Sunday

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

Sunday, September 25, 2016




11AM

WHY HAPPY EVER AFTER SELLS SWOONY, SASSY, SEXY STORIES

When it comes to discoverability, what ways to readers are finding authors and books are changing fast. What works, what's played out and what's going to be hot next.

Xio Axelrod
Megan Erickson
Erika Kelly
Sarah Robinson
Rebecca Rivard
Mia Sosa
Laura Ward

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

11AM-12PM

Worldbuilding for Science Fiction & Fantasy

Learn what goes into creating fantasy and science fiction worlds. Ask questions! Get answers! Authors: Brenda W. Clough, Lara Elena Donnelly, Sarah Beth Durst, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Anna Kashina, Fran Wilde.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

11AM-12PM

The Mudbugs

Genre: Acoustic Roots/ Zydeco

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

11AM-1PM

Swordplay

How do actors take Shakespeare’s battle scenes from the page to the stage? Find out, as we demonstrate the art and discipline of stage combat, where text and swashbuckling choreography combine to tell the great stories.

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Event Details

11AM-6PM

Free Admission

Top of the World will be free Saturday, 9/24 and Sunday, 9/25 Open Saturday from 10am-7pm (last admission at 6:30pm) and Sunday from 11am-6pm (last admisson at 5:30pm)

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

11AM-7PM

ENTER-TO-WIN: Amy Schumer LIVE at Royal Farms Arena November12

The Baltimore Book Festival is giving away 2 tickets to see famous comedian and Towson University alum Amy Schumer LIVE at Royal Farms Arena Saturday, November 12 at 8pm AND a copy of her new book, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. Enter to win at the Inner Harbor Stage presented by Towson University, located inside the Baltimore Visitor Center during the Baltimore Book Festival September 23-25. The winner will be drawn Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 7pm at the Inner Harbor Stage. Winner need not be present to win. For more information, call 410-752-8632.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

11AM-7PM

Story-A-Thon with Be Here: Baltimore

We are telling stories differently. The Be Here: Baltimore project is making Baltimore’s culture and heritage more visible and accessible to local and global audiences through unique kinds of digital storytelling. The initiative was established to build upon the rich storytelling culture in the city by encouraging local creators and institutions to publish their location-based stories on a range of free and open digital platforms (such as the izi.TRAVEL app) so the stories can be discovered by smartphone users as they explore the city. The 22 funded projects generated more than 250 stories that have covered Baltimore in a network of connections among museums, local businesses, attractions, street art, and neighborhoods, and include such topics as history, current events, nature, community, music, and art.  Be Here: Baltimore is an initiative of the MuseWeb Foundation.

The Story Share Event Details

12-1PM

Kim Manuelides, Getting Home: For Some Dogs, It Just Isn’t Easy

Kim Manuelides grew up in rural western Howard County, Maryland, where she, her sister and father spent countless hours riding their ponies through the back woods with their Cocker Spaniel, Ebony, who always seemed to find the shortcut home. When she was not riding her pony, and later her horse, Kim could always be found in the family’s backyard, tending the family’s horses, and 4-H projects, their sheep, chickens, rabbits      and the family dog.  Kim graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in Animal Science, and later from the University Of Baltimore School Of Law.  Now a practicing attorney, Kim and her husband, Tim, rescued their first dog, an Entlebucher Mountain Dog, 15 years ago.  Following their adoption of their first dog, Colby, the couple adopted Colby’s half-sister, Sasha, and much later Bonnie and Atari. 

Paws & Pages Stage Event Details

12-1PM

Allision & Matt Robicelli, "Robicelli's: A Love Story, with Cupcakes: With 50 Decidedly Grown-Up Recipes"

The ultimate guide to gourmet cupcakes, featuring grown-up flavors (figs! whiskey! fried chicken!) and the delicious story of a family saved by a love of sweets.

