Friday

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

Friday, September 26, 2014




10AM

BEATWELL Drumming

Jordan Goodman, a therapeutic drummer and educator, invites children and their families to participate in a round of invigorating drumming.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage Event Details

10AM

BEATWELL Drumming

Jordan Goodman, a therapeutic drummer and educator, invites children and their families to participate in a round of invigorating drumming.

Location: Enoch Pratt Children's Library Stage, Rash Field

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities Event Details

10AM-2PM

Ripping & Folding Book Pages

Spend some time turning old book pages into unique works of art! Experimental artist Carol Maurer demonstrates how to creatively reuse old books.

Location: Top of the World Observation Level, 401 E Pratt Street, 27th Floor 

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities Event Details

10AM-2PM

Create Your Own World

Using various materials, create your own characters and stories with local artist Juliannah Francina.

Location: Top of the World Observation Level, 401 E Pratt Street, 27th Floor  

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities Event Details

10:30AM

#EpicBookFest: Lunchbox Confidential

Chef Brigitte Bledsoe and David Dopkin of Miss Shirley’s Café, present creative lunch box and after-school snack ideas for children. On the menu: “Breakfast Banana Split”

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

10:30AM

#EpicBookFest: Lunchbox Confidential

Chef Brigitte Bledsoe and David Dopkin of Miss Shirley’s Café, present creative lunch box and after-school snack ideas for children. On the menu: “Breakfast Banana Split”

Location: Food for Thought Stage, Kaufman Pavilion

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities Event Details

11AM

Kathy MacMillan, Little Hands & Big Hands: Children & Adults Signing Together

Author Kathy MacMillan presents storytelling by hand.

Location: Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage, Rash Field

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11AM

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, presented by Baker Artist Awards b-Grant winner Jenny O’Grady.

Location: CityLit Stage, Rash Field at Key Highway

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities Event Details

11AM

Marissa Meyer, The Lunar Chronicles

Marissa Meyer is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles. She’s a fan of most things geeky and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child. She will be interviewed by Catherine Asaro.

Location: Literary Salon, Rash Field

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities Event Details

11AM

Storybook Parade

Walk alongside Berenstain Bears, Clifford, Wild Thing, George Brown and Hedgie! Parade participants are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite storybook character. The parade steps off from the Inner Harbor Ampitheater.

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities Event Details

11AM

Kathy MacMillan, Little Hands & Big Hands: Children & Adults Signing Together

Author Kathy MacMillan presents storytelling by hand.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage Event Details

11AM

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, presented by Baker Artist Awards b-Grant winner Jenny O’Grady.

CityLit Stage Event Details

11AM

Marissa Meyer, The Lunar Chronicles

Marissa Meyer is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles. She’s a fan of most things geeky and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child. She will be interviewed by Catherine Asaro.

Literary Salon 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

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

Romance Author Meet & Greet

Authors will be on hand for a casual meet and greet with readers. Come talk about books, receive promotional materials, and browse the Ukazoo bookstore!

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM

Free Friday Feedback

Writers! Bring 2-3 short poems or 4-5 pages of prose (fiction or non-fiction) and receive on-the-spot feedback and suggestions on what to do next. Published authors and publishing professionals on hand include: Christine Stewart, Lalita Noronha, Holly Sneeringer and Amanda Fiore.

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM

Jennifer Malone, At Your Service

Life’s full of perks as a Junior Concierge, until thirteen-year-old Chloe loses her royal guest.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage Event Details

12PM

Leah Eskin, Slices of Life: A Food Writer Cooks Through Many a Conundrum

Bad Haircut Kale Chips. Post-ER Roast Chicken. New Baby Risotto. Frantic Dinner-Party Calming Soup. These are some of the dishes that food writer Leah Eskin has turned out during her years of raising two children, enduring one dog, and tending her marriage. She's also nurtured her ten-year-old food column, "Home on the Range," providing a recipe and accompanying vignette in the Chicago Tribune every week. Slices of Life transforms those columns into a memoir that readers can savor in small or large bites.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

12PM

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School’s Jazz Ensemble

Jazz

West Shore Music 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.

Location, Ivy Bookshop Stage, Rash Field in the center of the main festival fairground.

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities 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.

Location: Area 10, between the National Aquarium and World Trade Center

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities Event Details

12PM

Free Friday Feedback

Writers! Bring 2-3 short poems or 4-5 pages of prose (fiction or non-fiction) and receive on-the-spot feedback and suggestions on what to do next. Published authors and publishing professionals on hand include: Christine Stewart, Lalita Noronha, Holly Sneeringer and Amanda Fiore.

