ALL EVENTS

Baltimore Book Festival has a plethora of activities for festival goers from 11am-7pm. Click on the event titles below for more information and location.


Thursday, September 17




5:30PM-7:30PM

“Turtle Island: The Original Artwork of Kevin Sherry”

Local Baltimore illustrator, author, and puppeteer Kevin Sherry presents the full- sized, original watercolor paintings from his picture book "Turtle Island." On display Thursday, September 17 through Sunday, November 15, 2015 Opening reception Thursday, September 17 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details



Friday, September 25




11AM-12PM

Exploring the Ocean with Photicular Technology

Explore the wonders of the deep in Dan Kainen’s New York Times best-seller, “Ocean: A Photicular Book.” Kainen is a New York City artist, designer and inventor with a passion for using art and technology to inspire awe and awareness of our natural world. Using his patented Photicular Motion Viewer, Kainen’s “Ocean” takes the reader on a visual journey through the deep blue. The Photicular technology marries art and science, creating an experience of fluid, film-like motion. Audience members will have the opportunity to engage with a large, interactive version of the Photicular Motion Viewer, illustrating how the book works.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

11AM-12PM

The Revolution Will Be Science-fictional... and Fantastic

What to read in SF/F and where to find it! Our panel looks at the latest trends in SF/F and the books people are talking about this year.

Panelists: Tobias S. Buckell, Emmie Mears, Cat Rambo, Fran Wilde, Michael R. Underwood

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

11AM-7PM

Mr. Corey’s Face Painting

With 10 years of experience as a Professional Face and Body Painter and a worldwide following, Corey Morgan is the owner and lead artist of Mr. Corey’s Face Painting. Corey is recognized as one of the best face painters in the DC, MD, VA area, providing face painting services for birthday parties, cookouts, festivals, school and church events, restaurant family nights and corporate events. Clients are often shocked at how skilled Corey is with a brush and how his designs are so different in beauty and complexity from what you would expect from a face painter, that he often finds himself painting just as many adults as children at any given event.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

11:30AM-12:30PM

BEATWELL with Jordan Goodman

Featured performance by Jordan Goodman, a recognized leader in the fields of therapeutic and community drumming.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

12PM

Baltimore City Public Schools, variety

Music Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Take A Chance On Romance: Book Cover Bingo

Martina Boone
Courtney DeLollis
Jillian Stein (Book Blogger & Social Media Manager)
Rebecca Rivard
Damon Suede

What’s right or wrong with this cover? Win prizes and swag from authors while playing a fast-paced game of Book Cover Bingo with possible scathing commentary from readers, reviewers, and authors.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Girls/Women Creating Comics Too

More women than ever before are making their own comics and telling stories on their own terms. This panel of published and self-published comics creators talks about why female voices are an important part of comics today. They also discuss how the market is changing to include new creative voices and audiences.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

12PM-1PM

Comics! Science Fiction! Fantasy!

POW! BAM! See how comics, science fiction, and fantasy inform each other. Are superhero stories fantasy, science fiction, or both? Which non-superhero SF/F comics should you be reading? What's up with novels about superheroes? From Saga to Ms. Marvel to Kavalier & Clay, our panel will discuss it all.

Panelists: Bill Campbell, Cat Rambo, Michael R. Underwood

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

12PM-1PM

Royal Sonesta Amazing Moment Cooking

Join a chef from Explorer’s restaurant at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore for an amazing moment. Amazing moments is a new program designed by Sonesta to create a lasting moment that happens when guests immerse themselves into a locale such as tasting a crab cake in Baltimore for the first time.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Tooth About Sharks!

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

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

12PM-2PM

Pet Therapy Unlimited

During the Baltimore Book Festival Top of the World will feature a program which will encourage youngsters to read. Children will be partnered with a therapy dog (or cat!) from Therapy Pets Unlimited, and after selecting a favorite book, the child is invited to sit and read to their furry friend. These gentle canines are amazing listeners. They do not tease, laugh or judge the child. As a result, even the shyest child or reluctant reader is encouraged to improve their literacy skills. http://therapypetsunlimited.org/events 

Top of the World Observation Level 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:

Amanda Fiore received her MFA in Creative Writing from San Diego State University. 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.

Jen Grow’s debut collection, My Life as a Mermaid, was winner of the 2012 Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Competition. She is the Fiction Editor of Little Patuxent Review. She’s received two Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council and her stories have earned nominations for Best New American Voices and a Pushcart Prize.   

B. Morrison is the author of two poetry collections, Terrarium and Here at Least, and a memoir, Innocent: Confessions of a Welfare Mother. An editor, teacher, and publisher, her award-winning work has been published in anthologies and magazines.

Michael J Seidlinger is the author of a number of novels including The Strangest, The Fun We've Had, and The Laughter of Strangers. He serves as Electric Literature‘s Book Reviews Editor as well as Publisher-in-Chief of Civil Coping Mechanisms, an indie press specializing in unclassifiable/innovative fiction and poetry.

Gabriella Souza is Arts and Culture Editor for Baltimore magazine. She has won national and state awards while writing at newspapers and magazines in Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia. In her new role in Baltimore, she’s returning to her arts roots—her parents are both professional musicians and she considered a singing career.

CityLit Stage Event Details

12:30PM

Janice Mavis

Feelings Inside Of Me

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

12:30PM-1:30PM

Adrienne Canull, author of ABC's Around Baltimore City

Presentation from ABC's Around Baltimore City, distributed free to all Pre-K students in Baltimore City through PreK@Play.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

1PM

Eddie Mark

 The Garden of Unfortunate Souls

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Reading Group 1: Superheroes, SF/F, and Action!

Sit down and discover your new favorite author! Four writers, one hour.

Readers: DH Aire, Tom Doyle, Cat Rambo, Michael J. Underwood

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

1PM-2PM

How To Write A Novel: From Idea To Publishing

Jay Crownover
Toni Decker
Megan Erickson
Sara Humphreys
Robin Kaye
Cheryl Klam
Misty Simon

If you’ve ever wanted to write a novel but didn’t know where to start, these seasoned professionals will talk about goal setting and will walk you through it, step by step, given their various experiences in the industry.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

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.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

1:30PM

Karter Jaymes, r&b/soul

Music Stage Event Details

1:30PM

Tiffany Gibbs

The Moon

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

1:30PM-2:30PM

Drawing Word Game Year 2 - with Darren Soto

Returning to the Baltimore Book Festival AWA’s Guest Artists Darren Soto will ask for 3 words from 3 different people in the audience, and then draw a picture using those worlds. There will be a few rounds of this and then the instructor will call up 3 people from the audience to draw just as the instructor did! This game will have you thinking outside of the box.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

1:30PM-2:30PM

Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown, owner of Station North Arts Café & NANCY, prepares one of his personal favorites!

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

1:30PM-2:30PM

Ronald L. Smith, author of Hoodoo

Ronald L. Smith reads from his Southern Gothic young adult novel.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

2PM

Florence Smith

 Afghanistan: 179 Days of Teachable Moments

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Blurring the Edges of Genre

Writers of literary science fiction, poetry, horror, slipstream and weird fiction talk about the genres they love. Learn what those labels mean, and what happens when you defy labels.

Panelists: Anatoly Belilovsky, Robin Wyatt Dunn, Carmen Maria Machado, Denise Clemons

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

2PM-3PM

Diversity In Romance: Reflecting The World Around Us

Denny S. Bryce
Andie J. Christopher
Robin Covington
Andrew Grey
Leslye Penelope
Damon Suede
Laura Ward

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Exploring the Ocean with Photicular Technology

Explore the wonders of the deep in Dan Kainen’s New York Times best-seller, “Ocean: A Photicular Book.” Kainen is a New York City artist, designer and inventor with a passion for using art and technology to inspire awe and awareness of our natural world. Using his patented Photicular Motion Viewer, Kainen’s “Ocean” takes the reader on a visual journey through the deep blue. The Photicular technology marries art and science, creating an experience of fluid, film-like motion. Audience members will have the opportunity to engage with a large, interactive version of the Photicular Motion Viewer, illustrating how the book works.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

--- Poetry Slam, Sponsored by The Baltimore County Public Library

Enjoy performances by local teen poets as they share their art in a celebration of creativity and free expression

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

2:30PM

Charles Mark

Spiritual Intelligence and the Neuroplastic Brain

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

2:30PM-3:30PM

Jonathon Scott Fuqua, author of The Secrets of the Greaser Hotel and Calvert the Raven in the Battle of Baltimore

The author of four award-winning young adult novels, two well-received graphic novels, and four prizewinning children’s books presents from his two most recent books.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

3PM

Orignal Blend, a capella

Music Stage Event Details

3PM

John Laube

Nobody Rides for Free: A hitchhikers Memoir

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Find Your New Favorite Author: The Indescribable, the Extraordinary, the Incredible

Sit down and discover your new favorite author! Four writers, one hour. Prepare to be surprised and intrigued.

Readers: Anatoly Belilovsky, Robin Wyatt Dunn, KM Szpara, Jean Marie Ward

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

3PM-4PM

Self-Publishing: Everything You Need To Know In An Hour, Rapid Fire Q&A

Magda Alexander
Riley Edgewood
Avery Flynn
Eliza Knight
Kelly Maher
Jen McLaughlin/Dianne Alberts
Carrie Ann Ryan

The world of Indie Publishing has burst wide open with new opportunities for aspiring authors and those already deeply entrenched in traditional publishing. Learn from authors who have made self-publishing a success.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Chef Egg presents The Kitchen Comes To Life!

Menu - Grilled Chicken Tacos with Pico De Gallo, Grilled Pineapple Salsa and Chipotle Yogurt.

Chef Egg is a culinary instructor and host of Chef Egg Live, Baltimore’s only live cooking eggsperience. Chef Egg’s mission is to teach you how to gain your culinary independence and to give you the skills you need to be a success in the kitchen! He has worked with local organizations such as Gather Baltimore, McCormick Spices and Wounded Warrior Project. Chef Egg has also been featured on WBFF Fox 45, WBAL, 98 Rock, Discovery Networks and the Food Network.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Community Book Club Discusses The Paris Architect, Sponsored by The Baltimore County Public Library

New York Times bestselling author Charles Belfoure joins us for a lively, librarian-led book discussion of The Paris Architect and his new book House of Thieves.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Tooth About Sharks!

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

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

New from Johns Hopkins University Press: Charley Mitchell, Mid-Atlantic Travel and Mike Olesker, Journeys to the Heart of Baltimore

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

3PM-5PM

Playing with Book Pages

Spend some time playing with old book pages to create pinwheels, hedgehogs and trees etc. by learning the art of book folding. Experimental artist Carol Maurer demonstrates how to creatively reuse old books.

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

3:30PM

Mary Wright

Anything is Possible: The Ben Carson Story

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

3:30PM-4:30PM

Drawing Characters with S.T.E.A.M. with AWA Art Instructor

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.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

4PM

Sabin Duncan

Assuming Hurts: A Novel

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

All About Afrofuturism

What is Afrofuturism and why you’ll love it.

