Friday

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

Friday, September 23, 2016




11AM

TAKE A CHANCE ON ROMANCE: BOOK COVER BINGO

Win prizes and swag from authors while playing a fast-paced game of Book Cover Bingo with commentary from reviewers and authors.

Xio Axelrod
Andie J. Christopher
Heidi Hormel
Alexa Jacobs
Rebecca Rivard
Melinda Valentine

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

11AM-12PM

Book Speed Dating

Our authors have a minute to tell you about one of their books and the perfect book to go with it. What could possibly go wrong? Find your next favorite book! Authors: DH Aire, Lara Elena Donnelly, Scott Edelman, Addison Gunn, and more.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

11AM-12PM

Zeke's Coffee

The Food for Thought Stage kicks off Friday with a wake-up call from Zeke’s Coffee, and a mountain of monkey bread prepared by our own kitchen-trained staff.  Enjoy free samples of both!

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

11AM-1PM

Swordplay

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

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Event Details

11AM-7PM

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

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

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

11AM-7PM

Story Share Friday with Reading Partners

Reading Partners places community volunteers in low-income schools to help kids master basic reading. Reading Partners has been part of the Baltimore educational landscape since 2012. By partnering with Baltimore community members and leaders from local school districts, government, corporations, community organizations, universities, churches, and more, Reading Partners is mobilizing the people who care about Baltimore’s children to give back to local schools in a meaningful way. We believe that together we can create a future where every child in Baltimore has the support they need to become strong readers and lifelong learners.

The Story Share Event Details

12-1PM

PEN/Faulkner Foundation Writers in Schools Program

Since 1989, PEN/Faulkner has brought hundreds of authors into high school classrooms to meet with students through its Writers in Schools (WiS) program.  This year, the WiS program comes to the Baltimore Book Festival, where students and authors will discuss works by Baltimore authors. Everyone can join in and participate.

Literary Salon Event Details

12-1PM

Baltimore City Public Schools

Genre: Variety

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

12-1PM

Read Beyond Borders

Translations, foreign markets, and immigrant authors. It's time to change your perceptions of science fiction and fantasy around the world. Authors:  Anatoly Belilovsky, Bill Campbell, Anna Kashina, Sarah Pinsker

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

12-1PM

Drawing Characters With S.T.E.A.M.

Within the theme of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math attendees can learn how to design a character based on one or all of the elements of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in their 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. Hosted by Darren Soto

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

12-2PM

Drop-In Story Time with Reading Partners

Come join Reading Partners volunteers as they share some of their favorite stories! Participants of all ages are welcome to drop-in between the hours of 12PM and 2PM to hear a story, pick up a book to take home, and leave a book behind to share with others. All books given to The Story Share will be donated to Reading Partners for their in-school program.  

The Story Share Event Details

12PM

A HERO FOR ALL SEASONS

A lively discussion of heroes who don't fit the old school, stereotypical mode and why readers fall in love with them.

Nichole Christoff
Robin Covington
Christina Elle 
Michele Mannon
Jean Murray
Joanna Shupe
Joyfully Reviewed/MODERATOR

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Jordan Goodman of Beatwell

Jordan Goodman, a recognized leader in the fields of therapeutic and community drumming, will kick off the weekend with a drum circle.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

12PM-2PM

Free Friday Feedback

Writers!  Bring 2-3 short poems or 4-5 pages of prose (fiction or nonfiction) and receive on-the-spot feedback and suggestions on what to do next. Published authors and publishing professionals on hand will include:

Evan Balkan (nonfiction, novel) is the author of six books of nonfiction, including The Wrath of God: Lope de Aguirre, Revolutionary of the Americas. He teaches screenwriting and creative writing at the Community College of Baltimore County, where he serves as the English Department Coordinator. He holds degrees from Towson, George Mason, and Johns Hopkins Universities and has served as a guest lecturer at many institutions, including Bryn Mawr, Johns Hopkins, and Yale universities.

Lalita Noronha (poetry, fiction) is CityLit board member and a widely published poet and writer. She is the author of an award-winning short story collection, Where Monsoons Cry, and a chapbook of poetry, Her Line Phyllo-thin. She has won the Maryland Literary Short Story Award, a Maryland Individual Artist Award, and Maryland Writers Association Awards in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.

Amanda Fiore (fiction, nonfiction, poetry) received her MFA in Creative Writing from San Diego State University in 2012. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in print and online in literary journals including The Sentinel Quarterly, Prick of the Spindle, Unlikely2.0, The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, and Guanxi. Amanda currently teaches academic writing at the University of Maryland and is a resident at Creative Alliance in Baltimore.

Chelsea Lemon Fetzer (poetry, fiction) is a CityLit Project board member and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University.  Her work has appeared in journals such as Stone Canoe, Callaloo, Tin House, Mississippi Review, Sugar Mule, Mom Egg Review, and is upcoming in Minnesota Review.  Fetzer founded The Create Collective Inc: a non-profit organization working to bridge the gaps between artists and social service organizations.

