ALL EVENTS

Baltimore Book Festival has a plethora of activities for festival goers from 11am-7pm. Click on the event titles below for more information and location.


Friday, September 26




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”

Location: Food for Thought Stage, Kaufman Pavilion

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

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

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

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School’s Jazz Ensemble

Jazz

West Shore Music Stage 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

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

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

12:30PM

Bernadette Gesser

Bernadette Gesser will present Bob the Big Bad Bluefish.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza 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

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

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

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

EpicBookFest and Children's Activities 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

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

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

Andy Straka

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

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza 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

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

Lozetta Hayden

Lozette Hayden will present My Alphabet Nightmare.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza 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

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

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

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-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.

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

2:30PM

Leslie Grant

Leslie will present TongueTwits Flash Card Game.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

2:45PM

Debra Latiolais

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

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square 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

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

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

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

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

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-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

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

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

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

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

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

Super City

Alternative

West Shore Music Stage 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-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.

Location:  Literary Salon, Rash Field

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

4:45PM

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

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

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-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

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

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

6PM

Boma Akainy

Boma will present The Heart Healer.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza 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

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-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

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

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

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

Lorick Joseph

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

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza 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

7PM

Kings of Crownsville

American roots

West Shore Music Stage Event Details



Saturday, September 27




12:45PM

Barbara Ann Gareis

Barbara Ann Gareis will present her book, Dancing With Daddy: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Hope, 100 Blessings.

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square Event Details

1:15PM

Marie Callegari

Marie will present I Am A Wish, The Incredibly True Story of the Dandelion.

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square Event Details

11AM-2PM

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

11AM-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

12PM

Mario Livio: Brilliant Blunders

Renowned astrophysicist Mario Livio discusses the colossal scientific mistakes that changed our understanding of life and the universe.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

12PM

Matt Dembicki, Wild Ocean: Sharks, Whales, Rays, and Other Endangered Sea Creatures

Matt Dembicki is a comic artist who previously edited and contributed to the Eisner-nominated and Aesop Prize-winning Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection. He also served at the helm of District Comics: An Unconventional History of Washington, D.C., a Harvey Award-nominated anthology named as one of the best books of 2012 by The Washington Post. This program is presented in partnership with Fulcrum Publishing, an independent publisher.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

12PM

The Clefers

Classical

West Shore Music Stage Event Details

12PM

Young Adult Fiction

What is YA? Is it here to stay? Six of the hottest authors in the genre talk teens and trends.

Panelists: Jennifer L. Armentrout, Stay With Me; Wendy Higgins, Sweet Reckoning; Kami Garcia, Unmarked; Cheryl Klam; Lea Nolan, Allure; Diana Peterfreund

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM

Zine Swap!

Come and trade your self-published zines!

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

12PM

Charlotte Galley

Charlotte Galley is the the official Chef for the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, writing a semi-weekly article for their Farmer's Market and Bazaar Newsletter, and making public appearances on their behalf. Her zest for food and balance is evident in both her cooking and lifestyle.

"Food is nourishment, pleasure, and love. It is my goal to make healthy, delicious, home cooked meals more accessible to people, and less intimidating. To give people the basic skills and knowledge to approach shopping for food, and preparing it, with knowledge, confidence, and joy. Balance, health, knowledge, sustainability, and pleasure are what I strive to practice and teach."

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

12PM

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.

Literary Salon Event Details

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

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM

Padma Venkatraman, A Time to Dance & Nina Foxx, Catfish

Children’s authors Padma Venkatraman and Nina Fox present their newest works.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage Event Details

12PM-2PM

Dangerous Voices Variety Hour with Marissa Meyer and Charles Gannon

The Dangerous Voices Variety Hour takes its cues from NPR's “Wait, Wait Don’T Tell Me” quiz show and Orson Welles' original War of the Worlds broadcast. It features readings, trivia, great prizes, irreverent author interviews, and more fun than you thought you could have at a reading."

Participants: Marissa Meyer and Charles Gannon. Co-hosted by Sarah Pinsker and Michael Underwood.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

12PM-7PM

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 popular books about Baltimore and the region.

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

12PM-7PM

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

12PM-8PM

MARCH: Book One Signing

Andrew Aydin is an aide to Rep. John Lewis and co-author of the first book of the Congressman's graphic novel memoir trilogy, March: Book One.

Charm City Comic Book Pavilion Event Details

12:30PM

Book Talk

Art Deco in Baltimore & DC / Folger Library Rick Striner and Melissa Blair explore history, design, preservation, adaptive use, and other issues relating to the many notable Art Deco buildings that survive in the two cities. Steve Grant joins the discussion with an account of the beloved DC Art Deco icon, The Folger Shakespeare Library. A book signing follows the presentation (Washington and Baltimore Art Deco and Collecting Shakespeare).