Panelists: Bill Campbell, Justina Ireland, GL Tomas

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

4PM-5PM

Jubilee Arts mono-printing workshop

Enjoy an interactive workshop inspired by images from classic children’s books.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

Books With A Sense of Humor: Bringing The Funny to Fiction

Christi Barth
Andie J. Christopher
Rachel Harris
Janet Mullany
Misty Simon
Damon Suede
Kate Quinn

The best books make readers laugh or cry and funny fiction can be comedy gold! Authors will talk about the triumphs and pitfalls of writing humor. Come for the laughs and let these authors put a smile on your face.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

Tobias Buckell, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Guest of Honor

Called “Violent, poetic and compulsively readable” by Maclean’s, science fiction author Tobias S. Buckell is a New York Times Bestselling writer born in the Caribbean. He grew up in Grenada and spent time in the British and US Virgin Islands, and the islands he lived on influence much of his work. His novels and over 50 stories have been translated into 18 different languages. His work has been nominated for awards like the Hugo, Nebula, Prometheus, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Author.

Literary Salon Event Details

4PM-5PM

So You Want to Write a Children’s Book

Members of the MD/DE/WV region of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators share their paths to publication in a panel discussion.

Panelists: Timothy Young, Ann McCallum, Laura Gehl and Rebecca Evans.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

4PM-5PM

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.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

4PM-6PM

Arcadia/History Press

Arcadia/History Press presents The Find Your Neighborhood Program, featuring Baltimore writers Ann G. Giroux, author of Guilford, and Douglas P. Munro, author of Greater Roland Park. The program will feature a wide range of books showcasing Baltimore’s iconic neighborhoods and communities.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

4:30PM

Leftist, hip hop

Music Stage Event Details

4:30PM

Sharon Polk

Hidden Secrets, from the Beauty for Ashes Saga

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

5:00PM

Cocktail hour with Chef O’Connell

Join Patrick O’Connell for a decadent drink, as he discusses his NTY Bestseller, The Inn at Little Washington: A Magnificent Obsession

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

5PM

Joseph Lorick

DEBT The Relationship Edition

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

5PM-6PM

When Sci-Fi & Fantasy Get Sexy

It's not all rayguns and unicorns... join our writers to talk about the hotter side of science fiction and fantasy.

Panelists: Kelly Harmon, Carmen Maria Machado, Emmie Mears, KM Szpara, Jean Marie Ward

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

5PM-6PM

CHARM: Voices of Baltimore Youth Open Mic

Join a celebration of a student- and teacher-led literary and arts magazine that showcases Baltimore City students' writing and artwork.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

5PM-6PM

Hitting The Big Time: The Journey To The New York Times List

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Jay Crownover
Megan Hart
Laura Kaye
Jen McLaughlin/Diane Alberts
Carrie Ann Ryan

Six NYT Bestselling share their journeys and discuss the triumphs and pitfalls of climbing to the top.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

5PM-6PM

Dr. Fredrick Foote, Medic Against Bomb: A Doctor’s Poetry of War

TIIH COO, Wendy Bohdel, will be accompanying Fred's poetic dictation with her violin”. Winner of the 2013 Grayson Books Poetry Prize, and Finalist in the 2014 USA Best Book Awards for Poetry, retired U.S. Navy physician and the director of the Poetry Project at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Fred Foote, this book features poems by Frederick Foote, a retired U.S. Navy physician and the director of the Poetry Project at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

The Health & Wellness Stage Event Details

5PM-6PM

Blue Urbanism with Dr. Timothy Beatley

The ocean covers 70 percent of Earth’s surface and is essential to our livelihood. So, how can we design and operate our cities to better protect our blue planet? Dr. Timothy Beatley tackles that question in his latest book, “Blue Urbanism,” which takes an in-depth look at the issues connecting our cities and our ocean—from sustainable fishing practices and renewable energy to public education about marine life. Come hear Dr. Beatley discuss “Blue Urbanism” and the importance of prioritizing a healthy ocean.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

5:30PM

Literary Happy Hour

Beer courtesy of Raven Beer

Join the CityLit family, Poe Baltimore, and Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore for cold beer and lit gab celebrating the fabulous Baltimore Book Festival.
 
Music by Limestone Connection featuring Holly Morse-Ellington and Jason Tinney

CityLit Stage Event Details

5:30PM

Ladies Night Happy Hour with Jessica Knoll, Luckiest Girl Alive

Baltimore toasts Jessica Knolls success with her instant NYT bestseller, Luckiest Girl Alive. Enjoy one complimentary glass of wine as part of the celebration!

Literary Salon Event Details

5:30PM

Chris Tidball

Swoop & Squat

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

6PM

Bonnie Matthews

 Hot Hip Grilling Secrets

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

6PM-6:30PM

Edgar Allan Poe’s Baltimore

Edgar Allan Poe wrote his great works while living in several cities on the East Coast of the United States, but Baltimore’s claim to him is special. His ancestors settled in the burgeoning town on the Chesapeake during the 18th century, and it was in Baltimore that he found refuge when his foster family in Virginia shut him out. Most importantly, it was in Baltimore that Poe received payment for his literary work. And, Baltimore has his bones! Join author and Poe House volunteer David Gaylin and Poe Baltimore president Kristen Harbeson for a conversation about Gaylin’s new book, Edgar Allan Poe's Baltimore.

CityLit Stage Event Details

6PM-7PM

BDSM Books: Beyond Fifty Shades of Grey

Tessa Bailey
Stephanie Draven
Megan Hart
Eliza Knight
Janet Mullany
Damon Suede

The kink community sometimes complains about the way its portrayed in media. So how do authors address safe, sane and consensual sex while bringing the heat? Six authors of erotic romance discuss their take on the genre and share steamy reads.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

6PM-7PM

Making Magic: Magic Systems and Fantasy

Go beyond "Wingardium Leviosa!" with this exploration of magic systems in a range of fantasy settings.

Panelists: Tom Doyle, Anna Kashina, Elektra Hammond, Emmie Mears

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

6:30PM

D. Watkins, The Beast Side Release Party!

Join us for a Friday night reading and party to celebrate the release of the first book of essays from D. Watkins, recently named Baltimore’s Best Writer by Baltimore Magazine!

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

6:30PM

Gerard Marconi

Searching for Paradise

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

6:45PM-7:45PM

Smile, Hon, You’re In Baltimore

Join a rambunctious cast of writers for a RELEASE PARTY for 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.

Baltimore satirist D.R. Belz has published essays, poetry, and fiction in a variety of publications, including The Antietam Review, The Baltimore Sun, and the Arbutus Patch. He is the author of White Asparagus and also serves as the fiction editor at The Loch Raven Review.

E. Doyle-Gillespie is a Baltimore City police officer and frequent contributor to Smile, Hon. He is the author of the chapbook Masala Tea and Oranges. His new book, Woman from Guernica, is due for release this spring.

Kate Gillespie is a microbiologist as well as a poet, playwright, and writer of things both scientific and strange. Her work has been featured in Smile, Hon, The Baltimore Ekphrasis Project, and the poetry journal Syzygy.

Kat Malone is a whiskey enhanced witty retort specialist and expatriate of Baltimore.

Mike Murphy lives and writes in Baltimore with his wife and two cats named Daisy and Zelda. His work in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction has appeared previously in Smile, Hon, Cobalt, Seltzer and Pen & Ink.


Geoffrey Welchman is a writer, digital media specialist, and musician who lives in Baltimore with his wife, Betty. His writing has previously appeared in Smile, Hon #15 and the Alleyways issue. That's all he can remember at the moment.

CityLit Stage Event Details

7PM

The Players, ska

Music Stage Event Details



Saturday, September 26




10AM-7PM

Free Admission

Top of the World will be free Saturday, 9/26. Open Saturday from 10am-7pm (last ticket sold at 6:30pm).

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

10:30AM-12:30PM

Playing with Book Pages

Spend some time playing with old book pages to create pinwheels, hedgehogs and trees etc. by learning the art of book folding. Experimental artist Carol Maurer demonstrates how to creatively reuse old books.

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

11AM-12PM

Maryland Writers Association Book Launch!

Winners of the Maryland Writers’ Association writing contest will read from their prose and poetry as they celebrate the launch of their newest anthology.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

11AM-12PM

Exploring the Ocean with Photicular Technology

Explore the wonders of the deep in Dan Kainen’s New York Times best-seller, “Ocean: A Photicular Book.” Kainen is a New York City artist, designer and inventor with a passion for using art and technology to inspire awe and awareness of our natural world. Using his patented Photicular Motion Viewer, Kainen’s “Ocean” takes the reader on a visual journey through the deep blue. The Photicular technology marries art and science, creating an experience of fluid, film-like motion. Audience members will have the opportunity to engage with a large, interactive version of the Photicular Motion Viewer, illustrating how the book works.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

11AM-12PM

New Adult: Hot New Genre, Hotter Heroes

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Tessa Bailey
Jay Crownover
Toni Decker
Megan Erickson
Jen McLaughlin/Diane Alberts
Jamie Shaw

The newest, hottest genre has grown and evolved. Hear some of NA’s  biggest stars describe how it’s grown, how it differs from other genres, and where it’s headed.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

11AM-12PM

Celebrate the Chesapeake!

Sample a regional dish, as authors discuss Maryland Foodie Travel, and the culinary delights of our Chesapeake Bay.

Panel: Mary Lou Baker & Holly Smith, Seafood Lovers’ Guide to the Chesapeake, Kathy Hunt, Fish Market

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

11AM-12PM

Erin Hagar, author of Julia Child: An Extraordinary Life in Words and Pictures

Erin Hagar, fiction and nonfiction writer for children and teens, presents from her illustrated by Joanna Gorham biography of Julia Child.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

11AM-12PM

To the Moon!

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.

Panelists: Karen Burnham, Jack Clemons, Brenda Clough, Anna Kashina, Bud Sparhawk

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

11AM-1PM

Pet Therapy Unlimited

During the Baltimore Book Festival Top of the World will feature a program which will encourage youngsters to read. Children will be partnered with a therapy dog (or cat!) from Therapy Pets Unlimited, and after selecting a favorite book, the child is invited to sit and read to their furry friend. These gentle canines are amazing listeners. They do not tease, laugh or judge the child. As a result, even the shyest child or reluctant reader is encouraged to improve their literacy skills. http://therapypetsunlimited.org/events  

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

11AM-7PM

Mr. Corey’s Face Painting

With 10 years of experience as a Professional Face and Body Painter and a worldwide following, Corey Morgan is the owner and lead artist of Mr. Corey’s Face Painting. Corey is recognized as one of the best face painters in the DC, MD, VA area, providing face painting services for birthday parties, cookouts, festivals, school and church events, restaurant family nights and corporate events. Clients are often shocked at how skilled Corey is with a brush and how his designs are so different in beauty and complexity from what you would expect from a face painter, that he often finds himself painting just as many adults as children at any given event.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

11:30AM-12:30AM

Dr. Richard Jacoby, Sugar Rush: How to reduce inflammation, reverse nerve damage, and reclaim good health Presented by The Institute for Integrative Health

What Grain Brain did for wheat, this book by a leading peripheral nerve surgeon now does for sugar, revealing how it causes crippling nerve damage throughout the body—in our feet, organs, and brain—why sugar and carbohydrates are harmful to the body's nerves, and how eliminating them can mitigate and even reverse the damage.

