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Friday, September 23




11AM

TAKE A CHANCE ON ROMANCE: BOOK COVER BINGO

Win prizes and swag from authors while playing a fast-paced game of Book Cover Bingo with commentary from reviewers and authors.

Xio Axelrod
Andie J. Christopher
Heidi Hormel
Alexa Jacobs
Rebecca Rivard
Melinda Valentine

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

11AM-12PM

Book Speed Dating

Our authors have a minute to tell you about one of their books and the perfect book to go with it. What could possibly go wrong? Find your next favorite book! Authors: DH Aire, Lara Elena Donnelly, Scott Edelman, Addison Gunn, and more.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

11AM-1PM

Swordplay

How do actors take Shakespeare’s battle scenes from the page to the stage? Find out, as we demonstrate the art and discipline of stage combat, where text and swashbuckling choreography combine to tell the great stories.

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Event Details

12-1PM

Baltimore City Public Schools

Genre: Variety

Music Stage Event Details

12-1PM

Mikita Brottman, "Maximum Security Book Club"

Mikita Brottman, PH.D, is an Oxford-educated scholar, author, psychoanalyst, and cultural critic. Her articles have been published in the American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Review, American Imago, and elsewhere. Her most recent book, Maximum Security Book Club is a riveting account of the two years she spent reading literature with criminals in a maximum-security men’s prison outside Baltimore, and what she learned from them. Brottman is a Professor of Humanities at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and continues with her weekly reading group at Jessup Correctional Institute.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

12-1PM

Drawing Characters With S.T.E.A.M.

Within the theme of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math attendees can learn how to design a character based on one or all of the elements of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in their design. Character design is the art of creating a character for use in books, comics, video games, television, movies and other fictional mediums. Designers outline everything about the character they envision from appearance and strengths to personality and weaknesses. Hosted by Darren Soto

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

12-1PM

PEN/Faulkner Foundation Writers in Schools Program

Since 1989, PEN/Faulkner has brought hundreds of authors into high school classrooms to meet with students through its Writers in Schools (WiS) program.  This year, the WiS program comes to the Baltimore Book Festival, where students and authors will discuss works by Baltimore authors. Everyone can join in and participate.

Literary Salon Event Details

12-1PM

Read Beyond Borders

Translations, foreign markets, and immigrant authors. It's time to change your perceptions of science fiction and fantasy around the world. Authors:  Anatoly Belilovsky, Bill Campbell, Anna Kashina, Sarah Pinsker

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

12PM

A HERO FOR ALL SEASONS

A lively discussion of heroes who don't fit the old school, stereotypical mode and why readers fall in love with them.

Nichole Christoff
Robin Covington
Christina Elle 
Michele Mannon
Jean Murray
Joanna Shupe
Joyfully Reviewed/MODERATOR

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Jordan Goodman of Beatwell

Jordan Goodman, a recognized leader in the fields of therapeutic and community drumming, will kick off the weekend with a drum circle.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

12PM-2PM

Free Friday Feedback

Writers!  Bring 2-3 short poems or 4-5 pages of prose (fiction or nonfiction) and receive on-the-spot feedback and suggestions on what to do next. Published authors and publishing professionals on hand will include:

Evan Balkan (nonfiction, novel) is the author of six books of nonfiction, including The Wrath of God: Lope de Aguirre, Revolutionary of the Americas. He teaches screenwriting and creative writing at the Community College of Baltimore County, where he serves as the English Department Coordinator. He holds degrees from Towson, George Mason, and Johns Hopkins Universities and has served as a guest lecturer at many institutions, including Bryn Mawr, Johns Hopkins, and Yale universities.

Lalita Noronha (poetry, fiction) is CityLit board member and a widely published poet and writer. She is the author of an award-winning short story collection, Where Monsoons Cry, and a chapbook of poetry, Her Line Phyllo-thin. She has won the Maryland Literary Short Story Award, a Maryland Individual Artist Award, and Maryland Writers Association Awards in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.

Amanda Fiore (fiction, nonfiction, poetry) received her MFA in Creative Writing from San Diego State University in 2012. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in print and online in literary journals including The Sentinel Quarterly, Prick of the Spindle, Unlikely2.0, The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, and Guanxi. Amanda currently teaches academic writing at the University of Maryland and is a resident at Creative Alliance in Baltimore.

Chelsea Lemon Fetzer (poetry, fiction) is a CityLit Project board member and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University.  Her work has appeared in journals such as Stone Canoe, Callaloo, Tin House, Mississippi Review, Sugar Mule, Mom Egg Review, and is upcoming in Minnesota Review.  Fetzer founded The Create Collective Inc: a non-profit organization working to bridge the gaps between artists and social service organizations.

Steven Leyva (poetry) is a CityLit Project board member and the co-creator of the poetry reading series, Kick Assonance, which was named a “critic’s pick” by Time Out New York in 2011. His poems have appeared in Welter, The Light Ekphrastic, and The Cobalt Review, and his first collection, Low Parish, was published earlier this year. His poem “Rare in the East” won the 2012 Cobalt Review Poetry Prize. He holds a MFA from the University of Baltimore, where he teaches in the undergraduate writing program.

CityLit Stage Event Details

1-2PM

You Got Romance in My Science Fiction & Fantasy

Kissing, spaceships, and dragons. What could go wrong? Authors: Anna Kashina, Jean Murray, L. Penelope

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

1PM

YOUNG ADULT AUTHOR’S CHAT: KEEPING THE THRILLS, CHILLS, AND ROMANCE READERS LOVE IN YA FICTION

This is it, your opportunity to chat with authors in a fun, relaxed Q&A session. These fan favorites will discuss their books, characters and what's coming next.

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Pintip Dunn
Cheryl Klam
Lea Nolan
Elodie Nowodazkij
M.D. Waters

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Felicia Cooper, “The Girl Who Swallowed the Sun"

The Girl Who Swallowed the Sun is a 30-minute puppet show made entirely of repurposed materials to tell the story of a brave girl who swallows the sun in the midst of a town light bulb shortage. The show uses marionettes, hand puppets, and large-scale surprises to weave together heliocentic folklore and storytelling from all over the world.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

1:30-2:30PM

DBS

Genre: hip hop

Music Stage Event Details

2-3PM

Creativity in Comics

From concept to completion this workshop is a steps by step process in making comic books. From coming up with ideas, to scripting, penciling, inking, colors, and lettering/ design. There are many steps in making a comic book, and in this class students will learn: How to focus ideas into a single concept for a story and much more. Local Comic Writer/ Creator Keir Lyles will also discuss his own process, and help students flesh out some ideas. Hosted by Keir Lyles of Apocrypha Comics

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

2-3PM

How to Come Across as a Professional Writer When You're Just Starting Out

Our panelists talk about how to get started as a SF/Fantasy writer, along with some tips and traps to avoid. Authors:  DH Aire, Anatoly Belilovsky, Larry Hodges, Emmie Mears, KM Szpara

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

2-5PM

All the World's A Stage: Sponsored by the Studio at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Come and play Shakespeare word games with us! At the top of each hour, a new acting studio game or exercise emphasizing the power and fun of wordplay. Stretch your imagination, your performing muscles, and your storytelling voice. Fun for all ages.

