Friday

Friday at the Baltimore Book Festival has a plethora of activities for festival-goers from 11am-7pm.

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Friday, September 28, 2018




11AM

What's Your Writer Origin Story

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

11AM- 7PM

DIY Crafts

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

Crafts Corridor Event Details

11:30AM

Baltimore City Public Schools, variety

Baltimore Book Festival Music Stage Event Details

11:30AM

Charm City Trivia: Literary Edition

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

Literary Salon Event Details

12PM

Poetry in Motion

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

Crafts Corridor Event Details

12PM

Free Friday Feedback

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

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

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM

Pokemon Go & Draw with Anna Richardson

Join AWA Artists as they show you how to draw some of your favorite Pokemon characters. From the original 151 to the new Sun & Moon starters, these artists know them all. Participants may even help to create their own creatures!  Bring your Pokedex and creativity!

Charm City Comic Pavilion Event Details

12PM

What Color is Your Poetry?

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

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

12PM

Zumbini with Miss Kelly

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

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

12PM

The Influencers

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM

My Muse Is My Day Job

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

12:30PM

Cooking Demo with Rusty Scupper, featuring Chef Pedro Duarte

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

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

1PM

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

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

1PM

Bringing the Past to Life: Historical Romance Style

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

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1PM

Media Rhythm Institute, hip hop & dance

Baltimore Book Festival Music Stage Event Details

1:30PM

Paper Magic with Mr. Matt

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

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

1:30PM

How to Drawing Chibi

Chibi is a style formed from Japanese anime and manga, the word itself means "small child". This is fitting for a style that exaggerates features like head size and shape, height, and eye size. In this class students will learn to transform a character into a Chibi! We will explore different styles of Chibi as well as pinpointing key features to capture the identity and attitude of a character.

Charm City Comic Pavilion Event Details

2PM

DewMore Baltimore Performance

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

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

2PM

Who Am I? Creating a Character

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

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM

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

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

2PM-4PM

Pets on Wheels

Children can partner with a therapy dog or cat from Pets on Wheels, then select a favorite book, then sit and read to their furry friend. These gentle canines are amazing listeners. They do not tease, laugh or judge the child. As a result, even the shyest child or reluctant reader is encouraged to improve their literacy skills.

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

2:30PM

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

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

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

3PM

Poetry in Motion

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

Crafts Corridor Event Details

3PM

Be Your Own Superhero with C. Edward Sellner

We may not live in a world where people fly or lift cars, but we can all discover our own super-powers and be a real super-hero! Join a fun workshop and learn about the great heroes and heroines of comics who are more popular today than ever! Learn what it takes to be a real super-hero, and design your own superhero look! This is an active and artistic workshop for children and youth ages 6 and up.

Charm City Comic Pavilion Event Details

3PM

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

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

3PM

Everybody Falls in Love: Diverse Characters in a Diverse World

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

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM

Open Works Mobile Workshop

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

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

4PM

What's New in Indie/Self-Publishing

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

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM

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

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

4PM

Autographing: L. Penelope and Na'amen Gobert Tilahun

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

4PM

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

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

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

4PM

Cooking Demo with Chef Kevin Brown of Station North Arts Cafe

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

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

4:30PM

The Billy Price Charm City Rhythm Band, r&b

Baltimore Book Festival Music Stage Event Details

5PM

Magic Men and Women: Paranormal & Fantasy Romance

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

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

5PM

Heroes, Villains, and Everyone in Between

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

5PM

Autographing: Sue Hollister Barr and Vera Brook

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

5PM

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

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

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

5PM

Poetry in Motion

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

Crafts Corridor Event Details

5PM

DJ Tommy Carr

Literary Salon Event Details

5PM

The Weekly Reader Presents: Baltimore Authors Literary Trivia Game

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

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

5:30PM

True Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder

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

CityLit Stage Event Details

5:30PM

Lady Brion presents With My Head Unbowed

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

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

6PM

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

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

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

6PM

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

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

Literary Salon Event Details

6PM

UNDead Genres: Marginalized Writers Reinvigorate Tired Tropes

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

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

6PM

Autographing: Jeff Gunhus and Kenneth Rogers Jr.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

6PM

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

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

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

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

6PM

Maya Alexandri presents The Plague Cycle

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

The Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

6:30PM

Featured Musical Guest Artist: DYYO Live!

CityLit Stage Event Details

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