The Health & Wellness Stage Event Details

12PM

Tamara Neal

Venomous Relationships

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

12PM

Mambo Combo, Latin

Music Stage Event Details

12PM-1:30PM

MSAC Individual Artist Award Winners: Playwriting

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

Bob Bartlett is a dramatist whose work has been performed at Seven Devils, Lark New Play Development Center, Theater Alliance, Iron Crow, and the Capital and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, among others. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, teaches theatre at Bowie State University in Maryland, and is a founding member of The Welders, a playwrights collective.

Alonzo LaMott has had plays produced in Chicago, Amsterdam, D.C. and LA. He loves Biking, looking for UFO’s and finding good Bakeries. He loves when his plays get produced. He loves going places where his plays ARE produced.

Susan McCully performed her “Cyber Becomes Electra,” at festivals and universities across the U.S. and in Budapest, Exeter and Toronto. Her “Inexcusable Fantasies” played Fringe Festivals in Orlando, Indianapolis, Prague and New York. Her play “Still the One” premiered at Manhattan Theatre Source.

Pat Montley has had 17 plays published, readings at the Kennedy Center, Center Stage, Rep Stage, and the Abingdon Theatre, productions at the Nebraska Repertory Theatre, the Manhattan Theatre Source, the Harold Clurman Theatre, the Nat Horne Theatre, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Center Stage’s “My America” series.

Mark Scharf is a playwright, actor and teacher whose plays have been produced and published widely in the United States and internationally. He has an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Virginia and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Maria Broom, author of The Village Bully

Nationally recognized as an actress, Maria Broom is also a storyteller and dancer with more than forty years of performing and teaching across the globe, and now, presents from her book, The Village Bully.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Tropes: The Secret Formula To Romance

Christi Barth
Rachel Harris
Trent Hart (Diversion Books/Ever After Romance)
Heidi Hormel
Sara Humphreys
Lea Nolan
Damon Suede

You may have heard there’s a formula to romance. But nobody is sharing what it is. Well, these authors are ready to spill the big secret...

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM-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.

Panelists: Tobias S. Buckell, Sarah Pinsker, Michael R. Underwood

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

12PM-1PM

April Ryan & Martha Kumar – Reporting from the White House

Two veteran observers of presidential politics take the stage. White House Correspondent April Ryan examines the role of race relations in the Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama administrations. Ryan’s nearly two decades on the White House beat have afforded her a unique behind-the-scenes perspective. Towson Professor Martha Kumar discussed the hand-over of executive power in the midst of one of the deepest recessions in American history.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Tooth About Sharks!

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

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Robert Timburg, Blue Eyed Boy

Robert Timberg is the author of The Nightingale’s Song, John McCain: An American Odyssey, and State of Grace: A Memoir of Twilight Time. A 1964 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he served with the First Marine Division in South Vietnam from March 1966 to January 1967. After suffering severe disfigurement while on duty, Timberg went on to work at The Baltimore Sun for more than three decades as a reporter, editor, and White House correspondent.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

12:30PM

Lauren Silberman

Wild Women of Maryland

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

12:30PM-1:30PM

25th Anniversary Celebration of John Sheilds’ Chesapeake Bay Cooking

The James Beard –nominated book praised for its inspiring heritage recipes and its then-revolutionary emphasis on cooking with local and seasonal ingredients turns 25 with an updated anniversary release! Part history lesson, part travelogue, the book captures the unique character of the Chesapeake region and its people.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

1PM

John Thomas

It's Not the Kids; It's the Parents

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Reading Group 3: Discover New Worlds

Four intrepid readers – find your new favorites! Check out the rising stars of science fiction and fantasy.

Readers: Brenda Clough, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Fran Wilde

Signing Table: Diana Peterfreund, Robin Wyatt Dunn

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

1PM-2PM

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

1PM-2PM

Natasha Bowens, The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience, and Farming

Author and farmer Natasha Bowens (brown.girl.farming) explores the critical issues that lie at the intersection of race and food.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

1PM-2PM

Liz Pichon, author of Tom Gates: Everything’s Amazing (Sort Of)

Award winning author Liz Pichon presents from her latest book in the Tom Gates series.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Mystery VS. Thriller: What's The Difference?

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Kami Garcia
Megan Hart
Deanna Raybourn
MD Waters
Rebecca York

Whodunits get the blood pumping and thrillers can have brainy detectives, so how are we to distinguish between these popular genres? The stars of each tell us how.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Rebecca Alexander, NOT FADE AWAY: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found

No one would blame Rebecca Alexander if she gave up on life. Born with a rare genetic mutation called Usher Syndrome Type III, Rebecca has been simultaneously losing both her sight and hearing since she was a teenager. She was told that by age 30, she’d be completely blind. Then, at 19, one year after a fall from a second-story window left her athletic body completely shattered; she discovered she would lose her hearing as well. Despite these difficulties, Rebecca refused to lose her drive and zest for life and incredibly rose above and beyond every challenge she faced. In Not Fade Away, Rebecca takes readers into a life lived with the knowledge that one day, sooner rather than later, she will be cut off from the world and incapable of communicating normally. Rebecca’s optimism and vibrant personality are contagious as we follow her along on her journey from a teenager who tried to hide her disabilities to a woman who is able to bravely face the world exactly as she is.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

1PM-2PM

Sustainable Seafood Demo with Nutreatious

Choosing sustainable seafood is a simple way to help protect and preserve our overfished seas. Join the chefs from Nutreatious for a cooking demo and learn a simple recipe for sustainable salmon that you can easily recreate at home.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Social Issues Through Comics

If you think that comic books are just about superheroes, think again. Yes, the X-Men were a metaphor for dealing with racism and the Green Lantern and Green Arrow had to deal with their friend Speedy becoming a drug addict; but for decades now, comic books have tackled such topics as the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement to climate change and police brutality, all from a very adult perspective that might just surprise many of you.

Panelist Bill Campbell, Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg & Andy Hershberger

Bill Campbell is the author of APB: Artists against Police Brutality, Sunshine Patriots, My Booty Novel, and Pop Culture: Politics, Puns, "Poohbutt" from a Liberal Stay-at-Home Dad and Koontown Killing Kaper. Along with Edward Austin Hall, he co-edited the groundbreaking anthology, Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond. Campbell lives in Washington, DC, where he spends his time with his family, helps produce audio books for the blind, and helms Rosarium Publishing.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

1PM-2PM

Elliot Ackerman -- Green on Blue

Drawing on his distinguished military service in Afghanistan, Elliot Ackerman tells the story of Aziz, an Afghan teenager. Desperate to save his beloved older brother, Aziz finds himself drawn into his country’s wars.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Dr. Alessio Fasano, Gluten Freedom: The Nation's Leading Expert Offers the Essential Guide to a Healthy, Gluten-Free Lifestyle Presented by The Institute for Integrative Health

World-renowned gluten-related disorders expert Dr. Alessio Fasano presents the groundbreaking roadmap to a gluten-free lifestyle, and how millions can live better by going gluten free.

The Health & Wellness Stage Event Details

1:30PM

School of Rock Baltimore Show Team, rock

Music Stage Event Details

1:30PM

Susan Nystrom

Life in the Hands of an Extraordinary God

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

1:30PM-2:30PM

Chapbook Champions: Winners of the Harriss Poetry Prize

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the Harriss Poetry Prize is a chapbook competition open to poets nation-wide who have not published a book-length collection.  Named in honor of the patron saint of Maryland poetry and independent publishing, Clarinda Harriss, and published under the CityLit Press imprint, the prize has been judged by acclaimed poets such as Dick Allen, Marie Howe, Tom Lux, and Michael Salcman, who serves as the series editor.

Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka (Oblige the Light) is the author of Face Half-Illuminated, a book of poems, translations, and prose. Her poems, translations, essays, and interviews have appeared in Akcent; Driftwood Press; International Poetry Review; Lalitamba; Little Patuxent Review; Loch Raven Review; Notre Dame Review; Passager; Przegl?d Polski, Nowy Dziennik; and The Baltimore Review, and elsewhere.

Rebekah Remington (Asphalt) holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her poetry has appeared in Linebreak, The Missouri Review, Ninth Letter, Bellingham Review Online, Hayden Ferry’s Review, Smartish Pace, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of two Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards in poetry.

Bruce Sager (Famous) works as a corporate officer in a systems integration firm. He has been the recipient of Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards in both fiction and poetry, a Baltimore City Arts Grant in poetry, and the 1986 Artscape Literary Arts Award in poetry, judged by William Stafford. Prior chapbooks include Nine Ninety-Five and The Pumping Station.

Laura Shovan (Mountain, Log, Salt, and Stone) is poetry editor for the literary journal Little Patuxent Review. She edited the Maryland Writers’ Association anthology Life in Me Like Grass on Fire: Love Poems. The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, her novel-in-verse for children, will be published next year.

CityLit Stage Event Details

2PM

Jennifer Foxworthy

Tomorrow My Sunshine Will Come: Memoirs of Women Who Survived Domestic Violence

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Tim Wise, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich, and Sacrificing the Future of America

Critical commentary on the roots and ramifications of radical inequality in our nation, from one of our most prolific public intellectuals, Tim Wise.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

2PM-3PM

YA Literature And Why It's Great!

With YA literature coming under fire for being too dark, too light, and more, our authors will show you the variety and delight beyond the headlines.

Panelists: DH Aire, Cinda Williams Chima, Justina Ireland, Diana Peterfreund, GL Tomas Signing Table: Fran Wilde

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

2PM-3PM

Bryan Voltaggio, Home:Recipes to Cook with Family and Friends

Now, opening the doors to his family kitchen, Voltaggio offers 100 irresistible recipes inspired by the mid-Atlantic food he grew up with and loves. Organized by the special moments he shares with his kids, from weekend brunches to the Feast of the Seven Fishes, HOME elevates the classic and comfort dishes closest to his heart.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Wes Moore, The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters

A follow up to his bestselling memoir, THE OTHER WES MOORE, this new book continues a remarkable quest to find a meaningful life. From the streets of Baltimore and the Bronx to Oxford University and Afghanistan to Wall Street and the White House, Wes Moore has been at the center of many defining moments in our country’s recent history.

Literary Salon Event Details

2PM-3PM

Historicals: Hot Or Not?

Denny S. Bryce
Stephanie Dray
Alma Katsu
Eliza Knight
Janet Mullany
Kate Quinn
Deanna Raybourn

It’s pistols at dawn (well, 3pm) when these historical authors duel over the best time period to read and write about and whether historicals have become too hot, hunky or high brow.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Ryan Ferguson, Stronger, Faster, Smarter: A Guide to Your Most Powerful Body

After a decade behind bars for a murder he did not commit, Ryan Ferguson learned that physical strength and confidence are keys to survival – he now shares his strength secrets in Stronger, Faster, Smarter--the smartest, realest, and most doable fitness guide you’ll ever read.