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Event Details

2PM

HEROINES GET STUFF DONE

In movies, TV and books, heroines are taking control of the situation and getting things done. Join this appreciation of strong heroines and how authors balance the alpha heroine with the alpha hero.

Jamaila Brinkley
Sonali Dev
Megan Erickson
Ingrid Hahn
Erika Kelly
Tracey Livesay

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Between the Pages, Behind the Scenes: The Art and Words of James Ransome and Lesa Cline-Ransome

Award-winning illustrator James Ransome and award-winning author Lesa Cline-Ransome share their combined creative processes in creating books for children.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

2:30-3PM

National Aquarium Animal Encounter

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

Paws & Pages Stage Event Details

3-4PM

Greg Hatza ORGANization

Genre: organ blues/jazz

Music Stage Event Details

3PM

YES, I WRITE THAT!

The romance market keeps changing, but some authors are committed to writing what they want to write when they want to write it. From indie to hybrid, these authors stay ahead of the curve by bending it. This lively discussion will hit you in the feels.

Riley Edgewood
Dawn Ibanez
Cheryl Klam
Michelle Monkou
Stacey O’Neale
Leslye Penelope
Irene Vartanoff

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Charm Journal: Student readings

CHARM: Voices of Baltimore Youth is a student and teacher-run journal that recognizes the importance of kids’ voices. CHARM recently published its third volume of poetry, prose and artwork from youth grades 2-12; selected students will read from this latest volume at The Ivy Bookshop stage on Friday, September 23rd from 3:00-4:00PM.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

3:30PM-4:30PM

Velya Janez-Urban, Whooo Eats What?

Join teacher and author, Velya Jancz-Urban as she shares her most popular hands-on science class for kids (Grades K-5). Students will understand that within ecosystems, complex interactions exist between organisms and the physical environment. As their natural curiosity leads them to explore the natural world, each child will “take” something different from the experience – from an understanding of the food chain and circle-of-life concept to mammal anatomy.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

4-5PM

Getting Published: The Nitty Gritty

Ever wonder what it takes to get paid for your writing? Our panelists talk various paths of publication, crowdfunding, and tips for embarking on your own career. Authors: Bill Campbell, Meredith Hale, Lea Nolan, Don Sakers, Fran Wilde

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

4PM

SHE’S SO SWEET: LIGHTS OUT, CLOSED DOOR

Hot romance might get most of the attention, but readers still love everything from sweet romance to cozy mysteries and more. Authors in these genres share some of their tips for connecting with readers.

Alexa Jacobs
Heidi Hormel
Lea Nolan
Elodie Nowodazkij
Sophia Sasson
Misty Simon
Irene Vartanoff

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

Baltimore County Public Library

On Friday, September 23rd from 4:00-6:00 PM, The Baltimore County Public Library will take The Ivy Bookshop stage and celebrate our Veterans. They will begin with Dario DiBattista, writer, educator, Iraq War Marine combat veteran, and editor of Retire the Colors: Veterans & Civilians on Iraq & Afghanistan from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by Vietnam Veteran Wayne Karlin, author of Wandering Souls: Journeys with the Dead and the Living in Viet Nam, from 5 to 6 p.m. 

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

5-6PM

Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?

Drop in with someone you love, to read Shakespeare's sonnets.

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Event Details

5-6PM

Bringing Sexy Back… to the Future

Let's talk about SF & fantasy that doesn't fade to black when things get steamy. Authors: Lara Elena Donnelly, Sam J. Miller, Sunny Moraine, Kiini Ibura Salaam, KM Szpara
5PM Signing: Meredith Hale

 

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

5PM-6PM

CHARM: Voices of Baltimore Youth

CHARM: Voices of Baltimore Youth is a student and teacher-led literary arts magazine and organization founded on the belief that kids’ voices matter. CHARM recently published our third volume, featuring the poetry, artwork, and prose of students throughout Baltimore City public schools. In the past three years, CHARM has published the work of nearly 200 students, ranging from grades 2-12. We are excited to share selected pieces from our most recent magazine at the Baltimore Book Festival!

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

5PM-6PM

Larry Noto with Kevin Cowherd

Maryland’s own Larry Noto tells stories from his performances in comedy clubs in New York and Las Vegas, opening for some of the biggest names in the business – Brad Garrett, Lewis Black, Richard Lewis, Brian Regan, Bob Saget, Paul Resier and many more. He’s recently authored the new book “The Opening Act: Comedy, Life and the Desperate Pursuit of Happiness” co-written with New York Times best-selling author and former Baltimore Sun features writer Kevin Cowherd, who joins him in conversation and Q&A.

CityLit Stage Event Details

6-7PM

Your Best Beginning: A Live Critique

Submit your first 3 paragraphs any time before the start of the
panel and our friendly authors will choose some to critique. Let our pros help your prose! Authors: DH Aire, Anatoly Belilovsky, Meredith Hale, Anna Kashina, Don Sakers, KM Szpara, Mark Tompkins.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

6-7PM

Bond Street District

Genre: hip hop

Music Stage Event Details

6PM

WRITING HEAT: IT’S GETTING STEAMY IN HERE

Join this discussion as some of the most sizzling romance authors in the business share that they keep it fresh, hot and fun in the fictional bedroom.

Megan Hart
Laura Kaye
Eliza Knight
Kelly Maher
Jean Murray
Diana Quincy
M.D. Waters

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

6PM-7PM

Smile, Hon, You’re In Baltimore

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

Musical guests: Emmy nominated singer/songwriter ellen cherry and Cliff Murphy (ethnomusicologist, folklorist, and author of Yankee Twang: Country and Western Music in New England).

CityLit Stage Event Details

6PM-7PM

Dance Dance Revolution Party

Pit your dancing skills against your friends and library staff!

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

6PM-7PM

Sarah Jaffe presents Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt

Acclaimed journalist and Nation Institute Fellow Sarah Jaffe explores the groundswell of activism rising across the US, fighting back in the name of democracy against inequality, exploitation, debt, and police violence, in conversation with local organizers.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details



Saturday, September 24




11AM

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: HOT GENRE, HOTTER HEROES

Contemporary romance is popular and diverse, exciting, daring, and keeps readers coming back for more–join the conversation with these popular authors.

