Friday

Friday at the Baltimore Book Festival has a plethora of activities for festival-goers from noon-8pm.

Schedule coming soon!

Friday, September 26, 2014




11AM

Marissa Meyer, The Lunar Chronicles interviewed by Catherine Asaro

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

Literary Salon Event Details

11AM-11:45AM

Kevin Sherry

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

Enoch Pratt Children's Stage Event Details

11AM-12PM

The Magic Book

With one snip of the scissors, a piece of paper can become a diary, a zine, or even a comic book. Learn how to fold, write, and decorate a magic book, and discover the joy of publishing!

 Jenny O'Grady is a writer and book artist. She is editor of a quarterly ekphrasis journal called The Light Ekphrastic, which pairs writers and visual artists from all over the world to create new works online. The Baker Artist Awards named Jenny a 2013 b-Grant winner for her book arts.

CityLit Stage Event Details

11AM-12PM

Marissa Meyer

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

Speaker: Marissa Meyer, Interviewer: Catherine Asaro

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

12PM

Debbie Dadey, Mermaid Tales

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

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

12PM

Opening/Advance Reader Copies Giveaway

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

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

12PM

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

Food For Thought Stage Event Details

12PM-2PM

Free Friday Feedback

Writers! Bring 2-3 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:

Christine Stewart is program director for arts in education, literary arts, and children’s events with the Maryland State Arts Council and director of Maryland’s Poetry Out Loud program. A former artist-in-residence with Creative Alliance in Baltimore, Chris has an MA and MFA in creative writing and poetry, is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and has been a Pushcart Prize nominee.

Lalita Noronha is a widely published poet and writer. She is the author of an award winning short story collection, “Where Monsoons Cry,” (Black Words Press.) and a chapbook of poetry, Her Line Phyllo-thin (Finishing Line Press). 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.

Holly Sneeringer teaches in the English Department at UMBC. She earned an M.S. in professional writing from Towson University and an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from Goucher College, where she won the Chris White Award in the essay/memoir category. She teaches first-year composition and creative nonfiction, and her areas of interest are autobiography, memoir, and the essay.

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

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM-8PM

JHU Press Book Sale

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

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

12PM-8PM

Peabody Library Exhibit

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

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

1PM

Dr. Diana Reiss, The Dolphin in the Mirror

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

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

1PM

Stephanie Dray

Stephanie Dray will present her book, Daughters of The Nile .

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1PM

Charles Mattocks, The Budget Friendly Fresh & Local Diabetes Cookbook

Food For Thought Stage Event Details

1PM

LitMore Writers Panel

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

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

We Need Diverse Books: the grassroots campaign

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

2PM

Jennifer L. Armentrout

Jennifer L. Armentrout will present her book Stay With Me.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM

Dona Rudderow Sturn & The JNP Project,

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

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

2PM

PEN/Faulkner Writers Panel

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

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Writing about social justice in science fiction and fantasy

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

3PM

Laura Kaye

Laura Kaye will present her book, Hard to Hold On To.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM

National Aquarium Animal Encounter

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

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

3PM

Peabody Collection Spotlight – Children’s Books

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

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

3PM

Baker Literary Award Winners

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

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Science Fiction and Fantasy in Young Adult Fiction.

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

3PM-5PM

Creative Alliance After School Art

The Creative Alliance presents bike customizing and anime drawing.

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

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

Enoch Pratt Children's Stage Event Details

4PM

Stephanie Draven

Stephanie Draven will present her book, It Stings So Sweet.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM

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

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

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

4PM

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

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

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

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

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

Panelists: John Tilden and Herb Gilliland

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

5PM

Debbie Dadey, Mermaid Tales

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

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

5PM

Cora Carmack

Cora Carmack will present her book, All Lined Up.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

5PM

Kami Garcia

Kami Garcia will present her book, Unmarked; Beautiful Creatures.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

5PM

Megan Hart

Megan Hart will present her book, Flying.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

5PM

Tessa Bailey

Tessa Bailey will present her book, Baiting the Maid of Honor.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

5PM

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

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

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

5PM

Jessica Merchant, Seriously Delish & www.HowSweetEats.com

Food For Thought Stage Event Details

5PM-6PM

Talk: Flags On The Moon: The Apollo Space Program

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

Speaker: Jack Clemons

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

5PM-8PM

Inner Harbor Project Talent Show

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

Enoch Pratt Children's Stage Event Details

5:30PM

Literary Happy Hour

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

CityLit Stage Event Details

6PM

Music from the Peabody

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

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

6PM

Mark Mazzetti: The Way of the Knife

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

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

6PM-7:30PM

Smile, Hon, You’re In Baltimore

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

CityLit Stage Event Details

6PM-7PM

Writing Dark Fantasy

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

6:30PM

Youth Poetry Jam with the Baltimore Citywide Youth Poetry Team

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

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

7PM

Kate Brown: Plutopia

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

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

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Volunteer Information

When:

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

Where:

Baltimore Inner Harbor

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