Friday

Friday at the Baltimore Book Festival has a plethora of activities for festival-goers from 11am-7pm. Stay tuned for the 2016 schedule!

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-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

12-1PM

Baltimore City Public Schools

Genre: Variety

Music Stage 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

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

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 an interactive musical performance.

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

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 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

2-5PM

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 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

3:30PM-4:30PM

Velya Janez-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. 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

4-5PM

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

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

5-6PM

Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?

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

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Event Details

5PM-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

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

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

Bond Street District

Genre: hip hop

Music Stage 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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