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

12:30PM

Dick Ellwood

Dick Ellwood will present Cop Stories – The Few, The Proud, The Ugly, Charm City’s Blue Justice.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

1PM

Raleigh Mann

Raleigh Mann will present Jumping with Mixed Feelings – a Family Memoir.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

1PM

Elissa Washuta presents My Body is a Book of Rules

In My Body Is a Book of Rules, Elissa Washuta corrals the synaptic gymnastics of her teeming bipolar brain, interweaving pop culture with neurobiology and memories of sexual trauma to tell the story of her fight to calm her aching mind, confront her crisis of Native American identity, and slip beyond the tormenting cycles of memory.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

1PM

The Hot Contemporary

Contemporary romance has toppled vampires and shifters from their throne. What’s behind the industry trend and is there a difference between erotic romance and the hot contemporary?

Panelists: Debra Anastasia, Poughkeepsie; Tessa Bailey, Baiting the Maid of Honor; Christi Barth, Planning for Love; Ginger Jamison; Laura Kaye, Hard to Hold Onto; Kimberly Kincaid, Gimme Some Sugar

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1PM

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.

Literary Salon Event Details

1PM

Sam Fromartz, In Search of The Perfect Loaf

In 2009, journalist Samuel Fromartz was offered the assignment of a lifetime: travel to France to work in a boulangerie. So began his quest to hone not just his homemade baguette—which later beat out professional bakeries to win the “Best Baguette of D.C.”—but his knowledge of bread, from seed to table. The result is an informative yet personal account of bread and breadbaking, complete with detailed recipes, tips, and beautiful photographs.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

1PM

Jaqueline Jules

Author, poet, teacher and librarian Jacqueline Jules talks about her work including Never Say a Mean Word Again and the Freddie Ramos series.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage Event Details

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

CityLit Stage Event Details

1PM

Dona Rudderow Sturn & The JNP Project, Jane & Jake's Adventures to Awesome

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

1PM

Jeremy Greene: Generic

Physician Jeremy Greene discusses the evolution and complexities of the generic drug industry.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

1:30PM

Book Talk

Historic Travel in Baltimore & the Mid-Atlantic Charley Mitchell discusses his new book, Travels through American History in the Mid-Atlantic, and our region’s wealth of historic travel opportunities with Sam Rogers, Executive Vice president of Visit Baltimore, and Jeff Buchheit, Executive Director of Baltimore National Heritage Area. A book signing with Charley follows the presentation

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

1:30PM

Speakers of the House

Funk

West Shore Music Stage Event Details

1:30PM

Laura Eckroat

Laura Eckroat will present Went Out to Get a Donut - Came Home With a Muffin.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

1:45PM

Caroline Edralin

Caroline Edralin will present her book, The Lost Prince of Carbenia.

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square Event Details

2:15PM

Paul Hoppe

Paul Hoppe will present his book, The Curse of Van Gogh.

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square Event Details

2PM

Brian Stelter: Top of the Morning

CNN anchor and Towson University alumnus Brian Stelter exposes the cutthroat world of morning television.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

2PM

Dr. Ellen Prager, Shark Whisperer

Dr. Ellen Prager talks about her own adventures under the sea, sharks, and reads from her newest book, The Shark Whisperer. It is the first book in a new middle-grade fiction series that combines fast-paced adventure and humor with fun learning about marine life and the ocean.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

2PM

Melissa Gira Grant presents Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work

Based on ten years of writing and reporting on the sex trade, and grounded in her experience as an organizer, advocate, and former sex worker, Playing the Whore dismantles pervasive myths about sex work, criticizes both conditions within the sex industry and its criminalization, and argues that separating sex work from the "legitimate" economy only harms those who perform sexual labor.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

2PM

Drawing Word Games

Darren Soto hosts an hour of illustration, audience participation and fun! This game will have you thinking outside of the box, courtesy of Art Way Alliance.

Charm City Comic Book Pavilion Event Details

2PM

Andi O’Connor

Andi O’Connor will present Silevethiel, The Lost Heir, Awakening.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

2PM

From Fanfic to Fiction

Join published authors who first cut their teeth writing fan fiction to discuss the transition.

Panelists: Debra Anastasia, Poughkeepsie; Robin Covington, Temptation; Shelly N. Greene; Laura Kaye, Hard to Hold Onto; Diana Peterfreund, For Darkness Shows the Stars

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM

Rob Kasper & Boog Powell, Baltimore Baseball and Barbeque with Boog: Stories from the Orioles’ Smokey Slugger

Since he started smacking long balls for the Baltimore Orioles, John “Boog” Powell has enjoyed the gustatory delights of his adopted hometown. After hanging up his spikes, the former MVP set up his now iconic barbecue operation at Camden Yards. Baltimore author Rob Kasper takes a behind- the-scenes look at the life of this smokey slugger from his Florida boyhood through his rise to major-league glory and beyond. Told in Boog’s colorful style, this rollicking journey is spiced with recipes and topped off with interviews from former teammates like Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Jim Palmer.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

2PM

Ben Hatke, Julia’s House

New York Times Best-Selling author Ben Hatke is super-awesome! Julia’s House is his first-ever picture book.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Designing your own curriculum: homeschooling and other alternate forms of education

Join our panelists, both homeschoolers and authors who work with them, to discuss the exciting educational movement in homeschooling, unschooling, and other alternate forms of family-directed education. Find out what educational resources are available for families that design their own curriculums in literature, books, reading, and writing, and what writers in the local scene work with home educators.

