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Friday, September 28




11AM

What's Your Writer Origin Story

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

11AM- 7PM

DIY Crafts

The Crafts Corridor offers hands-on activities for families all weekend long. Bring children of all ages for crafts including “A Wrinkle in Time” themed, DIY Galaxy Zen Jars and DIY Tesseracts.

Crafts Corridor Event Details

11:30AM

Charm City Trivia: Literary Edition

Join us on a Journey to the Center of the Earth all the way to Neverland and everywhere in between and test your knowledge of written works at Charm City Trivia's two-hour literary trivia event!

Literary Salon Event Details

11:30AM

Baltimore City Public Schools, variety

Baltimore Book Festival Music Stage Event Details

12PM

The Influencers

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM

Zumbini with Miss Kelly

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

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

12PM

Free Friday Feedback

This popular feature returns for a sixth straight year with editors from regional and online journals, and seasoned writers who will critique poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and scripts, and provide submission guidelines for their publications. Thirty-minute One-on-One conversations. Sign-up sheets available at the Festival opening. First come. First served. Five double-spaced pages. Only 16 30-minute slots available. Must register in advance at the Festival opening.

Laura Ballou, screenwriter, educator: scripts; Chelsea Lemon Fetzer, CityLit Project board member, writer: poetry, fiction, nonfiction; Lalita Noronha, fiction and poetry editor for Baltimore Review & CityLit Project board member: poetry, fiction, nonfiction http://baltimorereview.org/; Tyrese Coleman, writer, reviews editor for SmokeLong Quarterly, an online journal of flash fiction: fiction, nonfiction, flash fiction, experimental http://www.smokelong.com/

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM

My Muse Is My Day Job

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

12PM

What Color is Your Poetry?

Do you have a poetic voice, but can’t seem to kick it into gear? Let Ron Kipling Williams guide you through an intense workshop that will make your poetry rock!

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

12PM

Pokemon Go & Draw with Anna Richardson

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

12PM

Poetry in Motion

Using visual theatre, students create visual adaptations of Shel Silverstein poetry. Fun theatre games using creative movement, mime and gesture are played. Students will learn how to use their bodies as a tool for expression.

Crafts Corridor Event Details

12:30PM

Cooking Demo with Rusty Scupper, featuring Chef Pedro Duarte

Chef Duarte demonstrates how to break down a whole fish to make a delicious ceviche; a recipe from his favorite cookbook, Bravazo by Chef Gastón Acurio. Afterwards, Chef Duarte prepares Rusty Scupper’s famous, classic crab cake for the audience. Guests have the opportunity to sample both items during this segment.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

1PM

Bringing the Past to Life: Historical Romance Style

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

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1PM

Media Rhythm Institute, hip hop & dance

Baltimore Book Festival Music Stage Event Details

1PM

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

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

Panelists: Jonathan P. Brazee, Vera Brook, Kenneth Rogers Jr., Lawrence M. Schoen, N.J. Schrock

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

1:30PM

Paper Magic with Mr. Matt

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

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

1:30PM

How to Drawing Chibi

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

2PM

Who Am I? Creating a Character

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

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM

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

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

2PM

DewMore Baltimore Performance

DewMore Baltimore is a Baltimore-based nonprofit dedicated to using art and community organizing as tools to amplify marginalized voices, build safe spaces for the city's Youth, and increase civic engagement in the greater Baltimore Community. This performance will showcase some of the powerful and inspiring work that DewMore Baltimore generates throughout the year.

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

2PM-4PM

Pets on Wheels

Children can partner with a therapy dog or cat from Pets on Wheels, then select a favorite book, then 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.

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

2:30PM

Cooking Demo with Black Girls Cook, featuring Chef Nichole A. Mooney, Founder/Executive Director of Black Girls Cook

Black Girls Cook is non-profit organization that teaches inner city teen girls of color the importance of healthy eating by operating hands-on cooking classes and teaching the fundamentals of urban gardening. Chef Nichole conducts a very interactive, Autumn Seafood Paella demo and sampling for the audience.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

3PM

Open Works Mobile Workshop

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

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

3PM

Everybody Falls in Love: Diverse Characters in a Diverse World

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

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM

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

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

3PM

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

3PM

Poetry in Motion

Using visual theatre, students create visual adaptations of Shel Silverstein poetry.  Fun theatre games using creative movement, mime and gesture are played.  Students will learn how to use their bodies as a tool for expression.

Crafts Corridor Event Details

4PM

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

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

4PM

Autographing: L. Penelope and Na'amen Gobert Tilahun

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

4PM

Maria Leonard Olsen, 50 After 50: Reframing the Next Chapter of Your Life

Maria Leonard Olsen’s book chronicles her authenticity journey and how she overcame trauma by igniting her life with physical challenges, adventure travel, lifestyle changes, and spiritual practices.  She is a mother, attorney, women’s writing/empowerment retreat leader, recovery mentor, and cohost of WPFW's “Inside Out” radio show in Washington, D.C. She served as a Clinton Justice Department political appointee and on the Boards of Children’s National Medical Center BOV, the Catholic Coalition for Special Education, the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Washington, and the GirlsUp Advisory Committee.

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

4PM

What's New in Indie/Self-Publishing

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

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM

Cooking Demo with Chef Kevin Brown of Station North Arts Cafe

Co-owner of Station North Arts Cafe Kevin Brown serves up a scrumptious dish representative of the restaurant, which has been a part of Baltimore for more than 10 years. The restaurant is more than about the culinary craft…it’s about community.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

4:30PM

The Billy Price Charm City Rhythm Band, r&b

Baltimore Book Festival Music Stage Event Details

5PM

Magic Men and Women: Paranormal & Fantasy Romance

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

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

5PM

Happy Hour & Cooking Demo with Horseshoe Casino, featuring recipes from celebrity chefs Giada, Guy & Gordon!

The restaurants from Baltimore’s top casino come to life in a yummy happy hour as Guy Fieri’s Executive Chef Erik will be demo-ing & sampling Ahi Won Tacos from Guy’s Book, Guy Fieri Food: Cookin’ It, Livin’ It, Lovin’ It.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

5PM

DJ Tommy Carr

Literary Salon Event Details

5PM

The Weekly Reader Presents: Baltimore Authors Literary Trivia Game

Join Marion Winik and Lisa Morgan, the hosts of WYPR's popular book review podcast, to play a trivia quiz about local Baltimore authors past and present. Enjoy surprise celebrity guests and lots of prizes -- signed books. A book signing follows.

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

5PM

Heroes, Villains, and Everyone in Between

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

5PM

Autographing: Sue Hollister Barr and Vera Brook

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

5PM

Poetry in Motion

Using visual theatre, students create visual adaptations of Shel Silverstein poetry. Fun theatre games using creative movement, mime and gesture are played. Students will learn how to use their bodies as a tool for expression.

