winner. Jared Reck teaches 8th grade Language Arts, where he has been reading awesome books and writing alongside his students for the past twelve years. A Short History of the Girl Next Door is a fiercely funny and heart-wrenching novel about love, longing, and what happens when life as you know it changes in an instant.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

3PM

A Celebration of Asian-American Authors

Readings and discussions with authors: Eugenia Kim, whose novel, The Calligrapher’s Daughter, won the 2009 Borders Original Voices Award. Her new work, The Kinship of Secrets follows two sisters, one raised in the US, the other in Korea, and the family that bound them together even as the Korean War kept them apart. In raw, poignant alternating first-person narratives, interspersed with e-mails, gay chat-room exchanges, and other fragments of a youth laid bare in the age of social media, James Han Mattson’s debut novel, The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves unravels the mystery of a life in all its glory. Jung Yun’s debut novel, Shelter, explores the lives of people who will never forget the violence they suffered. It offers an honest, complex look at the human capacity to hope, change, and heal. Shelter was a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award.

CityLit Stage Event Details

3PM

Patricia Altschul with Deborah Davis, The Art of Southern Charm

Fan-favorite Bravolebrity Patricia Altschul from the primetime show, Southern Charm, finally brings fans of the show her opus on etiquette and living a glamorous champagne Southern lifestyle (on a beer budget). From how to throw the best party, to how to dress for an event, to how to handle a drunken bore at the dinner table, to how to deliver the perfectly-phrased insult (like her now iconic “shameless strumpet"), The Art of Southern Charm (Diversion Publishing), will delight fashionistas and millennials alike as Patricia and Michael the Butler offer advice and tips on emulating the grand dame of Charleston.

Literary Salon Event Details

3PM

Crafting Characters

Alpha heroes! Strong heroines! Charming sidekicks! Dastardly villains! Bestselling and award-winning authors share their secrets to creating characters readers will love and remember.
Robin Covington
Emily Duvall
Riley Edgewood
Brigid Kemmerer
Tracey Livesay
Michele Mannon
Laura Ward

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM

Romance as a Political Genre

Is art political? Should artists be political? How does romance fit into the current political climate? Bestselling and award-winning authors tackle the tough questions examining the political side of fiction and romance.
Katharine Ashe
Harper Miller
Sarah MacLean
Alisha Rai
Maya Rodale

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM

A Novel Affair

Novelists read and discuss their new work: Tracy Chiles McGhee, author of Melting the Blues, set in Arkansas in 1957, where the complexities of identity, yearnings for love and acceptance, and racial tension are all unmasked. McGhee received the 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Donna Hemans, author of River Woman, an unforgettable novel about promises kept and promises broken, exploring the unyielding bonds joining mother and child. She won the 2015 Lignum Vitae Una Marson Award for Adult Literature for her manuscript, Tea by the Sea. From Brooklyn to the island of Jamaica, Hemans’ second novel traces a mother’s seventeen-year search for the daughter taken from her at birth. Leslie Pietrzyk is the author of Pears on a Willow Tree and A Year and a Day. Her collection of short stories, This Angel on My Chest, won the 2015 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Reversing the River, a historical novel, is being serialized on the literary app Great Jones Street in 2017. Her new work, Silver Girl, forthcoming from Unnamed Press in 2018, is set in the early 80s, against the backdrop of a city terrorized by the Tylenol Killer, a local psychopath rumored to be stuffing cyanide into drugstore meds. Silver Girl is a deftly psychological account of the nuances of sisterhood. Contrasting obsession and longing, need versus desire, Leslie Pietrzyk delves into the ways class and trauma are often enmeshed to dictate one’s sense of self, and how a single relationship can sometimes lead to redemption.

CityLit Stage Event Details

4PM

Hena Khan, Amina’s Voice

Hena Khan is a Pakistani-American who was born and raised in Maryland. She enjoys writing about her culture as well as all sorts of other subjects, from spies to space travel. Amina’s Voice brings to life the joys and challenges of a young Pakistani American and highlights the many ways in which one girl’s voice can help bring a diverse community together to love and support each other.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

4PM

National Aquarium presents: Barton Seaver

Join writer, chef and sustainability advocate Barton Seaver and the National Aquarium’s Director of Seafood, Tj Tate, for a conversation about the heritage, culture and future of seafood. Seaver will share insights from his upcoming anthropology American Seafood, a seminal reference on our country’s relationship with the ocean’s abundance, and the two will discuss the history and community of fishing, examining why we must now embrace sustainability, for our ocean and ourselves.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

4PM

Slangston Hughes, Slanguage Arts and Griot Glimpses with the guests from the Baltimore Adult Slam Poetry Team

An explosive hour of words in resistance assembled by one of Baltimore’s finest slam poets.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

4PM

Starts Here! Reading Series: Jen Michalski, Malka Older, Jaime Fountaine, Sarah Sweeney, Justin Sanders, Dave K

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

4PM

Turning Old Monsters Into New

Still scared of the Boogie Man? Our panel resurrects the monsters you grew up with,  talks about all the monsters you grew up with, from fairy tales to urban fantasy to myths and legends and the thing underneath your bed, discuss how modern fiction is reinterpreting them.