Steven Leyva (poetry) is a CityLit Project board member and the co-creator of the poetry reading series, Kick Assonance, which was named a “critic’s pick” by Time Out New York in 2011. His poems have appeared in Welter, The Light Ekphrastic, and The Cobalt Review, and his first collection, Low Parish, was published earlier this year. His poem “Rare in the East” won the 2012 Cobalt Review Poetry Prize. He holds a MFA from the University of Baltimore, where he teaches in the undergraduate writing program.

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM-2PM

Pets on Wheels

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

Children will be partnered with a therapy dog (or cat!) from Pets on Wheels; and after selecting a favorite book, the child is invited to sit and read to their furry friend. These gentle canines are amazing listeners. They do not tease, laugh or judge the child. As a result, even the shyest child or reluctant reader is encouraged to improve their literacy skills. http://www.petsonwheels.org/

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

12:30-1:30PM

Chef Titus of the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel

Enjoy a lunchtime cooking demo and tasting with Chef Titus of the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

1-2PM

Stephen Kelly, "The Language of the Dead and The Wages of Desire"

Before turning to writing fiction with a vengeance, though, he was, for nearly thirty years, a newspaper reporter, editor and columnist. His work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, Baltimore Magazine, The Columbia Flier and Howard County Times. He has a Master's from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars and has taught writing and journalism at Hopkins, Towson University, in Baltimore, and Sweet Briar College, in Virginia. He lives in Columbia, Maryland, with his wife, Cindy, and their daughters, Anna and Lauren. 

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

1-2PM

You Got Romance in My Science Fiction & Fantasy

Kissing, spaceships, and dragons. What could go wrong? Authors: Anna Kashina, Jean Murray, L. Penelope

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

1PM

YOUNG ADULT AUTHOR’S CHAT: KEEPING THE THRILLS, CHILLS, AND ROMANCE READERS LOVE IN YA FICTION

This is it, your opportunity to chat with authors in a fun, relaxed Q&A session. These fan favorites will discuss their books, characters and what's coming next.

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Pintip Dunn
Cheryl Klam
Lea Nolan
Elodie Nowodazkij
M.D. Waters

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Felicia Cooper, “The Girl Who Swallowed the Sun"

The Girl Who Swallowed the Sun is a 30-minute puppet show made entirely of repurposed materials to tell the story of a brave girl who swallows the sun in the midst of a town light bulb shortage. The show uses marionettes, hand puppets, and large-scale surprises to weave together heliocentic folklore and storytelling from all over the world.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

1:30-2:30PM

DBS

Genre: hip hop

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

2-3PM

How to Come Across as a Professional Writer When You're Just Starting Out

Our panelists talk about how to get started as a SF/Fantasy writer, along with some tips and traps to avoid. Authors:  DH Aire, Anatoly Belilovsky, Larry Hodges, Emmie Mears, KM Szpara

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

2-3PM

Creativity in Comics

From concept to completion this workshop is a steps by step process in making comic books. From coming up with ideas, to scripting, penciling, inking, colors, and lettering/ design. There are many steps in making a comic book, and in this class students will learn: How to focus ideas into a single concept for a story and much more. Local Comic Writer/ Creator Keir Lyles will also discuss his own process, and help students flesh out some ideas. Hosted by Keir Lyles of Apocrypha Comics

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

2-4PM

Open Story Sharing

Stop by The Story Share to relax with your favorite book! Read aloud to your friends and family, or find a cozy spot in our “plushie forest” to relax with a book! Festival goers are invited to participate in The Story Share Book Exchange, leave a book, take a book!

The Story Share Event Details

2-5PM

Happy Hour with Chef Egg

Happy Hour starts at 2pm with Baltimore’s own Chef Egg! He’ll be demonstrating delicious recipes with, and sampling our on-site local adult beverages: Boordy Vineyards, Heavy Seas Beer, The Brewer’s Art and Union Craft Brewing. All are pouring at the Book Festival in front of the BBF Café in West Shore Park.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

2-5PM

All the World's A Stage: Sponsored by the Studio at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

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

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Event Details

2PM

HEROINES GET STUFF DONE

In movies, TV and books, heroines are taking control of the situation and getting things done. Join this appreciation of strong heroines and how authors balance the alpha heroine with the alpha hero.

Jamaila Brinkley
Sonali Dev
Megan Erickson
Ingrid Hahn
Erika Kelly
Tracey Livesay

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Between the Pages, Behind the Scenes: The Art and Words of James Ransome and Lesa Cline-Ransome

Award-winning illustrator James Ransome and award-winning author Lesa Cline-Ransome share their combined creative processes in creating books for children.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

2:30-3PM

National Aquarium Animal Encounter

Get up close and personal to one of our animals! Both kids and adults alike can enjoy this interactive session that allows for audience participation, provides fun facts about the animals and discusses ways to help conserve their natural environments.