Location: CityLit Stage, Rash Field at Key Highway

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities Event Details

12PM

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School’s Jazz Ensemble

Jazz music will be performed live at the West Shore Music Stage, located at West Shore Park

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities 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.

Location: The Baltimore Visitor Center, 401 Light Street on the Inner Harbor's West Shore 

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities 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.

Location: The Baltimore Visitor Center, 401 Light Street on the Inner Harbor West Shore. 

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities 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

12:30PM

Bernadette Gesser

Bernadette Gesser will present Bob the Big Bad Bluefish.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

12:30PM

Bernadette Gesser

Bernadette Gesser will present Bob the Big Bad Bluefish.

Location: Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities Event Details

1PM

Kevin Sherry, The Yeti Files: Meet the Bigfeet

Author Kevin Sherry presents work from his new book with song, pictures and even puppets! He will teach you the goofy progress of book making, from thinking of story ideas to getting the book made.

Location: Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage, Rash Field

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1PM

Special Rules of Historicals

Each fiction genre comes with its own expectations and none with so many as the historical novel. Join three mavens of history to learn the rules of the historical road.

Panelists: Stephanie Dray, Daughters of the Nile; E. Knight, My Lady Viper; Kate Quinn, The Serpent and the Pearl

Location: Maryland Romance Writers Stage, Rash Field

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities 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.

Location: National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage, Area 10 between National Aquarium and World Trade Center

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities Event Details

1PM

Lorice Parker

Lorice will present her book, 13 Keys To Parenting Today's Child.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

1PM

Kevin Sherry, The Yeti Files: Meet the Bigfeet

Author Kevin Sherry presents work from his new book with song, pictures and even puppets! He will teach you the goofy progress of book making, from thinking of story ideas to getting the book made.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage Event Details

1PM

Special Rules of Historicals

Each fiction genre comes with its own expectations and none with so many as the historical novel. Join three mavens of history to learn the rules of the historical road.

Panelists: Stephanie Dray, Daughters of the Nile; E. Knight, My Lady Viper; Kate Quinn, The Serpent and the Pearl

Maryland Romance Writers Stage 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

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

1:30PM

Connie Crabtree-Burritt, BOS Cooks

BOS Cooks is a collection of recipes and stories. In 2005 Baltimore Outreach Services (BOS) began a culinary job readiness program. As a chef, restaurateur, and caterer for over thirty years, Connie Crabtree-Burritt has taught many women who had natural talent but no formal training in the kitchen. Over 100 graduates later, many of these women now have the tools and experience to find employment that will allow them to provide for their families. Their recipes, tips, and stories are their way of sharing their culinary journey.

All proceeds from this cookbook will directly benefit homeless women and children.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

1:30PM

Andy Straka

Andy Straka will present  A Witness Above, A Killing Sky, Cold Quarry

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

2PM

Lozetta Hayden

Lozette Hayden will present My Alphabet Nightmare.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

2PM

Superhero Figure Drawing Demo

Illustrator Phil Cho demonstrates how to draw superhero and sheheros, courtesy of Art Way Alliance.

Charm City Comic Book Pavilion Event Details

2PM

Sarah Stewart Taylor & Katherine Roy, The Expeditioners & the Secret of King Triton's Lair

Kit, Zander, and M.K. West are settling into their new lives as students at the Academy for the Exploratory Sciences when Kit finds another mysterious map left for him by their father, the brilliant, famous—and presumed dead—Explorer Alexander West.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage Event Details

2PM

Tom Reyes & Friends

Jazz

West Shore Music 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

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

Out of this World: Writing Science Fiction

Speculative Fiction has taken the industry by storm, from books to the box office…and it’s not just for men. Women writers of science fiction talk about the genre, their books, and tips of the trade.

Panelists: Catherine Asaro; Jennifer L. Armentrout, White Hot Kiss; Em Garner, Contaminated 2: Mercy Mode; Cheryl Klam; Diana Peterfreund, For Darkness Shows the Stars; M.D. Waters, Prototype

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM

Superhero Figure Drawing Demo

Illustrator Phil Cho demonstrates how to draw superhero and sheheros, courtesy of Art Way Alliance.

Location: Charm City Comic Book Pavilion, Rash Field

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities Event Details

2PM

Sarah Stewart Taylor & Katherine Roy, The Expeditioners & the Secret of King Triton's Lair

Kit, Zander, and M.K. West are settling into their new lives as students at the Academy for the Exploratory Sciences when Kit finds another mysterious map left for him by their father, the brilliant, famous—and presumed dead—Explorer Alexander West.

Location: Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage, Rash Field

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities 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

2:30PM

Leslie Grant

Leslie will present TongueTwits Flash Card Game.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

2:30PM

Leslie Grant

Leslie will present TongueTwits Flash Card Game.