Panelists: Catherine Asaro, Alma Katsu, L. Jagi Lamplighter, Rori Shay, Dawnyell Snyder

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

2:30PM

Cheryl Holdefer

Cheryl Holdefer will present Victoria’s Run The Second Key.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

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

CityLit Stage Event Details

2:30PM

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.

Literary Salon Event Details

2:45PM

Benjamin and Susan Hemme

Benjamin and Susan Hemme will present Goodbye Monsters.

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square Event Details

3:15PM

Mark Binder

Mark will present Cinderella Spinderella.

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square Event Details

3PM

Conservation Through Comics with Matt Dembicki & Jason Rodriguez

Matt Dembicki and Jason Rodriguez discuss using comics to present environmental issues. They talk about collaboration work with Pangea Seed on the comics anthology Wild Ocean and Dembicki’s recent trip to Peru to talk to students and teachers about environmental comics as the country prepares to host the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima in December. This presentation will be followed by a book signing, courtesy of Art Way Alliance.

Charm City Comic Book Pavilion 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

Charles Mitchell: Travels Through American History in the Mid-Atlantic

Charles Mitchell explores the region's historical destinations, through primary sources and personal experience.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

3PM

Book Signing with JHU Press Authors

Book Signing with JHU Press Authors (TBA) Ted Patterson & Dean Smith, Football in Baltimore  and Mike Gesker, The Orioles Encyclopedia.

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

3PM

Jillian Lagasse, The Lagasse Girls: Big Flavor, Bold Taste and No Gluten!

When you have to give up gluten, either for yourself or a family member, you may think you have to say good-bye to all of the comforting foods you love. It's hard enough adopting a new way of eating, but the idea of giving up your favorite fried chicken, mac 'n' cheese, or oatmeal raisin cookies is downright unfair and intimidating (and if your kids are the ones diagnosed, it can be even more difficult!). It's a story Jillian Lagasse knows well.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

3PM

Richard Seldin

Richard Seldin will present his book, Pearls Beneath The Rind.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

3PM

Astra Taylor presents The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age

The Internet has been hailed as an unprecedented democratizing force, a place where everyone can be heard and all can participate equally. But how true is this claim? In a seminal dismantling of techno-utopian visions, The People’s Platform argues that for all that we “tweet” and “like” and “share,” the Internet in fact reflects and amplifies real-world inequities at least as much as it ameliorates them.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

3PM

Page-Turning Suspense

Love thrills and chills? Meet authors whose books keep you turning pages at night and leave you a little bit afraid to turn out the light.

Panelists: Denny S. Bryce; Joya Fields; Avery Flynn, Enemies on Tap; Shelley N. Greene; Laura Kaye, Hard to Hold Onto; Nancy Weeks, In the Shadow of Pride; Rebecca York, Betrayed

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM

"Phenomenal Woman: A Tribute to Maya Angelou"

Poetic musical performance presented by Liberated Muse Arts Group.

West Shore Music Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Short stories: What's trending and who are the hot new authors in Sci-Fi and fantasy?

The title says it all! Join our panel of writers to hear about the field of short fiction in SF and fantasy. The field of speculative fiction has a vital and always-growing arena for publication of short fiction. More ways than ever exist for readers to find stories or place their own works.

Panelists: Harry Heckel, Brenda Clough, John Maclay, Alex Shvartsman

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

3:30PM

Thaddeus Logan

Thaddeus Logan will present Hey Cabbie, and Hey Cabbie II.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

3:30PM

#WeNeedDiverseBooks: A Conversation

We Need Diverse Books is a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature. We Need Diverse Books is committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately equality. This conversation features Jabari Asim, Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington; Lulu Delacre, How Far Do You Love Me?; and Shadra Strickland, Please, Louise; moderated by Deborah Taylor, Enoch Pratt Free Library Office of School & Student Services.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage Event Details

3:30PM

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.

Literary Salon Event Details

3:45PM

Akilah Bixler

Akilah will present Lost In The Dream.

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square Event Details

4:15PM

Patty Cyrus

Patty will present From Farmer To F.A.M.E.

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square Event Details

4PM

Laura Lippman: Tess Monaghan Contest and Prizes

Think you're an expert on beloved Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan? Test your knowledge of all things Tess with her creator, Laura Lippman.

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

Peabody Collection Spotlight – Baltimore History

Learn more about some of the surprising books and materials related to Baltimore history that can be found in the collections of Mt. Vernon’s beautiful George Peabody Library.

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

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 Allan Poe-themed literary geo-caching “hide-and-seek” adventure in Baltimore throughout October (part of Free Fall Baltimore).