Debra Anastasia
Sonali Dev
Erika Kelly
Kimberly Kincaid
Tracey Livesay
Mia Sosa
Kim Lowe/MODERATOR

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

11AM-12PM

You Got Science in My Fiction: Real Science, Fake Worlds; Fake Science, Real Worlds

From The Martian to the Mars Rover, we’ll talk about NASA, the ESA, Space X, and where we might be headed next, in fiction and fact. Authors: Anatoly Belilovsky, Jack Clemons, Jeremy M. Gottwig, Addison Gunn, Don Sakers

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

11AM-12PM

Pop Culture Parade: Presented by Geppi's Entertainment Museum

Superheroes, storybook characters, pets from MDSPCA, BmoreFit Dancewalkers, The Baltimore Twilighters Marching Band, special guests and more dress up in costume and march down the Inner Harbor promenade, starting at The Rusty Scupper traveling down to the USS Constellation Pier. Bring your pet! Festival-goers are encouraged to dress up with their furry friends in costume and be part of the fun. 

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

11AM-1PM

Swordplay

How do actors take Shakespeare’s battle scenes from the page to the stage? Find out, as we demonstrate the art and discipline of stage combat, where text and swashbuckling choreography combine to tell the great stories.

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Event Details

11:30AM-12:30PM

Sly 45

Genre: rock n' roll

Music Stage Event Details

11:30AM-12:30PM

Melanie Underwood, "Making Artisan Cheesecake"

Chef Melanie Underwood developed her enthusiasm for fresh organic food as a child on her family’s farm in Virginia, where she began cooking at age four. She worked in Washington, D.C., before moving to New York, where she demonstrated her talent for baking and desserts at the Four Seasons Hotel, the Plaza Hotel, Torre di Pisa, and other celebrated New York City restaurants. Since 1996 Underwood has been sharing her expertise as a cooking and baking instructor for professional and recreational programs at the Institute for Culinary Education (ice.edu) and is frequently invited to teach privately throughout the country. She has demonstrated her skills on several TV networks, including NBC, ABC, CNN, Food Network, and Oxygen, and has been featured in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, New York magazine, Fine Cooking magazine, and other publications. Melanie is also a co-author of the self-published book Art and Cook, a unique blend of recipes, art, and politics. She was a contributor to Peeps-a-licious, Rockport, February 2016.  Her most recent book, Making Artisan Cheesecake, Quarry was released August 2015.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

11:30AM-12:30PM

Writers and Words

Writers and Words is a monthly reading series featuring local authors of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and a rotating “wildcard.” On September 24th from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, Writers and Words will host a reading at The Ivy stage, featuring memorist Michelle Junot, poets Tim Paggi and Jessica Hudgins, and poet and essayist Tariq Toure.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

11:30AM-12:30PM

MSAC Individual Artist Award Winners: Fiction/Creative Nonfiction

Presented by the Maryland State Arts Council, these winners of the annual Individual Artist Awards showcase some of the smartest, sharpest fiction/creative nonfiction being created in the state today. Hosted by Christine Stewart, program director for literary arts with the Maryland State Arts Council. Readers include: Christopher Doyle, Justin Sirois, Susan Muaddi-Darraj, Nate Brown, Elisabeth Dahl, Deborah Ager, Barrett Warner, Geoff Becker, Anne Dooley, Luke Tennis, and Fiona Mackintosh.

CityLit Stage Event Details

12-1PM

Dangerous Voices Variety Hour

A fast-paced quiz show in the vein of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me! brought to you by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Win free books and learn things you never knew about your favorite authors.
Sarah Pinsker & Tom Doyle host guests Kiini Ibura Salaam and Andy Duncan.
12PM Signing: Anna Kashina, Don Sakers.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

12-1PM

Bronwen Dickey, "Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon"

Bronwen Dickey is a contributing editor at The Oxford American and the author of Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon (Alfred A. Knopf, 2016). Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Newsweek, Outside, Popular Mechanics, Best American Travel Writing 2009, Slate, Garden & Gun, The San Francisco Chronicle, Southern Living, World Hum, Sport Diver, and The Independent Weekly, among other publications. In 2009 she received a first-place Lowell Thomas Award in travel journalism and a residency grant from the MacDowell Colony.

Paws & Pages Stage Event Details

12-1PM

Publishing Your Own Comics

 Publishing your own comics will be a discussion about what you don't know you need to know and how to figure it out. Hosted by 2016 Harvey Awards Nominee Enrica Jang of Red Stylo Media.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

12PM

NEW ADULT: SPICY HOT, EMOTIONAL, FROM THE HEART, AND WHAT MAKES THIS ROMANCE GENRE A MUST READ!

New adult romance tackles the topics that keep readers wanting more. Join several of the genre’s most popular authors as they share what’s next in NA.

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Christi Barth
Robin Covington
Riley Edgewood
Megan Erickson
Leslye Penelope
Elodie Nowodazkij
Joy Daniels/MODERATOR

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Russell Rickford presents We Are an African People: Independent Education, Black Power, and the Radical Imagination

In this groundbreaking new history of autonomous grassroots education in the era of Black Power, Russell Rickford recovers the stories and significance of Pan African experimental schooling in the aftermath of the civil rights movement, organized to affirm African identities in the inner-city and provide young people with the intellectual resources and support they needed to help decolonize their minds.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

1-2PM

Glen Weldon, “The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture”

In “The Caped Crusade,” with humor and insight, Glen Weldon, book critic for NPR and author of “Superman: The Unauthorized Biography,” lays out Batman’s seventy-eight-year cultural history and shows how he has helped make us who we are today and why his legacy remains so strong.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

1-2PM

From Darth Vader to Hermione Granger: Memorable Characters in SF & Fantasy

What makes a character memorable, especially in a SF/F setting? Our authors will discuss some of their favorite characters and what sets them apart from the herd. Authors: Tom Doyle, Andy Duncan, Jim Johnson, Sunny Moraine, Alan Smale
1PM Signing: Sam J. Miller, Fran Wilde

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

12-1PM

Baltimore City Public Schools

Genre: variety

Music Stage Event Details

1PM

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: FUN, FLIRTY AND FABULOUS

Contemporary authors come together to chat about the sassy heroines, smartalec heroes, and fast banter that make contemporary romance the genre they love to read and write.

Xio Axelrod
Nichole Christoff
Christina Elle
Avery Flynn
Kimberly Kincaid
Sophia Sasson
Laura Ward
SARAH WENDELL/MODERATOR

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Writers in Baltimore Schools: Student Response to Claudia Rankine’s CITIZEN.

