The Literary Salon showcases popular and nationally-known authors through presentations, book signings, readings and Q&A sessions. Official Media Sponsor:
Featured authors: Chuck Klosterman, I Wear the Black Hat, Grappling with Villains Real & Imagined; Andre Dubus III, Dirty Love; Reyna Grande, The Distance Between Us; Alice McDermott, Someone: A Novel; Tavis Smiley, Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year; Neely Tucker, Ways of the Dead; Bill T. Jones, Story/Time
Stage: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Rash Field
Friday, September 26
#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. Forbes 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.
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.
From Fifty Shades to Outlander: Let's Talk Books with Sex and Romance
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 and sensuality, and more!
Saturday, September 27
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.
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.
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.
Neely Tucker, Ways of the Dead
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.
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”.
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.
Sunday, September 28
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.
Bill T. Jones, Story/Time: The Life of an Idea
In this ceaselessly questioning book, acclaimed African American dancer, choreographer, and director Bill T. Jones reflects on his art and life as he describes the genesis of Story/Time, a recent dance work produced by his company and inspired by the modernist composer and performer John Cage. Presenting personally revealing stories, richly illustrated with striking color photographs of the work's original stage production, and featuring a beautiful, large-format design, the book is a work of art in itself.
Stephen Powers, Love Letter to the City
Stephen Powers was born and raised in Philadelphia, where in 1984—as an overgrown 16 year-old—he started writing the name ESPO around his neighborhood and eventually around the world. Powers stopped writing graffiti and tending bar in 1999 to dedicate himself to being a full-time artist. He was a Fulbright scholar in 2007, using the grant to paint in the streets of Dublin and Belfast. His work has been shown at the Venice and Liverpool Biennials and appears continuously in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and internationally.
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