CityLit Stage Event Details

4PM

Emily & Melissa Elsen, The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book

Melissa and Emily Elsen, the twenty-something sisters who are proprietors of the wildly popular Brooklyn pie shop and cafe Four & Twenty Blackbirds, have put together a pie-baking book that's anything but humble. This stunning collection features more than 60 delectable pie recipes organized by season, with unique and mouthwatering creations such as Salted Caramel Apple, Green Chili Chocolate, Black Currant Lemon Chiffon, and Salty Honey.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

4PM

Christina Valenti

Christina Valenti will present The Wheelbarrow Puppy Club.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

4PM

Peniel Joseph presents Stokely: A Life

Stokely Carmichael, the charismatic and controversial black activist, stepped onto the pages of history when he called for "Black Power" during a speech one Mississippi night in 1966. A firebrand who straddled both the American civil rights and Black Power movements, Carmichael would stand for the rest of his life at the center of the storm he had unleashed that night. In Stokely, preeminent civil rights scholar Peniel E. Joseph presents a groundbreaking biography of Carmichael, using his life as a prism through which to view the transformative African American freedom struggles of the twentieth century.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

4PM

How to be a Successful, Self-Publisher

The “Indie Revolution” is still in full swing. Join these veterans to learn how it’s done.

Panelists: Magda Alexander, Storm Damages; Cora Carmack, All Lined Up; Wendy Higgins, Sweet Reckoning; Kimberly Kincaid, Gimme Some Sugar; Eliza Knight, Highland Hunger

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

How can I get my writing noticed? A Must-Do Panel for Writers in the Modern Age

You've finished a story or book and now you'd like to get it published and start buzz about your work. But in this modern age, the avenues for publication and promotion are dizzying, and they often tangle together. What are your options? What will bring you the most word of mouth? The most reviews? The best pay? Should you go it alone or seek a major publisher? Come talk with publishers, editors, con organizers, and reviewers about your options.

Panelists: Scott Edelman, Elektra Hammond, Don Sakers, Peggy Rae Sapienza, Mike Underwood, Jean Marie Ward

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

Eric Franklin

Eric Franklin will present Peanut Butter Principles: 47 Leadership Lessons Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

4:30PM

The British Invasion Experience

60s & 70s rock

West Shore Music Stage Event Details

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.

CityLit Stage Event Details

4:30PM

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.

Literary Salon Event Details

4:45PM

Khari Parker

Khari will present The Lost Curriculum : What School Didn't Teach Us.

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square Event Details

5:15PM

E.G. Manetti

E.G. Manetti will present The Cartel.

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square Event Details

5PM

Tooth About Sharks

Enjoy an interactive presentation that will reveal the truth about these incredible aquatic creatures. Explore shark facts and myths. Learn about sharks’ habits, adaptations, and diets. Audience participation is not only encouraged, it’s required.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

5PM

Baltimore Best Sellers: Sujata Massey and Charles Belfoure, hosted by James Magruder

Baltimore's literary greats in conversation: the third of five fascinating author pairings.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

5PM

The Fabulous Beekman Boys, 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook

When Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge abandoned the big city for a goat farm, what started as a personal inquiry into natural living and reconnecting with the earth exploded into a wildly successful enterprise, Beekman 1802, named after their historic home. World-renowned for its handcrafted goat’s milk soaps and artisanal Blaak cheese, the organic lifestyle brand now has taken over the Beekman gardens as well. The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook is a delectable yearlong trip through the Beekman vegetable bounty and is packed with simple, delicious, and seasonal vegetable-forward recipes that will have readers counting down the months to green shoots every year.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

5PM

Poetry & Conversation with Willie Perdomo & R. A. Villanueva

Willie Perdomo, The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon, and R. A. Villanueva, Reliquaria, discuss their work.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage Event Details

5PM

Blogging About Books

Book bloggers talk about running a successful book blog, working with authors and publishers, how to keep their fans engaged, and offer authors tips for building successful relationships with book bloggers.

Panelists: Andye Eppes, ReadingTeen.net; Jen Fisher, Jenuine Cupcakes/Young Adult Book Central; Hannah McBride, The Irish Banana Review; Stephanie Sinclair, Cuddlebuggery; Jillian Stein, Read-Love-Blog; Kim Lowe, SOS Aloha Blog

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

5PM

Donna Day

Donna Day will present The Making of a Heartbeat: One Woman’s Journey Through IVF and Beyond.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

5PM

Rachelle Lee Smith presents SpeakingOUT: Queer Youth in Focus

Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus is a photographic essay that explores a wide spectrum of experiences told from the perspective of a diverse group of young people, ages fourteen to twenty-four, identifying as queer (i.e., lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning). With more than sixty-five portraits photographed over a period of ten years, Speaking OUT provides rare insight into the passions, confusions, prejudices, joys, and sorrows felt by queer youth.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

5:30PM

Jef Harris

Jef Harris will present Pearls Beneath The Rind.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

5:30PM

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”.

