ALL EVENTS

Baltimore Book Festival has a plethora of activities for festival goers from noon-8pm. Click on the event titles below for more information and location.


Friday, September 26




11AM

The Magic Book

With one snip of the scissors, a piece of paper can become a diary, a zine, or even a comic book. Learn how to fold, write, and decorate a magic book, and discover the joy of publishing, presented by Baker Artist Awards b-Grant winner Jenny O’Grady.

CityLit Stage Event Details

11AM

Marissa Meyer, The Lunar Chronicles interviewed by Catherine Asaro

Marissa Meyer is the New York Times-bestselling author of the Lunar Chronicles. She lives in Tacoma Washington.

Literary Salon Event Details

11AM-11:45AM

Kevin Sherry

Author of I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean and Turtle Island will be presenting work from his new book The Yeti Files: Meet the Bigfeet, with song, pictures and even puppets. Kevin will take you on the goofy progress of book making, from thinking of story ideas to getting the book made. Kids will love the jokes and the puppets, and older "kids" will find presentation very informative. This will be one of the most fun presentations of the weekend, don't miss it! 

Enoch Pratt Children's Stage Event Details

11AM-12PM

Marissa Meyer

Join us for an interview with New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyers, one of the hottest new writers today, both in YA fiction and science fiction. A leader in the wave of brilliant new voices, she writes stories that appeal to all ages, including her best-selling Lunar Chronicles series, so far with the three books Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress. After the interview, Ms. Meyer will sign books.

Speaker: Marissa Meyer, Interviewer: Catherine Asaro

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

12PM

Opening/Advance Reader Copies Giveaway

Start the Festival off right with a chance to win pre-publication copies of some of the season's hottest books.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

12PM

Romance Author Meet & Greet

Authors will be on hand for a casual meet and greet with readers. Come talk about books, receive promotional materials, and browse the Ukazoo bookstore!

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM

Free Friday Feedback

Writers! Bring 2-3 short poems or 4-5 pages of prose (fiction or non-fiction) and receive on-the-spot feedback and suggestions on what to do next. Published authors and publishing professionals on hand include: Christine Stewart, Lalita Noronha, Holly Sneeringer and Amanda Fiore.

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM

Leah Eskin & Neal Patterson, Slices of Life: A Food Writer Cooks Through Many a Conundrum (Eskin) & Baltimore Chef’s Table (Patterson)

Food For Thought Stage Event Details

12PM

Debbie Dadey, Mermaid Tales

If you like mermaids or monsters, stop by and see Debbie Dadey. Dadey has written 158 books about everything from vampires to zombies. Her first book, Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots (co-authored with Marcia Jones), turned into the Adventures of the Bailey School series. Her newest book is A Royal Tea, which is #8 in the Mermaid Tales series.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

12PM-8PM

JHU Press Book Sale

Browse dozens of titles published by the JHU Press, enjoy special Festival discounts, and meet the authors of some of the Press’s acclaimed books about Baltimore and the region.

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

12PM-8PM

Peabody Library Exhibit

Meet the Peabody’s Special Collections staff, learn about the history of this beautiful Mt. Vernon treasure, and see a special exhibit of rare books and archival materials related to Baltimore History.

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

1PM

Charles Mattocks, The Budget Friendly Fresh & Local Diabetes Cookbook

Food For Thought Stage Event Details

1PM

Special Rules of Historicals

Each fiction genre comes with its own expectations and none with so many as the historical novel. Join three mavens of history to learn the rules of the historical road.

Panelists: Stephanie Dray, Daughters of the Nile; E. Knight, My Lady Viper; Kate Quinn, The Serpent and the Pearl

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1PM

LitMore Writers Panel

LitMore: Baltimore's Center for the Literary Arts presents three authors, discussing their work and the craft of writing.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

1PM

Dr. Diana Reiss, The Dolphin in the Mirror

Dr. Diana Reiss is a cognitive psychologist, marine mammal scientist and professor. She directs a research program at the National Aquarium investigating dolphin cognition and communication. Her research focuses on dolphin cognition, communication, comparative animal cognition and the evolution of intelligence. Dr. Reiss’s work has been featured both nationally and internationally. Her book, The Dolphin in the Mirror, was released in the fall of 2011.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

We Need Diverse Books: the grassroots campaign

Speakers from the organization We Need Diverse Books talk about their exciting new group. WNDB formed in response to the lack of diverse narratives in children’s literature and is committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately equality. Come hear them talk about what they've done so far, what they hope to do, and their exciting summer reading series for YA and middle grades.

Panelists: Karen Sandler, Justina Ireland, Ellen Oh, Caroline Richmond

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

2PM

Dona Rudderow Sturn & The JNP Project,

Meet Dona Rudderow Sturn and hear how she and her international team at the JNP Project are working to bring empowerment to kids through reading about undersea adventures in a 31-chapter book series. The JNP Project is a movement promoting the understanding and cultivation of self-confidence in all boys and girls, while helping them to discover their inner awesome! This fun, interactive adventure storybook series delivers age-appropriate educational materials, interactive website resources and Jane & Jake Gear.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

2PM

PEN/Faulkner Writers Panel

Join winners of the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award for readings and conversation.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

2PM

Superhero Figure Drawing Demo

Illustrator Phil Cho demonstrates how to draw superhero and sheheros, courtesy of Art Way Alliance.

Charm City Comic Book Pavilion Event Details

2PM

Out of this World: Writing Science Fiction

Speculative Fiction has taken the industry by storm, from books to the box office…and it’s not just for men. Women writers of science fiction talk about the genre, their books, and tips of the trade.

Panelists: Catherine Asaro; Jennifer L. Armentrout, White Hot Kiss; Em Garner, Contaminated 2: Mercy Mode; Cheryl Klam; Diana Peterfreund, For Darkness Shows the Stars; M.D. Waters, Prototype

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Writing about social justice in science fiction and fantasy

Join our panel to talk about science fiction that revolves around issues of social justice here on Earth—and elsewhere. From Ursula Le Guin's tour de force novel The Dispossessed to the works of MacArthur Fellow Octavia Butler through a plethora of other writers, science fiction and fantasy authors have never shied away from stories that tackled issues of social justice. Talk with our panelists about their favorite examples and yours.

