The Literary Salon showcases popular and nationally-known authors through presentations, book signings, readings and Q&A sessions.
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Stage: East Park
Friday, September 27
Ladies' Night Out: Books & Bubbly
What better way to end a long week than by sipping champagne with your girlfriends at a literary ladies’ night out. Enjoy complimentary champagne from Perrier-Jouët, while receiving expert dating advice; enjoying readings and discussions about the newest collaboration from the authors of The Nanny Diaries and learning how to entertain effortlessly from actress Ali Larter.
Kate Gosselin, Love Is in the Mix (Book Signing Only)
Kate Gosselin is best known for the reality TV shows "Jon & Kate Plus 8" and the more recent "Kate Plus 8." She authored the New York Times bestselling book, Multiple Blessings, as well as the book Eight Little Faces and I Just Want You to Know. She is known as a "TV mom," but considers herself to be a mom who happens to be on TV and is happiest when she is in her kitchen creating new love-filled masterpieces for her eight children to taste.
Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus, The First Affair
Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus are the authors of The Nanny Diaries, which was declared by Newsweek a ‘phenomenon’, the longest-running hardcover bestseller of 2002 and was made into a major motion picture in 2007. They are also the authors of the New York Times bestsellers: Citizen Girl, Dedication, The Nanny Returns, and Between You and Me; The Real Real and Over You are their first two young adult novels.
Andrea Syrtash & Jeff Wilser, It's Okay to Sleep With Him on the First Date
Andrea Syrtash is a sought-after dating and relationship expert and the author of He’s Just Not Your Type (And That’s a Good Thing) and Cheat on Your Husband (With Your Husband). Syrtash frequently offers relationship advice for national media including appearances on The View, The Today Show, CBS This Morning and VH1 and coverage in USA Today, Cosmopolitan, Yahoo!, MSN and Oprah.com. She's the co-host of 'Life Story Project', currently airing on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada)
Jeff Wilser is a nationally syndicated advice writer, a relationship expert and the author of The Maxims of Manhood and The Man Cave Book. His writing has appeared in GQ, Glamour, VH1, Esquire, MTV, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald, the Baltimore Sun, the Detroit Free Press and the New York Daily News. The founding editor of ThePlunge.com, Wilser is a monthly contributor to TheKnot.com and TheNest.com and a regular guest on Better TV.
Ali Larter, Kitchen Revelry
Ali Larter is an actress and year-round reveler. She lives in Los Angeles where she hosts her ritual dinner parties and legendary get-togethers. Ali shares her celebrations with her husband, Hayes MacArthur; her son, Teddy; Jackpot the shepherd; and Ella, the wheaton. As a homecook, Ali has been on "Rachel Ray" and "Top Chef Masters."
Saturday, September 28
The Art of Poetry Recitation
Poetry recitation had become a lost art until the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation brought it back to life with the Poetry Out Loud program, now in its ninth year. Join Maryland State Champion (and National Second Place Winner) Blessed Sheriff, Maryland Poet Laureate Stanley Plumly, Maryland Second Place Winner Johana Gourdin, Montgomery County teacher Davina T. Smith, and Maryland Poetry Out Loud Director Chris Stewart for readings, recitations, and a panel discussion about the differences and intersections between memorizing and reciting poetry versus writing and reading the form.
King Peggy (Peggielene Bartels), King Peggy
King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman is the 2013 One Maryland One Book selection. Alexander McCall Smith, author of the internationally-renowned No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series called the book “An astonishing and wonderful book about a real-life Mma Ramotswe. An utter joy.” King Peggy chronicles the journey of an American secretary, Peggielene Bartels, who suddenly finds herself king to a town of 7,000 people on Ghana's central coast, half a world away. Peggy's first two years as king of Otuam unfold in a way that is stranger than fiction.
2013 One Maryland One Book presented by the Maryland Humanities Council
Lois McMaster Bujold, Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance
As the daughter of an engineering professor, Lois McMaster Bujold picked up her early interest in science fiction and began writing with the aim of a professional career, selling her first three novels to Baen Books in 1985. Winner of five Hugo Awards—four for Best Novel, and one for Best Novella—Bujold also received Three Nebulas and Three Locus Awards. Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance is her twenty-fourth book and was a New York Times Best Seller in hardcover. Interviewed by Nebula-Award winner, Catherine Asaro.