CITIZEN: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine has been called “an especially vital book for this moment in time” (New Yorker). Rankine headlined the CityLit Festival this past April to commemorate the anniversary of the Uprising in 2015, with a reading and conversation with the community at the Pennsylvania Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, the epicenter of the protests. The conversation continues with readings by young writers from Writers in Baltimore Schools who read and wrote responses to CITIZEN in WBS’ Summer Writers’ Studio. Hosted by Drew Matthews, WBS participant and mentor.

CityLit Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Susan Stockdale, Fabulous Fishes and Bring on the Birds

Award-winning picture book author, Susan Stockdale, presents from Bring On the Birds and Fabulous Fishes in celebration of the Read to Reef partnership with the National Aquarium.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Stefany Shaheen, "Elle & Coach"

Elle and Coach is the endearing true story of a Type-A mom struggling to care for a daughter who has Type 1 diabetes–and the incredible service dog who changes their lives for the better. Stefany Shaheen takes readers on an emotional journey as she tries everything to manage her daughter Elle’s deadly and unpredictable disease, all while juggling a family of four children. Overcoming the skepticism that a dog can provide answers that medical science is still seeking, the family finds a resounding sense of peace and reassurance through Coach’s near miraculous abilities as a medic-alert dog, specially trained to detect dangerous changes in blood sugar levels. Elle & Coach is a story of determination and finding hope in the most unlikely of places.

The Health & Wellness Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Yago Colás presents Ball Don't Lie! Myth, Genealogy, and Invention in the Cultures of Basketball

In this new critical examination of the history of basketball, Yago Colás diagnoses the white anxieties behind blinkered official histories of the game, exploring how race and culture have formed and reformed the sport as contested territory and site of invention.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

1:30PM-2:30PM

Jessica Blau: Trouble with Lexie

The Trouble with Lexie, Jessica Anya Blau’s newest book, stars Lexie James who runs away from a troubled home to build a life of stability—becoming engaged to a nice man and getting a job counseling students at a prestigious school. It is a comfortable life, and she increasingly realizes she doesn’t want it. When Lexie strikes up a friendship with the father of one of her students, her safe life begins to unravel. Hear Blau read from The Trouble with Lexie at The Ivy’s stage on September 24th from 1:30-2:30 PM.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

2-3PM

Heather Christo, "Pure Delicious"

Heather Christo is a trained chef and graduate of Le cordon bleu. Heather and her husband Pete have been blessed with two beautiful daughters, Pia and Coco, and in early 2014 Heather and both of her daughters were diagnosed with severe food allergies. Turning Lemons into Lemonade, Heather has totally rededicated her passions into creating delicious allergy free recipes that everyone can enjoy without missing a thing! When you don’t find Heather in the kitchen with her husband, girls and friends then she is puttering in the garden, taking pictures or writing.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

2-3PM

Be Your Own Superhero

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 super-hero look! Hosted by Charles Sellner of Visionary Comics

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

2-3PM

Long Ago and Far Away: History in SF & Fantasy

Napoleon in space? Harriet Tubman in a far flung dystopian future? Our panelists discuss the beautiful marriage between genre and history. Authors: Lara Elena Donnelly, Tom Doyle, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Alan Smale, Mark Tompkins.
2PM Signing: Jim Johnson, Kiini Ibura Salaam

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

2PM

CELEBRATING 75 YEARS OF AVON ROMANCE: AUTHOR CHAT WITH AVON AUTHORS

Rule breakers, risk takers, rabble rousers: words to describe the heroines of these fierce Avon authors—and the authors themselves. Jennifer L. Armentrout, Katharine Ashe, Tracey Livesay, Laura Kaye, Jennifer McQuiston, and Alisha Rai join moderator Charis Michaels to discuss the conversations driving change in the romance genre today, from diversity to feminism to respect for the genre and its readers. Once a genre relegated to the fringes of the literary world, these authors are on the forefront of bringing it to the mainstream, and into the 21st century.

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Katharine Ashe
Tracey Livesay
Laura Kaye
Jennifer McQuiston 
Alisha Rai
Charis Michaels/MODERATOR

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Open Circle Read & Response

Open Circle is a new reading series created by host Amanda Fiore (writer-in-residence, Creative Alliance) that gathers the too-often segmented community spheres – academic, grassroots, performing and visual arts, and literary arts – and create one “open circle.” The reading will feature different combinations of readers and artistic responses from Amanda Fiore (fiction), Morgan State University adjunct professor Nia Johnson (fiction), Soprano Anaïs Naharro-Murphy, jazz guitarist Ethan Reinking, poet Christine Stewart, and CityLit Founder Gregg Wilhelm (fiction).

CityLit Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Whose Book is it Anyway?

Come pit your wits against the pens of five wily Middle Grade authors! Audience volunteers will try to decide which book excerpt is real...and which are clever fakes! Each volunteer wins a signed copy. Don't miss this exciting lineup: Brooks Benjamin, My Seventh Grade Life in Tights; Jenn Bishop, The Distance to Home; Bridget Hodder, The Rat Prince; Laura Shovan, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary; Erin Teagan, The Friendship Experiment; Moderator: Matthew Winner

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Terry McMillan, "I Almost Forgot About You"

Multimillion copy and New York Times bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Terry McMillan fell in love with books as a teenager while working at the local library. She studied journalism at UC Berkeley and screenwriting at Columbia before making her fiction debut with Mama, which won both the Doubleday New Voices in Fiction Award and the American Book Award. She lives in Pasadena, California.

Literary Salon Event Details

2PM-3PM

Patricia Hill Collins presents Intersectionality

Distinguished scholar of Black feminism and UMD College Park Professor of Sociology presents her brand new book with Sirma Bilge—an accessible introduction to the idea of “intersectionality.” or how race, gender, class, sexuality, and other forms of social power and inequality interact and shape each other.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

2:30-3:30PM

Tropik Sol

Genre: Reggae, Neo Soul, Alternative World Beats

Music Stage Event Details

2:30-3PM

National Aquarium Animal Encounter

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

Paws & Pages Stage Event Details

3-4PM

You Can't Do That: Limitations on Magic & Science in Worldbuilding

If your magic can do anything and everything, what is the point? Should our knowledge of science limit our imaginations when it comes to SF? What is a magic system, anyway? Our authors discuss limitations in worldbuilding and some of their favorite limitation tropes.
Authors: Ann Chatham, Lara Elena Donnelly, Kiini Ibura Salaam, Mark Tompkins, K. Ceres Wright
3PM Signings: Andy Duncan, Alan Smale

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

3-5PM

"Desdemona"

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents a staged reading of “Desdemona,” a play written in 2011 by the Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. Through a series of poems and lyrics, Morrison reimagines the stories of the women in Shakespeare’s “Othello,” and empowers them to speak their minds about issues of gender, mixed-marriage, race, war, and love. Join us for this free reading, part of our 15th Anniversary Season exploration of “The World of Othello.”