No food coloring. No fondant. No red velvet. Upscale bakery Robicelli’s has become a buzzed-about, in-demand purveyor of decidedly adult cupcakes. Nixing cutesy, pastel-colored dollops of fluff for real ingredients and rich French buttercreams, the husband and wife team have reinvented the cupcake craze for a more sophisticated palate, making each a small piece of the greatest cake ever made. Now their extraordinary recipes are available to the home cook.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

12-1PM

Beyond the Hunger Games: YA SF & Fantasy

Come find your new fave as our authors talk about the depth and breadth of Young Adult literature. Authors:  Cinda Williams Chima, Leah Cypess, Sarah Beth Durst, Kristen Lippert-Martin, Lois Metzger, Rysa Walker
12PM Signing: Richard Groller

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

12-1PM

The Art of 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. Hosted by Dennis Johnson

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

12-3PM

Story-A-Thon with Be Here: Baltimore storytellers

Be Here: Baltimore is a mobile storytelling project that aims to connect Baltimore neighborhoods, people, businesses, and cultural institutions through stories – not only to each other, but to other towns and cities. Join us as we hear from Be Here: Baltimore storytellers sharing their unique stories.

The Story Share Event Details

12PM

HISTORICAL ROMANCE—KILT OR NO KILT OR WHY JAMIE FRASER ISN’T ALL THERE IS…

Some of the hottest paranormal, fantasy and science fiction romance authors share how they create worlds that readers can't get enough of.

Katherine Ashe
Jamaila Brinkley
Joanna Shupe
Ingrid Hahn
Eliza Knight
Diana Quincy
E. Elizabeth Watson

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Jewish Museum of Maryland

Join the Jewish Museum of Maryland as we celebrate our latest original exhibit, Beyond Chicken Soup Jews and Medicine in America. Inspired by grandma’s favorite chicken soup, we invite families to create your own magical bowl of healing soup; perhaps just what the doctor ordered or maybe something a little more unusual!

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Autobiography through Performance and Poetry

Kenneth Morrison’s Blood, Bricks, and Dandelions is a collection of Kenneth’s journals, poems and thoughts from the age of 13 to 18, an authentic look in the teenage life of the many young "Kenneths" struggling to grow up young, black and gay in America. Ron Kipling Williams’ Black Freak Mosh Heaven is a poetic autobiography about a black youth who rocks and rolls to his own beat and is forced to battle racism, stereotypes and ignorance. Morrison (2016 Baltimore Grand Slam Champion, 2016 Washington DC Pride Grand Slam Champion, and president and founder of Dew More Baltimore), and Williams (a recent graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore and an MSAC Individual Artist Award Winner) will perform from their works and join in conversation about finding authenticity through the intersection of performance and poetry.

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Carl Hiaasen, "Razor Girl"

Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of thirteen previous novels, including the best-selling Bad Monkey, Star Island, Nature Girl, Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy, and Lucky You, and four best-selling children's books, Chomp, Hoot, Flush, and Scat. His most recent work of nonfiction is The Downhill Lie: A Hacker's Return to a Ruinous Sport. He also writes a weekly column for The Miami Herald.

*Sign interpreter available

Literary Salon Event Details

12PM-1PM

Judy Colbert, 100 Things To Do in Baltimore Before You Die

Judy Colbert is an award-winning author and photographer who specializes in travel. Her current books include the forthcoming 100 Things to Do in Baltimore Before You Die (Reedy Press), Peaceful Places Washington, DC, It Happened in Maryland, It Happened in Delaware, Chesapeake Bay Crabs cookbook, Maryland and Delaware Off the Beaten Path, and Virginia Off the Beaten Path. The DC native has been a resident of Maryland for several decades and is always fascinated by its history and people. Her current interest is the culinary options available on cruise ships, riverboats, and around the planet.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

12PM-2PM

Pets on Wheels

Friday, 12pm-2pm; Saturday, 11am-1pm & 4pm-6pm; Sunday; 12- 2pm

Children will be partnered with a therapy dog (or cat!) from Pets on Wheels; 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://www.petsonwheels.org/

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

12:30-1:30PM

Edjacated Phools

Genre: Roots Reggae

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

12:30PM-3:30PM

Playing with Book Pages

Friday, 3-5pm; Saturday, 10:30am-12:30pm and 3pm-5pm; Sunday, 12:30pm-3:30pm

Create one-of-a-kind pieces of art using book pages with artist Carol Mauer! Think outside the binding as you fold, cut, weave, embellish and color with a variety of book pages – the possibilities are endless. Carol Maurer, M.Ed is an experiential artist who works with books, fiber, labyrinths and words.