Panelists: Anne K. Gray, Sunny Moraine, Alex Shvartsman, Fran Wilde

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

3PM

Baker Literary Award Winners

The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance presents readings by this year’s award winners: Katherine McCord, Michelle Nelson and Jenny O'Grady.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

3PM

Reflecting the World: Writing Diverse Characters

Fostering tolerance and exploring multiculturalism is one of the finest traditions in literature and may be more important now than ever before. Join six authors whose characters reflect a spectrum of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexual orientation.

Panelists: Denny S. Bryce; Robin Covington, Temptation; Ginger Jamison; Laura Kaye, Hard to Hold Onto; Lea Nolan, Allure; Damon Suede, Bad Idea

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM

Peabody Collection Spotlight – Children’s Books

Learn about rare and historic children’s books form the collections of the Peabody Library, some printed in Baltimore!

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

3PM

National Aquarium Animal Encounter

Get up close and personal with this Animal Encounter experience. Learn, ask questions, and get a closer look at the animals that make up the National Aquarium’s collection. Both kids and adults alike can enjoy this interactive session with audience participation, fun facts, and tips to help conserve natural environments.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Science Fiction and Fantasy in Young Adult Fiction.

Join our panelists as they talk about the latest books, TV, and movies in young adult science fiction and fantasy. Hear about what's happening in two of the fastest growing fiction genres, from Harry Potter to the Divergent series, from Avatar to the Hunger Games, from the immensely popular books such as John Green's The Fault in Our Stars to those of our SFWA Guest of Honor, Marissa Meyer, author of Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress.

Panelists: Cheryl Klam, Marissa Meyer, Christine Norris, Rori Shay

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

3PM-5PM

Creative Alliance After School Art

The Creative Alliance presents bike customizing and anime drawing.

Andy Dahl of Baltimore Bike Experience shows young attendees how to customize their bikes! Bring your bicycle to decorate and modify one in site as a collaborative art piece. Youth from the Bike Club at Digital Harbor High School will assist in decorating and repair needs that festival goers might have.

Artist Matthew Woodle instructs fun anime drawing lessons. Participants will create their own anime characters while using loads of anime books and illustrations as sources of inspiration!

Enoch Pratt Children's Stage Event Details

4PM

Get Into Comics!

The Third Eye team discusses a wide variety of genre offerings available for fans new to the world of comics. They cover options for fans interested in non-superhero and superhero comics alike.

The first 50 attendees will receive a Third Eye Starter Bag, with two FREE comics, stickers, bookmarks, and coupons.

Charm City Comic Book Pavilion Event Details

4PM

Baltimore Best Sellers: Marion Winik and Wil Hylton, hosted by Geoff Becker

Baltimore's literary greats in conversation: the first in our series of five fascinating author pairings.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

4PM

How to Plot Your Novel

The writing world is divided between authors who plot their novels and those who fly by the seat of their pants. This panel will discuss the benefits of plotting in advance and teach sure-fire methods to get your book done faster and cleaner on the very first draft.

Panelists: Stephanie Draven, It Stings So Sweet; Cheryl Klam; Lea Nolan, His Billion Dollar Baby; Kate Quinn, Mistress of Rome; Damon Suede, Bad Idea

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM

Josie Iselin, An Ocean Garden: The Secret life of Seaweed

Photographer, writer and book designer, Josie Iselin talks about the process she uses for making her stunning portraits of the natural world around us. She discusses the fun and exciting science of seaweed and introduces the audience to some of the spectacular but common species on both the east and west coasts! Her presentation is accompanied by the stunning images she has produced for her newest book, An Ocean Garden.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

The books of Robert Heinlein and the work of the Heinlein Society

Robert Heinlein is a giant of classic science fiction. Join John Tilden, a director of the Heinlein Society, and Professor Herb Gilliland, of the U.S. Naval Academy, to discuss the works of Robert Heinlein and the Heinlein Society. During the Baltimore Book Festival, the Heinlein Society is also sponsoring a book drive as part of its “Heinlein for Heroes” program. All donations to the book drive are tax-deductible and will go to military bases across the world and VA hospitals here at home. To participate, please drop off your used or new SF/F paperbacks or hardcovers Friday afternoon or Saturday at the Heinlein table in the SFWA tent. Any author's work is welcome, and of course Heinlein is especially cherished. The Heinlein Society was founded by Heinlein's widow Virginia and exists to “Pay it Forward” by supporting causes that were dear to Heinlein during his lifetime

Panelists: John Tilden and Herb Gilliland

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

5PM

Baltimore Best Sellers: Sheri Booker and Jessica Anya Blau, hosted by Marion Winik

Baltimore's literary greats in conversation: the second of five fascinating author pairings.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

5PM

From Big Dreams to the New York Times List

Seven New York Times bestselling authors share their journeys and discuss the triumphs and pitfalls of climbing to the top.

Panelists: Jennifer L. Armentrout, Stay With Me; Tessa Bailey, Baiting the Maid of Honor; Cora Carmack, All Lined Up; Kami Garcia, Unmarked; Megan Hart, Flying; Laura Kaye, Hard to Hold Onto; Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

5PM

Jessica Merchant, Seriously Delish & www.HowSweetEats.com

Food For Thought Stage Event Details

5PM

Debbie Dadey, Mermaid Tales

If you like mermaids or monsters, stop by and see Debbie Dadey. Dadey has written 158 books about everything from vampires to zombies. Her first book, Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots (co-authored with Marcia Jones), turned into the Adventures of the Bailey School series. Her newest book is A Royal Tea, which is #8 in the Mermaid Tales series.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

5PM-6PM

Talk: Flags On The Moon: The Apollo Space Program

Jack Clemons was an engineer and team leader on NASA's Apollo and Space Shuttle Programs. Among his many accomplishments, he also led the team that designed air traffic control systems for the US and UK. He joins us to talk about the Apollo space missions to the Moon. A total of twelve men walked on the Moon, rode on her surface, carried out exploration and scientific experiments, and planted an American flag at their landing site. The flags are still there, monuments to the imagination, resourcefulness, and determination of the human spirit. Each has its own, largely untold, story. Jack's talk will include film clips, photographs, and anecdotes about the missions, as well as insights drawn from his experiences working on NASA's Apollo Moon program.

Speaker: Jack Clemons

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

5PM-8PM

Inner Harbor Project Talent Show

Talented Baltimore teens aged 13-19 will wow us with their skills in visual art, poetry, singing, dance, and any other creative expression you can think of.

Enoch Pratt Children's Stage Event Details

5:30PM

Literary Happy Hour

Join the CityLit family for cold beer, courtesy of Union Craft Brewing, and book talk celebrating the fabulous Baltimore Book Festival.

