The Literary Salon showcases popular and nationally-known authors through presentations, book signings, readings and Q&A sessions. Official Media Sponsor:
Featured authors: Chuck Klosterman, I Wear the Black Hat, Grappling with Villains Real & Imagined; Andre Dubus III, Dirty Love; Reyna Grande, The Distance Between Us; Alice McDermott, Someone: A Novel; Tavis Smiley, Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year; Neely Tucker, Ways of the Dead; Bill T. Jones, Story/Time
Stage: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Rash Field
Friday, September 26
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.
#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.
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.
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
Saturday, September 27
Edward Lewis, The Man from Essence: Creating a Magazine for Black Women
At the heart of The Man from Essence is Edward Lewis, a man who was one of its four founders and arguably one of the brand’s most ardent champions and defenders against potential destruction. For the first time, the Essence story is being told from Lewis’ perspective and recollection. Although the covers of Essence were always glamorous portrayals of black womanhood, the behind-the-scenes sagas make for a dishy, eye-opening, and page-turning read.
Alice McDermott, Someone: A Novel
An ordinary life—its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion—lived by an ordinary woman: this is the subject of Someone, Alice McDermott’s extraordinary return, seven years after the publication of After This. Scattered recollections—of childhood, adolescence, motherhood, old age—come together in this transformative narrative, stitched into a vibrant whole by McDermott’s deft, lyrical voice.
Tavis Smiley, Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year
Bestseller Tavis Smiley’s latest book, Death of a King, is an eye-opening account of widespread assaults on MLK’s character, ideology, and political tactics and how they shaped both the year leading up to his death in 1968 and his lasting legacy.
Dr. David Feldman & Lee Kravetz, Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering & Success
Beginning where resilience ends, Supersurvivors examines the stories and science behind cases where trauma survivors don’t just grow, they revolutionize their lives. Having survived, these individuals radically deviate from their previous life paths. In doing so, they transform the meaning of their personal tragedies by making them the basis for dramatic and long-term life change, often discovering hidden parts of themselves and contributing to the world in ways they never thought possible.
Neely Tucker, The Ways of the Dead & Terry Irving, Courier
Neely Tucker has been a journalist for more than 25 years, the last fourteen at The Washington Post, where he is a staff writer at the Sunday magazine and has covered the U.S. District Court in Washington and its appellate division, generally seen as the nation’s number two court beneath the U.S. Supreme Court. The Ways of the Dead is his first novel. Set in the last of the glory days of the American newspaper, The Ways of the Dead is a wickedly entertaining, disturbing story of race, crime, the law and the power of the media.
Terry Irving’s journalism career started in 1973 as a courier for ABC News. More than 40 years of award-winning journalism, online media, and trips to war zones, major disasters and political conventions later, he has penned his first novel Courier.
Andre Dubus III, Dirty Love
Andre Dubus III is the author of six books: The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, Bluesman, and the New York Times bestsellers, House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days (soon to be a major motion picture) and his memoir, Townie, a #4 New York Times bestseller and a New York Times "Editors Choice". His new book, Dirty Love, was published in the fall of 2013 and has been listed as a New York Times “Notable Book”, a New York Times Editors’ Choice”, a 2013 “Notable Fiction” choice from The Washington Post, and a Kirkus “Starred Best Book of 2013”.
Chuck Klosterman, I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains Both Real and Imagined
Chuck Klosterman is the New York Times bestselling author of seven previous books, including Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs; Eating the Dinosaur; Killing Yourself to Live; and The Visible Man. His debut book, Fargo Rock City, was the winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. He has written for GQ, Esquire, Spin, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Believer, and The Onion A.V. Club. He currently serves as “The Ethicist” for the New York Times Magazine and writes about sports and popular culture for ESPN.
Sunday, September 28
Eric Cline, 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed
In his major new account of the causes of this “First Dark Ages,” Eric Cline tells the gripping story of how the end was brought about by multiple interconnected failures, ranging from invasion and revolt to earthquakes, drought, and the cutting of international trade routes. Bringing to life the vibrant multicultural world of these great civilizations, he draws a sweeping panorama of the empires and globalized peoples of the Late Bronze Age and shows that it was their very interdependence that hastened their dramatic collapse and ushered in a dark age that lasted centuries.
Reyna Grande, The Distance Between Us (2014 One Maryland One Book)
2014 One Maryland One Book author Reyna Grande will speak about her poignant memoir “The Distance Between Us.” Born in Mexico and raised by her grandparents after her parents left to find work in the U.S., at nine years old, Reyna enters the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant to live with her father (she gained legal status at the age of 13). She quickly realizes that life in America is far from perfect, but through hard work, becomes the first in her family to finish college.
Bill T. Jones, Story/Time: The Life of an Idea
For over 40 years, Bill T. Jones has been generating new, hybrid art forms that flawlessly blend the spoken word, dance, and music to tell stories. Join Jones as he takes readers behind the scenes of this process in his new book STORY/TIME: The Life of an Idea. Part memoir of Jones’s dance career; part rumination on the distinct and related roles of artist and audience; and part dialogue with the ideals and ideas of John Cage, STORY/TIME is beautifully illustrated with performance stills and will appeal to a broad audience.
Simon & Schuster Children’s Authors
Pratt Children’s Librarian Jessica Hoptay Brown hosts a conversation with Andrew Auseon, Alienated; Elizabeth Chandler, Everafter (Kissed by an Angel); Hannah Moskowitz, Teeth; Jeri Smith-Ready, This Side of Salvation; and Elissa Weissman, The Short Seller.
Stephen Powers, Love Letter to the City
Stretched across city walls and along rooftops, Stephen Powers' colorful large-scale murals sneak up on you. What at first looks like nothing as much as an advertisement suddenly becomes something grander and more mysterious—a hand-painted love letter at billboard size. Combining community activism and public art, Powers and his team of sign mechanics collaborate with a neighborhood's residents to create visual jingles— sincere and often poignant affirmations and confessions that reflect the collective hopes and dreams of the host community. Powers’ next project is “Love Letter to Baltimore.”
Justin Green is a cartoonist and master sign painter working with Powers in Baltimore.
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