Paws & Pages Stage Event Details

3-4PM

Greg Hatza ORGANization

Genre: organ blues/jazz

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

3PM

YES, I WRITE THAT!

The romance market keeps changing, but some authors are committed to writing what they want to write when they want to write it. From indie to hybrid, these authors stay ahead of the curve by bending it. This lively discussion will hit you in the feels.

Riley Edgewood
Dawn Ibanez
Cheryl Klam
Michelle Monkou
Stacey O’Neale
Leslye Penelope
Irene Vartanoff

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

The Future of Science Fiction & Fantasy

Genre bending fiction, new frontiers, self publishing. Science fiction and fantasy are quickly changing, so what is on the horizon? Join us as we discuss where we are and where we are going. Authors: Lara Elena Donnelly, Scott Edelman, Addison Gunn, Larry Hodges, Justina Ireland.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

3PM-4PM

Charm Journal: Student readings

CHARM: Voices of Baltimore Youth is a student and teacher-run journal that recognizes the importance of kids’ voices. CHARM recently published its third volume of poetry, prose and artwork from youth grades 2-12; selected students will read from this latest volume at The Ivy Bookshop stage on Friday, September 23rd from 3:00-4:00PM.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

3PM-5PM

Playing with Book Pages

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

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

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

3:30PM-4:30PM

Velya Jancz-Urban, Whooo Eats What?

Join teacher and author, Velya Jancz-Urban as she shares her most popular hands-on science class for kids (Grades K-5). Students will understand that within ecosystems, complex interactions exist between organisms and the physical environment at this Dissecting Owl Pellets Workshop. As their natural curiosity leads them to explore the natural world, each child will “take” something different from the experience – from an understanding of the food chain and circle-of-life concept to mammal anatomy.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

4-4:30PM

Reading Partners Info Session

Are you a passionate reader and book enthusiast? Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Come hear more about the work Reading Partners does in Baltimore City schools, and how you can help make a difference!

The Story Share Event Details

4-5PM

Rock the Podium: Powerful Youth Poets Unite

Baltimore’s Brave New Voices 2016 Youth Slam Champions will come together on one stage to bring their championship-winning poetic showcase to the Baltimore Book Festival! Hosted by Shelly Says So, the co-host of ‘BE FREE Fridays,’ Baltimore’s longest running monthly open mic.

Literary Salon Event Details

4-5PM

Getting Published: The Nitty Gritty

Ever wonder what it takes to get paid for your writing? Our panelists talk various paths of publication, crowdfunding, and tips for embarking on your own career. Authors: Bill Campbell, Meredith Hale, Lea Nolan, Don Sakers, Fran Wilde

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

4PM

SHE’S SO SWEET: LIGHTS OUT, CLOSED DOOR

Hot romance might get most of the attention, but readers still love everything from sweet romance to cozy mysteries and more. Authors in these genres share some of their tips for connecting with readers.

Alexa Jacobs
Heidi Hormel
Lea Nolan
Elodie Nowodazkij
Sophia Sasson
Misty Simon
Irene Vartanoff

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM-6PM

Baltimore County Public Library

On Friday, September 23rd from 4:00-6:00 PM, The Baltimore County Public Library will take The Ivy Bookshop stage and celebrate our Veterans. They will begin with Dario DiBattista, writer, educator, Iraq War Marine combat veteran, and editor of Retire the Colors: Veterans & Civilians on Iraq & Afghanistan from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by Vietnam Veteran Wayne Karlin, author of Wandering Souls: Journeys with the Dead and the Living in Viet Nam, from 5 to 6 p.m. 

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

4:30PM-5:30PM

Slow Lights

Indie/Rock/Soul

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

4:30PM-6PM

Drop-In Story Time with Reading Partners

Come join Reading Partners volunteers as they share some of their favorite stories! Participants of all ages are welcome to drop-in between the hours of 4:30 and 6:30PM to hear a story, pick up a book to take home, and leave a book behind to share with others. All books given to The Story Share will be donated to Reading Partners for their in-school program.  

The Story Share Event Details

5-6:30PM

Happy Hour's Final Act

Happy Hour's final act starts around 5pm with Chef Egg whipping up libations and noshes with Blackwater Distilling's Picaroon Rum.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

5-6PM

Rock the Podium: Champions of Slam

Baltimore’s 2016 National Slam Champions: Lady Brion, Slangston Hughes, Black Chakra and Kenneth Something will bring their championship stylings to the Baltimore Book Festival! Special guest poet Terrance “Duke the Rude” Porter also joins the team for an amazing showcase of talent. Hosted by Shelly Says So, the co-host of ‘BE FREE Fridays,’ Baltimore’s longest running monthly open mic.