CityLit Stage Event Details

6PM

Music from the Peabody

Join students from the Peabody Conservatory for special performances in the Visitors Center at the end of each day of the festival.

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

6PM

Mark Mazzetti: The Way of the Knife

New York Times national security correspondent Mark Mazzetti discusses the War on Terror and the CIA's secret army.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

6PM

From Page to Screen: Film Adaptions

Do you dream of your book being made into a movie? Romance authors will tell you the ins and outs of how it’s done!

Panelists: Jennifer L. Armentrout, Stay With Me; Kami Garcia; Cheryl Klam; Damon Suede, Bad Idea

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

6PM-7:30PM

Smile, Hon, You’re In Baltimore

Join a rambunctious cast of writers from the latest edition of Smile, Hon, You’re In Baltimore. Impresario and ringmaster William P. Tandy leads the way with contributing writers from the zine recently dubbed a “Best of Baltimore” by Baltimore magazine.

CityLit Stage Event Details

6PM-7PM

Writing Dark Fantasy

So you'd like to write dark fantasy, horror fiction, paranormals, stories about demons, angels, post-apocalyptic, or other genre-bending fiction that puts you on the edge of your seat. Meet with writers of these genres to talk about what's trending, what publishers are doing, and what tips on writing our panel has to offer.

Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jill Archer, Em Garner, John Maclay, Sunny Moraine

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

6:30PM

Youth Poetry Jam with the Baltimore Citywide Youth Poetry Team

Start the Radical Bookfair off right with a special Friday night performance by The Baltimore City Youth Poetry Team, a youth program that engages youth between the ages of 13-21 who live in and around Baltimore City who are passionate about writing, performing and advocating for change in their community.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

7PM

Turn Up the Heat: Erotica & Erotic Romance

Sex sells. Even before Fifty Shades of Grey, erotica and erotic romance was floating the industry. Five authors discuss their take on the genre and share steamy reads.

Panelists: Stephanie Burke; Stephanie Draven, It Stings So Sweet; Megan Hart, Flying; Eliza Knight, Highland Hunger; Damon Suede, Bad Idea

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

7PM

Kate Brown: Plutopia

UMBC professor Kate Brown discusses the secret history of the Cold War's atomic cities.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details



Saturday, September 27




12PM

Mario Livio: Brilliant Blunders

Renowned astrophysicist Mario Livio discusses the colossal scientific mistakes that changed our understanding of life and the universe.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

12PM

Young Adult Fiction

What is YA? Is it here to stay? Six of the hottest authors in the genre talk teens and trends.

Panelists: Jennifer L. Armentrout, Stay With Me; Wendy Higgins, Sweet Reckoning; Kami Garcia, Unmarked; Cheryl Klam; Lea Nolan, Allure; Diana Peterfreund

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM

Zine Swap!

Come and trade your self-published zines!

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

12PM

Nina Foxx

Nina Foxx will present her book, Catfish.

Enoch Pratt Children's Stage Event Details

12PM

Small Court Press: The Role of Small Journals and Presses in the Career of the Fiction Writer

The panel delves into such questions as: What is the process for selecting which journals, magazines, and periodicals to submit work to? What kinds of aesthetics are encountered in small journals? How have smaller journals helped connect a single writer with larger communities of writers?

Panelists: Lalita Noronha & Rafael Alvarez

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM

Matt Dembicki, Wild Ocean: Sharks, Whales, Rays, and Other Endangered Sea Creatures

Matt Dembicki is a comic artist who previously edited and contributed to the Eisner-nominated and Aesop Prize-winning Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection. He also served at the helm of District Comics: An Unconventional History of Washington, D.C., a Harvey Award-nominated anthology named as one of the best books of 2012 by The Washington Post. This program is presented in partnership with Fulcrum Publishing, an independent publisher.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

12PM

Edward Lewis, The Man from Essence

Literary Salon Event Details

12PM-2PM

Dangerous Voices Variety Hour with Marissa Meyer and Charles Gannon

The Dangerous Voices Variety Hour takes its cues from NPR's “Wait, Wait Don’T Tell Me” quiz show and Orson Welles' original War of the Worlds broadcast. It features readings, trivia, great prizes, irreverent author interviews, and more fun than you thought you could have at a reading."

Participants: Marissa Meyer and Charles Gannon. Co-hosted by Sarah Pinsker and Michael Underwood.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

12PM-7PM

JHU Press Book Sale

Browse dozens of titles published by the JHU Press, enjoy special Festival discounts, and meet the authors of some of the Press’s popular books about Baltimore and the region.

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

12PM-7PM

Peabody Library Exhibit

Meet the Peabody’s Special Collections staff, learn about the history of this beautiful Mt. Vernon treasure, and see a special exhibit of rare books and archival materials related to Baltimore History.

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

12PM-8PM

MARCH: Book One Signing

Andrew Aydin is an aide to Rep. John Lewis and co-author of the first book of the Congressman's graphic novel memoir trilogy, March: Book One.

Charm City Comic Book Pavilion Event Details

12:30PM

Book Talk

Art Deco in Baltimore & DC / Folger Library Rick Striner and Melissa Blair explore history, design, preservation, adaptive use, and other issues relating to the many notable Art Deco buildings that survive in the two cities. Steve Grant joins the discussion with an account of the beloved DC Art Deco icon, The Folger Shakespeare Library. A book signing follows the presentation (Washington and Baltimore Art Deco and Collecting Shakespeare).

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

1PM

Sam Fromatz, In Search of The Perfect Loaf

Food For Thought Stage Event Details

1PM

Jaqueline Jules

Jaqueline Jules will present her book, Never Say a Mean Word Again.

Enoch Pratt Children's Stage Event Details

1PM

Essays, Collected: How to Craft a Dynamic Anthology

From brainstorming a concept to revising essays, the editor and writers behind the award-winning Bet on Black: African-American Women Celebrate Fatherhood in the Age of Barack Obama discuss the creative and logistical process of creating an anthology, moderated by Kenrya Rankin Naasel.

Panelists: Maya K. Francis, Thaisa Jones, Yanick Rice Lamb

CityLit Stage Event Details

1PM

Maya K. Francis

Maya K. Francis, columnist: Philadelphia Magazine & VerySmartBrothas.com will participate in a discussion.