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Event Details

3PM

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE: READY, SET, THRILLS, CHILLS, AND EXPLOSIONS

Pacing is key for a great romantic suspense, thriller, mystery or horror. And don’t think young adult authors don’t bring the thrills, too. Learn the tricks of perfect pacing and adding chills to an exciting romance from some of the greats in the romance community.

Debra Anastasia
Nichole Christoff
Avery Flynn
Laura Kaye
Kimberly Kincaid
Michele Mannon
Lea Nolan
Pintip Dunn/MODERATOR

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Games with YA Authors

Come and play! YA authors team up with audience members for interactive games based on their books. Featuring Karen Fortunati, The Weight of Zero; Kathy MacMillan, Sword and Verse; Lindsey Roth Culli, This Above All; Karen Hattrup, Frannie and Tru; Jan Gangsei, ZERO; Lisa Maxwell, UNHOOKED. Moderated by Paula Willey.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

BmoreArt: Cara Ober: Art Critic Blogger Panel

BmoreArt is an award-winning online publication that provides critical and engaging discussion of arts and culture in Baltimore. On September 24th from 3:00-4:00 PM, BmoreArt founder Cara Ober will present a panel of art bloggers who will discuss the state of art and literary criticism.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Nalo Hopkinson in focus

Award-winning Jamaican-born speculative-fiction writer Nalo Hopkinson, author of Brown Girl in the Ring and Falling in Love With Hominids among other works, joins the Baltimore Book Festival for the first time to read from her most recent stories, and discuss the feminist politics that inform her powerful, imaginative prose.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

3:30-4:30PM

National Aquarium Presents: Sustainable Seafood Panel

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

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

3:30PM-4:30PM

Sirius Business: Afro-Speculative Literature

“Afrofuturists” is the umbrella term for the Black presence in sci-fi, technology, magic, and fantasy, coined in 1994 by a culture critic named Mark Dery. Join host Olu Butterfly Woods for an hour of Afro speculative literature and dialogue on its wildly practical applications presented in partnership with Around the Way Unicorn and NewFuturism.com. Featuring Jason Harris, B. Sharise Moore, and Bill Campbell.

CityLit Stage Event Details

4-5PM

Black Sci-Fi: Our Voices, Our Imagination

Participate in a discussion on the experience of being a Black SF writer/publisher. Our panel will discuss the creative process and what it means to project one's creativity into the future, the challenges one faces as a minority in the industry and ways for getting our voices heard anyway. We will also showcase the current projects shaping the future of Black Sci-Fi. Authors: Shawne Alleyne, Bill Campbell, Kiini Ibura Salaam, Maurice Waters.
4PM Signing: Tom Doyle, Mark Tompkins

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

4-5PM

Thurgood Marshall Band

Genre: Classic hip hop

Music Stage Event Details

4-5PM

Thomas Dolby, "THE SPEED OF SOUND: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology"

Melding the world of rock and roll with the high-energy and high-stake technology boom of the 1990s, THE SPEED OF SOUND is the sensational story of a man who stood at the vanguard of it all. From early appearances on MTV to tough negotiations with the biggest names in Silicon Valley, Dolby’s memoir takes readers through the voracious devotion of one man and his insatiable passion for music. New! The Baltimore Book Festival is a partner of Baltimore Innovation Week (September 23-October 1).

Literary Salon Event Details

4-5PM

The Pain and Joy of Writing Comics

The mystery of writing comics FINALLY revealed! A lot of great ideas start with the written word, and the visual world of COMIC BOOKS is no different. Join our panel of talented scribes as they discuss their craft, answer your burning questions, and explain the method behind the madness. Hosted by DISTRICT COMICS' Troy-Jeffrey Allen.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

4PM

DO THE TIMEWALK: HISTORICAL ROMANCE FOR THE AGES

Authors of historical romance come together to chat with readers about why we love to read about the past and Jamie's kilt.

Stephanie Dray
Ingrid Hahn
Eliza Knight
Jennifer McQuiston
Diana Quincy
Kate Quinn
Joanna Shupe 
Denny S. Bryce/MODERATOR

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

Debbie Kalb, The President and Me: George Washington and the Magic Hat

Adventure, history, and the drama of school life intertwine in this tale of a boy struggling to find his place after his best friend abandons him. Find out what happens when Sam's class takes a trip to Mt. Vernon, where he buys a bossy three-cornered hat that sweeps him off to the eighteenth century and a friendship with George Washington. As Sam travels back and forth in time, he learns about history, himself, and friendship.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

D. Watkins Presents: New Voices

D. Watkins is an award-winning Baltimore author whose work has been published in The New York Times, Salon, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, and more. He is the author of The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir and The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America. In his panel at The Ivy Bookshop Stage on September 24th from 4:00-6:00 PM, Watkins will present several emerging writers, introducing the audience to the newest generation of Baltimore voices.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

4:30PM-5:30PM

New Releases

The first of two sessions celebrating the recent books of local literati on both Saturday and Sunday, this hour features Matt Norman (We’re All Damaged), James Magruder (Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall), and Ron Tanner (Missile Paradise). From the love lives of Yale graduate students narrated by a ghost, Americans trying to realize their dream in paradise, and an unemployed divorced man looking for a second chance in life in Omaha, this hour of new releases will have you rushing for the book table to buy! Hosted by Marion Winik, Associate Professor, University of Baltimore MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts.

CityLit Stage Event Details

5-6PM

Second Breakfast & Snozzberries: Food in SF & Fantasy

Sensory details are the hallmark of great science fiction and fantasy, and nothing brings that home quite like the food! Join our panelists as they discuss food in their favorite books. We guarantee you'll leave hungry. Authors:  Cinda Williams Chima, Lara Elena Donnelly, Scott Edelman, Anna Kashina, Fran Wilde, K. Ceres Wright
5PM Signing: Maurice Waters, Shawn Alleyne

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

5-6PM

Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?

Drop in with someone you love, to read Shakespeare's sonnets

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Event Details

5PM

BEHOLD THE TRENDS in ROMANCELANDIA

Discover what trends are shaking up the romance community and the new romance novels leading the charge.