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

1-2PM

Charles Hildebrandt- Museum of Science Fiction Washington DC.

Charles Hildebrandt is currently curating an exhibit of his father’s original artwork at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum. He is the son of Tim Hildebrandt, who along with his brother Greg, formed a legendary artistic team that not only created famous art for the J.R.R. Tolkien calendars in the 70’s but also created the Iconic first Star Wars poster. Charles is also Production Council for the new upcoming Museum of Science Fiction in Washington DC. He will be talking about life growing up in the Hildebrandt family while touching on keystones of science Fiction and fantasy including Star Wars, Babylon 5, and plans for next year’s opening of the upcoming Museum of Science Fiction.

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Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

1-2PM

Stefany Shaheen, "Elle & Coach"

Elle and Coach is the endearing true story of a Type-A mom struggling to care for a daughter who has Type 1 diabetes–and the incredible service dog who changes their lives for the better. Stefany Shaheen takes readers on an emotional journey as she tries everything to manage her daughter Elle’s deadly and unpredictable disease, all while juggling a family of four children. Overcoming the skepticism that a dog can provide answers that medical science is still seeking, the family finds a resounding sense of peace and reassurance through Coach’s near miraculous abilities as a medic-alert dog, specially trained to detect dangerous changes in blood sugar levels. Elle & Coach is a story of determination and finding hope in the most unlikely of places.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

1-2PM

Short Stories: The Heart of SFF

Short works have always been important to science fiction and fantasy. Hear why and how short fiction showcases the best of our genres. Learn where the hot stories are being published, and get answers to all your questions from our panel of acclaimed short fiction writers. Authors: Lara Elena Donnelly, AT Greenblatt, Sam J. Miller, Sunny Moraine, Sarah Pinsker, Karlo Yeager Rodríguez
1PM Signing: Lois Metzger, Rysa Walker

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

1PM

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCIFI: THE “NOW THAT WAS AWESOME” AUTHOR CHAT

Paranormal, Fantasy and SciFi authors chat with readers about the jaw-dropping moments in books that make something so out of this world, real to the reader.

Pintip Dunn
Kira Decker
Dawn Ibanez
Cheryl Klam
Jean Murray
Stacey O’Neale
M.D. Waters

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Kelly Starling Lyons, One More Dino on the Floor

Kelly Starling Lyons, children's book author whose mission is to transform moments, memories and history into stories of discovery, will perform interactive readings from One Million Men and Me and One More Dino on the Floor.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Ink Press Productions Presents

Ink Press Productions presents a reading featuring authors from the Ink Press catalog: Megan McShea, Stephanie Barber, Joseph Young, and Amanda McCormick. Hosted by Barrett Warner. Ink Press Productions is a collaborative project devoted to the community of art. They believe there are an infinite number of ways to be a book and strive to open this dialogue with as many people as possible through publishing handmade chapbooks and a journal to highlight new and emerging artists, hosting a writing group, and organizing readings and events to inspire people to use their hands and create together.

CityLit Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Maryland Humanities Presents Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

Jason Reynold and Brendan Kiely, the 2016 One Maryland One Book authors, will speak about their unforgettable novel, All American Boys. The book weaves a story from the perspective of two teens—one black, one white—who grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.

Literary Salon Event Details

1PM-2PM

Medea Benjamin presents Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the US-Saudi Connection

The peace activist and CODEPINK co-founder presents her new book exploring the persistent and perplexing alliance between the US and one of the most repressive countries in the Middle East, uncovering the hidden logic of national security that underlies our government’s perverse allegiance to one of the most important funders of international terrorism.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

1PM-4PM

University Writers’ Program

The University Writers Program is a chance for students from local graduate and undergraduate programs to read their poetry or prose. On September 25th from 1:00-4:00 PM, undergraduate and graduate students from ten local universities—Johns Hopkins, Coppin, Loyola, Morgan, MICA, Towson, Goucher, Stevenson, UMBC, and UB—will read their work. The readings will be separated into two segments, with a reception in between hosted by Artifact Coffee.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

1:30-5PM

Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar Vs. Chef Egg

The autumn holds bounties of fresh local deliciousness at the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar and the market is challenging Chef Egg for spur of the moment, inspirational dishes anyone can make at home. The stage will be set with a grill and mystery basket of local edibles - the possibilities range from ribs and fish, to all things greens and veggie.  Chef Egg will also be bringing his top 5 favorite cookbooks of all time (can you guess what they are?!).

