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The Literary Salon hosts nationally recognized headlining authors from across the publishing spectrum.  

Literary Salon

Nationally recognized headlining authors from across the publishing spectrum visit the Literary Salon for readings and audience Q&As. Additionally, the Literary Salon presents the Maryland Humanities' 2017 One Maryland One Book selection.

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Stage: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Rash Field, along Key Highway



Friday, September 22




5:45PM

Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, interviewed by Quincey Gamble, Executive Director at One Baltimore

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is an award-winning author, a Georgetown University sociology professor, a New York Times contributing opinion writer, and a contributing editor of The New Republic, and of ESPN's The Undefeated website.

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Saturday, September 23




11:30AM

Jasinda Wilder, Big Girls Do it Running

New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. Her bestselling titles include ALPHA, STRIPPED, WOUNDED, and the #1 Amazon and international bestseller FALLING INTO YOU.  You can find her on her farm in Northern Michigan with her husband, author Jack Wilder, her six children and menagerie of animals.

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12:30PM

Dan Jones, The Templars, The Rise and the Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors

Dan Jones is an award-winning historian of the Middle Ages and the New York Times bestselling author of The Plantagenets and The Wars of the Roses. A charismatic television presenter, he has narrated Britain’s Bloodiest Dynasty, a four-part series based on The Plantagenets, as well as another series about castles in England and France. He is a columnist at the Evening Standard and has contributed to Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Smithsonian, and many other outlets.

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2PM

Eileen Myles, Afterglow (A Dog Memoir)

Eileen Myles is the author of nineteen books including I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems, and a 2015 reissue of Chelsea Girls. Eileen is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in non-fiction, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, four Lambda Book Awards and the Shelley Prize from the PSA. In 2016, Myles received a Creative Capital grant and the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. Currently she teaches at NYU and Naropa University and live in Marfa TX and New York.

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3PM

Patricia Altschul with Deborah Davis, The Art of Southern Charm

Fan-favorite Bravolebrity Patricia Altschul from the primetime show, Southern Charm, finally brings fans of the show her opus on etiquette and living a glamorous champagne Southern lifestyle (on a beer budget). From how to throw the best party, to how to dress for an event, to how to handle a drunken bore at the dinner table, to how to deliver the perfectly-phrased insult (like her now iconic “shameless strumpet"), The Art of Southern Charm (Diversion Publishing), will delight fashionistas and millennials alike as Patricia and Michael the Butler offer advice and tips on emulating the grand dame of Charleston.

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Sunday, September 24




11:30AM

Daniel Jose Older, Shadowshaper and Bone Street Rhumba

Daniel José Older is the author of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series from Penguin’s Roc Books and the Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books, 2015). Publishers Weekly hailed him as a “rising star of the genre” after the publication of his debut ghost noir collection, Salsa Nocturna. He co-edited the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History. His short stories and essays have appeared in The Guardian, NPR, Tor.com, Salon, BuzzFeed, Fireside Fiction, the New Haven Review, PANK, Apex and Strange Horizons and the anthologies Subversion and Mothership: Tales Of Afrofuturism And Beyond.

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1PM

Leland Melvin, Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances

Leland is the only person drafted into the National Football League to have flown in space. The Pro Football Hall of Fame honored his athletic and academic accomplishments by placing his Detroit Lions jersey under glass in Canton, Ohio. Through these professional experiences working on high stakes teams he developed a deep and nuanced understanding of effective team dynamics. Leland has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a Master’s degree in materials science engineering. He worked at NASA Langley Research Center in the area of nondestructive testing creating optical fiber sensors for measuring damage in aerospace vehicles, resulting in publications in numerous scientific journals. After hanging up his space boots he was appointed head of NASA Education and served as the co-chair on the White House’s Federal Coordination in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) Education Task Force developing the nation’s 5-year STEM education plan. Leland was the United States representative and chair of the International Space Education Board (ISEB), a global collaboration on learning about space.

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2PM

Maryland Humanities presents Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the 2017 One Maryland One Book author, Purple Hibiscus

Maryland Humanities presents Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the 2017 One Maryland One Book author. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria. Her work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, Granta, The O. Henry Prize Stories, the Financial Times, and Zoetrope. She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, a New York Times Notable Book, and a People and Black Issues Book Review Best Book of the Year; and the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck. Her latest novel Americanah, was published around the world in 2013, and has received numerous accolades, including winning the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and The Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction; and being named one of The New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year.

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3:30PM

Alice McDermott, The Ninth Hour

Alice McDermott is the author of seven novels, the latest of which, Someone, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award. Someone was also a finalist for the 2014 Patterson Prize for Fiction. Her fifth novel, Child of My Heart, was a Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection, one of Book Magazine’s 10 Best Novels of 2002 and a nominee for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award. Her fourth, Charming Billy, received the 1998 National Book Award for fiction, the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, and was short-listed for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award. Her third novel, At Weddings and Wakes, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her second, That Night, was nominated for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Award and was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her articles, reviews, and stories have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post, USA Today, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Redbook, Ms. Commonweal, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award and the Corrington Award for Literature.

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5PM

Lynne Olson, Last Hope Island

Lynne Olson is a New York Times bestselling author of seven books of history, most of which deal in some way with World War II and Britain’s crucial role in that conflict. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has called Olson “our era’s foremost chronicler of World War II politics and diplomacy.” Her latest book, Last Hope Island is a groundbreaking account of how Britain became the base of operations for the exiled leaders of Europe in their desperate struggle to reclaim their continent from Hitler. Olson’s previous two books, Those Angry Days and Citizens of London were New York Times bestsellers.

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Special Events

When:
Sept 22-24, 2017
Fri - Sun: 11am - 7pm
Where:
Baltimore Inner Harbor

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