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Sonali Dev
Erika Kelly
Laura Kaye
Tracey Livesay
Michelle Monkou
Miranda Kenneally
Sarah Wendell/MODERATOR
 

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

5PM-6PM

Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens

National Book Award nominee and William C. Morris Award winner Becky Albertalli reads from her novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

5PM-6PM

Afrofuturism featuring Nalo Hopkinson, DJ Spooky, and more

Combining sci-fi, fantasy, Afro-centrism, and history, Afrocentrism has emerged as a key narrative strategy for delving deeper into the dilemmas that confront communities of color in our twenty-first century reality. We invite award-winning authors and cultural creators Nalo Hopkinson and Paul Miller (DJ Spooky) to lead Book Festival audiences on a dizzying journey through recent technohistory to arrive at a critical framework suitable for analysing these strange and terrifying times in which we live.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

5:30-6:30PM

Aztec Sun

Genre: Funk, Soul

Music Stage Event Details

5:30-7PM

The Stoop Storytelling Series

The Stoop Storytelling Series presents “The Story Behind the Story: Adventures with Baltimore Writers," a live show at the 2016 Baltimore Book Festival featuring 7 local scribes telling true, personal tales about researching, reporting, and writing that never make it onto the page.

Storytellers

Dan Fesperman contributed to the financial woes of five daily newspapers, including the Baltimore Sun, before mercifully leaving journalism in 2005 to write novels full-time. His travels have taken him to three war zones and more than thirty countries. His tenth novel, The Letter Writer, was published earlier this year, and he is also working on a TV project with the creators of "The Wire."

Lauren Francis-Sharma's acclaimed first novel, Til the Well Runs Dry, has been short-listed for the William Soroyan International Prize, chosen as an Honor Fiction Award winner by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and a Summer Reading Pick in O, The Oprah Magazine 2014. A former corporate attorney, she lives with her husband and two children in Kensington, Md.

Robert Marbury is a co-founder of the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists, sits on the advisory board of the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, and co-curates events in Baltimore with his wife Alix, under the name "Wonder Commons." Taxidermy Art: A Rogue's Guide to the Work, the Culture, and How to Do It Yourself is Robert's first book.

Erika Blount Danois is a reformed class clown whose influences were Nancy Drew, Richard Wright, Judy Blume, Malcolm X -- and the teacher who made her best friend and her create a comic strip during class in order to stay out of trouble. An award-winning journalist, writer, editor, and professor, she is the author of Love, Peace, and Soul, which tells the story of the television phenomenon known as "Soul Train."

Wil S. Hylton is a writer for The New York Times Magazine and the author of Vanished. He lives in Baltimore, is writing a book about Cuba, and in any location responds favorably to whiskey.

Nik Korpon is a dad, husband, Buddhist, land-locked surfer, and taco enthusiast. His crime and science fiction novels include Stay God, Old Ghosts, By the Nails of the Warpriest, and Bar Scars: Stories.

Rachel Anne Warren is a musician and award-winning writer based in Baltimore. She has written essays and features for half a dozen publications including VICE and Baltimore City Paper. Her debut book, about running away to join a circus when she was 19, will be published in 2017 by Bleeding Heart Publications.

The Stoop Storytelling Series is a popular Baltimore-based live event and podcast that features "ordinary" people telling the extraordinary true, tales of their lives. Since its founding in 2006, The Stoop has presented the stories of nearly 1,000 people. There are no notes, no scripts -- just real people sharing the stories that matter to them. The Stoop presents its mainstage shows at The Senator Theatre and offers storytelling workshops, special events, and an open mic series called Second Stoop. Visit stoopstorytelling.com to learn more, join the mailing list, and subscribe to The Stoop podcast.

Literary Salon Event Details

5:30PM-7PM

Charles Bock and Leslie Jamison

Celebrated writers and spouses Leslie Jamison (The Empathy Exams, 2012 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize) and Charles Bock (Alice & Oliver, Beautiful Children, 2009 Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction) and are featured in this session hosted by CityPaper’s Karen Houppert. Jamison’s collection of essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about one another? How can we feel another’s pain, especially when pain can be assumed, distorted, or performed? Is empathy a tool by which to test or even grade each other? Bock’s novel, based on the author’s experience, creates an unflinching yet deeply humane portrait of a young family’s journey through a medical crisis, laying bare a couple’s love and fears as they fight for everything that’s important to them.

CityLit Stage Event Details

6-7PM

Meet the Authors Party

Rub elbows with your new favorite science fiction and fantasy authors at this annual event!

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

6PM

WRITING EROTIC ROMANCE: ARE THERE ANY TABOOS LEFT EXPLORE? WHAT THE AUTHORS SAY…

Writing stories where the romance must be erotic and the romance jumps off the page. These erotic romance authors share their insights on writing erotic sex that not only sells but tugs on the heart strings, too while exploring taboos.

Robin Covington
Eliza Knight
Megan Hart
Laura Kaye
Alisha Rai
Andie Christopher/MODERATOR

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details



Sunday, September 25




11AM

WHY HAPPY EVER AFTER SELLS SWOONY, SASSY, SEXY STORIES

When it comes to discoverability, what ways to readers are finding authors and books are changing fast. What works, what's played out and what's going to be hot next.

Xio Axelrod
Megan Erickson
Erika Kelly
Sarah Robinson
Rebecca Rivard
Mia Sosa
Laura Ward

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

11AM-12PM

Worldbuilding for Science Fiction & Fantasy

Learn what goes into creating fantasy and science fiction worlds. Ask questions! Get answers! Authors: Brenda W. Clough, Lara Elena Donnelly, Sarah Beth Durst, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Anna Kashina, Fran Wilde.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

11AM-12PM

The Mudbugs

Genre: Acoustic Roots/ Zydeco

Music Stage Event Details

11AM-1PM

Swordplay

How do actors take Shakespeare’s battle scenes from the page to the stage? Find out, as we demonstrate the art and discipline of stage combat, where text and swashbuckling choreography combine to tell the great stories.

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Event Details

12-1PM

Allision & Matt Robicelli, "Robicelli's: A Love Story, with Cupcakes: With 50 Decidedly Grown-Up Recipes"

The ultimate guide to gourmet cupcakes, featuring grown-up flavors (figs! whiskey! fried chicken!) and the delicious story of a family saved by a love of sweets.