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

2-3PM

Coexist & Devin Jano

Genre: Alternative Hip Hop

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

2-3PM

Writing for Comic Books

Writing comics whether it's superheroes or regular folks, learn how to write a comic from start to finish. Including script format, writing dialogue, and plotting your stories. Hosted by Jordan Clark

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

2-3PM

Plucky, Snarky, & Sweet: Memorable Girl Characters in YA

Move over, Harry Potter, these leading ladies have it all and then some. Listen as our panelists discuss some of the best YA has to offer! Authors: Cinda Williams Chima, Leah Cypess, Sarah Beth Durst, Justina Ireland, Lois Metzger, Rysa Walker.
2PM Signing: DH Aire, Sarah Pinsker

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

2-5PM

All the World’s a Stage: sponsored by The Studio at The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Come and play Shakespeare word games with us! At the top of each hour, a new acting studio game or exercise emphasizing the power and fun of wordplay. Stretch your imagination, your performing muscles, and your storytelling voice. Fun for all ages.

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Event Details

2PM

AUTHOR CHAT: YOUNG ADULT FICTION WORKS FOR ALL AGES

Some of YA’s most talented and successful authors get together to share their favorite characters and their newest releases!

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Kira Decker
Pintip Dunn
Megan Hart
Anna Kashina (Courtesy of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Stage)

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Monica Hesse, Girl in the Blue Coat

Monica Hesse presents from her unforgettable story of bravery, grief, and love in the impossible times of WWII, Girl in the Blue Coat.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Lit & Art

Started in 2007, the Lit & Art Reading Series takes place five times a year at the Watermark Gallery,100 South Charles Street on the second floor of the Bank of America building across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The program features artists who represent various literary genres combined with visual art. Each event includes literary readings, live music, original art, along with wine and refreshments. Learn more at www.Facebook.com/groups/LitAndArt. Featured at the Baltimore Book Festival’s CityLit Stage Edition of Lit & Art: Barbara DeCesare, Eric D. Goodman Aaron Henkin, Nitin Jagdish, Jennifer Miller, Manzar Rassouli, Charles Rammelkamp, and Sally Whitney.

CityLit Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Sarah Gray, "A Life Everlasting: The Extraordinary Story of One Boy’s Gift to Medical Science"

When Sarah Gray received the devastating news that her unborn twin son Thomas was diagnosed with anencephaly, a terminal condition that meant he would not survive long beyond birth, she decided she wanted his death—and life—to have meaning. In the weeks before she gave birth to her sons in 2010, she arranged to donate Thomas’s organs to medical research. Later curious about how the donations were being used, Sarah embarked on a quest for those answers that took her to some of the most prestigious scientific facilities in the country, including those at Harvard, Duke, and the University of Pennsylvania. Pulling back the curtain of protocol and confidentiality, Sarah met the researchers and scientists who received Thomas’s donations, and learned how they’re being used in cutting-edge research for medical discoveries to benefit humanity. This story, and Sarah’s journey, will be shared in her new book, A Life Everlasting: The Extraordinary Story of One Boy’s Gift to Medical Science (coming September 27th).

The Living Legacy Foundation will be on site during Sarah’s talk to register those interested in becoming registered organ donors.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

2PM-3PM

Bill Ayers presents Demand the Impossible!: A Radical Manifesto

In this new call to imagine—and fight for—a better world, social justice educator and firebrand activist Bill Ayers traces the outlines of a new possibilities beyond the regressive limits of the political status quo.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

2:30-3PM

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.