The Health & Wellness Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Penguin Random House Holiday Preview

The Ivy Bookshop’s Penguin Random House sales representatives showcase the most exciting new titles for the holiday season.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do

Join Dr. Wallace “J” Nichols to explore his book, Blue Mind, a powerful, universal story of water which explores the physical, ecological, economic, cognitive, emotional, psychological and social benefits of healthy oceans and waterways. By connecting neuroscientists and psychologists with aquatic experts and artists to ask and answer exciting new questions, Blue Mind is changing the way we think and feel about water. Its influence is reaching into many sectors, including health and well-being; education and parenting; arts, architecture and design; real estate and urban planning; travel and leisure; and sports and recreation.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Deborah Stone Hess, Save 90 & Animal Shelter Heroes

Baltimore residents may know her best as a former reporter for WJZ News Channel 13. Today, Stone dedicates much of her time to bringing about change in the Baltimore County Animal Shelter. Through her non-profit and blog “Save 90,” she has reported on and helped animal shelters throughout the state receive assistance, donations, and support for resources to encourage animal adoption programming and care. She wrote the forward to Animal Shelter Heroes. A Portion of the proceeds from book sales are donated by Baltimore City Punisher advanced Editorial; to Save 90, a local non-profit organization advocating for improvements to local animal shelter adoption programs and care.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

2:30PM

Wendy Bailey

Alex's Ten-Dollar Adventure

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

2:30PM-3:30PM

Carole Boston Weatherford

Presents from Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

2:30PM-4:30PM

Saturday Live! with Ink Press Productions

Ink Press Productions is a collaborative effort devoted to blurring the lines of writing, visual, and performance art in the Baltimore community and beyond. They specialize in handmade books, letterpress printing, and experimental events. The curators of Ink Press Productions, Amanda McCormick and Tracy Dimond, will host a two-hour variety show—Saturday Live!—featuring work by Ink Press authors and various performances by Baltimore artists. Prepare to get blurry!

CityLit Stage Event Details

3PM

Tom’s Back Door, American folk

Music Stage Event Details

3PM

Abigail Wurf

Forget Perfect: How to Succeed in Your Profession and Personal Life Even if You Have ADHD

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

The Marvel Educational Universe: Movies and Meaning

In the Spring of 2015, Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg taught the world’s first college course in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was the culmination of nearly twenty years of teaching comic book literature and superhero mythology. The world of Marvel’s heroes offers educators an unprecedented opportunity to engage students in everything from media literacy to sociopolitical topics and issues of race, gender, class, and much more, all through the high-flying adventures of Marvel’s unfolding universe of super-powered adventure.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

3PM-4PM

Steve Inskeep, Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab

Inskeep, host of NPR’s Morning Edition, delves into the troubling history of the greatest American land grab: the conquest of Native lands under President Andrew Jackson.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

3PM-4PM

Reading Group 4: More New Worlds

Four intrepid readers – find your new favorites! Check out the rising stars of science fiction and fantasy.

Readers: Cinda Williams Chima, Kelly Harmon, Justina Ireland, Lawrence M. Schoen Signing Table: DH Aire, Bud Sparhawk

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

3PM-4PM

Young Adult Fiction: Fantastic Tales For Teens (And Grown Ups, Too!)

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Martina Boone
Kami Garcia
Cheryl Klam
Melissa Marr
Lea Nolan
MD Waters

Young adult books aren’t just for teens--adults love these magical, mystical, and far-out tales, too.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Records! A Panel Discussion with Amanda Petrusich

Acclaimed music critic and author, Amanda Petrusich and Ian Nagoski dives deep into the world of collecting pieces of history. Do Not Sell AT Any Price: The Wild Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm takes you on a journey to find these pieces that gave way to music as we know it. Joining Amanda will be Ian Nagoski, Owner of True Vine and Canary Records a man who made a rule 10 years ago to always buy records that were in a different language, is now a music researcher and record producer specializing in early 20th century is musics other than English.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

3PM-4PM

Bill Clegg in conversation with Marion Winik -- Did you Ever Have a Family

The author of the bestselling memoirs Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man and Ninety Days turns his hand to fiction. Did You Ever Have a Family follows June, a woman devastated by loss, as she finds comfort in an unlikely circle of people whom her tragedy has also touched. The book was recently short-listed for the prestigious Man Booker Prize.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Tooth About Sharks!

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

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

3PM-5PM

Playing with Book Pages

Spend some time playing with old book pages to create pinwheels, hedgehogs and trees etc. by learning the art of book folding. Experimental artist Carol Maurer demonstrates how to creatively reuse old books.

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

3:30PM

Carrie Ann Ryan

Delicate Ink

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

3:30PM-4:30PM

Greg Proops, The Smartest Book in The World: A Lexicon of Literacy, A Rancorous Reportage, A Concise Curriculum of Cool

Greg Proops is an internationally renowned comedian, best known for starring on the hit improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? and for his popular award-winning podcast, “The Smartest Man in the World,” which Rolling Stone called “some of the boldest comedy on the podcasting frontier right now.” The Smartest Book in the World is based on Proops’s sensational, iTunes Top 10 podcast that has been downloaded more than nine million times, in which his “bold, never-boring voice takes center stage” (The New York Times). The book is a rollicking reference guide to the most essential areas of knowledge in Proops’s universe, from the noteworthy names of the ancient world and baseball, to the movies you must see and the albums you must hear.

Literary Salon Event Details

3:30PM-4:30PM

Alice Randall & Caroline Randall Williams, Soul Food Love: Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by 100 Years of Cooking in a Black Family

Join bestselling author Alice Randall & Her daughter Caroline, as they relate their fascinating family history (which mirrors that of much of black America in the twentieth century), explore the often fraught relationship African-American women have had with food, and translate recipes and traditions handed down by generations of black women, into easy, affordable, and healthful—yet still indulgent—dishes and forges a powerful new way forward that honors their cultural and culinary heritage. This is what the strong black kitchen looks like in the twenty-first century.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

3:30PM-5PM

WeNeedDiverseBooks Panel

Panel discussion on diversity in children’s books, featuring Meg Medina, Renee Watson, Robin Reed Talley, and Tim Tingle, moderated by Deborah Taylor, Coordinator of School and Student Services at the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

4PM

Lakia Nichole

Number One Fan

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

Johanna Fernández & Mumia Abu-Jamal, Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal

The Baltimore Book Festival celebrates the release of this new collection of essays by incarcerated poet, journalist, and political activist, Mumia Abu-Jamal. Johanna Fernández, editor, joins us to discuss Mumia’s work, life, and enduring legacy.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

4PM-5PM

Future: Charming? Baltimore City as a template for futurism.

What does Baltimore look like in the future? SFWA Guest of Honor Tobias Buckell and a panel of writers, futurists and social designers discuss Charm City's future through the lens of the engineer, the writer, and the activist. Panel led by Jason Harris ("Redlines: Baltimore 2028").

Panelists: Anatoly Belilovsky, Tobias S. Buckell, Jason Harris, Nia Johnson, K Ceres Wright Signing Table: Kelly Harmon, Justina Ireland

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

4PM-5PM

Get Their Pulses Pounding: Pacing The Romantic Suspense Novel

Magda Alexander
Avery Flynn
Dirk Greyson
Laura Kaye
Kimberly Kincaid
Geoff Symon
Nancy Weeks

Love thrills and chills? Meet the authors who’ll share tips on how to keep the pages turning and readers’ hearts pumping.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

The Fabulous Beekman Boys, Attraction of Opposites: Beekman 1802 Style

The Beekman Boys are back with their city-turned-country-boy charm and style to help readers with all things home. Through the publication of their cookbooks and countless magazine and blog articles, fans have fallen in love with the couple's personal style and historic home. Chapters like "East Meets West" and "Old Meets New" offer thoughts on the attraction of opposites in the home and the importance of incorporating what one already has, along with some new must-have pieces.

Moderated by: April Force Pardoe, Owner & Interior designer of AFP Interiors

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

4PM-5PM

Forrest Pritchard, Growing Tomorrow: A Farm-to-Table Journey in Photos and Recipes: Behind the Scenes with 18 Extraordinary Sustainable Farmers Who Are Changing the Way We Eat

Meet the local farmers who feed America—in stories, photos, and 50 recipes!

When Forrest Pritchard went looking for the unsung heroes of local, sustainable food, he found them at 18 exceptional farms all over the country.

In Detroit, Aba Ifeoma of D-Town Farm dreams of replenishing the local “food desert” with organic produce. On Cape Cod, Nick Muto stays afloat and eco-friendly by fishing with the seasons. And in Washington State, fourth-generation farmer Robert Hayton confides, “This farm has been rescued by big harvests. . . . For every one great season, though, you’ve got ten years of tough.”

With more than 50 mouthwatering recipes and over 250 photographs, this unique cookbook captures the struggles and triumphs of the visionary farmers who are Growing Tomorrow.

http://theexperimentpublishing.com/catalogs/fall-2015/growing-tomorrow/

The Health & Wellness Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

Exploring the Ocean with Photicular Technology

Explore the wonders of the deep in Dan Kainen’s New York Times best-seller, “Ocean: A Photicular Book.” Kainen is a New York City artist, designer and inventor with a passion for using art and technology to inspire awe and awareness of our natural world. Using his patented Photicular Motion Viewer, Kainen’s “Ocean” takes the reader on a visual journey through the deep blue. The Photicular technology marries art and science, creating an experience of fluid, film-like motion. Audience members will have the opportunity to engage with a large, interactive version of the Photicular Motion Viewer, illustrating how the book works.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

Marisa de los Santos -- The Precious One

Maryland native Marisa de los Santos is the author of the bestsellers Love Walked In, Belong to Me and Falling Together. Her newest novel centers on Taisy Cleary, whose difficult father suddenly wants her to help write his memoirs – and get to know her young half-sister.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

4PM-6PM

Pet Therapy Unlimited

During the Baltimore Book Festival Top of the World will feature a program which will encourage youngsters to read. Children will be partnered with a therapy dog (or cat!) from Therapy Pets Unlimited, and after selecting a favorite book, the child is invited to sit and read to their furry friend. These gentle canines are amazing listeners. They do not tease, laugh or judge the child. As a result, even the shyest child or reluctant reader is encouraged to improve their literacy skills. http://therapypetsunlimited.org/events  

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

4:30PM

Chandra & The Ryze Band, r&b

Music Stage Event Details

4:30PM

Kennedy Layne

Captured Innocence

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

4:30PM-5:30PM

Poets with a “Capital” P

Oh D.C.  So much like Baltimore with your beltway, and your river, and your sports teams.  We hear you even have a Washington Monument. Can your poets match ours?  Check out three of the district’s best!  Lineation with representation!

Sandra Beasley is the author of Count the Waves; I Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize; and Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a memoir.

E. Ethelbert Miller is a writer and literary activist. He is the board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies. Miller is the author of several collections of poems and two memoirs. His collected poems edited by Kirsten Porter will be released this spring by Willow Press. Miller was inducted into the Washington, D.C., Hall of Fame in April 2015.

Richard Peabody is the founder and co-editor of Gargoyle Magazine and editor (or co-editor) of twenty-three anthologies including A Different Beat: Writings by Women of the Beat Generation. Peabody taught at Johns Hopkins University for fifteen years. His new book is The Richard Peabody Reader published by Alan Squire Publishers.

