Red Emma's Radical Pavilion brings cutting-edge authors and ideas to the heart of the city.
Radical Bookfair Pavilion
Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse, Baltimore’s fastest-growing independent bookstore, brings you the best of the left in this annual installment to the Baltimore Book Festival. Now in its eighth year, the Radical Bookfair pavilion features talks by Tim Wise, Cherríe Moraga, D. Watkins, and many more.
Stage: Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Rash Field
Friday, September 25
D. Watkins, The Beast Side Release Party!
Join us for a Friday night reading and party to celebrate the release of the first book of essays from D. Watkins, recently named Baltimore’s Best Writer by Baltimore Magazine!
Saturday, September 26
Natasha Bowens, The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience, and Farming
Author and farmer Natasha Bowens (brown.girl.farming) explores the critical issues that lie at the intersection of race and food.
Tim Wise, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich, and Sacrificing the Future of America
Critical commentary on the roots and ramifications of radical inequality in our nation, from one of our most prolific public intellectuals, Tim Wise.
Steve Inskeep, Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab
Inskeep, host of NPR’s Morning Edition, delves into the troubling history of the greatest American land grab: the conquest of Native lands under President Andrew Jackson.
Johanna Fernández & Mumia Abu-Jamal, Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal
The Baltimore Book Festival celebrates the release of this new collection of essays by incarcerated poet, journalist, and political activist, Mumia Abu-Jamal. Johanna Fernández, editor, joins us to discuss Mumia’s work, life, and enduring legacy.
Youth Poetry Slam, presented by DewMore Baltimore
Don’t miss these amazing youth poets, as they perform original works of poetry and spoken word live onstage at the Radical Bookfair Pavilion
Adam Mansbach, author of Go the F*ck to Sleep celebrates the release of Benjamin Franklin: Pain in my A**.
Sunday, September 27
Celebrating Baltimore Zinesters, with readings by China Martens, Beast Grrrl, and other friends
Charm City boasts a vibrant and constantly growing zine culture! Red Emma’s hosts a panel discussion with some of the most exciting newcomers to the scene, and longtime local favorites as well.
Cherríe Moraga, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color
Legendary feminist, playwright, and activist Cherríe Moraga joins the Baltimore Book Festival for a rare Baltimore appearance to discuss the re-release and contemporary legacy of her groundbreaking collection, This Bridge Called My Back, co-edited in 1981 with Gloria Anzaldúa
Ben Hedin, Courtland Cox, and Betty Robinson, In Search of the Movement: The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now
Published on the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery, Alabama marches, Ben Hedin analyzes the legacy of the Civil Rights movement, and illuminates the work that continues to be done today. With SNCC leader Courtland Cox, and local activist & author, Betty Garman Robinson
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