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities Event Details

2:30PM

Debra Latiolais

Debra Latiolais will present her book, Polly and Her Pigtails.

Location: Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities Event Details

2:45PM

Debra Latiolais

Debra Latiolais will present her book, Polly and Her Pigtails.

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square Event Details

3PM

Melissa Goldthwaite, Books that Cook

Melissa A. Goldthwaite, co-editor of Books That Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal, discusses the pleasures and challenges of including recipes in poems. She prepares Summer Salad, a simple recipe that celebrates the freshest ingredients available in late summer. Goldthwaite also reads her poem by the same title and discuss the choices she made in writing it, including leaving out certain ingredients, showing that in writing—as in cooking—one makes choices, depending on taste, conventions, audience, and the ingredients at hand.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

3PM

After School Art: Bike Customization & Anime

Andy Dahl of Baltimore Bike and artist Matthew Woodle lead bike customizing and anime drawing, presented by the Creative Alliance! Bring your bicycle to decorate and modify or create your own anime characters.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage Event Details

3PM

Peabody Library Collection Spotlight – Children’s Books

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

Location: Baltimore Visitor Center, 100 Light Street 

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities Event Details

3PM

Gloria Allen

Gloria Allen will present Smoke in the Kitchen.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza 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

Reflecting the World: Writing Diverse Characters

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

Panelists: Denny S. Bryce; Robin Covington, Temptation; Ginger Jamison; Laura Kaye, Hard to Hold Onto; Lea Nolan, Allure; Damon Suede, Bad Idea

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

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

After School Art: Bike Customization & Anime

Andy Dahl of Baltimore Bike and artist Matthew Woodle lead bike customizing and anime drawing, presented by the Creative Alliance! Bring your bicycle to decorate and modify or create your own anime characters.

Location: Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage, Rash Field

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities 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.

Location: National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage, Area 10 between National Aquarium and World Trade Center

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities Event Details

3PM

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

Location: Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Stage, Rash Field at Key Highway

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities 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

3:30PM

E.C. Hansen

E.C. Hansen will present The Epic of Chair.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

3:45PM

Cheryl Taylor

Cheryl will present Don't File for Divorce Just Yet.

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square Event Details

4:15PM

Adrienne Miranda

Adrienne will present her book, "The Scent of My Son, In God We Trust".

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square Event Details

4PM

Rosa "Rambling Rose" Pryor-Trusty

Rosa will present "African-American Community, History & Entertainment in Maryland" (Remembering the Yesterdays 1930-1980) & "African-American Entertainment in Baltimore."

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

4PM

American Heart Association, Go Fresh Cookbook

A 2013 graduate of Stratford University’s Culinary Management program, Chef Tia Berry manages the American Heart Association’s first-ever Simple Cooking with Heart Kitchen. Chef Berry demonstrates how to cook a heart-healthy Chicken Gumbo from the American Heart Association’s 2014 Go Fresh Cookbook.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

4PM

Super City

Alternative

West Shore Music Stage Event Details

4PM

Get Into Comics!

The Third Eye team discusses a wide variety of genre offerings available for fans new to the world of comics. They cover options for fans interested in non-superhero and superhero comics alike.

The first 50 attendees will receive a Third Eye Starter Bag, with two FREE comics, stickers, bookmarks, and coupons.

Charm City Comic Book Pavilion 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

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

How to Plot Your Novel

The writing world is divided between authors who plot their novels and those who fly by the seat of their pants. This panel will discuss the benefits of plotting in advance and teach sure-fire methods to get your book done faster and cleaner on the very first draft.

Panelists: Stephanie Draven, It Stings So Sweet; Cheryl Klam; Lea Nolan, His Billion Dollar Baby; Kate Quinn, Mistress of Rome; Damon Suede, Bad Idea

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM

Get Into Comics!

The Third Eye team discusses a wide variety of genre offerings available for fans new to the world of comics. They cover options for fans interested in non-superhero and superhero comics alike.

The first 50 attendees will receive a Third Eye Starter Bag, with two FREE comics, stickers, bookmarks, and coupons.

Location: Charm City Comic Book Pavilion, Rash Field

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities 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

4PM-6PM

Ripping & Folding Book Pages

Spend some time turning old book pages into unique works of art! Experimental artist Carol Maurer demonstrates how to creatively reuse old books.

Location: Top of the World Observation Level, 401 E Pratt Street, 27th Floor 

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities Event Details

4PM-6PM

Create Your Own World

Top of the World Observational Level
401 E Pratt Street, 27th floor

Using various materials, create your own characters and stories with local artist Juliannah Francina.