CityLit Stage Event Details

1PM

Thaisa Jones

Thaisa Jones from Thaisawrites.com and StatsandStilletos.com joins the Baltimore Book Festival.

CityLit Stage Event Details

1PM

Jeremy Greene: Generic

Physician Jeremy Greene discusses the evolution and complexities of the generic drug industry.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

1PM

Elissa Washuta presents My Body is a Book of Rules

In My Body Is a Book of Rules, Elissa Washuta corrals the synaptic gymnastics of her teeming bipolar brain, interweaving pop culture with neurobiology and memories of sexual trauma to tell the story of her fight to calm her aching mind, confront her crisis of Native American identity, and slip beyond the tormenting cycles of memory.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

1PM

Alice McDermott, Someone: A Novel

Literary Salon Event Details

1PM

The Hot Contemporary

Contemporary romance has toppled vampires and shifters from their throne. What’s behind the industry trend and is there a difference between erotic romance and the hot contemporary?

Panelists: Debra Anastasia, Poughkeepsie; Tessa Bailey, Baiting the Maid of Honor; Christi Barth, Planning for Love; Ginger Jamison; Laura Kaye, Hard to Hold Onto; Kimberly Kincaid, Gimme Some Sugar

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1PM

Dona Rudderow Sturn & The JNP Project, Jane & Jake's Adventures to Awesome

Meet Dona Rudderow Sturn and hear how she and her international team at the JNP Project are working to bring empowerment to kids through reading about undersea adventures in a 31-chapter book series. The JNP Project is a movement promoting the understanding and cultivation of self-confidence in all boys and girls, while helping them to discover their inner awesome! This fun, interactive adventure storybook series delivers age-appropriate educational materials, interactive website resources and Jane & Jake Gear.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

1:30PM

Book Talk

Historic Travel in Baltimore & the Mid-Atlantic Charley Mitchell discusses his new book, Travels through American History in the Mid-Atlantic, and our region’s wealth of historic travel opportunities with Sam Rogers, Executive Vice president of Visit Baltimore, and Jeff Buchheit, Executive Director of Baltimore National Heritage Area. A book signing with Charley follows the presentation

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

2PM

Eriq La Salle, Laws of Wrath

Literary Salon Event Details

2PM

Ben Hatke

Ben Hatke will present his book, The Return of Zita the Spacegirl.

Enoch Pratt Children's Stage Event Details

2PM

From Fanfic to Fiction

Join published authors who first cut their teeth writing fan fiction to discuss the transition.

Panelists: Debra Anastasia, Poughkeepsie; Robin Covington, Temptation; Shelly N. Greene; Laura Kaye, Hard to Hold Onto; Diana Peterfreund, For Darkness Shows the Stars

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM

Brian Stelter: Top of the Morning

CNN anchor and Towson University alumnus Brian Stelter exposes the cutthroat world of morning television.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

2PM

Drawing Word Games

Darren Soto hosts an hour of illustration, audience participation and fun! This game will have you thinking outside of the box, courtesy of Art Way Alliance.

Charm City Comic Book Pavilion Event Details

2PM

Dr. Ellen Prager, Shark Whisperer

Dr. Ellen Prager talks about her own adventures under the sea, sharks, and reads from her newest book, The Shark Whisperer. It is the first book in a new middle-grade fiction series that combines fast-paced adventure and humor with fun learning about marine life and the ocean.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

2PM

Melissa Gira Grant presents Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work

Based on ten years of writing and reporting on the sex trade, and grounded in her experience as an organizer, advocate, and former sex worker, Playing the Whore dismantles pervasive myths about sex work, criticizes both conditions within the sex industry and its criminalization, and argues that separating sex work from the "legitimate" economy only harms those who perform sexual labor.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

2PM-3PM

Designing your own curriculum: homeschooling and other alternate forms of education

Join our panelists, both homeschoolers and authors who work with them, to discuss the exciting educational movement in homeschooling, unschooling, and other alternate forms of family-directed education. Find out what educational resources are available for families that design their own curriculums in literature, books, reading, and writing, and what writers in the local scene work with home educators.

Panelists: Catherine Asaro, Alma Katsu, L. Jagi Lamplighter, Rori Shay, Dawnyell Snyder

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

2:30PM

Making the Ordinary Extraordinary

Join Baltimore Review editors as they discuss how the most familiar places, ordinary objects, everyday events, and Average Joes can become extraordinary through the lens of the creative writer. Be inspired to write your own ordinary life into extraordinary poems and stories.

Panelists: Barbara Westwood Diehl, Kathleen Hellen, Ann Kolakowski, Holly Morse-Ellington, Seth Sawyers, Holly Sneeringer

CityLit Stage Event Details

2:30PM

Rob Kasper & Boog Powell, Baltimore Baseball and Barbeque with Boog: Stories from the Orioles’ Smokey Slugger

Food For Thought Stage Event Details

3PM

Neely Tucker, Ways of the Dead

Literary Salon Event Details

3PM

Book Signing with JHU Press Authors

Book Signing with JHU Press Authors (TBA) Ted Patterson & Dean Smith, Football in Baltimore  and Mike Gesker, The Orioles Encyclopedia.

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

3PM

Conservation Through Comics with Matt Dembicki & Jason Rodriguez

Matt Dembicki and Jason Rodriguez discuss using comics to present environmental issues. They talk about collaboration work with Pangea Seed on the comics anthology Wild Ocean and Dembicki’s recent trip to Peru to talk to students and teachers about environmental comics as the country prepares to host the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima in December. This presentation will be followed by a book signing, courtesy of Art Way Alliance.

Charm City Comic Book Pavilion Event Details

3PM

Charles Mitchell: Travels Through American History in the Mid-Atlantic

Charles Mitchell explores the region's historical destinations, through primary sources and personal experience.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

3PM

Page-Turning Suspense

Love thrills and chills? Meet authors whose books keep you turning pages at night and leave you a little bit afraid to turn out the light.

Panelists: Denny S. Bryce; Joya Fields; Avery Flynn, Enemies on Tap; Shelley N. Greene; Laura Kaye, Hard to Hold Onto; Nancy Weeks, In the Shadow of Pride; Rebecca York, Betrayed

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM

Astra Taylor presents The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age

The Internet has been hailed as an unprecedented democratizing force, a place where everyone can be heard and all can participate equally. But how true is this claim? In a seminal dismantling of techno-utopian visions, The People’s Platform argues that for all that we “tweet” and “like” and “share,” the Internet in fact reflects and amplifies real-world inequities at least as much as it ameliorates them.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

3PM

National Aquarium Animal Encounter

Get up close and personal with this Animal Encounter experience. Learn, ask questions, and get a closer look at the animals that make up the National Aquarium’s collection. Both kids and adults alike can enjoy this interactive session with audience participation, fun facts, and tips to help conserve natural environments.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Short stories: What's trending and who are the hot new authors in Sci-Fi and fantasy?