Crafts Corridor Event Details

5:30PM

Lady Brion presents With My Head Unbowed

With My Head Unbowed is a dual spoken-written, auditory-literary collection of emphatic poetry discussing family, women empowerment and the Black experience by Baltimore spoken word artist and activist Lady Brion. The book is rhythmic, hard-hitting and soulful in its unapologetic telling of the author's truth.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

5:30PM

True Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder

Three contributors of compact tales of intrigue will read and discuss their works, the genre, and what it takes to create mystery on the page. Hear ‘bite-sized crime stories' from some of the region’s most accomplished authors Danielle Evans, Rion Amlicar Scott and Erica Wright. “An intriguing take on crime/noir writing, this collection … investigates crimes both real and imagined. Despite their diminutive size, these tales promise to pack a punch.” ~ Chicago Tribune Expect stories that reveal unlikely allies who drag a woman from a leech-filled creek, but she's not who they expected, a whacked-out apartment dweller who discovers the pharmaceuticals that can set his world back on kilter, but does he have to take them by force? And about pirate librarians if you're an optimist, or about precariousness human connections in the face of racism and our looming dystopian future, if you're not.

CityLit Stage Event Details

6PM

Danni Starr: Empathy & Eyebrows: A Survivalist’s Stories on Reviving Your Spirit After Soul-Crushing Sh*storms

Danni Starr is an empath, national media personality, mental health advocate, activist and author. In her decade-long professional career, she has amassed an impressive amount of experience and used her media platform to help people and advocate for important causes. Her postpartum advocacy caught the attention of The Office of Women’s Health, which named her an ambassador. In 2017, she was recognized as ambassador of the year. She lists her greatest accomplishments as being the best mom possible to her two daughters, surviving postpartum depression, and writing her first book, Empathy and Eyebrows.

Literary Salon Event Details

6PM

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

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

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

6PM

Maya Alexandri presents The Plague Cycle

Maya Alexandri’s new novel, The Plague Cycle, delivers a cycle of linked short stories that unfold during a devastating world-wide epidemic, as experienced by aid workers in an unnamed African country. A stunning fast-paced work that encompasses despair and hope and, above all, resilience, these stories are, in the words of Jessica Anya Blau, “like modern day fairy tales.” Alexandri is the author of a novel, The Celebration Husband, and numerous short stories.  Her story, “Ann Noni Mini,” was nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize. 

The Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

6PM

Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Heads of the Colored People: Stories

A stunning new talent in literary fiction, Nafissa Thompson-Spires grapples with black identity and the contemporary middle class in compelling, boundary-pushing vignettes. Each captivating story plunges headfirst into the lives of new, utterly original characters. Thompson-Spires fearlessly shines a light on the simmering tensions and precariousness of black citizenship. Her stories are exquisitely rendered, satirical, and captivating in turn, engaging in the ongoing conversations about race and identity politics, as well as the vulnerability of the black body.

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

6PM

UNDead Genres: Marginalized Writers Reinvigorate Tired Tropes

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

6PM

Autographing: Jeff Gunhus and Kenneth Rogers Jr.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

6:30PM

Featured Musical Guest Artist: DYYO Live!

CityLit Stage Event Details



Saturday, September 29




11AM

All About That Swag: A Q&A Debate Game

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

Panelists: Robyn Neeley, Andi J. Christopher, M.C. Vaughan, Christi Barth, Pintip Dunn, Lori Ann Bailey

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

11AM

"…In Space!"

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

11AM

Maryland History Quiz featuring Jean B. Russo & Suzanne Ellery Chapelle

Test your knowledge about the state of Maryland in fun presentation led by authors Jean B. Russo and Suzanne Ellery Chapelle.

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

11AM

Storybook Parade

The Baltimore Book Festival holds its annual Storybook Parade taking place on the Inner Harbor Promenade. The procession will begin on the South Shore Promenade and end at the World Trade Center. Come join us as we march down the promenade in celebration of literacy and the literary arts with Junie B Jones, Cookie Mouse, Peter Rabbit, Wild Thing and the Maryland Circle of Griots’. All are welcome to join in; meet at Rash Field dressed as your favorite storybook character, author, or playwright!

Crafts Corridor Event Details

11AM- 7PM

DIY Crafts

The Crafts Corridor offers hands-on activities for families all weekend long. Bring children of all ages for crafts including “A Wrinkle in Time” themed, DIY Galaxy Zen Jars and DIY Tesseracts.

Crafts Corridor Event Details

11AM-1PM

Pets on Wheels

Children can partner with a therapy dog or cat from Pets on Wheels, then select a favorite book, then 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.

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

12PM

Fictional Foes: Villains & Antagonists

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

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM

A.J. Jacobs: Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey

A.J. Jacobs is the author of four New York Times bestsellers, including The Year of Living Biblically, The Know-It-All and Drop Dead Healthy. His new book, Thanks a Thousand, Jacobs describes his quest to thank every single person who had a role (no matter how small) in making his morning cup of coffee. Jacobs contributes to NPR, The New York Times and Esquire, among others. He lives in New York with his wife and sons.

Literary Salon Event Details

12PM

A Special Day with Chef John Shields & Friends

Chef John Shields, an original Baltimore Book Festival author and supporter, is the co-owner and proprietor of Gertrude’s Restaurant at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The host of PBS’s Chesapeake Bay Cooking and Coastal Cooking with John Shields, he is the author of The Chesapeake Bay Cookbook: Rediscovering the Pleasures of a Great Regional Cuisine, The Chesapeake Bay Crab Cookbook, Coastal Cooking with John Shields, and Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields, 25th anniversary edition.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

12PM

New Releases with Marion Winik, author of The Baltimore Book of the Dead, as curator

Joining her on the stage are novelists Evan Balkan, Victoria Kennedy, Heather Huddleston, and memoirist Anthony Moll. Huddleston’s work has appeared in Forge Journal, on the TEDx and Listen to Your Mother stages. She’ll read from Mary Walks, a coming-of-age story about the mother of Jesus. Balkan’s Spitfire follows 11-year-old Caroline’s journey through a world that is rapidly changing around her in 1952 Baltimore, that daily tests her mettle and her will. Kennedy’s Zoë Browne is on top of the world, her own boss, and enjoys the security of a loving, supportive family. All that's missing is someone to save her from her happy but loveless life. Moll will read from Out of Step, a queer coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of masculinity and secrecy.

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM

Nita’s First Signs Storytime for Families

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

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

12PM

David Reichenbaugh, In Pursuit: The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers, in Conversation with Tom Mauriello

David Reichenbaugh's experience and passion for law enforcement and protecting the citizens along with his command attributes is what led him and enabled him to be the on-scene commander during the capture of the beltway sniper. His book In Pursuit: The Hunt for Beltway Snipers will give you a deeper look into his life and experiences in these roles. David retired after 23 years of service with the Maryland State Police as a Lieutenant and Barrack Commander in Cumberland Maryland.

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

12PM

David Zurawik

Join Baltimore Sun’s TV/media critic, David Zurawik, for a vital hour of cultural conversation. David’s sharp focus on the media—warts and all—is regularly featured on national TV networks, such as CNN and FOX, as well as on his popular blog “Z on TV.”  His columns have appeared in The Sun since 1989 and are now syndicated, appearing in the LA Times and other newspapers. When he’s not writing, he’s serving as a communications and media studies assistant professor at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.

The Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

12PM

Carol J. Adams presents Protest Kitchen: Fight Injustice, Save the Planet, and Fuel Your Resistance One Meal at a Time

The acclaimed feminist-vegan advocate, activist, and independent scholar—author of the groundbreaking The Sexual Politics of Meat—presents her latest book, a handbook for grounding resistance in an ethical diet. With her co-author Virginia Messina, Adams draws the connections between sexual oppression, climate change, rising authoritarian, and animal suffering to help map a pathway from the personal to the political.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

12PM

Actual Science in Science Fiction

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

12PM

Poetry in Motion

Using visual theatre, students create visual adaptations of Shel Silverstein poetry. Fun theatre games using creative movement, mime and gesture are played.  Students will learn how to use their bodies as a tool for expression.

Crafts Corridor Event Details

12PM

Drawing Dynamic Expressions with Dennis Johnson

Give your characters new life with dynamic expressions! In this workshop, you will learn the basics of drawing facial features as well as how to manipulate them. This is essential for conveying emotions ranging from happiness and joy to anger and pain. Come discuss how facial features, expression, and body language can enhance your ability to portray strong emotion.

Charm City Comic Pavilion Event Details

1PM

Short Fiction: The Beating Heart of SF/F

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

1PM

Bettye Blaize & Terrence White present Doing Time with My Son: A Mother and Son's Enduring Love Through Incarceration

What happens when a loved one is incarcerated? Join the authors as they dig deep into issues surrounding our criminal justice system and its impact on families, while also presenting a hopeful picture of the possibilities that exist when we believe that no matter where come from, what we've been through, and what lies ahead, love endures.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

1PM

Ed Doyle-Gillespie and Friends

Ed Doyle-Gillespie
Ed Doyle-Gillespie is a man of many roles – poet, history teacher, and Baltimore City police officer. During this hour, he’ll share the stage with a number of his favorite writers in Baltimore. Doyle-Gillespie teaches ethics, community policing, and various other subjects at Baltimore’s police academy. His poetry has been published in journals in the US, UK and Finland, and he’s the author of two collections Masala Tea and Oranges and On the Later Addition of Sancho Panza.

Jenny O’Grady
Native of the Eastern Shore, Jenny O’Grady writes and makes book sculptures in Baltimore. She is editor of UMBC Magazine. She taught book arts and electronic publishing as an adjunct professor in the University of Baltimore’s Creative Writing and Publishing Arts MFA program (2008-2012), where she earned her MFA in 2006. Previously, she worked as a community newspaper reporter, following in the footsteps of her mother, and also at a culinary school.

She is editor of a quarterly ekphrasis journal called The Light Ekphrastic. Since February 2010, TLE has paired writers and visual artists from all over the world to create new works online.The Baker Artist Awards named Jenny a 2013 b-Grant winner for her book arts.

Shirley Brewer
Shirley J. Brewer graduated from careers in bartending, palm-reading and speech therapy. She serves as poet-in-residence at Carver Center for the Arts & Technology in Baltimore. Her poems garnish BarrowStreet, Poetry East, Slant, Gargoyle, Comstock Review, and many other journals. Shirley’s poetry chapbooks include A Little Breast Music, 2008, Passager Books and After Words, 2013, Apprentice House. In 2017, Main Street Rag released her first full-length collection of poems, Bistro in Another Realm. Shirley was awarded the first Creativity Award for Excellence in Plorking (Play + Work) from the University of Baltimore, where she earned her Master’s degree in Creative Writing/Publishing Arts. Her definition of shame is a bare wrist.

The Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

1PM

Deborah R. Weiner, On Middle Ground: A History of the Jews of Baltimore

Deborah R. Weiner is an independent historian. She is the author of Coalified Jews: An Appalachian History and her latest, On Middle Ground (written with Eric L. Goldstein), the first truly comprehensive history of Baltimore’s Jewish community.  Deborah R. Weiner describes not only the formal institutions of Jewish life but also the everyday experiences of families like the Brunns and of a diverse Jewish population that included immigrants and natives, factory workers and department store owners, traditionalists and reformers. The story of Baltimore Jews—full of absorbing characters and marked by dramas of immigration, acculturation, and assimilation—is the story of American Jews in microcosm. But its contours also reflect the city’s unique culture.

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

1PM

Whose Book Is It Anyway?: Picture Book Edition

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

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

1PM

Where are all the Asian Beach Reads?

This lively session curated by Aesthetic Distance’s Eliza Romero with Dr. Tamara Bhalla, Sunny J. Reed, Vanessa Ulrich, Chris Jesu Lee and Keith Chow who discuss the dearth of Asian American "beach reads." Why are there so few of them? Why is Asian-American literature so weighty and serious? The idea is to unravel through conversation the reason for the dearth of lighthearted, fun and fluffy reads in Asian American literature. Are the stories only appreciated if they’re tragic, weighty stories? According to Romero, beach reads are considered middlebrow literature but they shouldn't be dismissed. Middlebrow entertainment is the most important genre in creating a cultural baseline. It's why Asian beach reads are so necessary.

CityLit Stage Event Details

1PM

Renee Brooks Catacalos, The Chesapeake Table

In The Chesapeake Table:  Your Guide to Eating Local, Renee Brooks Catacalos reminds us that eating local is easier—and more rewarding—than we may think.  Catacalos, the former publisher of Edible Chesapeake magazine, served as deputy director for Future Harvest/Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. She is currently a member of the Steering Team for the Chesapeake Foodshed Network, a regional food system initiative working to catalyze connections and collaborations that build a sustainable, resilient, inclusive, and equitable regional food system in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.   

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

1PM

Kevin Shird: The Colored Waiting Room: Empowering the Original and the New Civil Rights Movements

Kevin Shird is an activist, national youth advocate, public speaker, and author. Shird began dealing drugs at the age of sixteen, and later served almost twelve years in prison for drug trafficking. Today he works with young people to help them avoid the dangers of street culture and advocates for policy changes that support their safety and development. During the tenure of President Barack Obama, Shird worked with the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy, and he was part of the committee for President Obama's Clemency Project. Today, he’s an Associate at the Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine, Johns Hopkins University.

Literary Salon Event Details

1PM

Beyond Mr. Darcy – From Kensington Books

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

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1:30PM

How to Draw Superhero’s and Villains with Duane Pearson

What makes a good hero? Come learn the answer to this question and create your own hero. Whether a detective like Batman or a mutant like Wolverine, discover how to create a hero that the Justice League and Avengers would beg to be on their team. Alongside every hero you have a compelling Villain. From costume to personality, learn how to make a villain that stands out among any rogue's gallery.