Authors: Scott Edelman, Ruthanna Emrys, Craig Laurance Gidney, Vivian Shaw, Ruth Vincent. Moderator: Scott H. Andrews

4PM Signing: Lara Elena Donnelly

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

4PM

Rabia Chaudry, Adnan's Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial

Rabia Chaudry is a wife, mother, attorney, and a 2016 Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at U.S. Institute of Peace, where she researched the intersection of religion and violent extremism. She is the public advocate of Adnan Syed, the wrongfully convicted man at the center of the most popular podcast in history, “Serial" and author of the New York Times bestselling book "Adnan's Story".

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

4:30PM

The Diversity in Children’s Comic Panel Discussion will Bill Campbell

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from Rosarium Publishing Founder Bill Campbell where they include and embrace diversity within the books they publish. This discussion will cover topics like the need for children to see themselves represented in the pages of books.

Charm City Comic Pavilion Event Details

5PM

Beyond Stew and Replicators: Food in Science Fiction & Fantasy

Sensory details are the hallmark of great science fiction and fantasy, and nothing brings that home quite like the food! Join our panelists as they discuss what goes right and wrong with  food in their favorite books. We guarantee you'll leave hungry—unless they start talking about soylent green.

Authors: Lara Elena Donnelly, Scott Edelman, Ruthanna Emrys, Lawrence M. Schoen, Fran Wilde. Moderator Denise Clemons.

5PM Signing: Ruth Vincent

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

5PM

Rafael Alvarez, Basilio Boullosa Stars in the Fountain of Highlandtown

A lifetime Baltimorean, Rafael Alvarez writes short stories and screenplays from his rowhouse in Greektown. The author of 11 books, his new fiction collection is Basilio Boullosa Stars in the Fountain of Highlandtown, released in 2017. A former City Desk reporter for the Baltimore Sun, Alvarez wrote for the first three seasons of the HBO drama "The Wire." He recently completed a screenplay about the Nazi occupation of Greece in 1943. He is at work on a novel about crabbing with chicken necks.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

5PM

Devin Allen, A Beautiful Ghetto in conversation with D. Watkins

From his iconic and unforgettable photograph of the Baltimore Uprising to his tireless efforts to help Baltimore’s young people develop as photographers, Devin Allen’s work is more and more the lens that Baltimore City sees itself through.  He’ll be joined in conversation by award-winning local author D. Watkins for a celebration of the release of his first photo-book.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

5PM

Adam Gidwitz, The Inquisitor’s Tale

Baltimore-born award-winning, best-selling children's author Adam Gidwitz shares from his Newbery Honor Book and winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award, The Inquisitor’s Tale.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

5PM

CityLit partners with JHU to feature novelist Cynthia Bond (Ruby & Wishbone) in Conversation with Joyell Arvella

Cynthia Bond is a New York Times Best-Selling Author. Her novel Ruby was chosen to be an Oprah Book Club 2.0 selection in 2014. It was also a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and an Indie Next Pick. She recently completed a screenplay with Harpo Productions for Ruby, the epic, unforgettable story of a man determined to protect the woman he loves from the town desperate to destroy her—this beautiful and devastating debut heralded the arrival of a major new voice in fiction. The second, forthcoming book in the Ruby trilogy is tentatively titled Wishbone, from which Bond will provide a debut reading on the CItyLit Stage. A PEN Rosenthal Fellow, Bond founded the Blackbird Writing Collective and has taught writing to at-risk and homeless youth for over fifteen years, and is on staff at Paradigm Malibu Adolescent Treatment Center. Joyell Arvella’s love affair with activism, language, and literature motivated her to earn an undergraduate degree in Black Studies from Washington College and a law degree in international human rights from New England Law Boston.

CityLit Stage Event Details

5PM

Journey to the New York Times Bestseller List

They hit the New York Times Bestsellers’ list, and now they’re sharing their journeys, advice, tips, triumphs--and pitfalls--on the way to the top.
Pintip Dunn
Laura Kaye
Sarah MacLean
Jasinda Wilder
Rebecca York

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

5:30PM

Zakke, Latin Fusion

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

5:30PM

Katie Sampayo, Eat to Thrive: The Anti-Diet Cookbook

Katie Sampayo is the founder of katiesampayo.com, Live to Thrive, LLC., and is the author of the #1 Amazon Bestselling book, “Eat to Thrive: The Anti-Diet Cookbook”.

She is a certified personal trainer, yoga and barre instructor, nutrition expert, self-made cook, adventure-seeker, and lover of life. Her mission is to help others live amazing and thriving lives through sharing her knowledge and passion about health, wellness, and nutrition.

Katie is looking forward to traveling the world and sharing her mission with as many people as she can. Her goal is to positively impact one million lives, and she is excited for the challenge.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

5:30PM

Virginia Hanlon Grohl, From Cradle to Stage interviewed by Alex Cortright of WTMD

In From Cradle to Stage, Virginia Hanlon Grohl, mother of Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, shares personal stories about Dave’s childhood alongside family anecdotes from fellow “rock moms.” In exclusive interviews with the mothers of Michael Stipe, Adam Levine, Amy Winehouse, Miranda Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, Dr. Dre, and other music stars, Grohl asked the questions only a mom could answer: When did you hear the first chords, the drumbeats, that stellar voice that announced that music was the future? Did you encourage your child’s passions despite the odds against success? Did you worry about the unknown, unpredictable road ahead? About possible dangers? About drugs? Do you still remind him to pack a warm coat when he leaves on tour? These answers—along with never-before-seen family photographs and a heartwarming introduction by Dave Grohl—make From Cradle to Stage the ultimate insider look at the real making of a rock star.  