The title says it all! Join our panel of writers to hear about the field of short fiction in SF and fantasy. The field of speculative fiction has a vital and always-growing arena for publication of short fiction. More ways than ever exist for readers to find stories or place their own works.

Panelists: Harry Heckel, Brenda Clough, John Maclay, Alex Shvartsman

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

3:30PM

Lulu Delacre

Lulu Delacre will present her book, How Far Do You Love Me?

Enoch Pratt Children's Stage Event Details

3:30PM

Jabari Asim

Jabari Asim will present his book, Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington.

Enoch Pratt Children's Stage Event Details

4PM

Geo-Poe: A Literary Geo-Caching Adventure

Join Dean Bartoli Smith and Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson—contributors to CityLit’s Geo-Poe project—as they read their short short stories and help describe the Edgar Alan Poe-themed literary geo-caching “hide-and-seek” adventure in Baltimore throughout October (part of Free Fall Baltimore).

CityLit Stage Event Details

4PM

Peabody Collection Spotlight – Baltimore History

Learn more about some of the surprising books and materials related to Baltimore history that can be found in the collections of Mt. Vernon’s beautiful George Peabody Library.

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

4PM

Tavis Smiley, Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year

Literary Salon Event Details

4PM

Laura Lippman: Tess Monaghan Contest and Prizes

Think you're an expert on beloved Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan? Test your knowledge of all things Tess with her creator, Laura Lippman.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

4PM

Peniel Joseph presents Stokely: A Life

Stokely Carmichael, the charismatic and controversial black activist, stepped onto the pages of history when he called for "Black Power" during a speech one Mississippi night in 1966. A firebrand who straddled both the American civil rights and Black Power movements, Carmichael would stand for the rest of his life at the center of the storm he had unleashed that night. In Stokely, preeminent civil rights scholar Peniel E. Joseph presents a groundbreaking biography of Carmichael, using his life as a prism through which to view the transformative African American freedom struggles of the twentieth century.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

4PM

How to be a Successful, Self-Publisher

The “Indie Revolution” is still in full swing. Join these veterans to learn how it’s done.

Panelists: Magda Alexander, Storm Damages; Cora Carmack, All Lined Up; Wendy Higgins, Sweet Reckoning; Kimberly Kincaid, Gimme Some Sugar; Eliza Knight, Highland Hunger

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM

Josie Iselin, An Ocean Garden: The Secret life of Seaweed

Photographer, writer and book designer, Josie Iselin talks about the process she uses for making her stunning portraits of the natural world around us. She discusses the fun and exciting science of seaweed and introduces the audience to some of the spectacular but common species on both the east and west coasts! Her presentation is accompanied by the stunning images she has produced for her newest book, An Ocean Garden.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

How can I get my writing noticed? A Must-Do Panel for Writers in the Modern Age

You've finished a story or book and now you'd like to get it published and start buzz about your work. But in this modern age, the avenues for publication and promotion are dizzying, and they often tangle together. What are your options? What will bring you the most word of mouth? The most reviews? The best pay? Should you go it alone or seek a major publisher? Come talk with publishers, editors, con organizers, and reviewers about your options.

Panelists: Scott Edelman, Elektra Hammond, Don Sakers, Peggy Rae Sapienza, Mike Underwood, Jean Marie Ward

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

4:30PM

Steve Boone, Hotter Than A Match Head

Musician and Lovin’ Spoonful co-founder Steve Boone speaks with writer Rafael Alvarez about his new memoir, Hotter Than A Match Head: My Life on the Run with The Lovin’ Spoonful. Part of the story runs through Baltimore during the 1970s, when Steve maintained a floating barge-recording studio moored where the Hard Rock Café stands today. There, Steve recorded the likes of Little Feat, Bonnie Raid, and Robert Palmer.

CityLit Stage Event Details

4:30PM-6PM

Hotter Than A Match Head

Musician and Lovin’ Spoonful co-founder Steve Boone speaks with writer Rafael Alvarez about his new memoir, Hotter Than A Match Head: My Life on the Run with The Lovin’ Spoonful. Part of the story runs through Baltimore durinmg the 1970s, when Steve maintained a floating barge-recording studio moored where the Hard Rock Café stands today. There, Steve recorded the likes of Little Feat, Bonnie Rait, and Robert Palmer.

CityLit Stage Event Details

5PM

Andre Dubus III, Dirty Love

Literary Salon Event Details

5PM

The Fabulous Beekman Boys, 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook

Food For Thought Stage Event Details

5PM

Baltimore Best Sellers: Sujata Massey and Charles Belfoure, hosted by James Magruder

Baltimore's literary greats in conversation: the third of five fascinating author pairings.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

5PM

Blogging About Books

Book bloggers talk about running a successful book blog, working with authors and publishers, how to keep their fans engaged, and offer authors tips for building successful relationships with book bloggers.

Panelists: Andye Eppes, ReadingTeen.net; Jen Fisher, Jenuine Cupcakes/Young Adult Book Central; Hannah McBride, The Irish Banana Review; Stephanie Sinclair, Cuddlebuggery; Jillian Stein, Read-Love-Blog; Kim Lowe, SOS Aloha Blog

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

5PM

Music from the Peabody

Join students from the Peabody Conservatory for special performances in the Visitors Center at the end of each day of the festival.

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

5PM

Rachelle Lee Smith presents SpeakingOUT: Queer Youth in Focus

Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus is a photographic essay that explores a wide spectrum of experiences told from the perspective of a diverse group of young people, ages fourteen to twenty-four, identifying as queer (i.e., lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning). With more than sixty-five portraits photographed over a period of ten years, Speaking OUT provides rare insight into the passions, confusions, prejudices, joys, and sorrows felt by queer youth.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

5PM

Tooth About Sharks

Enjoy an interactive presentation that will reveal the truth about these incredible aquatic creatures. Explore shark facts and myths. Learn about sharks’ habits, adaptations, and diets. Audience participation is not only encouraged, it’s required.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

5:30PM-7PM

Reception and Meet & Greet with authors, music, and food

Join the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America at our reception, autographing session, and Meet and Greet with our program participants at the Baltimore Book Festival.

Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jeanne Adams, Jill Archer, Catherine Asaro, Jack Clemons, Brenda Clough, Scott Edelman, Charles Gannon, Ronald Garner, Em Garner, Herb Gilliland, Anne K Gray, Elektra Hammond, Harry Heckel, Alma Katsu, Cheryl Klam, L. Jagi Lamplighter, John Maclay, Marrisa Meyer, Sunny Moraine, Christine Norris, Sarah Pinsker, Don Sakers, Peggy Rae Sapienza, Rori Shay, Alex Shvartsman, Dawnyell Snyder, Bud Sparhawk, John Tilden, Mike Underwood, Jean Marie Ward, Fran Wilde, Karlo Yeager

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

^PM

Steve Almond

Steve Almond will be presenting his book, Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto.

CityLit Stage Event Details

6PM

Dean Bartoli Smith

Dean Bartoli Smith will present his book, Never Easy, Never Pretty: A Fan, A City, A Championship Season.

CityLit Stage Event Details

6PM

Are We Really Ready for Some Football?: A Critical Look by Serious Fans

Join authors Steve Almond (Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto) and Dean Bartoli Smith (Never Easy, Never Pretty: A Fan, A City, A Championship Season) for a frank and heated conversation about the state of America’s favorite sport. Moderated by Stan “The Fan” Charles, founder and publisher of PressBox.

CityLit Stage Event Details

6PM

Music from the Peabody

Join students from the Peabody Conservatory for special performances in the Visitors Center at the end of each day of the festival.

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

6PM

Baltimore Best Sellers: Rafael Alvarez and Jen Michalski, hosted by Ed Berlin

Baltimore's literary greats in conversation: the fourth of five fascinating author pairings.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

6PM

Chuck Klosterman, I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains Both Real and Imagined

New York Times bestselling author of seven previous books, including Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs; Eating the Dinosaur; Killing Yourself to Live; and The Visible Man. His debut book, Fargo Rock City, was the winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. He has written for GQ, Esquire, Spin, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Believer, and The Onion A.V. Club. He currently serves as “The Ethicist” for the New York Times Magazine and writes about sports and popular culture for ESPN.

Literary Salon Event Details

6PM

Ryan Conrad presents Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion

Does gay marriage support the right-wing goal of linking access to basic human rights like health care and economic security to an inherently conservative tradition? Will the ability of queers to fight in wars of imperialism help liberate and empower LGBT people around the world? Does hate-crime legislation affirm and strengthen historically anti-queer institutions like the police and prisons rather than dismantling them? Against Equality asks the hard questions the mainstream movement for LGBT rights would prefer to forget.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

6PM

New Adult Fiction: The Hot New Trend

Learn what New Adult fiction is, how it differs from Young Adult, and why these authors love to write it.

Panelists: Jennifer L. Armentrout, Stay With Me; Tessa Bailey, Baiting the Maid of Honor; Cora Carmack, All Lined Up; Robin Covington, Temptation; Megan Erickson, Make it Count; Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

7PM

Sex & Sexuality

How do authors handle sex and sensual scenes in their novels? Are they afraid to show their mothers? Join experienced authors who tell all.

Panelists: Magda Alexander, Storm Damages; Robin Covington, Temptation; Stephanie Draven, It Stings So Sweet; Megan Hart, Flying; Eliza Knight, Highland Hunger; Afton Locke, Entrance to Ecstasy; Janet Mullany

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

7PM

Kelli Dunham presents Freak of Nurture

In Freak of Nurture, everyone's favorite ex-nun genderqueer nerd comic Kelli Dunham demonstrates that hilarity and chaos reign when you combine what her therapist calls “deep biological optimism” with a hearty midwestern work ethic and determination to make bad ideas a fantastic reality. Whether she is writing about hitch-hiking across Haiti to help out with disaster relief, about getting kicked out of the convent for having “too much self esteem” or living on a houseboat in Philadelphia in the winter, Dunham‘s humorous interpretation of difficult situations is both inspiring and entertaining.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

7PM

Baltimore Best Sellers: Adelle Waldman and Erika Robuck

Baltimore's literary greats in conversation: the last of five fascinating author pairings.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details



Sunday, September 28




12PM

Jeff VanderMeer: The Southern Reach Trilogy

Award-winning speculative fiction writer Jeff VanderMeer discusses his novels about a government expedition to the mysterious Area X.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

12PM

Getting Comics & Graphic Novels Into YOUR School or Library

With a background of working with schools and libraries in diversifying their selection of age-appropriate graphic novels, Steve Anderson, Third Eye Comics founder & CEO, brings the same presentation he’s shown to many librarians and teachers to the Baltimore Book Festival. Learn how to stock graphic novels that will captivate and excite your classroom or library.

Charm City Comic Book Pavilion Event Details

12PM

Zine Swap!

Come and trade your self-published zines!

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

12PM

The Tortured Alpha Hero

What is it about those bad boys of fiction that keeps us coming back for more? What distinguishes between an alpha hero and an alpha-hole? Five alpha lovers tell all.

Panelists: Diane Alberts/Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line; Magda Alexander, Storm Damages; Tessa Bailey, Baiting the Maid of Honor; Laura Kaye, Hard to Hold Onto; Jean Murray

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM

Kathy Wakile (Real Housewives of New Jersey), Indulge: Delicious Little Desserts that Keep Life Sweet

Food For Thought Stage Event Details

12PM

MSAC Individual Artist Award Winners: Poetry

Presented by the Maryland State Arts Council, these winners of the annual Individual Artist Awards showcase some of the smartest, sharpest poetry being created in the state today. Hosted by Christine Stewart, program director for literary arts with the Maryland State Arts Council

Presenters: Ailish Hopper, Sally Rosen Kindred, Leslie Harrison, Katy Richey, Sid Gold, Rebekah Remington, Clare Banks, Katherine McCord

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM

Sally Rosen Kindred

Sally Rosen Kindred will present her book, Book of Asters.

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM

Leslie Harrison

Leslie Harrison will present her book, Displacement.

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM

Sid Gold

Sid Gold will be presenting Good with Oranges, The Year of The Dog Throwers, Working Vocabulary.

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM

Ailish Hopper

Ailish Hopper will present her book, Dark-Sky Society.

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM

Clare Banks

Clare Banks will present her book, Associate Editor, Smartish Pace.

