Friday

Friday at the Baltimore Book Festival has a plethora of activities for festival-goers from 11am-7pm. Check back in Summer 2015!

Friday, September 25, 2015




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-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-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

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-1PM

Take A Chance On Romance: Book Cover Bingo

Martina Boone
Courtney DeLollis
Kathryn Johnson/Mary Hart Perry
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

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

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-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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1:30PM

Tiffany Gibbs

The Moon

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

1:30PM

Karter Jaymes, r&b/soul

Music 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

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

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

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

Poetry Slam

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

Ivy Bookshop 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

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

John Laube

Nobody Rides for Free: A hitchhikers Memoir

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

3PM

Orignal Blend, a capella

Music 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

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

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

Community Book Club

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

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

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

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

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.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University 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

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

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-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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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