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
Greg Forbes Siegman - interviewed by Fagan Harris #EpicBookFest
Join us as we kick off Baltimore Book Festival's #EpicBookFest with a conversation about engaging young people in the community with Greg Forbes Siegman, co-author of The First Thirty (NSDLC Multicultural Relations Book of the Year). He is a recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service & has been featured by media like Education Week & Good Morning America. The interactive session - led by Fagan Harris (CEO of Baltimore Corps) - will include extended Q&A with the audience. A book signing will follow.
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.
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.
Neely Tucker, Ways of the Dead
An utterly thrilling mystery set in Washington, D.C., in the late 1990s, just before the Internet and the rise of smartphones changed the landscape of print journalism…Meticulously plotted, fast-paced…Every character is fully fleshed out and the dialogue is pitch perfect…For mystery and crime fiction lovers, particularly fans of Elmore Leonard, to whom Tucker dedicates his book, this is a must-read.
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.
Andre Dubus III, Dirty Love
With “an eye for searing detail that is unequaled so far this century” celebrated author Andre Dubus III explores the bottomless needs and stubborn weaknesses of people seeking gratification in food and sex, work and love.
Chuck Klosterman, I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains Both Real and Imagined
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.
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