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

6PM

The CrimethInc Ex-Workers Collective, From Democracy to Freedom: The Difference Between Government and Self-Determination, and No Wall They Can Build: A Guide to Borders and Migration Across North America

Dispatches from the global struggles from below pushing beyond neoliberalism’s impoverished idea of “democracy” and a radical perspective on immigration grounded in the work of solidarity across the border between the US and Mexico.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

6PM

Bringing Sexy Back to the Future II

We had so much fun with this panel we're bringing it back for a sequel. Let's talk about SF & fantasy that doesn't fade to black when things get steamy.

Authors: Lara Elena Donnelly, Addison Gunn, Sam J. Miller, Sunny Moraine, K.M. Szpara

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

6PM

Writing Sensual Tension in any Genre

From closed-door to explicit sex, sensual tension creates conflict, drama, and page-turning reads in every genre.
Andie J. Christopher
Robin Covington
Riley Edgewood
Michele Mannon
Diana Quincy
Joanna Shupe
Harper Miller
(Moderator)

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

6:30PM

Christen B Music: Clarity

Christen B seamlessly blends electronic and acoustic instruments with transcendent vocals leaving listeners in a state of euphoria. This Baltimore native is changing the way people experience music. Watch as she masterfully layers unique sounds while looping them on the spot, and leaving the crowd mesmerized. Her sound is similar to Corinne Bailey Rae, Erykah Badu, Fatai, H.E.R, Olah Bliss. Her albums include Begins at the End and Clarity.

CityLit Stage Event Details



Sunday, September 24




11AM

Self-Publish Like a Boss

Self-publishing provides exciting new opportunities for all authors at all levels. Join our superstar indies who’ve mastered the business and art of self-publishing like a boss and learn from the best.

LaQuette
Terri E. Laine
Kelly Maher
Harper Miller
Laura Ward
Jasinda and Jack Wilder
Robin Covington
(Moderator)

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

11AM

Ebb & Nova, Accoustic

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

11AM

Podcasts & Audiobooks

Love to read but don't have time? Try audio! This panel is all about discovering science fiction and fantasy you can listen to, as well as podcasts that interview your favorite authors.

Authors: Kate Baker, Scott Edelman, Jeremy M. Gottwig, Sunny Moraine, K.M. Szpara

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

11AM

National Aquarium presents: Amy Sutherland, Kicked, Bitten and Scratched and Rescuing Penny Jane

Whether you are a fan of the furry or finned, bestselling author and journalist Amy Sutherland will delight you with true-life tales about animals and the people that care for them. Learn about National Aquarium staff featured in Kicked, Bitten and Scratched, Amy’s memoir of the year she spent shadowing students at the top college for exotic animal trainers, and hear about her newest book, Rescuing Penny Jane, about the dedicated people who work to save shelter dogs.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

11AM- 7PM

100 Thousand Poets for Change

CityLit Stage joins 100 Thousand Poets for Change in a Global Event in an expression of peace, justice and sustainability. The day highlights artists of poetry, intention, song and words. Over 400 events in 100 countries are scheduled in a global effort on September 30th to include poets, writers and artists organizing events to promote environmental, social, and political change. They will create, perform, educate and demonstrate, in their individual communities, and decide their own specific area of focus for change within the overall framework of peace and sustainability, which co-founder Michael Rothenberg stated, “…is a major concern worldwide and the guiding principle for this global event.”

CityLit Stage Event Details

11:30AM

Daniel Jose Older, Shadowshaper and Bone Street Rhumba

Daniel José Older is the author of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series from Penguin’s Roc Books and the Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books, 2015). Publishers Weekly hailed him as a “rising star of the genre” after the publication of his debut ghost noir collection, Salsa Nocturna. He co-edited the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History. His short stories and essays have appeared in The Guardian, NPR, Tor.com, Salon, BuzzFeed, Fireside Fiction, the New Haven Review, PANK, Apex and Strange Horizons and the anthologies Subversion and Mothership: Tales Of Afrofuturism And Beyond.

Literary Salon Event Details

11:30AM

Libbie Summers, 15 Minute Healthy Desserts

Libbie Summers first earned her culinary chops below deck as a chef on private yachts—honing her cooking skills under extreme weather and guest conditions. Today, Summers is the artistic director of her own lifestyle brand, A Food-Inspired Life, and creative culinary director of Baltimore-based meal kit delivery service, Terra's Kitchen. Summers is the author of three books: The 2014 Indie Award winning Sweet and Vicious –baking with attitude (Rizzoli, 2014), Brown Sugar (Short Stack Editions, November 2014) and the NY Times notable book, The Whole Hog Cookbook (Rizzoli, 2011). She maintains her body and body of work are both food inspired.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

12PM

Quentin Vennie, Strong in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Addiction and Redemption through Wellness

Quentin Vennie is a celebrated wellness expert, motivational speaker and author of the forthcoming memoir, Strong In The Broken Places. He grew up in Baltimore, a city once identified as the “Heroin Capital of America,” under conditions defined by adversity, struggle, and hopelessness. He was raised by a single mother who fought tirelessly to give him a better life, get him out of the city, and on a path to something better. After years of fighting a war of anxiety, depression and addiction, he set out on a journey to heal himself. His unbelievable road to recovery has been publicly celebrated by notable figures in the world of wellness and beyond. Quentin’s transformation has inspired thousands worldwide and has raised global awareness of anxiety, depression and addiction.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

12PM

Getting Started in Comics with Jordan Clark

Starting out in comics can be hard, so come out and learn Jordan Clark a few tricks to make getting started easier. From getting all your ideas organized to where to print and publish your stuff, don't miss out on these tips.

