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The CityLit Stage features writers and musicians from around the region all weekend long.

CityLit Stage

The CityLit Stage features authors from around the region reading from new books or participating in captivating panel discussions. The stage is presented by CityLit Project, Baltimore’s nonprofit literary arts center, celebrating ten years serving readers and writers across Maryland.

Stage: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Rash Field



Friday, September 26




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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Saturday, September 27




12PM

Small Court Press: The Role of Small Journals and Presses in the Career of the Fiction Writer

The panel delves into such questions as: What is the process for selecting which journals, magazines, and periodicals to submit work to? What kinds of aesthetics are encountered in small journals? How have smaller journals helped connect a single writer with larger communities of writers?

Panelists: Lalita Noronha & Rafael Alvarez

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1PM

Thaisa Jones

Thaisa Jones from Thaisawrites.com and StatsandStilletos.com joins the Baltimore Book Festival.

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1PM

Essays, Collected: How to Craft a Dynamic Anthology

From brainstorming a concept to revising essays, the editor and writers behind the award-winning Bet on Black: African-American Women Celebrate Fatherhood in the Age of Barack Obama discuss the creative and logistical process of creating an anthology, moderated by Kenrya Rankin Naasel.

Panelists: Maya K. Francis, Thaisa Jones, Yanick Rice Lamb

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1PM

Maya K. Francis

Maya K. Francis, columnist: Philadelphia Magazine & VerySmartBrothas.com will participate in a discussion.

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2:30PM

Making the Ordinary Extraordinary

Join Baltimore Review editors as they discuss how the most familiar places, ordinary objects, everyday events, and Average Joes can become extraordinary through the lens of the creative writer. Be inspired to write your own ordinary life into extraordinary poems and stories.

Panelists: Barbara Westwood Diehl, Kathleen Hellen, Ann Kolakowski, Holly Morse-Ellington, Seth Sawyers, Holly Sneeringer

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4PM

Geo-Poe: A Literary Geo-Caching Adventure

Join Dean Bartoli Smith and Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson—contributors to CityLit’s Geo-Poe project—as they read their short short stories and help describe the Edgar Alan Poe-themed literary geo-caching “hide-and-seek” adventure in Baltimore throughout October (part of Free Fall Baltimore).

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4:30PM

Steve Boone, Hotter Than A Match Head

Musician and Lovin’ Spoonful co-founder Steve Boone speaks with writer Rafael Alvarez about his new memoir, Hotter Than A Match Head: My Life on the Run with The Lovin’ Spoonful. Part of the story runs through Baltimore during the 1970s, when Steve maintained a floating barge-recording studio moored where the Hard Rock Café stands today. There, Steve recorded the likes of Little Feat, Bonnie Raid, and Robert Palmer.

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4:30PM-6PM

Hotter Than A Match Head

Musician and Lovin’ Spoonful co-founder Steve Boone speaks with writer Rafael Alvarez about his new memoir, Hotter Than A Match Head: My Life on the Run with The Lovin’ Spoonful. Part of the story runs through Baltimore durinmg the 1970s, when Steve maintained a floating barge-recording studio moored where the Hard Rock Café stands today. There, Steve recorded the likes of Little Feat, Bonnie Rait, and Robert Palmer.

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^PM

Steve Almond

Steve Almond will be presenting his book, Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto.

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6PM

Dean Bartoli Smith

Dean Bartoli Smith will present his book, Never Easy, Never Pretty: A Fan, A City, A Championship Season.

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6PM

Are We Really Ready for Some Football?: A Critical Look by Serious Fans

Join authors Steve Almond (Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto) and Dean Bartoli Smith (Never Easy, Never Pretty: A Fan, A City, A Championship Season) for a frank and heated conversation about the state of America’s favorite sport. Moderated by Stan “The Fan” Charles, founder and publisher of PressBox.

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Sunday, September 28




12PM

MSAC Individual Artist Award Winners: Poetry

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

Presenters: Ailish Hopper, Sally Rosen Kindred, Leslie Harrison, Katy Richey, Sid Gold, Rebekah Remington, Clare Banks, Katherine McCord

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12PM

Clare Banks

Clare Banks will present her book, Associate Editor, Smartish Pace.

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12PM

Sally Rosen Kindred

Sally Rosen Kindred will present her book, Book of Asters.

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12PM

Sid Gold

Sid Gold will be presenting Good with Oranges, The Year of The Dog Throwers, Working Vocabulary.

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12PM

Leslie Harrison

Leslie Harrison will present her book, Displacement.

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12PM

Ailish Hopper

Ailish Hopper will present her book, Dark-Sky Society.

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1PM

From Here: New Fiction

Writers discuss “new fiction.”

Panelists: Jason Tinney, James Magruder, Dan Fesperman

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1PM

John Thomas Everett

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2PM

Tom Glenn

Tom Glenn will be presenting his book, No-Accounts.

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2PM

Lit & Art

Started in 2007, the Lit & Art Reading Series takes place five times a year at the Watermark Gallery near Harborplace. The program features artists who represent various literary genres combined with visual art. This festival edition is emceed by Aaron Henkin of WYPR’s “The Signal,” which takes listeners on a weekly tour of Baltimore’s cultural landscape.

Presenters: Tom Glenn, Eric D. Goodman, Nitin Jagdish, Holly Morse-Ellington, Nathan Leslie, Liz Moser, Manzar

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2PM

Nitin Jagdish

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2PM

Eric D. Goodman

Eric D. Goodman will present his book, Tracks: A Novel in Stories.

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3:30PM

Geo-Poe: A Literary Geo-Caching Adventure

Join Aaron Henkin and Rahne Alexander—contributors to CityLit’s Geo-Poe project—as they read their short short stories and help describe the Edgar Alan Poe-themed literary geo-caching “hide-and-seek” adventure in Baltimore throughout October (part of Free Fall Baltimore).

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4PM

New Mercury Series Presents Nonfiction

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

Presenters: Philip Mackowiak, Arthur Magida, Rachel Donaldson

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4PM

Rachel Donaldson

Rachel Donaldson will present her book, Roots of The Revival: Folk Music in the United States and Great Britain in the 1950s.

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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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