Charm City Comic Pavilion Event Details

2PM

Needful Things: Writing for Young Adults

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

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM

Carol Anderson, One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy, in Conversation with Carlos Lozada

From the New York Times best-selling author of White Rage, comes a history of voter suppression in America. Anderson discusses the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote, triggered by the 2013 Supreme Court decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Known as the Shelby ruling, this decision effectively allowed districts with a demonstrated history of racial discrimination to change voting requirements without approval from the Department of Justice. Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University. White Rage won the National Book Critics Circle Award, Bourgeois Radicals, and Eyes off the Prize.

Literary Salon Event Details

2PM

Chef Virginia Willis, Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover’s Tour of the Global South

Secrets of the Southern Table is a diverse collection of recipes from Southern-cooking specialist Virginia Willis, drawn from the unique tapestry of today's South, with stories and profiles from Southern food purveyors and influencers. Chef Willis showcases three delicious demos, and samples of her Mexican Chocolate Pudding will be available for all to enjoy! Georgia-born French-trained Chef Virginia Willis has made cookies with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and beguiled celebrities such as Jane Fonda, Bill Clinton, and Aretha Franklin with her cooking -- but it all started in her grandmother’s country kitchen.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

2PM

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

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

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

2PM

John Eisenberg in Conversation with Jack Gilden

John Eisenberg is the author of 10 books, including That First Season, Ten-Gallon War, and The Streak. He was a columnist and sportswriter for the Baltimore Sun for 23 years, and also has written for Sports Illustrated and Smithsonian Magazine. Eisenberg lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and currently writes columns on the digital channels operated by the Baltimore Ravens.

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

2PM

Ben Fountain presents Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution in Conversation with Eileen Rivers

New York Times best-selling author Ben Fountain will read from his newest book, Beautiful Country Burn Again, which is a work of sweeping reportage. In a sequence of essays set in 2016, he recounts a surreal year of politics, moving from caucuses to conventions to the aftershocks of the stunning election.  Fusing history and the present day, Fountain argues that the United States may require a “burning” of the old order as we attempt to remake ourselves. An award-winning fiction writer, Fountain’s work includes the best-selling Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.

The Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

2PM

Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Linda E. Carty present Feminist Freedom Warriors: Genealogies, Justice, Politics, and Hope

Collecting stories of women of color from the Global South, Feminist Freedom Warriors weaves together cross-generational histories of feminist activism across national borders. These engaging interviews with sister comrades will inform, inspire, and activate the imagination to explore what a just world might look like. Each woman’s story illustrates their lifelong commitment to challenging oppressive practices and forming solidarities across borders to transform unjust structures around the globe.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

2PM

YA For Today

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

2PM

Autographing: KJ Kabza and Sam J. Miller

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

2:30PM

Incarceration / A Bound Woman

Poet and scholar Dr. DaMaris Hill reads and discusses her new work, A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland, hailed “a reckoning” by writer, professor, editor and commentator Roxane Gay, as well as incarceration and restorative justice with writer/researcher Bilphena Yahwon, a prison abolitionist who does restorative justice and restorative practices work with Restorative Response Baltimore. Lisa Snowden McCray, former Baltimore Beats editor, is the moderator.

CityLit Stage Event Details

2:30PM

JaneliaSoul*, afro pop

Baltimore Book Festival Music Stage Event Details

2:30PM

Write Your Own Story & Self-Publishing Workshop

Join writer and fashion designer Stacy Stube for this literary-themed workshop; Saturday, September 29 from 2:30-4:30pm; tickets available at http://bit.ly/clocktowerwriters.

Neighborhood Events Event Details

3PM

Composing Sequential Art for Comic Books with Colin Byrd

This workshop will show you how to compose a complete image in sequential art. Instruction will focus on scene design, angles, tone, composition, composition, and traditional art-making essentials.

Charm City Comic Pavilion Event Details

3PM

Poetry in Motion

Using visual theatre, students create visual adaptations of Shel Silverstein poetry.  Fun theatre games using creative movement, mime and gesture are played.  Students will learn how to use their bodies as a tool for expression.

Crafts Corridor Event Details

3PM

Contemplating Contemporary – From Kensington Books

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

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM

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

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

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

3PM

Cathy Barrow, Pie Squared: Irresistibly Easy Sweet & Savory Slab Pies

Slab pies, baked in a baking sheet, are showing up on pot luck tables and holiday sideboards. Cathy Barrow's upcoming book, Pie Squared, offers both modern and traditional recipes to tuck between two crusts. With 15 crust recipes (some that don't need a rolling pin) and 60 pies, both sweet and savory, this is a “what's for dinner” book, a take something to a party book, an office celebration food book, a family dinner book and more. Join Cathy Barrow, a Washington Post columnist, at the demo stage where she'll make her Have No Fear Pie Crust and roll out and decorate the Just-Like-Artichoke-Dip Slab Pie, her surefire addition to any party. Recipe cards & sampling will be available to all attendees.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

3PM

Jonathan Abrams, All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire

With unparalleled access to all the key actors and writers involved in The Wire’s creation, Jonathan Abrams tells the astonishing, compelling, and complete account of The Wire, from its inception and creation through its end and powerful legacy. Jonathan Abrams is an award-winning journalist who writes for Bleacher Report. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling Boys Among Men. He was previously a staff writer at Grantland, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times.

Literary Salon Event Details

3PM

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

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

3PM

Charlene A. Carruthers presents Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements

The co-founder of Chicago youth organizing collective BYP100 draws on Black intellectual and grassroots organizing traditions, including the Haitian Revolution, the US civil rights movement, and LGBTQ rights and feminist movements, to challenge all of us engaged in the social justice struggle to make the movement for Black liberation more radical, more queer, and more feminist. This book provides a vision for how social justice movements can become sharper and more effective through principled struggle, healing justice, and leadership development.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

3PM

Barbara Bourland: Building a Creative Life in Baltimore

Four years ago, novelist Barbara Bourland left New York and moved to Baltimore with the desire for a more creative, fulfilling life. She explores the lessons, pitfalls and truths discovered along the way. Bourland is the author of I’ll Eat When I’m Dead, recently rereleased in paperback, and the forthcoming Fake Like Me (June 2019).

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

3:30PM

Michael Downs presents The Strange and True Story of Horace Wells, Surgeon Dentist

In his newest novel, The Strange and True Story of Horace Wells, Surgeon Dentist, Michael Downs imagines the motivations and mysteries behind the true story of Horace Wells, the dentist who first used laughing gas as a surgical anesthetic. Wells’ discovery would change the world, reshaping medicine and humanity’s relationship with pain. And it would change his own life, too. A former newspaper reporter, Downs is an associate professor of English at Towson University. Among his awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. He lives and writes in Baltimore.

The Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

3:30PM

She Would Be King: Wayétu Moore in conversation with Angela Carroll

Moore’s debut novel reimagines the dramatic story of the formation of Liberia through the eyes of three unforgettable characters. She will read from her new work, a blend of magical realism, and history, discuss her upcoming memoir and her work as founder of One Moore Book, a children's book publishing company created in order to provide stories for children living in regions with low literacy rates and underrepresented cultures. She will be in conversation with Baltimore’s own Carroll, an artist-archivist and investigator of culture.