Charm City Comic Pavilion Event Details

12PM

Politics, Resistance, & Speculative Fiction

Science fiction and fantasy have always been political, and have always used genre trappings to explore the here and now through the past and future. What does that look like in the current political climate?

Authors: Lara Elena Donnelly, Ruthanna Emrys, Craig Laurance Gidney, Addison Gunn, Malka Older. Moderator: Scott H. Andrews

12PM Signing: Sam J Miller

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

12PM

Eric Holt-Giménez, Land Justice: Reimagining Land, Food, and the Commons with local organizers

Agroecologist Eric Holt-Giménez, director of Food First, leads a discussion with local food justice and land access organizers on resilience, resistance, and regeneration.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

12PM

An Afternoon at the Improv: Interactive Plotting

Bestselling and award-winning authors share their top tips and tricks on plotting your novel. Bonus: audience ideas welcome for a round of flash plotting debate and discussion! Come see how it’s done!
Christi Barth
Alexa Jacobs
Brigid Kemmerer
Lea Nolan
L. Penelope
Maya Rodale
Mia Sosa

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM

A Revolutionary Summer: In Our Words

A Revolutionary Summer (ARS) is an intensive critical reading and writing program dedicated to shifting harmful narratives about Black women and girls through both the meaningful study and creation of art and the deliberate application of self-inquiry. For eight Sundays each summer, daughters ages 15 and older gather to discuss works like The Bluest Eye, and Their Eyes Were Watching God. Founder and director Andria Nacina Cole talks with daughters and coordinators to discuss the impact of Black women's art on Black women's inner and outer worlds, and how the program helps them reach beyond race, gender, and story to discover (and live) lives that have not been prescribed for them. The daughters will present excerpts from Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf”.

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM

Whose Book Is It Anyway?: Isabel Bandeira, Meg Eden, L.V. Pires, Michelle Ray, and Sharon Huss Roat

Face off against five wily YA authors and win a signed book!  Can you spot which book excerpts are real and which are clever fakes? Don't miss this lineup: Isabel Bandeira, Dramatically Ever After, Meg Eden, Post-High School Reality Quest, L.V. Pires, Extension, Michelle Ray, Much Ado About Something, Sharon Huss Roat, How to Disappear. Moderator: Kathy MacMillan, Sword and Verse.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

12PM-2PM

Pets on Wheels

Children will be partnered with a therapy dog (or cat!) from Pets on Wheels; and after selecting a favorite book, the child is invited to sit and read to their furry friend.  These gentle canines are amazing listeners.  They do not tease, laugh or judge the child. As a result, even the shyest child or reluctant reader is encouraged to improve their literacy skills. http://www.petsonwheels.org/

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

12:30PM

Alexis Joyce, R&B

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

1PM

Leland Melvin, Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances

Leland Melvin is the only person drafted into the National Football League to have flown in space. The Pro Football Hall of Fame honored his athletic and academic accomplishments by placing his Detroit Lions jersey under glass in Canton, Ohio. Through these professional experiences working on high stakes teams he developed a deep and nuanced understanding of effective team dynamics. Leland has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a Master’s degree in materials science engineering. He worked at NASA Langley Research Center in the area of nondestructive testing creating optical fiber sensors for measuring damage in aerospace vehicles, resulting in publications in numerous scientific journals. After hanging up his space boots he was appointed head of NASA Education and served as the co-chair on the White House’s Federal Coordination in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) Education Task Force developing the nation’s 5-year STEM education plan. Leland was the United States representative and chair of the International Space Education Board (ISEB), a global collaboration on learning about space.

Literary Salon Event Details

1PM

Diverse Books: Own Voices in Fiction

Bestselling and award-winning authors talk about the importance of diverse self-representation in fiction and the publishing industry.
Andie J. Christopher
Pintip Dunn
Dawn Ibanez
LaQuette
J.L. Lora
Harper Miller
Mia Sosa

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1PM

Featured Poet: Samantha Thornhill

Samantha Thornhill is a Trinidadian-born poet, writer, performer and educator. She has performed her work globally, and has published in dozens of journals and anthologies. She taught poetry to actors at The Juilliard School in New York City, and co-founded the grassroots collective, Poetry In Unexpected Places, which was profiled in The New York Times for its surprise pop up poetry showcases in public spaces. She just finished a residency at the Furious Flower Poetry Center. Her third children’s book, A Card For My Father, is forthcoming.