CityLit Stage Event Details

5PM

Ahlumba Harris

Release and Unleash: The Path to Greatness

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

5PM-6:30PM

Dew More Baltimore presents the Baltimore City Youth Poetry Team

Community-based-organization dedicated to using art and community organizing as tools to increase community engagement presents the Baltimore City Youth Poetry Team.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

5PM-6PM

The Road To Stardom: Hitting The New York Times Bestseller List

Tessa Bailey
Kami Garcia
Rachel Harris
Melissa Marr
Deanna Raybourn
Rebecca York

What’s it like to achieve the literary Holy Grail--a place on the coveted NYT bestsellers list? These six successful authors will spill the beans about how they got there and what happened next.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

5PM-6PM

Adam Mansbach

Adam Mansbach, author of Go the F*ck to Sleep celebrates the release of Benjamin Franklin: Pain in my A**.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

5PM-6PM

Youth Poetry Slam, presented by DewMore Baltimore

Don’t miss these amazing youth poets, as they perform original works of poetry and spoken word live onstage at the Radical Bookfair Pavilion

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

5PM-6PM

Earl Grey, Hot: Future Food, Fantastical Food

From food pills to food printers to the latest in Elven lembas bread, our experts will whet your appetite for fictional food.

Panelists: Diana Peterfreund, Cat Rambo, Lawrence M. Schoen, Bud Sparhawk, Fran Wilde, K Ceres Wright Signing Table: Cinda Williams Chima

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

5PM-6PM

Fresh Juice, Fresh Approach with Gundalow Juices

Meet the creators of Baltimore’s very own Gundalow Juice! Learn about different types of juice, their health benefits and how bottles can be sustainably produced. Join the bottle artwork competition; you’ll have the opportunity to create your own design that could end up being featured on Gundalow Juice labels.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

5:30PM

Justin Settles

30 Jewels: Master the Game of Life

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

5:30PM-6:30PM

Baltimore: The Path Forward

A very special panel discussion on the future of Baltimore’s diverse communities, and what it takes to unify a city.  Featuring:
 
D Watkins, The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America. D Watkins is a columnist for Salon. His work has been published in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Aeon, AlterNet, The Guardian and other magazines. He holds a Master’s in Education from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore. He is a college professor and has also been the recipient of numerous awards including a BMe fellowship, Baltimore Magazine’s “Best Writer,” award for 2015, and The Baltimore Business Journal’s 40 under 40 list.

Tim Wise, Dear White People: Letter to a New Minority. Wise is the author of six books, including his highly-acclaimed memoir, “White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son,” as well as “Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority,” and “Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity.” His next book, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Jeopardizing the Future of America, will be released in early 2015. He has contributed chapters or essays to over 25 additional books and his writings are taught in colleges and universities across the nation. His essays have appeared on Alternet, Salon, Huffington Post, Counterpunch, The Root, Black Commentator, BK Nation and Z Magazine among others.

Stephen Janis, Why Do We Kill?: The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore. Stephen Janis is an award-winning investigative journalist whose work has won acclaim in both print and television. As the Senior Investigative Reporter for the now defunct Baltimore Examiner he won two Maryland DC Delaware Press Association Awards for his work on the number of unsolved murders in Baltimore and the killings of prostitutes. As an Investigative Producer for WBFF/Fox 45 he has won three successive Capital Emmys for Best Investigative Series.  He is currently an Investigative Journalist for The Real News Network, a non-profit news service based in Baltimore.

Sheri Parks, Fierce Angels: The Strong Black Woman in American Life And Culture. Sheri Parks’ research focuses on public aesthetics, with particular concern for popular culture as public mythology and its effect upon individuals, families and minority cultures. She is an active public intellectual, appearing in national and local media, and is in demand as a public speaker. Dr. Parks is active in the University of Maryland’s civic engagement initiatives, as a steering committee member of the Coalition for Civic Engagement and as an instructor whose classes often include projects that benefit non-profit associations. In 2008 she was recognized by the campus as the Outstanding Woman of Color and as Faculty of the Year in the University Honors Program.

Lester Spence, Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics. Lester Spence is Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He specializes in the study of black, racial, and urban politics in the wake of the neoliberal turn. An award winning scholar (in 2013 he received the W.E.B. DuBois Distinguished Book Award for his book Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics) and teacher (in 2009 he received an Excellence in Teaching Award), Spence can regularly be heard on National Public Radio and the Marc Steiner Show.

 

Literary Salon Event Details

5:30PM-6:30PM

Writing My Life: The Pros and Cons of Sharing It All

This colorful reading and discussion explores the experience and aftermath of writing memoir. Jamie Brickhouse puts the fun back in dysfunctional, Bruce Jacobs toots his horn about race relations, and Nancy Murray discusses how dropping out can be the best way to graduate in the literary world. Hosted by Diana Gross, founder of Global Citizen Media.

Jamie Brickhouse, author of Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir, has been published in The New York Times, Salon, Publishers Weekly, Lambda Literary Review, and The Fix, among other publications. He is also a guest blogger for the Huffington Post. Brickhouse spent over two decades in the publishing industry, most recently at two major houses as head of their publicity and lecture divisions.

Bruce A. Jacobs’s latest nonfiction book is Race Manners for the 21st Century. He has appeared on NPR, C-SPAN, and his friend Roy’s back porch. As a drummer and saxophonist, he blends words with other sounds and textures, and he performs with his improvisational band Cymbalism and other groups. He is working on a memoir about race and river gorges.

Nancy Murray is an author, playwright, and storyteller. Her memoir One Child for Another was published earlier this year. Her stories, poetry, and essays have appeared in various media including the Baltimore Post-Examiner, Welter, and Survivor Magazine. She was invited to participate in the Women of the World Festival in 2012. Murray is working on her next memoir, Out From Under, Waking Up from the American Dream.

 

CityLit Stage Event Details

6PM

Eric Byrd Trio Brother Ray Band, blues

Music Stage Event Details

6PM

Oumar Hill

The Passion With-In

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

6PM-7PM

Meet the Author Social

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-7PM

Tackling Taboos In Steamy And Erotic Romance

Tessa Bailey
Robin Covington
Stephanie Draven
Laura Kaye
Kelly Maher
Carrie Ann Ryan
Damon Suade

How do authors handle forbidden sex and sensual scenes in their novels? Are there lines they won’t cross? Is there a profit to be made from pushing the boundaries? Join experienced authors who tell all.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

6PM-7PM

Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do

Join Dr. Wallace “J” Nichols to explore his book, Blue Mind, a powerful, universal story of water which explores the physical, ecological, economic, cognitive, emotional, psychological and social benefits of healthy oceans and waterways. By connecting neuroscientists and psychologists with aquatic experts and artists to ask and answer exciting new questions, Blue Mind is changing the way we think and feel about water. Its influence is reaching into many sectors, including health and well-being; education and parenting; arts, architecture and design; real estate and urban planning; travel and leisure; and sports and recreation.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

6PM-7PM

Jess Rowe, Your Face in Mine

Inventive and thought-provoking, Row has written a brilliant novel about cultural and racial alienation and the nature of belonging in a global world. Jess Row is the author of two short story collections, The Train to Lo Wu and Nobody Ever Gets Lost. Named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists in 2007, he has won a Whiting Writers’ Award, a PEN/O. Henry Award, and two Pushcart Prizes; his work has appeared three times in The Best American Short Stories.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

6:30PM

Nika Beamon

Misdiagnosed: The Search for Dr. House

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

6:30PM-8PM

Mixed Genre Fiction reading

Natalie Eilbert is the author of the debut collection Swan Feast, published this year by Coconut Books. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Conversation with the Stone Wife and And I Shall Again Be Virtuous. Recently a winner of the 2015 Arkadii Dragomoshchenko Prize for Innovative Poetry through Summer Literary Seminars, she is the founding editor of The Atlas Review.

Juliet Escoria is the author of Black Cloud, which was named a best book of the year by Dazed, Flavorwire, Salon, The Fader, and more. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in places like The Believer, Vice, Guernica, Electric Literature, and Hobart. She has a BA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Brooklyn College.

Bill Peak received his Master’s degree in creative writing from Hollins University.  Published in numerous magazines and reviews, he’s been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The Oblate’s Confession took silver in the Benjamin Franklin Awards and won an Indie Excellence Award.

Art Taylor has won an Agatha, a Macavity, and three Derringer Awards for his short fiction and was a finalist for the Anthony Award. Stories have appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and in other magazines and anthologies. His novel in stories On the Road With Del and Louise was published just this month by Henery Press. He teaches at George Mason University and contributes frequently to the Washington Post and Mystery Scene.

A. Rod Womack’s many years of experience as an entrepreneur bring a thread of realism to his material. Redwood is the true story of The Redwood Grill, an upscale restaurant located near Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor. Set in a world of great cuisine, vivacious music, and A-List celebrity events, three businessmen discover a serial killer in their midst and trust a charismatic con-artist who wanted it all.

CityLit Stage Event Details



Sunday, September 27




11AM-11:30AM

Pop-up Yoga with Lauren Walker & The Institute for Integrative Health

Lauren Walker will be starting her pop-up yoga on the lawn in front of the Health & Wellness tent at 10 am. She will be offering a 30 minute preview of her Energy Medicine Yoga and will be followed by a 15 minute meditation session led by Michelle Peralta. This will allow for a 15 minute transition time between the experiential yoga and Lauren's talk at 11 am. We will provide yoga mats and blankets for participants to use.

The Health & Wellness Stage Event Details

11AM-12PM

Exploring the Ocean with Photicular Technology

Explore the wonders of the deep in Dan Kainen’s New York Times best-seller, “Ocean: A Photicular Book.” Kainen is a New York City artist, designer and inventor with a passion for using art and technology to inspire awe and awareness of our natural world. Using his patented Photicular Motion Viewer, Kainen’s “Ocean” takes the reader on a visual journey through the deep blue. The Photicular technology marries art and science, creating an experience of fluid, film-like motion. Audience members will have the opportunity to engage with a large, interactive version of the Photicular Motion Viewer, illustrating how the book works.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

11AM-12PM

Eastern Shore Writers Association Panel Discussion

Panelists discuss Eastern Shore and Chesapeake watermen, pirates, floating theatres, bootleggers, ghostly haunts, local issues, Eastern Shore Native Americans, character, heritage, food and history, how living on the Eastern Shore has influenced their writing, and memoirs of growing up on the Eastern Shore, along with general points on writing. Panelists include: Brent Lewis, Norene Moskalski, Peggy Jaegly, Neal Gillen and Amy Schisler, all accomplished authors.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

11AM-12PM

Kerry Dunnington, Tasting the Seasons: Inspired In-Season Cuisine That's Easy, Healthy, Fresh and Fun and This Book Cooks: Farm-Fresh Traditional Recipes for Healthy Contemporary Cooking

Join Kerry, founder of the Slow Food Baltimore’s Eat in Season Challenge, for a taste of her Carrot & Leek Gratin as well as “Halloween Soup”.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

11AM-12PM

Young Adult Fiction: Swoony, Sassy, And (Sometimes) Sexy Stories

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Andrew Grey
Rachel Harris
Cheryl Klam
Brigid Kemmerer
Miranda Kenneally
Lea Nolan

Young Adult books are all about the firsts: the first kiss, first love, first heart break, and sometimes the first time. Join these YA authors as they discuss how their characters face these firsts as they come of age. 

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

11AM-12PM

Design Your Own World

Join us in a Rousing Game of Stump the Panelists with a Worldbuilding Mashup - Audience Participation Encouraged. Learn what goes into creating fantasy and science fiction worlds.