Paws & Pages Stage Event Details

3-4PM

Near Future/Far Future

Look at what goes into science fiction that's right around the corner versus light years ahead. How are they similar and different? What happens when fiction comes true? Authors: Brenda W. Clough, AT Greenblatt, Kristen Lippert-Martin, Sam J. Miller, Karlo Yaeger Rodriguez
3PM Signing: Leah Cypess, Sarah Beth Durst.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

3-4PM

Alejandro Danois

Alejandro Danois is the Editor-in-Chief of The Shadow League. The former Senior Editor of Bounce Magazine, he is also a Freelance Sports and Entertainment Writer whose work has been published by the New York Times, Bleacher Report, Sporting News, Baltimore Sun, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, SLAMonline and Ebony Magazine, among many others.His Shadow League feature, "Humble Beginnings," was mentioned in the Best American Sports Writing Anthology as among the country's most notable stories of 2014.  His first book, The Boys of Dunbar, A Story of Love, Hope and Basketball, drops in September of 2016

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

3-7PM

Recording Session at Be Here: Baltimore Story-A-Thon featuring the Taharka Brothers’ Change-Maker Mobile Ice Cream Truck

Be Here: Baltimore has only just begun its storytelling revolution. Come be a part of the mix by recording your own stories and hearing more about how to get involved with the project. The Taharka Brothers’ Change-Maker Mobile ice cream truck has been converted into a traveling recording booth, offering participants the opportunity to swap their stories for an ice cream, and listen to other voices revealing a city you thought you knew.

The Story Share Event Details

3PM

Luvvie Ajayi: I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual

A thirteen-year blogging veteran, she is the voice behind Awesomely Luvvie, a respected entertainment and humor blog that covers everything pop culture – from TV, movies and technology to travel, race and life’s random adventures. Her first book, titled, I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do Better Manual, will be released in September 2016 by Henry Holt and Company.

Luvvie is passionate about social justice and is equally addicted to shoes. She combined these loves in 2009 when she, along with Karyn Brianne Lee, founded The Red Pump Project. Red Pump is a nonprofit that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls.  Their work has earned them a Congressional Record from the U.S. House of Representatives and Resolutions by the Illinois State Senate as well as the City Council of Chicago.

Her latest site, Awesomely Techie (launched April 2014), is a resource for writers, bloggers, entrepreneurs, small business owners and everyday people who want to use technology to make their work and personal lives more efficient.  Luvvie is a contributing editor and columnist for TheGrio, writes Scandal recaps for Vulture, and has written for XOJane, Essence, EBONY, Huffington Post, Clutch Magazine and Uptown Magazine. She has been featured by the Chicago Sun-Times, Africa.com, Essence, AOL.com, Black Enterprise, The Root, BET  and more.

Literary Salon Event Details

3PM

TROPES IN ROMACE: STEPBROTHERS, FRIENDS-TO-LOVERS, SECRET BABIES, OH MY!

A fun, interactive chat session discussing our favorite (and least favorite) romance tropes, how to keep them fresh, and what's next.

Christi Barth
Andie Christopher
Sonali Dev
Tracey Livesay
Sarah Robinson
Mia Sosa
Denny S. Bryce/MODERATOR

 

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM-3:30PM

Lalita Noronha: Poetry as Collage

A scientist, poet, and writer, Lalita Noronha reads and discusses her new work Mustard Seed: A Collage of Science and Art Poetry. Hosted by CityLit Executive Director Carla Du Pree.

CityLit Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Knocking the Hustle/Policing the Planet: Lester Spence in conversation with Jordan T. Camp and Christina Heatherton

JHU Political Science professor Lester Spence puts his pathbreaking analysis of neoliberalism and black politics, Knocking the Hustle, in conversation with the editors of the important new anthology Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

3:30-4:30PM

The Palovations

Genre: Soul

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

3:30PM-4PM

Dr. Bob Hieronimus: The Secret Life of Lady Liberty

Robert Hieronimus, Ph.D. is an internationally known historian, visual artist, and radio host and has appeared on History, Discovery, BBC, and National Geographic. In his book, The Secret Life of Lady Liberty: Goddess in the New World, Hieronimus explores the goddess origins of the Statue of Liberty and her connections with the founding and the future of America, examining Lady Liberty’s ties to Native American spiritual traditions, the Earth Mother, Roman goddesses, Black Madonnas, and Mary Magdalene and revealing the sharp contrast between depicting “liberty” as a female and the reality of women and other suppressed classes even today. Hosted by CityLit Executive Director Carla Du Pree.