CityLit Stage Event Details

1PM

Kevin Shird, Uprising in the City: Made in America

Kevin Shird is having a remarkable impact on young people worldwide with his amazing life story. Recognized as an international author, national youth advocate and inspirational speaker -- Kevin is dedicated to helping youth understand the perils of street culture which has destroys many lives. He confronts the dysfunction of inner city streets that have shattered the lives of several young people and their families. In 2016 Kevin released his second book titled “Uprising in the City” which documents the 2015 Baltimore riots. Following the death of Freddie Gray after his arrest by police in 2015, Baltimore became the setting of protests, civil unrest, and violence. In this book, Kevin leads the reader through a detailed account of the events, from the inciting case of Gray to the emergency’s aftermath.
 

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

1PM

Chitra Agrawal, From Brooklyn to Bangalore (and now to Baltimore!)

Author of Vibrant India: Fresh Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Brooklyn and the blog ABCDs of Cooking, as well as founder of Brooklyn Delhi, an award-winning Indian condiments line, Chitra shares her family’s vegetarian recipes from India with a slant on seasonality and local ingredients. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Food & Wine, Saveur, and Zagat, among others.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

1PM

Stacey Patton, Spare the Kids: Why Whupping Children Won’t Save Black America

A vision of parenting for Black America that looks beyond traditions of corporal punishment that replicated and reproduce the traumas and violence outside the home, and towards a vision of positive and nonviolent discipline.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

1PM

Lily Tuck, Sisters in conversation with Marion Winik, First Comes Love

Lily Tuck is the author of six novels: The Double Life of Liliane; I Married You for Happiness; Interviewing Matisse or the Woman Who Died Standing Up; The Woman Who Walked on Water; Siam, or the Woman Who Shot a Man, nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award; The News From Paraguay, winner of the National Book Award; the short story collections The House at Belle Fontaine and Limbo, and Other Places I Have Lived; and the biography Woman of Rome: A Life of Elsa Morante.
       
Longtime All Things Considered commentator Marion Winik is the author of First Comes Love, The Glen Rock Book of the Dead and seven other books. Her award-winning column on BaltimoreFishbowl.com appears monthly, and her essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Baltimore Sun and elsewhere. She is the host of The Weekly Reader radio show and podcast and reviews books for Newsday, People, and Kirkus Review. She is a professor in the MFA program at the University of Baltimore. More info at marionwinik.com.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

1PM

Dangerous Voices Variety Hour Presents Daniel Jose Older and Sam. J Miller

A fast-paced quiz show in the vein of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me! brought to you by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Win free books and learn things you never knew about your favorite authors.

Authors: Sarah Pinsker & Michael R. Underwood host guests Daniel Jose Older and Sam J. Miller.

1PM Signing: Craig Laurance Gidney, Tom Doyle

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

1:30PM

How to Draw Anime with Darren Soto

AWA artists will teach participants how to create anime characters and designs. Using common anime shows as reference, this workshop breaks down what makes an anime an anime and how to utilize certain aspects of the art in your own work.

Charm City Comic Pavilion Event Details

1:30PM

Poets Take: Rienne Scott, Nina Lyrispect Ball & Charles Xavier

Rienne Scott is a Baltimore City high school teacher, poet, mentor, and advocate for all LGBTQ+ people of color. She is the 2015 DC Black Pride Slam Champion, and created "OUTspoken" - an LGBTQ+ open mic and networking party. Nina "Lyrispect" Ball is a lyricist, co-founder and executive producer of the Harvest Open Mic in Philadelphia, and author of The PreCursor, the first of seven installments of Spectrum of a Supernova, a multimedia series of signature work. Charles Xavier is an Atlanta native who is a performance poet, self-care and mental health wellness advocate, and case manager at the LGBTQIA community center for Baltimore. As a man of trans experience, he feels it’s his responsibility to use his transition to facilitate open conversations.

CityLit Stage Event Details

1:30PM

Ronald L. Smith, The Mesmerist, Renée Watson, Piecing Me Together and Carole Boston Weatherford, Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library, moderated by Matthew Winner

Ronald L. Smith, 2016 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award, Renée Watson, NAACP Image Award nominee and team member of We Need Diverse Books, and Carole Boston Weatherford, award-winning New York Times bestselling author, discuss their new books with Matthew Winner of the All The Wonders podcast.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

2PM

Poets Speak: Raw Wounds, Wise Blood, Speak Water

Kondwani Fidel, author of Raw Wounds, has been featured in Business Insider and CNN. He is a writer, speaker, and spoken word poet who is a 2016 recipient of the Ford: Men of Courage Award. Robert Earl Price is an author of four books of poetry, including Wise Blood. He has had eleven plays produced here and abroad, and is the recipient of the American Film Institute’s William Wyler Award. Truth Thomas is a singer-songwriter and poet. His work includes Speak Water, winner of the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry. He’s the founder of Cherry Castle Publishing, LLC, and his poems have been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Ron Kipling Williams, who uses art, media, performance, and education to break down walls, facilitate open and honest conversations, and build community, and author of Black Freak Mosh Heaven will moderate.

CityLit Stage Event Details

2PM

The Craft of Writing

Bestselling and award-winning authors share their top craft tips and tricks to create books that will keep readers turning the page.
Christi Barth
Jamaila Brinkley
Sarah MacLean
Lea Nolan
L. Penelope
Nancy Weeks
Tracey Livesay
(Moderator)

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM

Maryland Humanities presents Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the 2017 One Maryland One Book author, Purple Hibiscus

Maryland Humanities presents Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the 2017 One Maryland One Book author. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria. Her work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, Granta, The O. Henry Prize Stories, the Financial Times, and Zoetrope. She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, a New York Times Notable Book, and a People and Black Issues Book Review Best Book of the Year; and the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck. Her latest novel Americanah, was published around the world in 2013, and has received numerous accolades, including winning the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and The Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction; and being named one of The New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year.