Panelists: Tobias S. Buckell, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Anna Kashina, Don Sakers, Alan Smale

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

11AM-1PM

Pet Therapy Unlimited

During the Baltimore Book Festival Top of the World will feature a program which will encourage youngsters to read. Children will be partnered with a therapy dog (or cat!) from Therapy Pets Unlimited, and after selecting a favorite book, the child is invited to sit and read to their furry friend. These gentle canines are amazing listeners. They do not tease, laugh or judge the child. As a result, even the shyest child or reluctant reader is encouraged to improve their literacy skills. http://therapypetsunlimited.org/events  

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

11AM-6PM

Free Admission

Top of the World will be free Sunday, 9/27. Open Sunday from 11am-6pm (last ticket sold at 5:30pm).

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

11AM-7PM

Mr. Corey’s Face Painting

With 10 years of experience as a Professional Face and Body Painter and a worldwide following, Corey Morgan is the owner and lead artist of Mr. Corey’s Face Painting. Corey is recognized as one of the best face painters in the DC, MD, VA area, providing face painting services for birthday parties, cookouts, festivals, school and church events, restaurant family nights and corporate events. Clients are often shocked at how skilled Corey is with a brush and how his designs are so different in beauty and complexity from what you would expect from a face painter, that he often finds himself painting just as many adults as children at any given event.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

11:30AM-12:30PM

Steve Sheinkin, author of Most Dangerous

Award-winning author of fast-paced, cinematic histories for young readers presents from his most recent book, Most Dangerous.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

11:30AM-12PM

Lauren Walker, Energy Medicine Yoga: Amplify the Healing Power of Your Yoga Practice Presented by The Institute for Integrative Health

Walker created Energy Medicine Yoga-a breakthrough book that combines yoga with the most effective practices of energy medicine to vastly increase the benefits of your practice. Lauren Walker has adapted the renowned energy medicine techniques pioneered by her own teacher, Donna Eden, so they integrate seamlessly into the movements and postures of yoga practice. "These tools are simple, easy to learn, and fit right in with what any yoga practitioner is already doing," Walker explains. "They'll allow you to work smarter, not harder-so you can have a healthy body full of energy, zest, and joy for what life has to offer.

The Health & Wellness Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Dr. Rob Knight, Follow Your Gut: The Enormous Impact of Tiny Microbes Presented by The Institute for Integrative Health

In Follow Your Gut, pioneering scientis and TED Talker, Rob Knight, pairs with award-winning science journalist Brendan Buhler to explain—with good humor and easy-to-grasp examples—why these new findings matter to everyone. They lead a detailed tour of the previously unseen world inside our bodies, calling out the diseases and conditions believed to be most directly impacted by them.

With a practical eye toward deeper knowledge and better decisions, they also explore the known effects of antibiotics, probiotics, diet choice and even birth method on our children’s lifelong health. Ultimately, this pioneering book explains how to learn about your own microbiome and take steps toward understanding and improving your health

The Health & Wellness Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Celeste Doaks and Jane Satterfield

Two acclaimed poets kick off a day celebrating the literary talent on our university and college campuses. Celeste Doaks teaches at Morgan State University. She is the author, most recently, of the poetry collection Cornrows and Cornfields. Jane Satterfield teaches at Loyola University. Her latest book is the poetry collection Her Familiars.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Tooth About Sharks!

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

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Andy Abramowitz, Thank You, Goodnight

In Thank You, Goodnight, hailed by Billboard as “High Fidelity and About a Boy with a dose of Music & Lyrics thrown in,” the lead singer of a one-hit wonder 90s band tries for one more swing at the fence.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

12PM-1PM

The Poet's Response: A Conversation on Social Justice and Poetics (Little Patuxent Review and Split This Rock)

Co-Sponsored by Little Patuxent Review and Split This Rock, the D.C.-based national network of socially engaged poets, this panel and poetry reading explores how poets respond to issues of social justice, and how activism shapes, informs, and invigorates the poet's craft. The conversation is co-moderated by Sarah Browning, executive director of Split This Rock, and Steven Leyva, editor of Little Patuxent Review.

Mahogany L. Browne is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and Poet’s House, and is the current curator and host for the Friday Night series at the Nuyorican Poet’s Café in New York. Her most recent projects include Redbone: A Biomythography, #Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out Online in 140 Characters or Less, and Swag.

Zakia Henderson-Brown currently serves as Associate Editor at The New Press and on the board of the Brooklyn Movement Center. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, North American Review, and Vinyl. Zakia is a Cave Canem fellow and resides in her native Brooklyn.

Goldie Patrick has been a feature poet and performer at several poetry venues nationwide. Most recently named one of the top 40 under 40 by the Envest Foundation, Goldie is a self-proclaimed “hip-hop womanist,” inspired to create conversations and movements that empower and liberate the stories of Black women and girls.

Laura Shovan is poetry editor for Little Patuxent Review and editor of two poetry anthologies. Her chapbook, Mountain, Log, Salt and Stone, won the inaugural Harriss Poetry Prize. The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, her novel-in-verse for children, will be published in 2016.

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Getting The Happily Ever After: How To Plot A Romance

Christi Barth
Megan Erickson
Avery Flynn
Shelley Greene
Heidi Hormel
Robin Kaye
Kimberly Kincaid

Every romance ends with the HEA but the magic--and the devil--is in the details of how you get there. These authors will show you how.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

How to Publish a Comic Book/Graphic Novel

Publishing comics has grown beyond traditional publishing to include self-publishing, digital publishing, webcomics and any number of different paths to storytelling. Hear from a team of comics creators about how they pursued traditional and non-traditional paths to creating their own comics and graphic novels, and learn about some of the tricks of the trade for a new generation of creators eager to tell their own stories.

Panelist Enrica Jang, Erica Schultz & Jennie Wood

Enrica Jang is the founder and editor-in-chief at Red Stylo Media. She is the writer and creator of Azteca, a comic series and motion comic, Angel With a Bullet, The House of Montresor, The Star Thief, Guinevere, The 99 and editor of the annual Red Stylo Presents series of anthologies. Her screenplay The Freshmen was made into a short film, Frienemies, winner of a CINE Golden Eagle in 2011. Read more about her at enricajang.com.

Erica Schultz is an American comic book writer and the co-creator of crime series M3, the winner of the "Best Comic Book" award at the 2012 Burbank International Film Festival.
Her most notable works are Marvel's original graphic novel Revenge: The Secret Origin of Emily Thorne, Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1, Swords of Sorrow: Masquerade/Kato Special, and Swords of Sorrow: Black Sparrow & Lady Zorro Special. She also co-created The Unauthorized Biography of Winston Churchill: A Documentary. Erica provided artistic support for Neal Adams on The New Avengers 16.1, The First X-Men, Batman Odyssey, and Blood. She has worked as a letterer for Blood with Dark Horse, Dynamite's Swords of Sorrow series, Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1, Neal Adams' Batman Zombie, and several indie books such as "American Dark Age," "Midnight Tiger," and anthologies for Red Stylo Media. She is also credited as "Erica Carlson-Schultz" for her work as an animator on "The Astonishing X-Men" motion comic series "Gifted" for Marvel.

Jennie Wood is the creator and writer of Flutter, a graphic novel series. The Advocate calls Flutter one of the best LGBT graphic novels of 2013. Bleeding Cool’s Shawn Perry lists it as one of the 15 best indie comics of 2014. Gail Simone calls Flutter, “a truly thrilling graphic novel.” Jennie is also an ongoing contributor to the award-winning, New York Times best-selling FUBAR comic anthologies. She is the author of the YA novel, A Boy Like Me, which Foreword Reviews named one of the 10 best indie YA novels of 2014. Born and raised in North Carolina, Jennie currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She writes non-fiction features for infoplease.com and teaches at Grub Street, Boston’s independent writing center. Flutter, Volume Two: Don’t Let Me Die Nervous will be released on September 25, 2015. Ahead of Vol. 2 ’s release, a Flutter Kickstarter campaign was planned for April 13, 2015, through May 12, 2015. At its conclusion, the campaign not only met its initial $8,000 funding goal, but received over $10,000 in pledges from 244 backers.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

12PM-1PM

Science in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Which comes first: fiction or fact when it comes to science in Sci-fi and fantasy? Where do the "soft sciences" fit in? Ask our experts!

Panelists: Karen Burnham, Jack Clemons, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Anna Kashina, Don Sakers, Alan Smale

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

12:30PM

Mark C. Collins, Harry's Hair

Ben's Day, Meet The Bugs, Grandma Stinks!

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

12:30PM

Tongue & Cheek, New Orleans jazz

Music Stage Event Details

12:30PM-1:30PM

David Weinstone, author of Music Class Today

Classically trained former punk rocker David Weinstone performs a singalong/storytime event.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

12:30PM-3:30PM

Playing with Book Pages

Spend some time playing with old book pages to create pinwheels, hedgehogs and trees etc. by learning the art of book folding. Experimental artist Carol Maurer demonstrates how to creatively reuse old books.

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

1PM

Rashawnda Ungerer

The Hard Way

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Reading Group 5: Spotlight in Short Fiction

Short fiction is often said to be the heart and soul of the science fiction and fantasy genres. Discover short fiction and your new favorite author! Our award-winning readers have been published everywhere from Granta to Asimov's to the Year's Best anthologies.

Readers: Ann Chatham, Scott Edelman, Carmen Maria Machado, Sarah Pinsker, Bud Sparhawk Signing Table: Tobias S. Buckell

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

1PM-2PM

Celebrating Baltimore Zinesters, with readings by China Martens, Beast Grrrl, and other friends

Charm City boasts a vibrant and constantly growing zine culture! Red Emma’s hosts a panel discussion with some of the most exciting newcomers to the scene, and longtime local favorites as well.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

1PM-2PM

Literary Citizenship (The Baltimore Review)

Editors from The Baltimore Review discuss the process for becoming a naturalized citizen of the Country of Writers. No Form N-400, no passport photos. Oath of Allegiance nice, but not required. From simply reading the work of respected literary citizens to making all the right connections, editors discuss what it takes to become a card-carrying citizen—and find a home for your work.

Amanda Fiore received her MFA in Fiction in 2012. She is currently “Writer in Residence” at The Patterson and teaches writing at College Park. Her work has appeared in Sentinel Quarterly, Prick of the Spindle, and Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, among others.

Lisa Lance has an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University, and her writing has appeared in publications including The Butter, Full Grown People, Baltimore Magazine, National Parks Traveler, Bmoreart, and others. She is a nonfiction editor for The Baltimore Review.

Holly Morse-Ellington has published essays with Wanderlust and Lipstick, Matador Network, Three Quarter Review, Baltimore Fishbowl, Outside In Magazine, "Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore," Urbanite, The Journal of Homeland Security, The Washington Times, and elsewhere. She writes and performs music, plays, and promotional material with her arts startup, Limestone Connection.

Lalita Noronha is 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 Skin 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.