CityLit Stage Event Details

4-5PM

The Art of Hero Building

Hang out in the comic book tent and let's build our own superheroes from our imaginations and the world around us. So bring your thinking caps and creativity and let’s see what we can conjure up together. Hosted by Kofi Jamal Simmons

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

4-5PM

Beyond Game of Thrones

Everyone is waiting for the next George RR Martin book, but there are plenty of other authors talking politics and intrigue in fantasy (and science fiction!) What are some of the other works in these genres? What is it about this kind of book that draws us in? Authors:  Ann Chatham, Leah Cypess, Sarah Beth Durst, Jeremy M. Gottwig, Richard Groller, Mark Tompkins.
4PM Signing: Cinda Williams Chima, Damien Angelica Walters

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

4-5PM

From Page to Stage: Books as Source Material for Theater

From folk tales to best-selling novels, books are a rich source of material for plays. Have you ever wondered how a story gets translated from book form into a script and then brought to life on stage? In this session, members of the artistic and dramaturgy staff at Center Stage will discuss the staging of literary adaptations. The speakers will draw on real-world examples including Center Stage’s recent productions of The Secret Garden and Pride and Prejudice, as well as the upcoming Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The White Snake, and Jazz.

Speakers:
Gavin Witt, Associate Artistic Director/Director of Dramaturgy at Center Stage
Deanie Vallone, The Judy & Scott Phares Dramaturgy Fellow at Center Stage

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

4PM

WE LOVE ROMANCE: AN AUTHOR CHAT AND GIVEAWAY!

Romance authors sit down to talk about the romance genre as a whole, why the heroine always win, why romance is a multi-billion-dollar industry, and why romance readers are the best ever.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Attendees to the official closing event at the Maryland Romance Writers Stage will receive a ‘ticket’ for a special prize drawing. Must be present to win!

Christi Barth
Kate Quinn
Charis Michaels
Michelle Monkou
Rebecca Rivard
Melinda Valentine
Joyfully Reviewed/MODERATOR
 

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM-4:30PM

Gary Vikan: Sacred and Stolen

Gary Vikan’s Sacred and Stolen: Confessions of a Museum Director, is a memoir of an art museum director with the courage to reveal what goes on behind the scenes and lay bare the messy part of museums: looted antiquities, crooked dealers, deluded collectors, duplicitous public officials, fakes, inside thefts, bribery, and failed exhibitions. These back stories, at once shocking and comical, reveal a man with a taste for adventure, an eagerness to fan the flames of excitement, and comfort with the chaos that often ensued. Hosted by CityLit Executive Director Carla Du Pree.

CityLit Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

Black Seeds: Tariq Touré and friends

The outspoken poet, Muslim activist, and West Baltimore native presents his debut collection of poems Black Seeds together with other voices from Baltimore’s insurgent literary community.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

4PM-5PM

Trailblazing Woman: A Conversation About Fair Labor Lawyer Bessie Margolin

Before there was a Notorious RBG, there was an Audacious Bessie Margolin. Join lawyer-turned-author Marlene Trestman and Stephen H. Sachs, former Maryland U.S. attorney and state attorney general, for a lively conversation and Q&A about New Deal attorney and Supreme Court advocate Bessie Margolin, the subject of Trestman’s biography, Fair Labor Lawyer. A champion of equal pay who opened doors for women, Margolin’s remarkable story holds particular relevance for today’s glass-ceiling breakers.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

4PM-5PM

Jill Yesko, Murder in the Dog Park and Dog Spelled Backwards

Discovering the body of a brutally murdered boy in a rainy dog park is the worst possible way for private detective Jane Ronson to start her day. She doesn't like people, dead or alive. Her one true friend is her doggie doppelganger Archie, a Bull Terrier with a misshapen head and a bad attitude. Jane hates being responsible for anyone's problems—and death causes big problems. When Jane is dragged into the center of murder investigation that threatens her life she enlists the help of a sexy Baltimore cop and an eccentric bail bondsman straight out of John Waters movie. Jane uses her Girl With the Dragon Tattoo-like computer hacking and street fighting skills to find and punish the killer and his family.