Literary Salon Event Details

5-6PM

Antonio (Tony) Campbell, "A More Perfect Union"

Antonio (Tony) Campbell serves on the full time faculty in the Department of Political Science at Towson University teaching Political Theory, American National Government, Religion and Politics, Urban Government and Politics, and a survey course on Presidential Elections. Tony served in the United States Army as a Chaplain in the Maryland Army National Guard and reached the rank of Major in the Maryland Defense Force (MDDF). In the political arena, Tony has worked for Members of Congress, served as an appointee in a presidential administration and state director for two presidential campaigns.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

5-6PM

Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?

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

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Event Details

5-6PM

Bringing Sexy Back… to the Future

Let's talk about SF & fantasy that doesn't fade to black when things get steamy. Authors: Lara Elena Donnelly, Sam J. Miller, Sunny Moraine, Kiini Ibura Salaam, KM Szpara
5PM Signing: Meredith Hale

 

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

5PM-6PM

CHARM: Voices of Baltimore Youth

CHARM: Voices of Baltimore Youth is a student and teacher-led literary arts magazine and organization founded on the belief that kids’ voices matter. CHARM recently published our third volume, featuring the poetry, artwork, and prose of students throughout Baltimore City public schools. In the past three years, CHARM has published the work of nearly 200 students, ranging from grades 2-12. We are excited to share selected pieces from our most recent magazine at the Baltimore Book Festival!

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

5PM-6PM

Larry Noto with Kevin Cowherd

Maryland’s own Larry Noto tells stories from his performances in comedy clubs in New York and Las Vegas, opening for some of the biggest names in the business – Brad Garrett, Lewis Black, Richard Lewis, Brian Regan, Bob Saget, Paul Resier and many more. He’s recently authored the new book “The Opening Act: Comedy, Life and the Desperate Pursuit of Happiness” co-written with New York Times best-selling author and former Baltimore Sun features writer Kevin Cowherd, who joins him in conversation and Q&A.

CityLit Stage Event Details

5PM-6PM

HITTING THE BIG TIME: THE JOURNEY TO MAKING THE LISTS – NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, and THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Some of the country’s top-selling romance authors discuss making the Best Seller lists and what it takes to get there.

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Stephanie Dray
Megan Erickson
Megan Hart
Laura Kaye
Eliza Knight
Michelle Monkou
Laura Ward/MODERATOR

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

5:30PM-6:30PM

Maryland SPCA picks: Best Children & YA Pet Books

Join Maryland SPCA Community Affairs Director Katie Flory, and her sidekick, spokesdog Lucy GaGa, the Boston Terrier as they discuss the best youth and young adult books on animal interest, rescue interest, shelter work and animal care.

Paws & Pages Stage Event Details

6-7PM

Bond Street District

Genre: hip hop

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

6-7PM

Your Best Beginning: A Live Critique

Submit your first 3 paragraphs any time before the start of the
panel and our friendly authors will choose some to critique. Let our pros help your prose! Authors: DH Aire, Anatoly Belilovsky, Meredith Hale, Anna Kashina, Don Sakers, KM Szpara, Mark Tompkins.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

6-7PM

Benjamin Warner, "Thirst"

Benjamin Warner is a professor of creative writing at Towson University. His debut novel is a literary thriller about the disturbing measures a couple and their neighbors take to survive when a strange force eliminates all water without warning.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

6-7PM

Rock the Podium: Open Mic Time!

The stage has been set and now it’s time to open it up for the super talented poets that love Baltimore! Join us for what will be one dynamic showcase. Hosted by LOVE the poet and Shelly Says So, the hosts of ‘BE FREE Fridays,’ Baltimore’s longest running monthly open mic.

Literary Salon Event Details

6PM

WRITING HEAT: IT’S GETTING STEAMY IN HERE

Join this discussion as some of the most sizzling romance authors in the business share that they keep it fresh, hot and fun in the fictional bedroom.

Megan Hart
Laura Kaye
Eliza Knight
Kelly Maher
Jean Murray
Diana Quincy
M.D. Waters

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

6PM-7PM

Dance Dance Revolution Party

Pit your dancing skills against your friends and library staff!

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

6PM-7PM

Sarah Jaffe presents Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt

Acclaimed journalist and Nation Institute Fellow Sarah Jaffe explores the groundswell of activism rising across the US, fighting back in the name of democracy against inequality, exploitation, debt, and police violence, in conversation with local organizers.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

6PM-7PM

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.

Musical guests: Emmy nominated singer/songwriter ellen cherry and Cliff Murphy (ethnomusicologist, folklorist, and author of Yankee Twang: Country and Western Music in New England).

CityLit Stage Event Details

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When:

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

Where:

Baltimore Inner Harbor

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