CityLit Stage Event Details

4PM

Literature for Social Justice, Curated by Open Society Institute—Baltimore

This exciting hour begins with a reading by Lady Brion (Brion Gill), a 2015 OSI Community Fellow, poet, and author of With My Head Unbowed; followed by a panel on “The Books that Inspire Us to Action,” featuring Tara Huffman, director of OSI-Baltimore’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice program, Karen E. Webber, director of OSI-Baltimore’s Education and Youth Development program, & Monique Morris*, author of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools.

Literary Salon Event Details

4PM

Chef John Shields in Conversation with Tom Pelton

Chef John Shields, an original Baltimore Book Festival author and co-owner and proprietor of Gertrude’s Restaurant at the Baltimore Museum of Art joins in a conversation about cooking and food with Tom Pelton, host of the public radio program The Environment in Focus.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

4PM

Writers & The Legacy of the Black Panther

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

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM

William C. Anderson and Mariame Kaba present As Black As Resistance: Finding the Conditions for Liberation

Joined in dialogue by prison abolitionist Mariame Kaba, William C. Anderson, co-author with Zoé Samudzi of As Black As Resistance, analyzes the foundational role played by anti-Blackness in the United States, and how Black liberation depends on overcoming the limits of a liberalism which always remains a colonialism. Against the racist violence at the core of the established order, Anderson presents a program of self-defense and transformative politics for Black Americans, one rooted in an anarchistic framework akin to the Black experience itself.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

4PM

Andrew Kleine, City on the Line: How Baltimore Transformed Its Budget to Beat the Great Recession and Deliver Outcomes

Andrew Kleine is a nationally recognized leader in municipal finance and performance management. He served as Baltimore’s budget director from 2008 to 2018, after nearly 15 years of federal government service that included budget and policy positions in the U.S. Department of Transportation, White House Office of Management and Budget, and Corporation for National and Community Service. He now consults local governments on budgeting for outcomes, long-term financial planning, Lean Government, and pension and health benefit reform.

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

4PM

I've Seen Your Face Before

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

4PM

Autographing: Lara Elena Donnelly and Justina Ireland

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

4:30PM

A Family Affair: On Parents, Parenting, Siblings, and Childhood

Riffing on Tolstoy’s famous quote—"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."—Johns Hopkins University MA in Writing students share their diverse, true stories about family. Writing about family can be tricky—and yet in the memoir and the essay, writers throughout time have been inevitably drawn to these intimate, revealing stories that help us make sense of our lives. Moderated by Hopkins Associate Director of the MA in Writing Program, Karen Houppert, the lineup will feature essays about everything from a parent’s injury in the 9/11 attack at the Pentagon to growing up on an Israeli military base to raising toddlers in Baltimore.

CityLit Stage Event Details

4:30PM

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

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

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

5PM

Food Writing Beyond the Plate: A Conversation with Tia Keenan, Soleil Ho & Carrie Helms Tippen. Moderated by Hannah Howard

The best culinary stories use food as a starting point, a way into topics as juicy and diverse as loss, grief, injustice, and the beautiful, terrible and strange nuances of our culture. Tia Keenan, author of The Art of the Cheese Plate and the forthcoming Melt, Stretch & Sizzle; Soleil Ho, host of the Racist Sandwich Podcast and co-writer of the graphic novel MEAL; and Carrie Helms Tippen, author of Inventing Authenticity: How Cookbook Writers Redefine Southern Identity, discuss the challenges, possibilities, and the power of food writing with moderator Hannah Howard, author of Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

5PM

Catana Chetwynd, Little Moments of Love, in Conversation with John Freed

Catana Chetwynd is a self-taught traditional artist and the enthusiastic author of Catana Comics. She grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she spent her time creating art and pursing an education in psychology until accidentally stumbling into the world of comics. Not only is her boyfriend, John Freed, the daily inspiration for her drawings, but he was also the one who suggested a comic series about their relationship in the first place. Thanks to his idea and his inspiring daily antics, Catana was able to pursue her childhood dream of being a cartoonist.

Literary Salon Event Details

5PM

Love and Lies: Contemporary Romance

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

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

5PM

LGBTQIASFF

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

5PM

Autographing: Theodora Goss and Sherri Cook Woosley

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

5PM

Priestesses and Scribes: Writing Spirituality, Sexuality, and Gender featuring Rahne Alexander, Tyler Vile, Nikki Richard, & Venus Selenite

Gender and sexuality seen through the lens of poetry, music, and performance art. A panel of esteemed Baltimore authors — Rahne Alexander, Venus Selenite, Nikki Richard, and Tyler Vile — offer invocations, short readings, and a discussion on the ways their spiritual practices impact their creative processes and lives as queer transgender women.

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

5PM

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore presents Sketchtasy

An urgent, glittering, devastating novel about the perils of queer world-making in the mid-'90s, Sketchtasy tells the story of Alexa, an incisive twenty-one-year-old queen facing everyday brutality with determined nonchalance. Drawn to the ecstasy of drugged-out escapades, Alexa searches for nourishment in a gay culture bonded by clubs and conformity, willful apathy, and the spectre of AIDS. Sketchtasy brings 1990s gay culture startlingly back to life, as Alexa and her friends grapple with the impact of growing up at a time when desire and death are intertwined.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

5PM

Poetry in Motion

Using visual theatre, students create visual adaptations of Shel Silverstein poetry.  Fun theatre games using creative movement, mime and gesture are played.  Students will learn how to use their bodies as a tool for expression.

Crafts Corridor Event Details

5PM

Mason Jar Press Presents

Mason Jar Press is dedicated to finding new and exciting work by writers who push the bounds of literary norms. This year, The Ivy Stage is excited for Mason Jar to present:

Erin Dorney, I Am Not Famous Anymore: Poems After Shia LaBeouf  
Erin Dorney’s writing has been featured in numerous digital and printed literary publications, such as Juked, Hobart, Paper Darts, The Found Poetry Review, The Pinch, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Birdfeast. Her newest collection of poetry, I Am Not Famous Anymore: Poems After Shia LaBeouf, has been published by Mason Jar Press. Erin is the recipient of numerous grants and writer-in-residency awards and was  the first Modern Worker: Writer in Residence at Modern Art in Lancaster, PA.

Erin is one half of FEAR NO LIT, curator of the "From the Desk of..." series at Real Pants, former poetry editor for Third Point Press, founder emeritus of The Triangle, and a former assistant professor and outreach librarian. Since 2014 she has been a volunteer with VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

celeste doaks, Not Without Our Laughter: Poems of Humor, Joy & Sexuality
Poet and journalist celeste doaks is the author of Cornrows and Cornfields, Wrecking Ball Press, UK, March 2015. She’s the editor (and contributor in) of the poetry anthology Not Without Our Laughter: Poems of Humor, Joy, & Sexuality, Mason Jar Press, May 2017. Cornrows was listed as one of the “Ten Best Books of 2015” by Beltway Quarterly Poetry. Her poem “For the Chef at Helios…” received a 2015 Pushcart Prize nomination.
celeste’s multiple accolades include a 2017 Rubys Grant in Literary Arts and a Lucille Clifton Scholarship to attend Squaw Valley Writers Workshop. Her journalism has appeared in the Huffington Post, Village Voice, Time Out New York, and QBR (Quarterly Black Book Review).Her poems have been published in multiple on-line and print publications, such as the Chicago Quarterly Review, Asheville Poetry Review, Bayou Magazine and Beltway Poetry Quarterly. She holds an MFA from North Carolina State University and is the 2017-2018 Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Delaware.