Presented by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America
James McBride, The Good Lord Bird
James McBride is an accomplished musician and author of the American classic The Color of Water and the bestsellers Song Yet Sung and Miracle at St. Anna, which Spike Lee turned into a film. A graduate of Oberlin College, McBride has a master’s in journalism from Columbia University. He holds several honorary doctorates and is Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. His new novel, The Good Lord Bird, will be published by Riverhead Books in August.
Laura Lippman & John Searles: In Conversation
Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at The Baltimore Sun. She began writing novels while working fulltime and published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Lippman has been awarded every major prize in crime fiction. Since the publication of What the Dead Know, each of her hardcovers has hit the New York Times bestseller list. Her new novel, After I’m Gone, will be published in January 2014.
John Searles is Editor-at-Large of Cosmopolitan. His prior two novels are the bestselling Boy Still Missing and Strange But True. For ten years, John has appeared regularly as a book critic on NBC’s Today Show, in addition to appearances on CBS's “The Early Show”, CNN, “Live! With Regis & Kelly” and NPR's Fresh Air. His essays have been appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Daily Beast and other national publications. He lives in New York City.
MK Asante, Buck
MK Asante is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, hip-hop artist, and Morgan State University professor. Buck is a powerful memoir of how a precocious kid educated himself through the most unconventional teachers - street philosophers, outlaws, eccentrics, rappers, mystics and strippers, and, eventually, an alternative school that transformed his life with a single blank sheet of paper. It’s a one-of-a-kind story about finding your purpose in life, and an inspiring tribute to the power of education, art, and love to heal and redeem us.
Presented by the Radical BookFair Pavilion
Sunday, September 29
Writing & Drawing for Video Games
David Rodriguez, Narrative Designer on the upcoming Skylanders: SWAP Force game, and Jeff Bellio, Concept Artist for Skylanders: SWAP Force will give an overview of what it means to be a Writer and Concept Artist within the game industry.
Presented by Third Eye Comics, Th3rd World Studios and the Charm City Comics Pavilion
Mary Kay Andrews, Ladies' Night
Mary Kay Andrews is The New York Times bestselling author of Spring Fever, Summer Rental, The Fixer Upper, Deep Dish, Blue Christmas, Savannah Breeze, Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies, and Savannah Blues.
Food is often part of the story in Mary Kay Andrews’ books, and her recipes have become favorites among many readers. Join Mary Kay as she shares samples of her famous ‘Mater Tots, a go-to party food that keeps people coming back for more. As Mary Kay says in the intro to this recipe, “Warning: you will never be able to fix enough of these to satisfy your guests!”
Gar Alperovitz, What Then Must We Do?
Historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz, author of What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution, will be joined by Johns Hopkins political science professor Lester Spence and progressive Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin for a discussion of how activists and policymakers can build a new economy, rooted in cooperative and community ownership, that democratizes wealth, rebuilds devastated cities, and restores the environment. This discussion will be moderated by Marc Steiner.
Presented by the Radical BookFair Pavilion
Terrence J, The Wealth of My Mother’s Wisdom
When Lisa, a seventeen-year-old from Queens found out she was pregnant, she knew she only had one choice—to keep the child and give him the best life she could. That baby was Terrence Jenkins, better known to the world as Terrence J.
From hosting BET’s 106 and Park and E! News, to roles in some of the biggest films being made today, Terrence J is living a life he could have only imagined when he was a young boy. But it was the lessons he learned from his mother that helped make him a man—lessons about sacrifice, courage, loyalty, dreams, and perseverance, lessons taught through words and actions.
Jason Mott, The Returned
Jason Mott is a 2009 Pushcart Prize nominee and author of two poetry collections. His debut novel, The Returned, has been optioned by ABC Studios with a pilot in development. Emmy Award-winning director Charles McDougall (“Desperate Housewives,” “The Tudors”) will direct and Aaron Zelman (“The Killing”) penned the script. Jason has a BFA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry from the UNC Wilmington.
Book Group with Meg Cabot & Jennifer Armentrout
Book groups are an integral way that we can come together and share our love for books. But an interesting thing is happening to reading groups: women are suggesting young adult and new adult titles that their teens love...and teens are "reading up" the literary ladder, avidly discussing titles that are on their mother's bookshelves.
Join bestselling authors Meg Cabot, The Bride Wore Size 12, and Jennifer L. Armentrout, Wait for You, writing as J.Lynn, as they discuss how readers have bridged the "age chasm," as well as share which books they recommend for mother/daughter reading groups. Because...if we're all reading the same books, why don't we do it together?
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