Paws & Pages Stage Event Details

4:30PM-5:30PM

More New Releases

The second of two sessions celebrating the recent publications of local literati on both Saturday and Sunday. Though a battle between the sexes was not intended, this hour features Susan Coll (The Stager), Courtney Sender (The Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction), and Leslie Pietrzyk (This Angel on My Chest, Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize). Not to be outdone by the male writers in session one, this hour promises to be just as engaging, with linked stories each about a different young woman whose husband dies suddenly and unexpectedly, a novel that is a dark comedy of real estate and rabbits, and stories that range from a fictional second uprising in Baltimore, one year after the first, to a tale of a girl with a hundred-pound heart. Hosted by Marion Winik, Associate Professor, University of Baltimore MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts.

CityLit Stage Event Details

5-6PM

Horror, Dark Fantasy & Paranormal

If it goes bump in the night then it probably belongs here. Join us as we talk about our deepest fears and learn how authors catch just the right feeling of dread to keep you up all night. Authors: Jeremy M. Gottwig, Richard Groller, John Edward Lawson, Emmie Mears, Damien Angelica Walters.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

5-6PM

Michael Raitzyk

Genre: Jazz

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

5-6PM

Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?

Drop in with someone you love, to read Shakespeare's sonnets.

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Event Details

5PM

AUTHOR MEET AND GREET

MRW Authors will be on hand for a final, casual meet and greet with readers. Come talk about books, receive promotional materials, and make your final purchases from The IVY Bookstore!

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

5PM-6PM

Book Club for Kids tackles Bees on the Roof by Robbie Shell

Students from Girlfriends Book Club, a stress-free social group for girls which encourages reading, vocabulary expansion, comprehension skills, and confidence in a fun environment, discuss Robbie Shell’s novel, Bees on the Roof, with Book Club for Kids host Kitty Felde.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

5PM-6PM

D. Watkins in conversation with Lawrence Burney

The author of the bestselling Baltimore coming of age memoir The Cook Up and The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America is joined by Lawrence Burney, creator of the essential Baltimore music and culture magazine True Laurels for a conversation on art and resistance in the midst of urban crisis.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

5PM-6PM

The Baltimore Scene: Page to the Stage!

Some of the best spoken word poets in the nation share their work live on stage. This hour will feature past and present champions of slam competitions as well as award winning literary poets. The Baltimore Scene is the curator of many literary and artistic events in the community including one of the biggest poetry slams on the E. Coast, The Word War Poetry Slam Series. Champions and finalists from this year’s and previous year’s Word War Poetry Slam will also perform.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

5:30PM-7PM

Nonfiction Presented by the New Mercury Series

The festival edition of The New Mercury, the area’s only nonfiction reading series hosted by series curators Deborah Rudacille and John Barry, includes:

Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson’s articles, essays, and short stories have appeared in The New York Times, TriQuarterly, PANK, Post Road, The Little Patuxent Review and The Southern Review, among many others. She is the recipient of an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council and grants from the Maryland Humanities Council and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. She’s received fellowships from The Vermont Studio Center and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and was a finalist for this year’s Baker Artist Awards. She won the Hrushka Memorial Nonfiction Prize in 2015 for her essay writing. Dickinson served as editor in chief of Urbanite magazine from 2004-2007.

Rashod Ollison is an award-winning music and culture critic and native of Little Rock, Arkansas. He has been a staff pop music and culture critic at The Dallas Morning News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Journal News in Westchester, NY, The Baltimore Sun, and The Virginian-Pilot. He is a 2000 graduate of The University of Arkansas, where he earned a BA in creative writing and journalism with a minor in African American studies. Ollison’s literary debut, Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues & Coming of Age Through Vinyl, is a memoir published in Jan. 2016 by Beacon Press.

CityLit Stage Event Details

6-7PM

Self-Publishing Start to Finish

Ready to go at it alone in the big, bad world of publishing? Listen to our veterans give you the low down on everything from editing to covers to crowdfunding. DH Aire, Emmie Mears, Don Sakers, R.S.S.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

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Special Events

When:

Sept 23-25, 2016
Fri-Sun: llam - 7pm

Where:

Baltimore Inner Harbor

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