Anthony Moll, Out of Step
Anthony Moll is a Baltimore-based writer and educator. He writes about Queer life and occasionally reviews books for both national and local publications. His creative work has appeared in Gertrude Journal, Assaracus, jubilat and more. Anthony holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts and has taught writing at both public and private universities.

Anthony is the winner of the 2017 Non/Fiction Collection Prize from The Journal and Ohio State University Press for his memoir Out of Step. His 2015 chapbook, a collection of poems entitled Go to the Ant, O Sluggard, is available now from Akinoga Press.

Victoria Zelvin, Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was
Victoria Zelvin is a writer living and working in Washington D.C. Her speculative short fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Shoreline of Infinity, and numerous anthologies including Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was from Mason Jar Press, Love Hurts from Meerkat Press, Love and Bubbles from Jaylee James, and others. She is a graduate of Roanoke College's inaugural Creative Writing program and lives with two cats who have taken over her social media. Her work can be found at: victoriazelvin.com.

The Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

5:30PM

The Palovations, motown

Baltimore Book Festival Music Stage Event Details

5:30PM

Featuring Musical Guest Artist: Christen B. Music

CityLit Stage Event Details

6PM

Introducing Writers Who Deserve Their Own Light

Three literary ‘institutions’ introduce writers who are worth a listen. Mason Jar Press’ Ian Anderson introduces Tyrese Coleman’s new “fictional memoir” How to Sit. Eclectic PR’s Cherrie Woods introduces teen author and motivational speaker Shakira Rayann, discussing Real Talk: A Journey to Faith, Hope, and Love, a series of prose, essays, affirmations and poetry about the challenges she faced during her time in middle and high school. Baltimore Review’s Barbara Diehl presents writer/translator Jake Weber and his new short story collection, Don't Wait to Be Called stories "populated by two distinct sets of characters that have dominated recent headlines: Refugees and blue-collar Americans,” says Washington Independent Review of Books.

CityLit Stage Event Details

6PM

And Still She Persisted: Strong Female Characters

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

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

6PM

Katia D. Ulysse, Mouths Don’t Speak, in Conversation with Lauren Francis-Sharma

Mouths Don’t Speak, the latest novel by Katia D. Ulysse, is about a Haitian immigrant in the U.S. trying to stay emotionally afloat after the 2010 Haitian earthquake rips her family apart. Ulysse is a fiction writer, born in Haiti whose short stories, essays, and Pushcart-Prize-nominated poetry appear in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including: The Caribbean Writer, Smartish Pace, Phoebe, Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism; Mozayik, The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States, and Haiti Noir, edited by Edwidge Danticat.

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

6PM

The Speculative Table: Beyond Stew and MREs

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details



Sunday, September 30




11AM

Hopeful Fiction

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

Panelists: Bill Campbell, Ruthanna Emrys, Jo Miles, Day al-Mohamed

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

11AM

Michael Arceneaux, I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyoncé in Conversation with Helena Andrews of The Washington Post

Featured as one of Summer 2018’s most anticipated reads by the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, ELLE, Buzzfeed, and Bitch Media, I Can’t Date Jesus is a timely collection of alternately hysterical and soul searching essays about what it is like to grow up as a creative, sensitive, black man in a world that constantly tries to deride and diminish your humanity.  Covering issues related to culture, sexuality, religion, race, and Beyoncé. Michael has written for Complex, Essence, The Guardian, New York Magazine, the New York Times, The Root, and many other publications. 

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

11AM

Book Cover Bingo

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

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

11AM

Super City, alternative

Baltimore Book Festival Music Stage Event Details

11AM

Charlie Jane Anders, All the Birds in the Sky, in Conversation with author Malka Older

Charlie Jane Anders is the author of All the Birds in the Sky and the forthcoming City in the Middle of the Night. She organizes the Writers with Drinks reading series in San Francisco and helps to organize the Bookstore and Chocolate Crawl. Her writing has won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Sturgeon, Crawford and Lambda Literary Awards. The editor-in-chief of Gawker's popular geek-culture website io9, Anders has been writing with passion and insight about science fiction and fantasy for years — so it only makes sense that in her debut novel for adults, All the Birds in the Sky, she's melded the two genres in a way that opens a profound, poetic new perspective on each.

Literary Salon Event Details

11AM- 7PM

DIY Crafts

The Crafts Corridor offers hands-on activities for families all weekend long. Bring children of all ages for crafts including “A Wrinkle in Time” themed, DIY Galaxy Zen Jars and DIY Tesseracts.

Crafts Corridor Event Details

12PM

Poetry in Motion

Using visual theatre, students create visual adaptations of Shel Silverstein poetry.  Fun theatre games using creative movement, mime and gesture are played.  Students will learn how to use their bodies as a tool for expression.

Crafts Corridor Event Details

12PM

Motion Graphics and Animation with Lateef A. Reid

In this workshop we will be looking at Adobe Illustrator and how it can be used for Animation as well as Motion Graphics.

Charm City Comic Pavilion Event Details

12PM

April Ryan, Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House, in Conversation with Bill Whitaker of CBS News

Baltimore-born April Ryan is a White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, and a CNN Political Analyst. April has a unique vantage point as the only black, female reporter covering urban issues from the White House – a position she has held since the Clinton era. She is the author of the award-winning books, The Presidency in Black and White and At Mama’s Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White. April will be joined by Bill Whitaker, award-winning correspondent for CBS News’ 60 Minutes.

Literary Salon Event Details

12PM

Susan Weis-Bohlen: Ayurveda Beginner’s Guide

Susan Weis-Bohlen, the former owner of Breathe Books and Breathe Bookstore Café in Hampden, focuses full-time on her Ayurveda practice. Susan’s book, Ayurveda: A Beginner’s Guide discusses essential Ayurvedic principles and practices to balance and heal naturally. She leads retreats and Sacred Site tours, which incorporate yoga, meditation and Ayurveda, primarily to India and Bhutan.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

12PM

A Revolutionary Summer: I Dream a World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America

Founder Andria Nacina Cole curates a session based on the summer program for high school and college-age students, 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. Cole will be joined by the daughters who will share their I Dream a World monologues.