Literary Salon Event Details

2PM

FAAME and emaaf Band, Hip Hop

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

2PM

Donna Kaz, UN/MASKED: Memoirs of a Guerilla Girl On Tour, interviewed by Rahne Alexander

Donna Kaz is a multi-genre writer and the author of UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour. Along with her alter ego, Guerrilla Girl and Guerrilla Girl On Tour, Aphra Behn, she creates visual art and performance to attack sexism and prove feminists are funny at the same time.

Rahne Alexander is a multimedia artist, producer, musician, and performer. Her video art has been screened in galleries and festivals across the country. Rahne performs frequently with her several bands, including Santa Librada, Guided By Wire, 50’?, and the Degenerettes. She is an occasional comedian and essayist, and also an arts organizer whose labor has supported the Transmodern Festival, the Maryland Film Festival, the High Zero Foundation, and Wide Angle Youth Media.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

2PM

Fantasy: It's Epic, it's Historic, it's Dark or Weird or High or Low or Urban

How are all of the categories of fantasy even the same genre? From dungeons to dragons to vampires in our midst, our panel will discuss what they love, what they write, and what you should be reading.

Authors: DH Aire, Ruthanna Emrys, Craig Laurance Gidney, Jeremy M. Gottwig, Ilana C. Myer, Ruth Vincent. Moderator: Jon Skovron

2PM Signing: Malka Older, Vivian Shaw

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

2PM

Tim Murphy, Christodora in conversation with Marion Winik, First Comes Love

Tim Murphy has reported on HIV/AIDS for twenty years, for such publications as POZ Magazine, where he was an editor and staff writer, Out, Advocate, and New York magazine, where his July 2014 cover story on the new HIV-prevention pill regimen PrEP was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Journalism. He also covers LGBT issues, arts, pop culture, and travel for publications including the New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Details, and Yahoo! Style. He is the author of Getting Off Clean and The Breeders Box. He lives in Brooklyn.

Longtime All Things Considered commentator Marion Winik is the author of First Comes Love, The Glen Rock Book of the Dead and seven other books. Her award-winning column on BaltimoreFishbowl.com appears monthly, and her essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Baltimore Sun and elsewhere. She is the host of The Weekly Reader radio show and podcast and reviews books for Newsday, People, and Kirkus Review. She is a professor in the MFA program at the University of Baltimore. More info at marionwinik.com.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

2PM

China Martens, The Future Generation, Tenth Anniversary in conversation with Katherine Arnoldi, The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Mom

China Martens, The Future Generation and Katherine Arnoldi, The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Mom in conversation. In honor of the new anthology edition of Baltimore’s beloved punk parenting zine, “The Future Generation,” two essential voices for the power of creative motherhood reflect on the twenty years since the initial publication of their respective stories.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

2:30PM

Chef Shaun O’Neale, My Modern American Table (Winner of MasterChef Season 7)

Chef Shaun O’Neale, a DJ from Las Vegas, Nevada, earned his spot in the MasterChef Kitchen by cooking a surf and turf dish topped with foie gras and a bone marrow buerre blanc sauce. He didn’t stray from his high-end, fine-dining influence on his dishes, which led him to winning multiple Mystery Box Challenges and securing his spot in the finale. The finale is where he wowed not only Gordon and Christina, but also guest judges Wolfgang Puck and Daniel Boulud with his three delicious dishes: an appetizer of miso halibut cheeks with vadouvan carrot puree and pickled mushrooms; an entrée of ancho coffee-roasted venison loin with roasted chanterelles and smoked plums with a truffle demi-glaze; and a salted caramel chocolate tart for dessert. In the end, it was Shaun’s exquisite flavors and thoughtful dishes that won over the judges and earned him the MasterChef title.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

3-5PM

Pets on Wheels

Children will be partnered with a therapy dog (or cat!) from Pets on Wheels; and after selecting a favorite book, the child is invited to sit and read to their furry friend. These gentle canines are amazing listeners. They do not tease, laugh or judge the child. As a result, even the shyest child or reluctant reader is encouraged to improve their literacy skills. http://www.petsonwheels.org/

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

3PM

My Comic Life: Building a Comics Career with C. Edward Sellner

Visionary Co-Founder and CCO C. Edward Sellner has carved a unique career in the comics industry. He has built a highly successful production studio that is one of the best known in the business. He has been paid professionally and published as an editor, writer, colorist, and artist. He has worked with top professionals and helped several aspiring ones launch their own careers. Join him for a frank and honest conversation about building a career in comics, what it really takes to make it as a creative freelancer. (Pro Development/ Teens and Adults)

Charm City Comic Pavilion Event Details

3PM

Latin American Voices Panel: Chantel Acevedo, The Living Infinite and Santiago Gamboa, Return to the Dark Valley moderated by Michael Reynolds, Editor-in-chief, Europa Editions

Chantel Acevedo’s novels include Love and Ghost Letters (St. Martin's Press), which won the Latino International Book Award and was a finalist for the Connecticut Book of the Year, Song of the Red Cloak, a historical novel for young adults, A Falling Star (Carolina Wren Press), winner of the Doris Bakwin Award, and National Bronze Medal IPPY Award, and The Distant Marvels, (Europa Editions), one of Booklist's Top Ten Historical Novels of 2015.
   