Literary Salon Event Details

5:30PM-7PM

Reception and Meet & Greet with authors, music, and food

Join the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America at our reception, autographing session, and Meet and Greet with our program participants at the Baltimore Book Festival.

Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jeanne Adams, Jill Archer, Catherine Asaro, Jack Clemons, Brenda Clough, Scott Edelman, Charles Gannon, Ronald Garner, Em Garner, Herb Gilliland, Anne K Gray, Elektra Hammond, Harry Heckel, Alma Katsu, Cheryl Klam, L. Jagi Lamplighter, John Maclay, Marrisa Meyer, Sunny Moraine, Christine Norris, Sarah Pinsker, Don Sakers, Peggy Rae Sapienza, Rori Shay, Alex Shvartsman, Dawnyell Snyder, Bud Sparhawk, John Tilden, Mike Underwood, Jean Marie Ward, Fran Wilde, Karlo Yeager

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

5:45PM

Patrick Wong

Patrick will present Balancer.

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square Event Details

6:15PM

Mark Binder

Mark will present It Ate My Sister.

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square Event Details

6PM

Blue Visions by Richard Salas

Richard Salas uses his camera to take stunning portraits of what he calls our “underwater family.” “I just want to introduce these animals to people who otherwise might not get to see them,” says Salas. “I want to show people that, at least on the quantum level, we are all made of the same stuff.” Using minimal gear and an open heart Salas can approach an underwater creature most view as utterly alien and, with a single image, reveal a complex inner life.

The National Aquarium is proud to present Richard Salas’ work in partnership with The Nature Conservancy.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

6PM

Baltimore Best Sellers: Rafael Alvarez and Jen Michalski, hosted by Ed Berlin

Baltimore's literary greats in conversation: the fourth of five fascinating author pairings.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

6PM

Ryan Conrad presents Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion

Does gay marriage support the right-wing goal of linking access to basic human rights like health care and economic security to an inherently conservative tradition? Will the ability of queers to fight in wars of imperialism help liberate and empower LGBT people around the world? Does hate-crime legislation affirm and strengthen historically anti-queer institutions like the police and prisons rather than dismantling them? Against Equality asks the hard questions the mainstream movement for LGBT rights would prefer to forget.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

6PM

David Stinson

David Stinson will present Deadball: A Metaphysical Baseball Novel.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

6PM

New Adult Fiction: The Hot New Trend

Learn what New Adult fiction is, how it differs from Young Adult, and why these authors love to write it.

Panelists: Jennifer L. Armentrout, Stay With Me; Tessa Bailey, Baiting the Maid of Honor; Cora Carmack, All Lined Up; Robin Covington, Temptation; Megan Erickson, Make it Count; Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line

Maryland Romance Writers 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

Dew More Baltimore Poetry

Dew More Baltimore is a community-based-organization dedicated to using art and community organizing as tools to increase community engagement in the greater Baltimore Community.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage Event Details

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.

CityLit Stage Event Details

6:30PM

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.

Literary Salon Event Details

6:30PM

Nadine Rae & The All-stars

Blues

West Shore Music Stage Event Details

6:30PM

Seth Kallick

Seth Adam Kallick will present American Nightmare: A Tale of the Dead West.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

6:45PM

Zaid Mohammad

Zaid will present Why Are There Monsters In My Room?

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square Event Details

7PM

Baltimore Best Sellers: Adelle Waldman and Erika Robuck

Baltimore's literary greats in conversation: the last of five fascinating author pairings.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

7PM

Kelli Dunham presents Freak of Nurture

In Freak of Nurture, everyone's favorite ex-nun genderqueer nerd comic Kelli Dunham demonstrates that hilarity and chaos reign when you combine what her therapist calls “deep biological optimism” with a hearty midwestern work ethic and determination to make bad ideas a fantastic reality. Whether she is writing about hitch-hiking across Haiti to help out with disaster relief, about getting kicked out of the convent for having “too much self esteem” or living on a houseboat in Philadelphia in the winter, Dunham‘s humorous interpretation of difficult situations is both inspiring and entertaining.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

7PM

J. Otto Greiner

J. Otto Greiner will present Light of Paris.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

7PM

Sex & Sexuality

How do authors handle sex and sensual scenes in their novels? Are they afraid to show their mothers? Join experienced authors who tell all.

Panelists: Magda Alexander, Storm Damages; Robin Covington, Temptation; Stephanie Draven, It Stings So Sweet; Megan Hart, Flying; Eliza Knight, Highland Hunger; Afton Locke, Entrance to Ecstasy; Janet Mullany

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details



Sunday, September 28




12PM

The Tortured Alpha Hero

What is it about those bad boys of fiction that keeps us coming back for more? What distinguishes between an alpha hero and an alpha-hole? Five alpha lovers tell all.

Panelists: Diane Alberts/Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line; Magda Alexander, Storm Damages; Tessa Bailey, Baiting the Maid of Honor; Laura Kaye, Hard to Hold Onto; Jean Murray

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM

Zine Swap!

Come and trade your self-published zines!