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM

Josie Iselin, An Ocean Garden: The Secret life of Seaweed

Photographer, writer and book designer, Josie Iselin talks about the process she uses for making her stunning portraits of the natural world around us. She discusses the fun and exciting science of seaweed and introduces the audience to some of the spectacular but common species on both the east and west coasts! Her presentation is accompanied by the stunning images she has produced for her newest book, An Ocean Garden.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Science in Science Fiction: Fun and Imagination

Our panel of scientists will discuss exciting new ideas in science. How do you extrapolate known science into the realm of "What if?" that thrills readers about our genre? Talk with our experts about some of the coolest ideas out there and how we can use them in fiction.

Panelists: Jack Clemons, Bud Sparhawk, Fran Wilde, Catherine Asaro

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

12PM-6PM

JHU Press Book Sale

Browse dozens of titles published by the JHU Press, enjoy special Festival discounts, and meet the authors of some of the Press’s popular books about Baltimore and the region.

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

12PM-6PM

Peabody Library Exhibit

Meet the Peabody’s Special Collections staff, learn about the history of this beautiful Mt. Vernon treasure, and see a special exhibit of rare books and archival materials related to Baltimore History.

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

12:30PM

Book Signing with JHU Press Authors

Ron Coddington, Faces of the Civil War
Bob Luke, Soldiering for Freedom
 

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

1PM

Peabody Collection Spotlight – Baltimore History

Learn more about some of the surprising books and materials related to Baltimore history that can be found in the collections of Mt. Vernon’s beautiful George Peabody Library.

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

1PM

Pat LaFrieda, MEAT: Everything You Need to Know

Food For Thought Stage Event Details

1PM

From Here: New Fiction

Writers discuss “new fiction.”

Panelists: Jason Tinney, James Magruder, Dan Fesperman

CityLit Stage Event Details

1PM

John Thomas Everett

CityLit Stage Event Details

1PM

Elaine Eff: The Painted Screens of Baltimore

Folklorist Elaine Eff discusses the genesis and practice of a unique Baltimore art form.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

1PM

The Pros & Cons of Writing Fast

Readers are ravenous and authors prosper who can quickly feed the beast. But how does a writer pump up the volume, and what are the dangers of doing so?

Panelists: Diane Alberts/Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line; Jennifer L. Armentrout, Stay With Me; Megan Erickson, Make it Count; Megan Hart, Flying; Laura Kaye, Hard to Hold Onto; Mindy Klaskym, Perfect Pitch

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1PM

Bill T. Barry

When more than 100,000 railroad workers carried out the first national strike in the United States, it started in Baltimore at Camden Yards on July 16, 1877. Local labor educator and organizer Bill Barry has collected his extensive research in the definitive account of how the great railroad strike began in Charm City. The 1877 Railroad Strike in Baltimore focuses in detail on the weeks of the strike both in Baltimore, where two other strikes in the city were also in progress and where 10 innocent bystanders were murdered by the Maryland militia near Baltimore City Hall, and on related strikes across the country.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

1PM

Reyna Grande, The Distance Between Us

2014 One Maryland One Book author Reyna Grande will speak about her poignant memoir “The Distance Between Us.” Born in Mexico and raised by her grandparents after her parents left to find work in the U.S., at nine years old, Reyna enters the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant to live with her father (she gained legal status at the age of 13). She quickly realizes that life in America is far from perfect, but through hard work, becomes the first in her family to finish college.

Literary Salon Event Details

1PM

Tooth About Sharks

Enjoy an interactive presentation that will reveal the truth about these incredible aquatic creatures. Explore shark facts and myths. Learn about sharks’ habits, adaptations, and diets. Audience participation is not only encouraged, it’s required

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Crowd-funding for science fiction and fantasy projects

Authors and publishers are crowd-funding their projects in greater numbers every day with sites like Kickstarter or Indiegogo. These resources can seem daunting at first glance, and you need to know the marketplace and its consumers before you launch a project. But when it works, crowd-funding is an incredible resource. Our speaker Ron Garner of Silence in the Library Publishing has run numerous successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects. He will share methods and tips, talk about the elements common to successful crowd-funding projects, and answer questions from the audience.

Speaker: Ronald Garner

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

2PM

Character Design

Character design is the art of creating a character for use in books, comics, video games, television, movies and other fictional mediums. Designers outline everything about the character they envision from appearance and strengths to personality and weaknesses. Darren Soto teaches participants how to build a character and learn the basics of designing their very own “character sheet,” courtesy of Art Way Alliance.

Charm City Comic Book Pavilion Event Details

2PM

Stephen Wade: The Beautiful Music All Around Us

Musician and scholar Stephen Wade reveals the stories behind the Library of Congress' historic field recordings.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

2PM

Bill T. Jones, Story/Time

Literary Salon Event Details

2PM

Karsonya Wise Whitehead presents Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis

In Notes from a Colored Girl, Loyola University Maryland professor Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead examines the life and experiences of Emilie Frances Davis, a freeborn twenty-one-year-old mulatto woman, through a close reading of three pocket diaries she kept from 1863 to 1865. Whitehead explores Davis's worldviews and politics, her perceptions of both public and private events, her personal relationships, and her place in Philadelphia's free black community in the nineteenth century.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

2PM

Balancing Writing, Jobs, & Families

Writing is a jealous mistress, and the worlds inside of our heads can end up taking over our lives. Learn how to maintain that work-life balance so important to a happy career.

Panelists: Robin Covington, Temptation; Avery Flynn, Enemies on Tap; Sara Humphreys, Vampire Trouble; PJ Schnyder, Fighting Kat; M.D. Waters, Prototype

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM

Claudia Gray

Claudia Gray will present her book, Steadfast: A Spellcaster Novel.

Enoch Pratt Children's Stage Event Details

2PM

Eric D. Goodman

Eric D. Goodman will present his book, Tracks: A Novel in Stories.

CityLit Stage Event Details

2PM

Tom Glenn

Tom Glenn will be presenting his book, No-Accounts.

CityLit Stage Event Details

2PM

Nitin Jagdish

CityLit Stage Event Details

2PM

Lit & Art

Started in 2007, the Lit & Art Reading Series takes place five times a year at the Watermark Gallery near Harborplace. The program features artists who represent various literary genres combined with visual art. This festival edition is emceed by Aaron Henkin of WYPR’s “The Signal,” which takes listeners on a weekly tour of Baltimore’s cultural landscape.