Santiago Gamboa is one of Colombia's most exciting young writers. In the manner of Roberto Bolaño, Gamboa infuses his kaleidoscopic, cosmopolitan stories with a dose of inky dark noir that makes his novels intensely readable, his characters unforgettable, and his style influential. His debut novel, Páginas de vuelta (1995), established him as one of the most innovative voices in Colombian literature. He has since published seven novels and two collections of short stories. His journalism appears regularly in El Tiempo (Colombia) and Cromos, and he is a regular contributor to Radio France International.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

3PM

Derek Hyra, Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City with Dominic Moulden, co-founder OneDC

A new critical look at the rapid process of gentrification in DC’s Shaw neighborhood, drawing on an extensive partnership with a grassroots organization fighting on the frontlines against displacement.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

3PM

Hey, you punks! Steampunk, solarpunk, spypunk, dieselpunk

What does sticking __punk onto a genre mean, anyway: an aesthetic or a political stance? Our authors talk about a whole bunch of genres that will change the way you think (and maybe the way you dress).

Authors: Gwendolyn Clare, Lara Elena Donnelly, Day al-Mohamed Moderator: Jon Skovron

3 PM Signing: DH Aire, Ilana C. Myer

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

3PM

YA/Adult Genre Crossover Panel: Meg Eden, Post-High School Reality Quest, Tracy Gold, Hollow Tree, Kathy MacMillan, Sword and Verse, CP Patrick, The Truth About Awiti, Nikki Richard, Pretty Things and Laura Shovan, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary

Want to know about the writing process and writing for different audiences? Join us for a group of Maryland authors in conversation about their books and experiences writing for young adults and adults.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

3PM

The Spirit of Poetry in Baltimore

A celebration of poets in Baltimore, curated by Shirley Brewer and Joey Reisberg, as a national community poetry project for his term as a 2016 National Student Poet. Poets share their work, as well as the work of the enduring poetic talents of Baltimore greats, Lucille Clifton, Adrienne Rich, Edgar Allan Poe, Ogden Nash, and Frank O'Hara. The session features an Open Mic, showcasing the spirit of upcoming poets. Brewer will read from her new work, Bistro in Another Realm. Reisberg is a senior at the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology. Mejdulene B. Shomali is a writer, teacher, and researcher, whose work has published in The Feminist Wire, Mizna, and Tinderbox. Jamesha Caldwell is a multifaceted college student, whose work surrounds the plight of her environment, womanhood, and Blackness. A portion of this session includes an Open Mic.

CityLit Stage Event Details

3PM

How Accurate Does Your Historical Novel Have to Be?

Bestselling and award-winning authors explore the challenges of research, readability, and fact in fiction in historical novels.
Laura Kamoie
Sarah MacLean
Diana Quincy
Maya Rodale
Joanna Shupe
E. Elizabeth Watson

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM-6PM

University Writers Program

Featuring student readers from the following universities: University of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University, UMBC, Towson, Loyola, Stevenson, Goucher, Coppin, Morgan State, and MICA.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

3:30PM

Lenore Lenoire, Rock

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

3:30PM

Alice McDermott, The Ninth Hour

Alice McDermott is the author of seven novels, the latest of which, Someone, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award. Someone was also a finalist for the 2014 Patterson Prize for Fiction. Her fifth novel, Child of My Heart, was a Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection, one of Book Magazine’s 10 Best Novels of 2002 and a nominee for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award. Her fourth, Charming Billy, received the 1998 National Book Award for fiction, the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, and was short-listed for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award. Her third novel, At Weddings and Wakes, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her second, That Night, was nominated for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Award and was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her articles, reviews, and stories have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post, USA Today, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Redbook, Ms., Commonweal, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award and the Corrington Award for Literature.

Literary Salon Event Details

4PM

Otherworldly Romance: Writing Paranormal and Fantasy

Speculative fiction takes readers on an otherworldly journey full of unique creatures, fantastical worlds, and magical possibilities. Join authors discussing the challenges and possibilities of writing paranormal and fantasy stories.
Dawn Ibanez
Lea Nolan
Andy Palmer
L. Penelope

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM

Featured Songstress: This is Lea

Lea Morris has shared the stage with luminaries including Odetta, Mavis Staples, Dar Williams and Anthony Hamilton, LEA performs at a far-ranging array of venues, including arts centers, universities, festivals, and places of worship. Washington Area Music Association recognizes her as one of the region’s best vocalists, songwriters and recording artists. LEA’s latest recording, “Let You In,” is a collection of songs the artist hopes will cultivate greater compassion for femininity. Lea will be joined by an ensemble.

CityLit Stage Event Details

4PM

Jason Reynolds, Patina in conversation with Deborah Taylor

Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author, NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors, talks about his books with Deborah Taylor, school and student services coordinator at the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

4PM

Black Voices in Music Criticism Are Essential, with Greg Tate, Laina Dawes, Rashida K. Braggs, and Jordannah Elizabeth

Renowned authors and music critics share their perspective on Black music criticism and the ways in which they have been able to succeed in an industry still controlled by white mainstream and alternative media.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

4PM

Forget What You Learned In School: Alternate History, Secret History, Real History

From Game of Thrones to Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad to Connie Willis's Oxford Time Travel books, there are a ton of SFF books that draw on real or rewritten history, or the gaps where history books fail to tread.