Barbara Westwood Diehl is founding editor of The Baltimore Review. Her fiction and poetry have been published in journals including MacGuffin, Potomac Review (Best of the 50), Measure, Little Patuxent Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Gargoyle, Superstition Review, Penduline Press, NANO Fiction, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Thrush Poetry Journal, and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

CityLit Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Joy “The Baker” Wilson, Homemade Decadence: Irresistibly Sweet, Salty, Gooey, Sticky, Fluffy, Creamy, Crunchy Treats

Joy Wilson believes that everything is better with pie. And caramel. And definitely ice cream. Her world is pretty sweet: she dabbles daily in butter and sugar as her blogging alter ego, Joy the Baker. Her new book, Joy the Baker Homemade Decadence, is packed with 125 of Joy’s favorite, supereasy, most over-the-top, totally delicious treats, such as Dark Chocolate, Pistachio, and Smoked Sea Salt Cookies; Butterscotch Cream Pie with Thyme-Marshmallow Meringue; Mint Chocolate Chip Cake; and Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Issa Rae, Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

With her own unique flare and infectious sense of humor, Issa Rae’s content has garnered over 25 million views and close to 200,000 subscribers on YouTube. In addition to making the Forbes 30 Under 30 list twice and winning the 2012 Shorty Award for Best Web Show for her hit series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” Issa Rae has worked on web content for Pharrell Williams, Tracey Edmonds and numerous others. She developed a TV series with Shonda Rhimes for ABC and is currently developing a half-hour comedy, “Insecure” for HBO.

Literary Salon Event Details

1PM-2PM

PR & Marketing Pro Class: Tips And Tricks From The Experts

Courtney DeLollis
Trent Hart (Diversion Books/Ever After Romance)
Sara Humphreys
Jean Murray
Carrie Ann Ryan
Jillian Stein (Book Blogger & Social Media Manager)

Learn expert tips from PR and Marketing gurus to take your sales to the next level.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Cara Nicoletti, VORACIOUS: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books

As a young bookworm reading in her grandfather's butcher shop, Cara Nicoletti saw how books and food bring people to life. Now a butcher, cook, and talented writer, she serves up stories and recipes inspired by beloved books and the food that gives their characters depth and personality. From the breakfast sausage in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House in the Big Woods to chocolate cupcakes with peppermint buttercream from Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, these books and the tasty treats in them put her on the road to happiness.

Moderated by Richard Gorelick 

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

1PM-2PM

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.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Manil Suri

Manil Suri is a novelist and a professor of mathematics at UMBC. His trilogy of novels The Death of Vishnu, The Age of Shiva and The City of Devi examines the present, past and imagined future of India through the lens of Hindu mythology. He is also a frequent contributor to the New York Times editorial page, with columns that focus on mathematics, India and gay rights.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

1:30PM

Martina Boone

Compulsion

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

2PM

Robert Raker

Entropy

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

2PM

Slow Lights, indie

Music Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Writing Sex Scenes: Authors Confess Everything You Always Wanted To Know...And More

Magda Alexander
Robin Covington
Jay Crownover
Laura Kaye
Jen McLaughlin/Diane Alberts
Laura Ward
MD Waters

If you love reading those steamy scenes in books--or ever wanted to write one of your own--these authors will not only tell you how it’s done, but talk about their “research,” bloopers and triumphs in a sex scene well done.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Lit & Art Reading Series

Started in 2007, the Lit & Art Reading Series takes place five times a year at the Watermark Gallery near Harborplace. The program features artists who represent various literary genres combined with visual art.  This festival edition is emceed by Aaron Henkin of WYPR’s “The Signal,” which takes listeners on a weekly tour of Baltimore’s cultural landscape. Eric D. Goodman is co-founder and co-curator of the Lit & Art Reading Series. Nitin Jagdish assists with the series, and is a regular contributor to The Potomac and Syndic. Readers include:

Holly Morse-Ellington has published essays and photographs with Wanderlust and Lipstick, Matador Network, Three Quarter Review, Baltimore Fishbowl, Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine, Urbanite, The Journal of Homeland Security, The Washington Times, and elsewhere. She and Jason Tinney co-authored the play, Fifty Miles Away, winner of Frostburg Center for Creative Writing’s 2015 One Act Festival. Holly is also an editor for Baltimore Review.

Richard Peabody is the founder and co-editor of Gargoyle Magazine and editor (or co-editor) of twenty-three anthologies including Mondo Barbie, Conversations with Gore Vidal, and A Different Beat: Writings by Women of the Beat Generation. The author of a novella, three short story collections, and seven poetry books, Peabody’s new book is The Richard Peabody Reader published by Alan Squire Publishers.

Jason Tinney is the author of Ripple Meets the Deep (named “best Book” for 2015 by Baltimore magazine), Louise Paris and Other Waltzes, and Bluebird. He has been a contributor to several publications, including Baltimore, Style, Urbanite, and Maryland Life. As an actor, he has appeared in more than thirty stage productions. He and Holly Morse-Ellington perform together as Limestone Connection.

Gregg Wilhelm founded the literary arts organization CityLit Project in 2004 and serves as publisher of its CityLit Press imprint.  He has worked for several independent presses and has taught writing and publishing courses at several universities. In 2014, Gregg earned an MFA from the University of Tampa and won a Rubys Artists Project Grant from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

CityLit Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Eric Litwin, author of The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants

New York Times bestselling author, Eric Litwin, plays his guitar and harmonicas and shares interactive songs and stories, including his brand new song/book “Sing and Dance in Your Polka Dot Pants!”

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

The Science (Fiction) of Zombies

Zombie experts and co-authors of Zombiemania: 80 Movies to Die For, Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg and Andrew Hershberger, discuss the evolution of the most successful modern horror icon in pop culture. Not just an embodiment of fear, the zombie today incorporates many science fiction elements that make it a more relatable and adaptable monster for the many movies, TV shows, comics, games, and books that showcase the myriad incarnations of the living dead.

Panelist Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg & Andy Hershberger

Andy Hershberger is a writer, registrar, and curator, who co-authored (along with Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg) Zombiemania: 80 Movies to Die For and the upcoming Zombiemania Rises. He has also assisted behind the scenes on 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking, The Batman Vault: A Museum-in-a-Book with Rare Collectibles from the Batcave, Fantagraphics’ Krazy Kat reprint series, Fantragraphics’ Walt  Disney’s Mickey Mouse by Floyd Gottfredson & Troma Edge TV among many other projects.

Dr. Blumberg is the “Doctor of the Dead” and "The MCU guru" – a world-renowned zombie expert and authority on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (he teaches courses in those and many other media subjects at the University of Baltimore). He spent 15 years in the comic book industry as writer and Editor of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide and curated a pop culture museum for five years. He’s the owner of ATB Publishing (Doctor Who essay collections Outside In and Outside In 2). He co-authored Zombiemania (one of the first exhaustive guides to zombie cinema, with an updated edition titled Zombiemania Rises in the works), and appears in film (Doc of the Dead, the forthcoming The Walkers Among Us), on TV, radio, and online venues. He lectures at conventions and other events, and his zombie-focused podcast, Doctor of the Dead (doctorofthedead.com), is available via iTunes, YouTube, and other podcast apps. Find Arnold on Twitter at @arnoldtblumberg and @DoctoroftheDead.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

2PM-3PM

Cherríe Moraga, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color

Legendary feminist, playwright, and activist Cherríe Moraga joins the Baltimore Book Festival for a rare Baltimore appearance to discuss the re-release and contemporary legacy of her groundbreaking collection, This Bridge Called My Back, co-edited in 1981 with Gloria Anzaldúa

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

2PM-3PM

Short Stories: Why they Rock Science Fiction and Fantasy

They can be as short as a few words or almost as long as a novel, but 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.

Panelists: Bill Campbell, Ann Chatham, Scott Edelman, Carmen Maria Machado, Sarah Pinsker, Cat Rambo Bud Sparhawk, Fran Wilde Signing Table: Anna Kashina, Alan Smale

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

2PM-3PM

Karsonya Wise Whitehead -- Letters to My Black Sons

Letters to My Black Sons traces Karsonya Wise Whitehead’s and her husband’s journey as they try to raise happy and healthy black boys in a post-racial America. Whitehead is a professor at Loyola University and the author, most recently, of Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Blurred Lines: Memoir and Fiction Collide

Panelists: Joanna Rakoff, My Salinger Year and Cheryl Della Pietra, Gonzo Girl

Cheryl Della Pietra is a longtime New York City magazine editor, writer, and copy editor. She has published numerous stories in such magazines as Marie Claire, Redbook, and POV Magazine. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, she lived with Hunter S. Thompson in Woody Creek, Colorado, for several months in 1992, where she worked as his assistant.

After leaving graduate school to pursue her dream of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff takes a job as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger. Precariously balanced between poverty and glamour, she spends her days in a plush, wood-paneled office—where Dictaphones and typewriters still reign and agents doze after three-martini lunches—and then goes home to her threadbare Brooklyn apartment. Rakoff has written for The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Vogue, O: The Oprah Magazine, and other publications.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

2PM-3PM

Amanda Mack , Greens Don’t Grow in Cans

Amanda has served as Editor in Chief of OpenFly Magazine and the Managing Editor for the Washington Women's Journal. Her literature has been published in national campaigns and recognized for its impact on highlighting healthier food options for families. Greens Don't Grow In Cans teaches the origin and nutritional value of fresh fruits and vegetables in an artistically exciting way!


As a Fresh Food Pioneer, it is Amanda's mission to teach and inspire others to become healthy from the inside out. "CANNED GOODS PRESERVE SHELF LIFE BUT WHATS PRESERVING YOUR LIFE? “ Amanda says that “our children deserve healthier lives and we have to begin teaching them now, how important it is to eat foods that stimulate their brains and bodies."
Amanda is actively involved in community organizations that support the youth and has helped raise over 10,000 for arts programs locally. She has been awarded twice by the Mayor of Baltimore City, Stephanie Rawlings Blake, for her continuous contributions to the city.

The Health & Wellness Stage Event Details

2PM-4PM

Pet Therapy Unlimited

During the Baltimore Book Festival Top of the World will feature a program which will encourage youngsters to read. Children will be partnered with a therapy dog (or cat!) from Therapy Pets Unlimited, and after selecting a favorite book, the child is invited to sit and read to their furry friend. These gentle canines are amazing listeners. They do not tease, laugh or judge the child. As a result, even the shyest child or reluctant reader is encouraged to improve their literacy skills. http://therapypetsunlimited.org/events

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

2:30PM

Tammy Lyons

Knock, Knock, Knocking on Heaven's Door

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

2:30PM-3:30PM

Katie Workman, Dinner Solved! 100 Ingenious Recipes That Make the Whole Family Happy, Including You!

Katie Workman is a gifted cook, a best friend in the kitchen, and a brilliant problem solver. Her Mom 100 Cookbook was named one of the Five Best Weeknight Cookbooks of the past 25 years by Cooking Light and earned praise from chefs like Ina Garten (“I love the recipes!”) and Bobby Flay (“Perfect . . . to help moms everywhere get delicious meals on the table.”). Now Katie turns her attention to the biggest problem that every family cook faces: how to make everyone at the table happy without turning into a short-order cook.

Author of The Mom 100 Cookbook. She is also the founding editor in chief of Cookstr .com; a regular contributor to NPR; and a food writer whose articles have appeared in magazines and websites, including The Daily Beast, AOL Food, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and New York magazine. She sits on the board of City Harvest, New York’s leading food rescue nonprofit

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

2:30PM-3:30PM

Daniel James Brown, The Boys in The Boat

The Boys in the Boat celebrates the 1936 U.S. men’s Olympic eight-oar rowing team—nine working class boys who stormed the rowing world, transformed the sport, and galvanized the attention of millions of Americans. Against the grim backdrop of the Great Depression, they reaffirmed the American notion that merit, in the end, outweighs birthright. They reminded the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together. And they provided hope that in the titanic struggle that lay just ahead, the ruthless might of the Nazis would not prevail over American grit, determination, and optimism.