No food coloring. No fondant. No red velvet. Upscale bakery Robicelli’s has become a buzzed-about, in-demand purveyor of decidedly adult cupcakes. Nixing cutesy, pastel-colored dollops of fluff for real ingredients and rich French buttercreams, the husband and wife team have reinvented the cupcake craze for a more sophisticated palate, making each a small piece of the greatest cake ever made. Now their extraordinary recipes are available to the home cook.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

12-1PM

The Art of Drawing Chibi

Hang out in the comic book tent and let's build our own superheroes from our imaginations and the world around us. So bring your thinking caps and creativity and let’s see what we can conjure up together. Hosted by Kofi Jamal Simmons

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

12-1PM

Beyond the Hunger Games: YA SF & Fantasy

Come find your new fave as our authors talk about the depth and breadth of Young Adult literature. Authors:  Cinda Williams Chima, Leah Cypess, Sarah Beth Durst, Kristen Lippert-Martin, Lois Metzger, Rysa Walker
12PM Signing: Richard Groller

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

12PM

HISTORICAL ROMANCE—KILT OR NO KILT OR WHY JAMIE FRASER ISN’T ALL THERE IS…

Some of the hottest paranormal, fantasy and science fiction romance authors share how they create worlds that readers can't get enough of.

Katherine Ashe
Jamaila Brinkley
Joanna Shupe
Ingrid Hahn
Eliza Knight
Diana Quincy
E. Elizabeth Watson

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Autobiography through Performance and Poetry

Kenneth Morrison’s Blood, Bricks, and Dandelions is a collection of Kenneth’s journals, poems and thoughts from the age of 13 to 18, an authentic look in the teenage life of the many young "Kenneths" struggling to grow up young, black and gay in America. Ron Kipling Williams’ Black Freak Mosh Heaven is a poetic autobiography about a black youth who rocks and rolls to his own beat and is forced to battle racism, stereotypes and ignorance. Morrison (2016 Baltimore Grand Slam Champion, 2016 Washington DC Pride Grand Slam Champion, and president and founder of Dew More Baltimore), and Williams (a recent graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore and an MSAC Individual Artist Award Winner) will perform from their works and join in conversation about finding authenticity through the intersection of performance and poetry.

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Jewish Museum of Maryland

Join the Jewish Museum of Maryland as we celebrate our latest original exhibit, Beyond Chicken Soup Jews and Medicine in America. Inspired by grandma’s favorite chicken soup, we invite families to create your own magical bowl of healing soup; perhaps just what the doctor ordered or maybe something a little more unusual!

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Carl Hiaasen, "Razor Girl"

Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of thirteen previous novels, including the best-selling Bad Monkey, Star Island, Nature Girl, Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy, and Lucky You, and four best-selling children's books, Chomp, Hoot, Flush, and Scat. His most recent work of nonfiction is The Downhill Lie: A Hacker's Return to a Ruinous Sport. He also writes a weekly column for The Miami Herald.

Literary Salon Event Details

12:30-1:30PM

Edjacated Phools

Genre: Roots Reggae

Music Stage Event Details

1-2PM

Short Stories: The Heart of SFF

Short works have always been important to science fiction and fantasy. Hear why and how short fiction showcases the best of our genres. Learn where the hot stories are being published, and get answers to all your questions from our panel of acclaimed short fiction writers. Authors: Lara Elena Donnelly, AT Greenblatt, Sam J. Miller, Sunny Moraine, Sarah Pinsker, Karlo Yeager Rodríguez
1PM Signing: Lois Metzger, Rysa Walker

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

1PM

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCIFI: THE “NOW THAT WAS AWESOME” AUTHOR CHAT

Paranormal, Fantasy and SciFi authors chat with readers about the jaw-dropping moments in books that make something so out of this world, real to the reader.

Pintip Dunn
Kira Decker
Dawn Ibanez
Cheryl Klam
Jean Murray
Stacey O’Neale
M.D. Waters

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Ink Press Productions Presents

Ink Press Productions presents a reading featuring authors from the Ink Press catalog: Megan McShea, Stephanie Barber, Joseph Young, and Amanda McCormick. Hosted by Barrett Warner. Ink Press Productions is a collaborative project devoted to the community of art. They believe there are an infinite number of ways to be a book and strive to open this dialogue with as many people as possible through publishing handmade chapbooks and a journal to highlight new and emerging artists, hosting a writing group, and organizing readings and events to inspire people to use their hands and create together.

CityLit Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Kelly Starling Lyons, One More Dino on the Floor

Kelly Starling Lyons, children's book author whose mission is to transform moments, memories and history into stories of discovery, will perform interactive readings from One Million Men and Me and One More Dino on the Floor.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Maryland Humanities Presents Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

Jason Reynold and Brendan Kiely, the 2016 One Maryland One Book authors, will speak about their unforgettable novel, All American Boys. The book weaves a story from the perspective of two teens—one black, one white—who grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.

Literary Salon Event Details

1PM-2PM

Medea Benjamin presents Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the US-Saudi Connection

The peace activist and CODEPINK co-founder presents her new book exploring the persistent and perplexing alliance between the US and one of the most repressive countries in the Middle East, uncovering the hidden logic of national security that underlies our government’s perverse allegiance to one of the most important funders of international terrorism.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

1PM-4PM

University Writers’ Program

The University Writers Program is a chance for students from local graduate and undergraduate programs to read their poetry or prose. On September 25th from 1:00-4:00 PM, undergraduate and graduate students from ten local universities—Johns Hopkins, Coppin, Loyola, Morgan, MICA, Towson, Goucher, Stevenson, UMBC, and UB—will read their work. The readings will be separated into two segments, with a reception in between hosted by Artifact Coffee.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

2-3PM

Coexist & Devin Jano

Genre: Alternative Hip Hop

Music Stage Event Details

2-3PM

Writing for Comic Books

Writing comics whether it's superheroes or regular folks, learn how to write a comic from start to finish. Including script format, writing dialogue, and plotting your stories. Hosted by Jordan Clark

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

2-3PM

Plucky, Snarky, & Sweet: Memorable Girl Characters in YA

Move over, Harry Potter, these leading ladies have it all and then some. Listen as our panelists discuss some of the best YA has to offer! Authors: Cinda Williams Chima, Leah Cypess, Sarah Beth Durst, Justina Ireland, Lois Metzger, Rysa Walker.
2PM Signing: DH Aire, Sarah Pinsker

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

2-5PM

All the World’s a Stage: sponsored by The Studio at The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Come and play Shakespeare word games with us! At the top of each hour, a new acting studio game or exercise emphasizing the power and fun of wordplay. Stretch your imagination, your performing muscles, and your storytelling voice. Fun for all ages.

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Event Details

2PM

AUTHOR CHAT: YOUNG ADULT FICTION WORKS FOR ALL AGES

Some of YA’s most talented and successful authors get together to share their favorite characters and their newest releases!

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Kira Decker
Pintip Dunn
Megan Hart
Anna Kashina (Courtesy of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Stage)

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Lit & Art

Started in 2007, the Lit & Art Reading Series takes place five times a year at the Watermark Gallery,100 South Charles Street on the second floor of the Bank of America building across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The program features artists who represent various literary genres combined with visual art. Each event includes literary readings, live music, original art, along with wine and refreshments. Learn more at www.Facebook.com/groups/LitAndArt. Featured at the Baltimore Book Festival’s CityLit Stage Edition of Lit & Art: Barbara DeCesare, Eric D. Goodman Aaron Henkin, Nitin Jagdish, Jennifer Miller, Manzar Rassouli, Charles Rammelkamp, and Sally Whitney.