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

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

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM

Michael Muller & Mirabelle

Meet Mirabelle and Mr. Muller...an irresistible Boston terrier and her devoted owner. They discover the joy of the simple and the pleasure of the everyday...playing catch, chasing a butterfly, in a fresh, appealing new series of early reader board books for children, moderated by J. Wynn Rousuck.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage Event Details

12PM

Getting Comics & Graphic Novels Into YOUR School or Library

With a background of working with schools and libraries in diversifying their selection of age-appropriate graphic novels, Steve Anderson, Third Eye Comics founder & CEO, brings the same presentation he’s shown to many librarians and teachers to the Baltimore Book Festival. Learn how to stock graphic novels that will captivate and excite your classroom or library.

Charm City Comic Book Pavilion Event Details

12PM

Jeff VanderMeer: The Southern Reach Trilogy

Award-winning speculative fiction writer Jeff VanderMeer discusses his novels about a government expedition to the mysterious Area X.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

12PM

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.

Literary Salon Event Details

12PM

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

12PM-1PM

Science in Science Fiction: Fun and Imagination

Our panel of scientists will discuss exciting new ideas in science. How do you extrapolate known science into the realm of "What if?" that thrills readers about our genre? Talk with our experts about some of the coolest ideas out there and how we can use them in fiction.

Panelists: Jack Clemons, Bud Sparhawk, Fran Wilde, Catherine Asaro

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

12PM-3PM

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

12PM-3PM

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

12PM-6PM

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 popular books about Baltimore and the region.

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

12PM-6PM

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

Book Signing with JHU Press Authors

Ron Coddington, Faces of the Civil War
Bob Luke, Soldiering for Freedom
 

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

12:30PM

Kathy Wakile, “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Indulge: Delicious Little Desserts that Keep Life Sweet

Kathy Wakile is a wife, mother, sister and great friend as well as an Honorary Ambassador Chef at the L'Ecole Culinaire, an ACCSC-accredited culinary school. She is now a #1 best seller author on Amazon with her new dessert cook book with Miriam Harris Indulge: Delicious Little Desserts that Keep Life Sweet, which presents over 75 recipes illuminated by 35 full-color photographs, all broken down by season, where she shares family stories and memories all wrapped up in her sweet treat recipes.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

12:30PM

Lauren Silberman

Lauren Silberman will present Wicked Baltimore: Charm City Sin and Scandal.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

12:30PM

Ms. Sara

Quirky pop guitarist

West Shore Music Stage Event Details

12:45PM

Shenell Bolden

Shenell will present Noa the Little Scientist.

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square Event Details

1:15PM

Robert Blake Whitehill

Robert will present Deadrise Nitro Express Tap Rack Bang.

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square Event Details

1PM

Bill T. Barry

When more than 100,000 railroad workers carried out the first national strike in the United States, it started in Baltimore at Camden Yards on July 16, 1877. Local labor educator and organizer Bill Barry has collected his extensive research in the definitive account of how the great railroad strike began in Charm City. The 1877 Railroad Strike in Baltimore focuses in detail on the weeks of the strike both in Baltimore, where two other strikes in the city were also in progress and where 10 innocent bystanders were murdered by the Maryland militia near Baltimore City Hall, and on related strikes across the country.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

1PM

Tooth About Sharks

Enjoy an interactive presentation that will reveal the truth about these incredible aquatic creatures. Explore shark facts and myths. Learn about sharks’ habits, adaptations, and diets. Audience participation is not only encouraged, it’s required

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

1PM

Elaine Eff: The Painted Screens of Baltimore

Folklorist Elaine Eff discusses the genesis and practice of a unique Baltimore art form.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

1PM

The Pros & Cons of Writing Fast

Readers are ravenous and authors prosper who can quickly feed the beast. But how does a writer pump up the volume, and what are the dangers of doing so?

Panelists: Diane Alberts/Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line; Jennifer L. Armentrout, Stay With Me; Megan Erickson, Make it Count; Megan Hart, Flying; Laura Kaye, Hard to Hold Onto; Mindy Klaskym, Perfect Pitch

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1PM

Ed Aymar

E.A. Aymar will present I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

1PM

From Here: New Fiction

Writers discuss “new fiction.”

Panelists: Jason Tinney, James Magruder, Dan Fesperman

CityLit Stage Event Details

1PM

Tony Pann, Everything is You

Local WBAL-TV meteorologist Tony Pann presents his first children’s book!

The Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage Event Details

1PM

Peabody Collection Spotlight – Baltimore History

Learn more about some of the surprising books and materials related to Baltimore history that can be found in the collections of Mt. Vernon’s beautiful George Peabody Library.

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

1PM

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.

Literary Salon Event Details

1PM-2PM

Crowd-funding for science fiction and fantasy projects

Authors and publishers are crowd-funding their projects in greater numbers every day with sites like Kickstarter or Indiegogo. These resources can seem daunting at first glance, and you need to know the marketplace and its consumers before you launch a project. But when it works, crowd-funding is an incredible resource. Our speaker Ron Garner of Silence in the Library Publishing has run numerous successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects. He will share methods and tips, talk about the elements common to successful crowd-funding projects, and answer questions from the audience.