Literary Salon Event Details

3PM

Rochelle Karina

Fallen

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

We Need Diverse Books: The Next Chapter

Books with diverse characters, written by diverse authors, are a focus of the We Need Diverse Books campaign. Readers are clamoring for books about and by people of color, LGBTQIA people, people with disabilities, people of different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. What's next for the industry? Our authors talk about diversity, representation, and the next steps.

Panelists: Tobias S. Buckell, Bill Cambell, Justina Ireland, KM Szpara, GL Tomas

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

3PM-4PM

Ben Hedin, Courtland Cox, and Betty Robinson, In Search of the Movement: The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now

Published on the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery, Alabama marches, Ben Hedin analyzes the legacy of the Civil Rights movement, and illuminates the work that continues to be done today. With SNCC leader Courtland Cox, and local activist & author, Betty Garman Robinson

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

3PM-4PM

Otherworldly Love Stories: Paranormal/Horror/Fantasy & Science Fiction

Megan Hart
Alma Katsu
Jean Murray
Andy Palmer
Leslye Penelope
Rebecca Rivard
Rebecca York

Explore the outer limits and sexy possibilities of paranormal, fantasy,  and speculative fiction.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Conversation with Newbery Award Winner Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander is a poet and author of eighteen books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Other works include Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band and the YA novel He Said, She Said. He is the founder of Book-in-a-Day, a student-run publishing program that has created more than 3000 student authors, and a founding board member of CityLit Project.

CityLit Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Katherine Applegate, author of CRENSHAW

2013 Newbury Medal winner presents from her latest book, CRENSHAW.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Jen Chaney, AS If!: The Oral History of Clueless

Acclaimed pop culture journalist Jen Chaney celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the classic film’s release in the first book of its kind, weaving together original interviews with writer and director Amy Heckerling; Chaney explores the influence of Jane Austen’s Emma as the unlikely framework for Heckerling’s script, the rigorous casting process (including the future stars who didn’t make the cut), the functional yet fashion-forward wardrobe, the unique slang that drew from the past and coined new phrases for the future, the sun-drenched soundtrack that set the tone, and—above all—the massive amount of work, creativity, and craft that went into making Clueless look so effortlessly bright and glossy.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

3PM-4PM

“The Food Doctor” Dr. Gerard Mullin, Gut Revolution: Boost Your Metabolism, Restore Your Inner Ecology, and Lose the Weight for Good!

Dr. Mullin, brings Your gut microbiome: Those trillions of bacteria that live in your digestive tract. There are more of them than there are of you—and if they’re balanced just right, with more “good” bacteria than “bad,” excess pounds will melt away and you’ll feel better than ever.

From the top authority on the gut microbiome, here’s a plan that will show you how to starve the fat-forming bacteria, reseed your gut with good fat-burning ones, and fertilize those friendly flora with just the right foods to reboot, rebalance, and renew your health—and lose weight for good. It’s all based on up-to-the-minute scientific research.

The Health & Wellness Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Tooth About Sharks!

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

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

3PM-6PM

University/MFA Writers Program

The Ivy’s festival program concludes with a slam! Writers from six university writing programs across Baltimore – University of Baltimore, Loyola University, Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, Towson University and UMBC – converge, bringing a wide-angle perspective to the state of contemporary literature on our campuses. Join us for a writers' reception at the intermission, sponsored by UMBC.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

3:30PM

Subtle Hustle, funk rock

Music Stage Event Details

3:30PM

Jerome Jewell

On The Balcony: Rapture and Ruptures

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

4PM

Diane Witherspoon

Madison's Adventures

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

4PM-5:30PM

Nonfiction Presented by the New Mercury Series

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

Curtis Smith has published over one hundred stories and essays. His work has been cited by The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, and The Best American Spiritual Writing. He has published five fiction collections, three novels, and two essay collections. His latest books are Beasts and Men (stories) and Communion (essays). Next spring, Ig Publishing will put out his next book, a series of essays about Slaughterhouse-Five.

Firmin De Brabander is an associate professor of philosophy at Maryland Institute College of Art. He is the author of Do Guns Make us Free? He has written numerous articles for the New York Times, Baltimore Sun, The Atlantic.com, and Salon. In Do Guns Make Us Free?, DeBrabander examines the ways that the proliferation of guns impacts freedom and finds that a heavily armed citizenry diminishes core freedoms for all of us.

Marion Winik is the author of First Comes and The Glen Rock Book of the Dead.  Her other books are Telling, The Lunch-Box Chronicles, Rules for the Unruly, Above Us Only Sky, and Highs in the Low Fifties: How I stumbled Through the Joys of Single Living. She has also published two books of poetry, Nonstop and Boycrazy.

Jamie Zvirzdin is a science editor and freelance writer. She has worked for Atomium Culture, A K Peters, Taylor & Francis, and other clients in the publishing industry. She is the founder of The Unbound Bookmaker Project, which publishes books written and illustrated by children in developing countries. She grew up in Sandy, Utah, and lives abroad in a US Foreign Service family.

CityLit Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

Seton Rossini, Sweet Envy: Deceptively Easy Desserts, Designed to Steal the Show

Want your friends and family to gasp in awe when you bring dessert to the table? Rossini takes her cue from artists, vintage sweets, cocktails, and more, to create desserts that are crazy fun, breathtakingly beautiful, and, most importantly, surprisingly simple.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

Laurel Snyder, author of Swan: the Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova

Recipient of such distinctions as the Sydney Taylor Medal and EB White Honor, Laurel Snyder presents from Swan: the Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova with live dancers.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

Laura Lippman, Hush Hush

Join New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman, celebrating the paperback release of her most recent book, which plunges Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan into a twisted and disturbing case.

Literary Salon Event Details

4PM-5PM

Author Meet And Greet

MRW Authors will be on hand for a final, casual meet and greet with readers.  Come talk about books, receive promotional materials, and make your final purchases from the Ukazoo bookstore!

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

The Art of Manga: Composing Scene Design in Sequential Art - with Chris Liu

A workshop that will demonstrate key concepts and the importance of scene design using composition and traditional art-making essentials. Illustrator and Comic Artist Chris Liu will explain the different uses of viewing angles and tone while showing how to compose an image in a sequential art format.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

4PM-5PM

Timey-Wimey Stuff: Time Travel, Alternate History, and Historical Fantasy

Sometimes past is present and future is past - especially around a time traveler. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Learn what’s what when we change the past, and how to avoid historical goofs and time travel gaffs.

Panelists: DH Aire, Tom Doyle, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Karen Myers, Alan Smale

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

4PM-5PM

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.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

Isaac Oliver, Intimacy Idiot

Isaac Oliver is an award-winning playwright, author, and performer.

His debut collection of essays, Intimacy Idiot, was published by Scribner in June 2015. His stories have been featured on BuzzFeed, Gawker, Out, and in Next Magazine and Frontiers. He is a frequent guest in the Soundtrack Series, How I Learned Series, Dead Darlings, and Showgasm. His plays include Electra in a One-Piece, Eddie Goshen is Dead, and the ten-minute plays “3, 2, 1,” “Film Forum,” and “Come Here” (New York Innovative Theatre Award, Outstanding Original Short Script).

He is a graduate of Carver Center for Arts and Technology and Fordham College at Lincoln Center and a MacDowell Colony Fellow. He lives in New York City.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

4:30PM

Andrena Sawyer

The Long Way Home

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

4:30PM-5:30PM

Michael Miller, Heal Your Heart: The Positive Emotions Prescription to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

In Heal Your Heart, Dr. Michael Miller, a leader in the fields of preventive and behavioral cardiology, outlines his Positive Emotions Prescription, a 28-day program designed to undo past heart damage and reduce your risk of stroke, heart attack, and more. You’ll discover how eating certain foods, listening to specific kinds of music, and even increasing the amount of time you spend laughing can promote heart health and overall positive well-being.

The Health & Wellness Stage Event Details

5PM

Tonya Barbee

The Little Girl Inside Owning My Role in My Own Pain

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

5PM

9 Mile Roots, reggae

Music Stage Event Details

5PM-6PM

Peter Dans, author of Sergeant Bill and His Horse Bob

Peter Dans presents from Sergeant Bill and His Horse Bob, a book about the story of Sergeant Bill McKeldin, a very well-known member of the Baltimore Mounted Police.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

5PM-6PM

Location, Location, Location

Our panel of authors discusses what gives a strong sense of place to science fiction and fantasy, from Hogwarts to Neil Gaiman's strange London Underground to every monster that has ever stomped Manhattan. We discuss the ways place informs fiction - plus, how to get your details right and what drives us crazy when authors get our favorite real life places wrong.

Panelists: Tobias S. Buckell, Kelly Harmon, Emmie Mears, Karen Myers, KM Szpara

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

5PM-6PM

The Poetry Collective presents “Stories Never Told”

This series consists of Spoken Word pieces that speak to hidden truths in everyday life and current social issues. Performers: Angel King, Black Asset, Cheyanne Zadia, Cierra Lione, Eean Logan, and Truth.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

5:30PM

Selina Eichelberger

Bound by Her Master, Second Chances, A Good Day

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

5:30PM-6:30PM

Bourbon talk and tasting with Reid Mitenbuler, Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey

Unraveling the many myths and misconceptions surrounding America’s most iconic spirit, Bourbon Empire traces a history that spans frontier rebellion, Gilded Age corruption, and the magic of Madison Avenue. Whiskey has profoundly influenced America’s political, economic, and cultural destiny, just as those same factors have inspired the evolution and unique flavor of the whiskey itself.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

5:30PM-6:30PM

Senator John McCain, 13 Soldiers

As a veteran himself, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and a long-time student of history, John McCain brings a distinctive perspective to this subject. Thirteen Soldiers tells the stories of real soldiers who personify valor, obedience, enterprise, and love. You’ll meet Joseph Plumb Martin, who at the tender age of fifteen fought in the Revolutionary War; Charles Black, a freeborn African American sailor in the War of 1812; and Sam Chamberlain, of the Mexican American War, whose life inspired novelist Cormac McCarthy. Then there’s Oliver Wendell Holmes, an aristocratic idealist disillusioned by the Civil War, and Littleton “Tony” Waller, court-martialed for refusing to massacre Filipino civilians. From their acts of self-sacrifice to their astonishing bravery, these thirteen soldiers embody the best America has to offer.

Literary Salon Event Details

6PM-7PM

Book Discussion: Ann Leckie's Ancillary Sword

Ann Leckie's first novel, Ancillary Justice, won the Nebula, the Hugo, and every other award in sight last year. The sequel, Ancillary Sword, is hitting all of this year's award lists. If you like space opera, artificial intelligence, or space station mysteries, this is the book for you. We'll discuss this amazing series in conjunction with the Baltimore Science Fiction Society’s monthly book group.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details



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When:

Sept 25-27, 2015
Fri-Sun: llam - 7pm

Where:

Baltimore Inner Harbor

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