 

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities Event Details

4:30PM

#EpicBookFest Kickoff: Greg Forbes Siegman, The First Thirty

Greg Forbes Siegman, co-author of The First Thirty, kicks off #EpicBookFest with a conversation about engaging young people in the community. Siegman is a recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service and has been featured by media including Education Week and “Good Morning America.” The interactive session, led by Fagan Harris, CEO of Baltimore Corps, includes extended Q&A and a book signing.

Literary Salon Event Details

4:30PM

#EpicBookFest Kickoff: Greg Forbes Siegman, The First Thirty

Greg Forbes Siegman, co-author of The First Thirty, kicks off #EpicBookFest with a conversation about engaging young people in the community. Siegman is a recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service and has been featured by media including Education Week and “Good Morning America.” The interactive session, led by Fagan Harris, CEO of Baltimore Corps, includes extended Q&A and a book signing.

Location:  Literary Salon, Rash Field

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities Event Details

4:45PM

Puja Guha

Puja will present Ahriman: The Spirit of Destruction.

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square Event Details

5:15PM

Jef Harris

Jef will present First Poem of Words In this House.

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square Event Details

5PM

From Big Dreams to the New York Times List

Seven New York Times bestselling authors share their journeys and discuss the triumphs and pitfalls of climbing to the top.

Panelists: Jennifer L. Armentrout, Stay With Me; Tessa Bailey, Baiting the Maid of Honor; Cora Carmack, All Lined Up; Kami Garcia, Unmarked; Megan Hart, Flying; Laura Kaye, Hard to Hold Onto; Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line

Maryland Romance Writers Stage 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

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-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

5:30PM

Literary Happy Hour

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

CityLit Stage Event Details

5:30PM

Vonda Delisa Reed

Vonda will present, Reflections from the Heart.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

5:30PM

Jah Works

Reggae

West Shore Music Stage Event Details

5:30PM

Women, Writing, Diversity: Catherine Bell, Rush of Shadows & Lauren Francis-Sharma, ‘Til the Well Runs Dry

Catherine Bell, recipient of Washington Writer’s Publishing Houses 2014 Fiction Prize for her book Rush of Shadows, teaches literature and writing at Washington International School.  Rush of Shadows, her first novel, brings to life two freethinking women, Mellie, a white, and Bahé, an Indian, who endure the clash of their cultures and come to an unlikely understanding.

Lauren Francis-Sharma’s 'Til the Well Runs Dry tells the twinned stories of a spirited woman’s love for one man and her bottomless devotion to her children.  For readers who cherish the previously untold stories of women’s lives, this is a story of grit and imperfection and love that has not been told before.

Literary Salon Event Details

5:30PM

Jessica Merchant, Seriously Delish

Jessica Merchant is a full-time recipe developer, food writer, and blogger who is intensely passionate about food and writing, and especially sharing her food through her writing. She started the blog “How Sweet Eats” in 2009, and to date it has been read by over 150 million people. Every page in her first cookbook, Seriously Delish, is a bold declaration of love for chocolate, browned butter, and bacon.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

6PM

Boma Akainy

Boma will present The Heart Healer.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

6PM

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

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-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

6:30PM

From Page to Screen: Film Adaptions

Do you dream of your book being made into a movie? Romance authors will tell you the ins and outs of how it’s done!

Panelists: Jennifer L. Armentrout, Obsidian; Kami Garcia, Beautiful Creatures; Cheryl Klam, Elusion; Damon Suede, Bad Idea

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

6:30PM

Lorick Joseph

Lorick will present Did Everything But Think: D.E.B.T.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

6:30PM

Happy Hour with Catherine Jones!

Catherine Jones, chef/author, of The Calories In Calories Out Cookbook will do a Cooking Demo featuring her recipes for Festive Margarita Punch to kick off happy hour, followed by Aromatic Basmati Rice, Chicken Burgers with Ricotta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Fresh Mint, Cilantro, and Green Chili Chutney. Join her to learn how to boil basmati rice, roast and grind Indian spices, and make a snappy green chutney that you can serve with almost anything.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

6:30PM

Maryland Romance Writers Ladies’ Night

The Maryland Romance Writers host a night of steamy readings, wine and hors d’oeuvres.  Stories like Fifty Shades of Grey and Outlander explain why romance is the bestselling genre fiction!  Six bestselling authors will talk about why romance makes us swoon, why sex sells, hot book boyfriends, writing sex & sensuality and more.

Panelists: Tessa Bailey, Baiting the Maid of Honor; Stephanie Draven, It Stings So Sweet; Megan Hart, Flying; Laura Kaye, Dare to Resist; Eliza Knight, Highland Hunger

Literary Salon Event Details

7PM

Kings of Crownsville

American roots

West Shore Music Stage 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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Special Events

When:

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

Where:

Baltimore Inner Harbor

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