Speaker: Ronald Garner

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

1:30PM

Sharon Foster

Sharon Foster will present Live Lightly: “A Summer of Poetry.”

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

1:45PM

Curtis Black

Curtis Black will present his book, Differently-Abled Me.

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square Event Details

2:15PM

Erick Hamilton

Erick Hamilton will present his book, School Whys: A Parental Guide to School Success.

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square Event Details

2PM

Jennifer Keats Curtis, Animal Helpers

University of Maryland graduate Jennifer Keats Curtis can often be found among students and teachers talking about literacy and conservation; she regularly presents writing workshops and author residencies to students. Keats Curtis serves as editor-at-large for Maryland Life magazine and recently took on the role of editor for an exciting new magazine for middle school students. By diligently researching her topic and interviewing real experts, including children working to help preserve and protect local wildlife, the long-time journalist has developed a knack for teaching young children about important ecological issues and what they can do to help. This program will feature a special animal encounter!

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

2PM

MFA/University Writers Slam

Towson University's Michael Downs, University of Baltimore's Kendra Kopelke, Notre Dame of Maryland University's Shelley Puhak and Johns Hopkins University's Mary Jo Salter showcase emerging writers from the city’s creative writing programs.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

2PM

Character Design

Character design is the art of creating a character for use in books, comics, video games, television, movies and other fictional mediums. Designers outline everything about the character they envision from appearance and strengths to personality and weaknesses. Darren Soto teaches participants how to build a character and learn the basics of designing their very own “character sheet,” courtesy of Art Way Alliance.

Charm City Comic Book Pavilion Event Details

2PM

Marjuan Canady

Marjuan Canady will present Callaloo: A Jazz Folktale.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

2PM

Karsonya Wise Whitehead presents Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis

In Notes from a Colored Girl, Loyola University Maryland professor Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead examines the life and experiences of Emilie Frances Davis, a freeborn twenty-one-year-old mulatto woman, through a close reading of three pocket diaries she kept from 1863 to 1865. Whitehead explores Davis's worldviews and politics, her perceptions of both public and private events, her personal relationships, and her place in Philadelphia's free black community in the nineteenth century.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

2PM

Balancing Writing, Jobs, & Families

Writing is a jealous mistress, and the worlds inside of our heads can end up taking over our lives. Learn how to maintain that work-life balance so important to a happy career.

Panelists: Robin Covington, Temptation; Avery Flynn, Enemies on Tap; Sara Humphreys, Vampire Trouble; PJ Schnyder, Fighting Kat; M.D. Waters, Prototype

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM

May Weather

Ska/reggae

West Shore Music Stage Event Details

2PM

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.

Literary Salon Event Details

2PM

Book Talk – Writing (and thinking) about Baltimore

JHU Press authors Gilbert Sandler, Fraser Smith, and Michael Olesker discuss notable events, memorable characters, and what’s changed (along with what hasn’t) in their many years observing and writing about Baltimore. A book signing follows the presentation (Small Town Baltimore, Here Lies Jim Crow, Front Stoops in the Fifties, and other books by these authors).

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

2PM

Claudia Gray, Steadfast: A Spellcaster Novel

New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s dazzling series about a teenage witch battling dark forces in a small town continues in Steadfast.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage Event Details

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

CityLit Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Science Fiction and Fantasy Mysteries

Mysteries in science fiction are one of the trendiest new subgenres. What happens when you add "What if?" to "Whodonnit?" Join our panelists to discuss detectives, procedure, body disposal in the past, present and future, and more. They will talk about how you can extrapolate all that into the future for science fiction mysteries.

Panelists: Jeanne Adams, Sarah Pinsker, Scott Edelman, Miguelina Perez, Don Sakers

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

2:30PM

Alyscia Cunningham

Alyscia Cunningham will present Feminine Transitions: A Photographic Celebration of Natural Beauty.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

2:30PM

Chloe Coscarelli, Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen: 150 Pizzas, Pastas, Pestos, Risottos & Lots of Creamy Italian Classics

In Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen, popular vegan chef and winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars Chloe Coscarelli proves that you don’t have to give up pastas in creamy sauces, cheesy-style pizzas, or luscious tiramisu to eat vegan. Coscarelli traveled to her family’s homeland and dug into her roots to veganize Italian favorites that have always relied on butter, cream, meat, and eggs—until now.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

2:45PM

Benjamin and Susan Hemme

Benjamin and Susan Hemme will present Goodbye Monsters.

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square Event Details

3:15PM

Taylor Marsh

Taylor will present The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen - Relationship Secrets From the Trenches.