Authors: Tom Doyle, Arkady Martine, Day al-Mohamed, Ilana C. Myer, Malka Older

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

4PM

BE FREE LIVE! hosted by Love the Poet (Michelle Antoinette Nelson)

Baltimore's longest running monthly open mic live at The Baltimore Book Festival.

Almighty Ra     
SimPly Sherri
HanaLyn Colvin
Antoine Hayes
Najah Bayyan
Rahsaan "Wordslave" Eldridge
Ana "Temple" Rodney
Jamaal St John

Michelle Antoinette Nelson aka LOVE the poet is an artist, innovator, and Founder of Brown and Healthy a non-profit and global health and wellness initiative for people of color. She's dedicated over a decade to her life's work to authoring books, plays, writing arts + education curricula, and providing platforms for artists to explore and discover the true nature of their art. Michelle is an activist for social justice and a polymathic creator who is also known for her work as a published photographer, producer, musician, and actor.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

4:30PM

Building The Legacy of Kenzo with Michael Roberson

Sit back as Children's Author Michael Roberson takes you from the dream that inspired him to write to the process of building The Legacy of Kenzo. This book has an in depth meaning that will not only educate but be a tool to help youth get thru hard times. The Legacy of Kenzo was built to remind children to embrace their creativity, and to never be afraid to be who they are.

Charm City Comic Pavilion Event Details

5PM

Doctor, Who...Should I read if I like Doctor Who...or Game of Thrones...or...?

Tell our panel your favorite TV shows and sci fi movies, and they'll tell you what to read.

Authors: Tom Doyle, Jeremy M. Gottwig, Day al-Mohamed, Vivian Shaw           

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

5PM

Not Without Black Women Writers: Finding Joy and Humor in Resistance

Black women’s voices have been historically marginalized, generalized, ignored, overlooked, and devalued. Black Ladies Brunch Collective aims to uplift and inspire with their new collection, Not Without Laughter. Cave Canem fellows include: Saida Agostini, a queer Afro-Guyanese poet and social worker, Anya Creightney, a programs specialist at the Poetry & Literature Center in the Library of Congress, Teri Ellen Cross Davis, whose first collection Haint was published in 2016, poet and journalist celeste doaks, author of Cornrows and Cornfields, Tafisha A. Edwards, author of The Bloodlet; and Katy Richey, who hosts the Sunday Kind of Love reading series open mic at Busboys and Poets in Washington D.C.  

CityLit Stage Event Details

5PM

Lynne Olson, Last Hope Island

Lynne Olson is a New York Times bestselling author of seven books of history, most of which deal in some way with World War II and Britain’s crucial role in that conflict. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has called Olson “our era’s foremost chronicler of World War II politics and diplomacy.” Her latest book, Last Hope Island is a groundbreaking account of how Britain became the base of operations for the exiled leaders of Europe in their desperate struggle to reclaim their continent from Hitler. Olson’s previous two books, Those Angry Days and Citizens of London were New York Times bestsellers.

Literary Salon Event Details

5PM

Presented by Publik / Private

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

5:30PM

Joan Nathan, King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking From Around The World

Joan Nathan is the author of numerous cookbooks, including Jewish Cooking in America and The New American Cooking, both of which won the James Beard Award and the IACP Award for best cookbook of the year. She was the host of the nationally syndicated PBS television series Jewish Cooking in America with Joan Nathan, based on the book. A frequent contributor to The New York Times, Tablet magazine, and other publications, Nathan is the recipient of numerous awards, including James Beard’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, Les Dames d’Escoffier’s Grande Dame Award, and Food Arts magazine’s Silver Spoon Award, and she received an honorary doctorate from the Spertus Institute of Jewish Culture in Chicago.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

5:30PM

Book Launch and Reception: Allison Robicelli, 111 Places in Baltimore That You Must Not Miss

Hear the latest from James Beard-nominated food and travel writer, internationally lauded chef and occasional television personality Allison Robicelli and photographer, John Dean, in this ultimate insider’s guide to Baltimore.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

6PM

Featured Poet: David Mills

David Mills is a writer and actor whose portfolio includes a one person show of the works of Langston Hughes. He has published two books of poetry, his second The Sudden Country. He has performed the works of Dr. King, including “I Have a Dream,” and “Promised Land” and has used excerpts from "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" to get participants to write epistolary poems. He is the subject of a recent documentary "Freak the Language". 

CityLit Stage Event Details

6:45PM- 7PM

Featured Musician: Jahiti of Brown FISH

Jahiti is a singer/songwriter based in Baltimore, MD. Jahiti has performed as part of Baltimore’s legendary group, Brown FISH, and as a solo artist throughout the US, Canada and Jamaica for the past 15 years. Bringing his own brand of roots, reggae and soul, Jahiti continues to build his solo legacy while remaining close to the spirit of the Brown FISH name.

CityLit Stage Event Details



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Plan Your Visit

When:
Sept 22-24, 2017
Fri - Sun: 11am - 7pm
Where:
Baltimore Inner Harbor

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