CityLit Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Monica Hesse, Girl in the Blue Coat

Monica Hesse presents from her unforgettable story of bravery, grief, and love in the impossible times of WWII, Girl in the Blue Coat.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Bill Ayers presents Demand the Impossible!: A Radical Manifesto

In this new call to imagine—and fight for—a better world, social justice educator and firebrand activist Bill Ayers traces the outlines of a new possibilities beyond the regressive limits of the political status quo.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

2PM-3PM

Sarah Gray, "A Life Everlasting: The Extraordinary Story of One Boy’s Gift to Medical Science"

When Sarah Gray received the devastating news that her unborn twin son Thomas was diagnosed with anencephaly, a terminal condition that meant he would not survive long beyond birth, she decided she wanted his death—and life—to have meaning. In the weeks before she gave birth to her sons in 2010, she arranged to donate Thomas’s organs to medical research. Later curious about how the donations were being used, Sarah embarked on a quest for those answers that took her to some of the most prestigious scientific facilities in the country, including those at Harvard, Duke, and the University of Pennsylvania. Pulling back the curtain of protocol and confidentiality, Sarah met the researchers and scientists who received Thomas’s donations, and learned how they’re being used in cutting-edge research for medical discoveries to benefit humanity. This story, and Sarah’s journey, will be shared in her new book, A Life Everlasting: The Extraordinary Story of One Boy’s Gift to Medical Science (coming September 27th).

The Living Legacy Foundation will be on site during Sarah’s talk to register those interested in becoming registered organ donors.

The Health & Wellness Stage Event Details

2:30-3PM

National Aquarium Animal Encounter

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

Paws & Pages Stage Event Details

3-4PM

Alejandro Danois

Alejandro Danois is the Editor-in-Chief of The Shadow League. The former Senior Editor of Bounce Magazine, he is also a Freelance Sports and Entertainment Writer whose work has been published by the New York Times, Bleacher Report, Sporting News, Baltimore Sun, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, SLAMonline and Ebony Magazine, among many others.His Shadow League feature, "Humble Beginnings," was mentioned in the Best American Sports Writing Anthology as among the country's most notable stories of 2014.  His first book, The Boys of Dunbar, A Story of Love, Hope and Basketball, drops in September of 2016

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

3-4PM

Near Future/Far Future

Look at what goes into science fiction that's right around the corner versus light years ahead. How are they similar and different? What happens when fiction comes true? Authors: Brenda W. Clough, AT Greenblatt, Kristen Lippert-Martin, Sam J. Miller, Karlo Yaeger Rodriguez
3PM Signing: Leah Cypess, Sarah Beth Durst.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

3PM

TROPES IN ROMACE: STEPBROTHERS, FRIENDS-TO-LOVERS, SECRET BABIES, OH MY!

A fun, interactive chat session discussing our favorite (and least favorite) romance tropes, how to keep them fresh, and what's next.

Christi Barth
Andie Christopher
Sonali Dev
Tracey Livesay
Sarah Robinson
Mia Sosa
Denny S. Bryce/MODERATOR

 

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM

Luvvie Ajayi: I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual

A thirteen-year blogging veteran, she is the voice behind Awesomely Luvvie, a respected entertainment and humor blog that covers everything pop culture – from TV, movies and technology to travel, race and life’s random adventures. Her first book, titled, I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do Better Manual, will be released in September 2016 by Henry Holt and Company.

Luvvie is passionate about social justice and is equally addicted to shoes. She combined these loves in 2009 when she, along with Karyn Brianne Lee, founded The Red Pump Project. Red Pump is a nonprofit that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls.  Their work has earned them a Congressional Record from the U.S. House of Representatives and Resolutions by the Illinois State Senate as well as the City Council of Chicago.

Her latest site, Awesomely Techie (launched April 2014), is a resource for writers, bloggers, entrepreneurs, small business owners and everyday people who want to use technology to make their work and personal lives more efficient.  Luvvie is a contributing editor and columnist for TheGrio, writes Scandal recaps for Vulture, and has written for XOJane, Essence, EBONY, Huffington Post, Clutch Magazine and Uptown Magazine. She has been featured by the Chicago Sun-Times, Africa.com, Essence, AOL.com, Black Enterprise, The Root, BET  and more.

Literary Salon Event Details

3PM-3:30PM

Lalita Noronha: Poetry as Collage

A scientist, poet, and writer, Lalita Noronha reads and discusses her new work Mustard Seed: A Collage of Science and Art Poetry. Hosted by CityLit Executive Director Carla Du Pree.

CityLit Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Knocking the Hustle/Policing the Planet: Lester Spence in conversation with Jordan T. Camp and Christina Heatherton

JHU Political Science professor Lester Spence puts his pathbreaking analysis of neoliberalism and black politics, Knocking the Hustle, in conversation with the editors of the important new anthology Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

3:30-4:30PM

The Palovations

Genre: Soul

Music Stage Event Details

3:30PM-4PM

Dr. Bob Hieronimus: The Secret Life of Lady Liberty

Robert Hieronimus, Ph.D. is an internationally known historian, visual artist, and radio host and has appeared on History, Discovery, BBC, and National Geographic. In his book, The Secret Life of Lady Liberty: Goddess in the New World, Hieronimus explores the goddess origins of the Statue of Liberty and her connections with the founding and the future of America, examining Lady Liberty’s ties to Native American spiritual traditions, the Earth Mother, Roman goddesses, Black Madonnas, and Mary Magdalene and revealing the sharp contrast between depicting “liberty” as a female and the reality of women and other suppressed classes even today. Hosted by CityLit Executive Director Carla Du Pree.

CityLit Stage Event Details

4-5PM

Beyond Game of Thrones

Everyone is waiting for the next George RR Martin book, but there are plenty of other authors talking politics and intrigue in fantasy (and science fiction!) What are some of the other works in these genres? What is it about this kind of book that draws us in? Authors:  Ann Chatham, Leah Cypess, Sarah Beth Durst, Jeremy M. Gottwig, Richard Groller, Mark Tompkins.
4PM Signing: Cinda Williams Chima, Damien Angelica Walters

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

4-5PM

The Art of Hero Building

Hang out in the comic book tent and let's build our own superheroes from our imaginations and the world around us. So bring your thinking caps and creativity and let’s see what we can conjure up together. Hosted by Kofi Jamal Simmons