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square Event Details

3PM

Anthony Hobbs

Anthony is an award winning actor whose most recent supporting role as Young Frederick Douglass in the PBS Docuseries “The American Experience: The Abolitionist” has garnered him raves reviews. Hobbs performs a dramatic reading of Dr. LaMarr Darnell Shields' book Miguel's Amazing Book Aventure, followed by a Q&A.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage Event Details

3PM

Book Talk – Greek Epitaphs, from Cut These Words into My Stone

Poet, filmmaker, and short-list nominee for the 2014 PEN Literary Award for Poetry in Translation, Michael Wolfe, reads from his beautiful book of translations of Greek epitaphs, Cut These Words into My Stone. A book signing follows the presentation.

JHU Press/Peabody Library Event Details

3PM

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.

Literary Salon Event Details

3PM

Mansur Hasib

Dr. Mansur Hasib will present Cybersecurity Leadership: Powering the Modern Organization.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

3PM

Jay Gillen and students from the Baltimore Algebra Project present Educating for Insurgency: The Roles of Young People in Schools of Poverty

Jay Gillen, a Baltimore city public school teacher who has worked with the Baltimore Algebra Project since 1995 to build math literacy among youth of color and youth experiencing poverty in public schools, writes with passion and compassion about the daily lives of poor students trapped in institutions that dismiss and degrade them, offering a poetic manifesto of revolutionary “educational reform” that belongs in the pocket of anyone who currently works in, suffers through, or simply cares about public schooling in this country.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

3PM

Sexy Supernaturals

Readers love vamps, shifters, and creatures of all sorts…but how do authors turn a spooky read into something sexy? Authors tell all.

Panelists: Mary Behre, Guarded; Sara Humphreys, Vampire Trouble; Loni Lynne; Jean Murray; PJ Schnyder, Fighting Kat; Laura Welling, Talent to Burn

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Book discussion with the Baltimore Science Fiction Society

Join the Baltimore Science Fiction club to meet other readers in the Baltimore area, socialize, and discuss their book for the month, The Best of All Possible Worlds, by Karen Lord.

Moderator: Karlo Yeager

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

3:30PM

Jim Phillips

Jim Phillips will present The Key to Life: Living in Full Expression.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

3:30PM

David Bach

Contemporary jazz

West Shore Music Stage Event Details

3:30PM

Fogo De Chao Cooking Demo

Sample Fogo De Chao’s delicious signature cuisine, prepared in the traditional Brazilian way, by their gaucho chefs.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

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 Allan Poe-themed literary geo-caching “hide-and-seek” adventure in Baltimore throughout October (part of Free Fall Baltimore).

CityLit Stage Event Details

3:45PM

Consuella Harris

Consuella will present The Surrogates.

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square Event Details

4:15PM

Angela Brown Ware

Angela will present One Day We'll Dance Again.

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square Event Details

4PM

Stephen Wade: The Beautiful Music All Around Us

Musician and scholar Stephen Wade reveals the stories behind the Library of Congress' historic field recordings.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

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

CityLit Stage Event Details

4PM

Tips for Writing at Different Lengths

Novels aren’t the only game in town. Learn the ins and outs of short stories, novellas, and novelettes!

Panelists: Christi Barth, Planning for Love; Laura Kaye, Hard to Hold Onto; Mindy Klasky, Perfect Pitch; Megan Hart, Flying

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM

Kelly Jacobson

Kelly Ann Jacobson will present Cairo in White, Dreamweaver Road, Answers I’ll Accept: True Accounts of Online Dating.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

4PM

D. Watkins presents Too Poor for Pop Culture

D. Watkins' essays for Salon and elsewhere, chronicling the struggles and hustles of Black Baltimore and his own trajectory from street dealer to creative writer, are no doubt the first shots fired by a major literary talent in the making. We're excited to welcome D. to the Radical Bookfair as he presents his first two printed collection of essays—published as Red Emma's zines.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

4:30PM

Bill Fortin

Bill Fortin will present RedEye Fulda Cold: A War in the Cold Novel.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

4:30PM

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.

Literary Salon Event Details

4:30PM

Joe Goetze, The Founding Farmers Cookbook

Chef Joe Goetze of Founding Farmers presents the restaurant’s new cookbook. The book features 100 accessible, farm-to-fork recipes for true food & drink from the restaurant, owned by American family farmers.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

4:45PM

Wali Mutazammil

Wali will present The Art and Science of Success.

Authors' Tent at McKeldin Square Event Details

5PM

Marshall “Eddie” Conway presents Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther

Join us for a very special conclusion to the 2014 Radical Bookfair as we welcome former political prisoner Eddie Conway to our stage for a discussion of the history of black power in Baltimore City and his current work to rebuild devastated communities and develop street-level youth leadership.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

5PM

Mare Cromwell

Mare will present If I Gave You God's Phone Number...Searching for Spirituality in America.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details

5PM

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

5PM

Tom Principato

Roots rocks/blues

West Shore Music Stage Event Details

5PM

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

5:30PM

Beverly Ann Menke

Beverly Ann Menke will present The Smell of Sugarcane.

Authors' Tent at Bicentennial Plaza Event Details



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When:

Sept 25-27, 2015
Fri-Sun: llam - 7pm

Where:

Baltimore Inner Harbor

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