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM

Give and Take: Author/Blogger Relationships

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

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM

The Lit & Art Reading Series

The series has been showcasing the talents of local, regional, and national authors, poets, musicians, and artists for more than a decade. For this Book Festival edition of Lit & Art, featured talent includes Rafael Alvarez (The Wire), Shirley Brewer (Bistro in Another Realm), Katherine Cottle (I Remain Yours), and Dave Eberhardt (For All the Saints), with live music by Red Sammy and original art by Manzar Rassouli. The event is curated and hosted by Eric D. Goodman and Nitin Jagdish. Come for an exciting lineup of fiction, poetry, music, and art, and discover why Lit & Art has been called the best excuse to get lit on a Sunday afternoon!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/LitAndArt/

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

12PM

Mariame Kaba presents Missing Daddy

Mariame Kaba is an organizer, educator and curator who’s active in numerous social movements for prison abolition, racial justice, gender justice, and transformative justice. In Missing Daddy, a picture book for young readers ages 4 to 8, she tells the story of a little girl who misses her father because he's away in prison, sharing how his absence affects different parts of her life. With gorgeous illustrations, this book depicts a little girl's love for her father from whom she is separated because of incarceration.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

12PM

Marty Azola presents Rebuilding Baltimore

The Azola family has spent the last fifty years renovating some of Baltimore’s most historically important structures, from17th century log cabins to multi-storied skyscrapers. These include the Pimlico Race Track Clubhouse, the Bromo-Seltzer Building, the Ivy Hotel and many others. Each represents an important time and place, in our city’s history. Marty Azola’s new book, Rebuilding Baltimore, is a remarkable exploration of this historic preservation. Several important chapters of Baltimore’s history are told through twenty-six diverse projects.

The Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

12PM

Dangerous Voices Variety Hour Presents

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

12:30PM

Ebb & Nova, acoustic

Baltimore Book Festival Music Stage Event Details

1PM

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

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

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

1PM

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

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

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1PM

Lit! Pop! Bang! - Live!

Podcast recording: writers and educators talk race in writing, publishing and pop culture. Lit!Pop!Bang! is a monthly, Baltimore-based podcast hosted by Anthony Moll and CeCe (celeste doaks), which discusses all things books, writing and pop culture. They’ll bring their unique brand of thought-provoking analysis, with a slight dose of shade, before a live audience. For this live episode, they’ll bring together 2018 Baltimore Youth Poet Laureate Maren Wright-Kerr (Lovey), the 2018 Hyperbole poetry slam champion and poet Ailish Hopper to have a gloves-off discussion about racism and intersectional identity.

CityLit Stage Event Details

1PM

2018 One Maryland One Book Tim Junkin, Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Evidence in Conversation with Kirk Bloodsworth

Presented by Maryland Humanities, author Tim Junkin and Kirk Bloodsworth discuss Bloodworth’s story of being exonerated after being to sentenced to Maryland’s gas chamber and spending nine years on death row. Tim Junkin is an attorney, with thirty years of experience as a trial lawyer and advocate of civil rights, an award-winning writer and a teacher. Junkin is the author of The Waterman, Good Counsel and Bloodsworth. He also founded Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy which became ShoreRivers, a Maryland river protection nonprofit, and he has received several environmental awards.

Literary Salon Event Details

1PM

The Future of Cities, the Fantasy of Cities

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

1PM

Erik Loomis presents A History of America in Ten Strikes

Powerful and accessible, A History of America in Ten Strikes challenges all of our contemporary assumptions around labor, unions, and American workers. In this brilliant book, labor historian Erik Loomis recounts ten critical workers’ strikes in American labor history that everyone needs to know about. From the Lowell Mill Girls strike in the 1830s to Justice for Janitors in 1990, these labor uprisings do not just reflect the times in which they occurred, but speak directly to the present moment.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

1PM

Charita Cole Brown, Defying the Verdict: My Bipolar Life

"Defying the Verdict is a wonderful book: deeply human, full of life's joys and suffering. Full of the author's courage and faith. Charita Brown describes her bipolar illness in telling detail; her writing is powerful and eloquent. I highly recommend this book."
~Kay Redfield Jamison, author of An Unquiet Mind. Charita Cole Brown is now retired and lives in Baltimore with her two daughters.

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

1PM-3PM

Pets on Wheels

Children can partner with a therapy dog or cat from Pets on Wheels, then select a favorite book, then 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.

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

1:30PM

Hit Confirm: a Brief History of Character Design for Video Games with Tyrone Barnes

Video games are the only mainstream art form in which the audience is not just present, but rather participating in the story. Its characters are not ones to simply be watched, but “used.”  How does one find a way to make a compelling character that is just as much fun to use as to watch? Game designers have come up with a lot of answers to this question over the years. Come sit down with Tyrone Barnes to see a brief summary of them! Q&A afterwards.

Charm City Comic Pavilion Event Details

1:30PM

Dan Fesperman presents Safe Houses

In this gripping new work of suspense from the author of The Double Game, a young woman discovers a nefarious truth at the heart of the CIA’s operations in postwar Berlin and goes on a run for her life. Years later she’s gruesomely murdered along with her husband, and her daughter begins to chase down these startling secrets from her past. Dan Fesperman is a former reporter for The Baltimore Sun and the author of several thrillers. His travels as a writer have taken him to 30 countries and three war zones, which he draws on for his intensely engaging novels. 

The Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

2PM

Onnesha Roychoudhuri presents The Marginalized Majority: Claiming Our Power in a Post-Truth America

Ever since the 2016 election, pundits have been saying our country has never been more divided — that if progressives want to reclaim power, we need to be “pragmatic,” reach across the aisle, and look past identity politics. But what if we’re getting the story all wrong? The Marginalized Majority makes the galvanizing case that our voices are already the majority—and that our plurality of identities is not only our greatest strength, but is also at the indisputable core of successful progressive change throughout history.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

2PM

A Conversation with Earl Swift, Tom Pelton & Tom Horton: Chesapeake Requiem, A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

2PM

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

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

2PM

Autographing: Charlie Jane Anders and Sarah Pinsker

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

2PM

Tayari Jones, An American Marriage, Oprah’s Book Club 2018 Selection, in Conversation with Donna Drew Sawyer, CEO, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Tayari Jones discusses her New York Times best seller, An American Marriage, Oprah’s Book Club 2018 Selection.  Jones is also the author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling and Silver Sparrow. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, The New York Times and Callaloo.  A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she has also been a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, United States Artist Fellowship, NEA Fellowship and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship.

Literary Salon Event Details

2PM

A Cooking Demo with Executive Chef, Will Reed from the Royal Sonesta

The Royal Sonesta's Executive Chef Will Reed has over 20 plus years in the culinary field with his formal education / training from Baltimore International College for the Culinary Arts. Chef Reed will be demo-ing & sampling a local Pan Seared Rock Fish with a Lemon Chive Butter Sauce. This delightful recipe will be part of the NEW Menu and reimagined restaurant, Explorers, An American Gastropub, located in the hotel.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

2PM

Featured Artist: Patricia Smith & A Bunch of Incendiary Poets Poeting

The celebration of 100 Thousand Poets for Change continues with esteemed Patricia Smith, the author of eight books of poetry including Incendiary Art, winner of the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the 2018 NAACP Image Award, and finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize and Blood Dazzler, a National Book Award finalist. Joining her to fire up the CityLit Stage will be nationally celebrated poets Gayle Danley, Kondwani Fidel, Dora Malech, Lady Brion, and Keegan Cook Finberg, among others.