Presenters: Tom Glenn, Eric D. Goodman, Nitin Jagdish, Holly Morse-Ellington, Nathan Leslie, Liz Moser, Manzar

CityLit Stage Event Details

2PM

Book Talk – Writing (and thinking) about Baltimore

JHU Press authors Gilbert Sandler, Fraser Smith, and Michael Olesker discuss notable events, memorable characters, and what’s changed (along with what hasn’t) in their many years observing and writing about Baltimore. A book signing follows the presentation (Small Town Baltimore, Here Lies Jim Crow, Front Stoops in the Fifties, and other books by these authors).

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

2PM

Jennifer Keats Curtis, Animal Helpers

University of Maryland graduate Jennifer Keats Curtis can often be found among students and teachers talking about literacy and conservation; she regularly presents writing workshops and author residencies to students. Keats Curtis serves as editor-at-large for Maryland Life magazine and recently took on the role of editor for an exciting new magazine for middle school students. By diligently researching her topic and interviewing real experts, including children working to help preserve and protect local wildlife, the long-time journalist has developed a knack for teaching young children about important ecological issues and what they can do to help. This program will feature a special animal encounter!

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Science Fiction and Fantasy Mysteries

Mysteries in science fiction are one of the trendiest new subgenres. What happens when you add "What if?" to "Whodonnit?" Join our panelists to discuss detectives, procedure, body disposal in the past, present and future, and more. They will talk about how you can extrapolate all that into the future for science fiction mysteries.

Panelists: Jeanne Adams, Sarah Pinsker, Scott Edelman, Miguelina Perez, Don Sakers

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

2:30PM

Chloe Coscarelli, Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen: 150 Pizzas, Pastas, Pestos, Risottos & Lots of Creamy Italian Classics

Food For Thought Stage Event Details

3PM

Book Talk – Greek Epitaphs, from Cut These Words into My Stone

Poet, filmmaker, and short-list nominee for the 2014 PEN Literary Award for Poetry in Translation, Michael Wolfe, reads from his beautiful book of translations of Greek epitaphs, Cut These Words into My Stone. A book signing follows the presentation.

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

3PM

Dead Baltimore Writers Reading

The University of Baltimore presents dramatic readings from the works of the city's late literary geniuses.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

3PM

Sexy Supernaturals

Readers love vamps, shifters, and creatures of all sorts…but how do authors turn a spooky read into something sexy? Authors tell all.

Panelists: Mary Behre, Guarded; Sara Humphreys, Vampire Trouble; Loni Lynne; Jean Murray; PJ Schnyder, Fighting Kat; Laura Welling, Talent to Burn

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM

Jay Gillen and students from the Baltimore Algebra Project present Educating for Insurgency: The Roles of Young People in Schools of Poverty

Jay Gillen, a Baltimore city public school teacher who has worked with the Baltimore Algebra Project since 1995 to build math literacy among youth of color and youth experiencing poverty in public schools, writes with passion and compassion about the daily lives of poor students trapped in institutions that dismiss and degrade them, offering a poetic manifesto of revolutionary “educational reform” that belongs in the pocket of anyone who currently works in, suffers through, or simply cares about public schooling in this country.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

3PM-4PM

Book discussion with the Baltimore Science Fiction Society

Join the Baltimore Science Fiction club to meet other readers in the Baltimore area, socialize, and discuss their book for the month, The Best of All Possible Worlds, by Karen Lord.

Moderator: Karlo Yeager

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

3:30PM

MFA/University Writers Slam

Towson University's Michael Downs, University of Baltimore's Kendra Kopelke, Notre Dame of Maryland University's Shelley Puhak and Johns Hopkins University's Mary Jo Salter showcase emerging writers from the city’s creative writing programs.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

3:30PM

David Sax, Tastemakers

Food For Thought Stage Event Details

3:30PM

Geo-Poe: A Literary Geo-Caching Adventure

Join Aaron Henkin and Rahne Alexander—contributors to CityLit’s Geo-Poe project—as they read their short short stories and help describe the Edgar Alan Poe-themed literary geo-caching “hide-and-seek” adventure in Baltimore throughout October (part of Free Fall Baltimore).

CityLit Stage Event Details

3:30PM

Elizabeth Chandler

Elizabeth Chandler will present her book, Everafter (Kissed by an Angel).

Enoch Pratt Children's Stage Event Details

3:30PM

Andrew Auseon

Andrew Auseon will present his book, Alienated.

Enoch Pratt Children's Stage Event Details

4PM

Rachel Donaldson

Rachel Donaldson will present her book, Roots of The Revival: Folk Music in the United States and Great Britain in the 1950s.

CityLit Stage Event Details

4PM

New Mercury Series Presents Nonfiction

The New Mercury, the area’s only on-going nonfiction reading series, takes place every month at the Windup Space in Station North. This festival edition is hosted by series curators Deborah Rudacille and John Barry.

Presenters: Philip Mackowiak, Arthur Magida, Rachel Donaldson

CityLit Stage Event Details

4PM

Tips for Writing at Different Lengths

Novels aren’t the only game in town. Learn the ins and outs of short stories, novellas, and novelettes!

Panelists: Christi Barth, Planning for Love; Laura Kaye, Hard to Hold Onto; Mindy Klasky, Perfect Pitch; Megan Hart, Flying

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM

D. Watkins presents Too Poor for Pop Culture

D. Watkins' essays for Salon and elsewhere, chronicling the struggles and hustles of Black Baltimore and his own trajectory from street dealer to creative writer, are no doubt the first shots fired by a major literary talent in the making. We're excited to welcome D. to the Radical Bookfair as he presents his first two printed collection of essays—published as Red Emma's zines.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

5PM

Marshall “Eddie” Conway presents Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther

Join us for a very special conclusion to the 2014 Radical Bookfair as we welcome former political prisoner Eddie Conway to our stage for a discussion of the history of black power in Baltimore City and his current work to rebuild devastated communities and develop street-level youth leadership.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

5PM

Romance Author Meet & Greet

Authors will be on hand for a casual meet and greet with readers. Come talk about books, receive promotional materials, and browse the Ukazoo bookstore!

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

5PM

M.K. Asante: Buck

Award-winning writer, filmmaker and musician M.K. Asante presents his memoir of self-realization and survival.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details



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When:

Sept 26-28, 2014
Fri & Sat: Noon - 8pm
Sun: Noon - 6pm

Where:

Baltimore Inner Harbor

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