CityLit Stage Event Details

2PM

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

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

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

2PM

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

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

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM

Scotty P & The Love From Above*, reggae

Baltimore Book Festival Music Stage Event Details

3PM

Trends in Romancelandia

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

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM

David W. Blight on Frederick Douglass: Sponsored by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and Johns Hopkins University Press

Historian David W. Blight has focused on Frederick Douglass for much of his professional life and his new book from Simon & Schuster, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, is a definitive, dramatic biography of the most important African-American of the nineteenth century: the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era.  Professor Blight also wrote an admiring foreword for the new edition of Dickson J. Preston’s classic biography, Young Frederick Douglass, published this year by JHU Press. His Baltimore Book Festival talk will focus on the extraordinary legacy of Frederick Douglass as reflected in these two books as well as other scholarly and popular works.

As a young man Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) escaped from slavery in Baltimore, Maryland. He was fortunate to have been taught to read by his slave owner mistress, and he would go on to become one of the major literary figures of his time. He wrote three versions of his autobiography over the course of his lifetime and published his own newspaper. His very existence gave the lie to slave owners: with dignity and great intelligence he bore witness to the brutality of slavery.

David Blight is Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, including American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era; and Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory; and annotated editions of Douglass’s first two autobiographies. He has been awarded the Bancroft Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize, among others.

This program will be hosted by JHU Press director Barbara Kline Pope and Reginald F. Lewis Museum executive director Wanda Draper.

Literary Salon Event Details

3PM

Politics, Resistance, and Speculative Fiction

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

3PM

Janet Benton, Lilli de Jong

Janet Benton discusses her debut novel, Lilli de Jong, the story of a young woman in 19th century Philadelphia, who finds herself pregnant and abandoned, and facing the impossible choice between giving up her baby or keeping the baby and facing condemnation and financial ruin. Janet Benton has written for The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Glimmer Train, and many other publications. She has written historical documentaries for television.

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

3PM

Kondwani Fidel presents Hummingbirds in the Trenches

In the essays and lyrics of Hummingbirds in the Trenches, Kondwani Fidel’s essential voice presents a searing account of what it means to be young and Black in Baltimore and America, a testament of hope booming out from the depths of poverty and despair.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

3PM

The University Writers Program

Baltimore is a city filled with remarkable universities and colleges, most of which include a vibrant creative writing program. We’re lucky to have these hubs of creativity in our community. The University Writers’ Program, now in its fourth year, brings together student writers from ten area schools – Coppin, Goucher, Johns Hopkins, Loyola, MICA, Morgan, Stevenson, Towson, the University of Baltimore, and UMBC. The next generation of poets, fiction writers and memoirists awaits you!

The Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

3PM

Comics in Culture: Crafting Social Issues in Storytelling with Jordan Clark

Hear from Comic Book Writer Jordan Clark and how he explored social issues using two of his newest projects “Elk Mountain” and “The Black Experience”. This discussion will cover topics like the need for inclusion in storytelling and how to accurately portray different identities.

Charm City Comic Pavilion Event Details

3PM

Poetry in Motion

Using visual theatre, students create visual adaptations of Shel Silverstein poetry.  Fun theatre games using creative movement, mime and gesture are played.  Students will learn how to use their bodies as a tool for expression.

Crafts Corridor Event Details

3:30PM

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

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

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

4PM

Up Against the Wall: Creating Conflict

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

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM

D. Watkins Presents New Voices of Baltimore featuring Tariq Toure, Lawrence Burney, Sheri Booker, Devin Allen, Kondwani Fidel & Chin-Yer Wright

Author and professor D. Watkins introduces and leads a discussion with this generation’s most dynamic writers and artists.

Literary Salon Event Details

4PM

Inclusion in the Culinary World: The Narrative of Being a Black Chef, featuring Chef Bentley, currently a Chef Takeover at Dovecote and owner of Bentley Bites

School of Food offers interactive and educational programming for cooking enthusiasts, food entrepreneurs, and everyone in between. We foster a food learning environment that empowers people with the skills, knowledge and experience to make their mark in the kitchen — and on the world.

Chef Bentley will prepare the Sorghum-Brined Chicken recipe from The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael W. Twitty.  In October, the Chef Bentley will host a Soul Food Experience at School of Food, so audience members will all receive a discount code to join the chefs in a class at a later date, in addition to sampling some delicious grub!

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

4PM

Featured Musical Guest Artist: Letitia VanSant

CityLit Stage Event Details

4PM

Jordannah Elizabeth presents The Warmest Low Vol. 2: The Deep Blue Sea

The Warmest Low is just a story about a broken heart that happen to get broken in Baltimore—and the dreams and nightmares, the weather, insects and strangers on the street drove a journey of self-discovery...and eventually healing. A discussion with author Jordannah Elizabeth opens the door to celebrate Black diversity, individualism, and creative freedom—and hopefully experience joy from it.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

4PM

Moriel Rothman-Zecher, Sadness is a White Bird

Moriel Rothman-Zecher is an American-Israeli writer, poet, and novelist. His first novel, Sadness Is a White Bird was long-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. In this lyrical and searing debut novel, written by a rising literary star and MacDowell Fellow, a young man is preparing to serve in the Israeli army while also trying to reconcile his close relationship to two Palestinian siblings to his deeply ingrained loyalties to family and country. Born in Jerusalem, Moriel Rothman-Zecher is a recipient of a 2017 MacDowell Colony Fellowship for Literature; his work has been published in The New York Times, Haaretz, The Paris Review's Daily, The Common Magazine, Electric Literature, Jewish Currents Magazine and elsewhere.

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

4PM

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

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

4PM

Autographing: Andy Duncan and Malka Older

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

4:30PM

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

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

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

5PM

Keeping It Real: World Building in Romance

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

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

5PM

What I Talk About When I Talk About Literary SFF

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

Panelists: KJ Kabza, Charlie Jane Anders, Andy Duncan, Sarah Pinsker, Shawn Proctor, N.J. Schrock

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

5PM

Autographing: Jonathan P. Brazee and Ilana C. Myer

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

5PM

First Look: The Baltimore Book of the Dead

Marion Winik premieres her new book at this wine and cheese reception sponsored by The Baltimore Fishbowl. "Every observation is a marvel." -- Ann Patchett
Complimentary wine and light food supplied by The Baltimore Fishbowl

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

5PM

Poetry in Motion

Using visual theatre, students create visual adaptations of Shel Silverstein poetry.  Fun theatre games using creative movement, mime and gesture are played.  Students will learn how to use their bodies as a tool for expression.

Crafts Corridor Event Details

5:30PM

Featured Musical Guest Artist: Jahiti

CityLit Stage Event Details

6PM

Defending the Tropes

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

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

6PM

HELP! I loved ____! What should I read?

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details



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Special Events

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

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