Saturday

Saturday at the Baltimore Book Festival has a plethora of activities for festival goers from 11am-7pm.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018




11AM

"…In Space!"

Need we say more? The fictions and realities of space and getting there, from Hidden Figures to space opera, and why we love SF set in space.

Panelists: Gwendolyn Clare, Jack Clemons, Arkady Martine, Michael Moreci, Karen Osborne, David Pedreira

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

11AM

All About That Swag: A Q&A Debate Game

Do you ever wish you could ask your favorite author about their writing practices? Pantser or plotter? Play it sweet, or make them work for it? Ask what they were thinking when they killed off your favorite character? Perhaps find out what sorts of books they love to get lost in. Join us for a casual open Q&A session where you can bring your questions and win yourself some specially chosen swag to kick off our Saturday morning fun!

Panelists: Robyn Neeley, Andi J. Christopher, M.C. Vaughan, Christi Barth, Pintip Dunn, Lori Ann Bailey

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

11AM

Storybook Parade

The Baltimore Book Festival holds its annual Storybook Parade taking place on the Inner Harbor Promenade. The procession will begin on the South Shore Promenade and end at the World Trade Center. Come join us as we march down the promenade in celebration of literacy and the literary arts with Junie B Jones, Cookie Mouse, Peter Rabbit, Wild Thing and the Maryland Circle of Griots’. All are welcome to join in; meet at Rash Field dressed as your favorite storybook character, author, or playwright!

Crafts Corridor Event Details

11AM

Maryland History Quiz featuring Jean B. Russo & Suzanne Ellery Chapelle

Test your knowledge about the state of Maryland in fun presentation led by authors Jean B. Russo and Suzanne Ellery Chapelle.

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

11AM- 7PM

DIY Crafts

The Crafts Corridor offers hands-on activities for families all weekend long. Bring children of all ages for crafts including “A Wrinkle in Time” themed, DIY Galaxy Zen Jars and DIY Tesseracts.

Crafts Corridor Event Details

11AM-1PM

Pets on Wheels

Children can partner with a therapy dog or cat from Pets on Wheels, then select a favorite book, then sit and read to their furry friend. These gentle canines are amazing listeners. They do not tease, laugh or judge the child. As a result, even the shyest child or reluctant reader is encouraged to improve their literacy skills.

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

12PM

David Zurawik

Join Baltimore Sun’s TV/media critic, David Zurawik, for a vital hour of cultural conversation. David’s sharp focus on the media—warts and all—is regularly featured on national TV networks, such as CNN and FOX, as well as on his popular blog “Z on TV.”  His columns have appeared in The Sun since 1989 and are now syndicated, appearing in the LA Times and other newspapers. When he’s not writing, he’s serving as a communications and media studies assistant professor at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.

The Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

12PM

A.J. Jacobs: Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey

A.J. Jacobs is the author of four New York Times bestsellers, including The Year of Living Biblically, The Know-It-All and Drop Dead Healthy. His new book, Thanks a Thousand, Jacobs describes his quest to thank every single person who had a role (no matter how small) in making his morning cup of coffee. Jacobs contributes to NPR, The New York Times and Esquire, among others. He lives in New York with his wife and sons.

Literary Salon Event Details

12PM

A Special Day with Chef John Shields & Friends

Chef John Shields, an original Baltimore Book Festival author and supporter, is the co-owner and proprietor of Gertrude’s Restaurant at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The host of PBS’s Chesapeake Bay Cooking and Coastal Cooking with John Shields, he is the author of The Chesapeake Bay Cookbook: Rediscovering the Pleasures of a Great Regional Cuisine, The Chesapeake Bay Crab Cookbook, Coastal Cooking with John Shields, and Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields, 25th anniversary edition.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

12PM

Poetry in Motion

Using visual theatre, students create visual adaptations of Shel Silverstein poetry. Fun theatre games using creative movement, mime and gesture are played.  Students will learn how to use their bodies as a tool for expression.

Crafts Corridor Event Details

12PM

Drawing Dynamic Expressions with Dennis Johnson

Give your characters new life with dynamic expressions! In this workshop, you will learn the basics of drawing facial features as well as how to manipulate them. This is essential for conveying emotions ranging from happiness and joy to anger and pain. Come discuss how facial features, expression, and body language can enhance your ability to portray strong emotion.

Charm City Comic Pavilion Event Details

12PM

David Reichenbaugh, In Pursuit: The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers, in Conversation with Tom Mauriello

David Reichenbaugh's experience and passion for law enforcement and protecting the citizens along with his command attributes is what led him and enabled him to be the on-scene commander during the capture of the beltway sniper. His book In Pursuit: The Hunt for Beltway Snipers will give you a deeper look into his life and experiences in these roles. David retired after 23 years of service with the Maryland State Police as a Lieutenant and Barrack Commander in Cumberland Maryland.

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

12PM

Fictional Foes: Villains & Antagonists

Who doesn't adore a dastardly villain or a juicy antagonist? Join these popular romance authors as they share ideas for creating the perfect fictional foe.

Panelists: Rebecca Rivard, Elodie Nowodazkij, Dawn Ibanez, Nancy C. Weeks, Amy Case

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM

Actual Science in Science Fiction

People usually equate science fiction with astronomy and physics. We do too, but also biology, chemistry, paleontology, and more. Our authors talk about how much science they include, the science behind the stories, and what it means to "get it right."

Panelists: N.J. Schrock, Gwendolyn Clare, Jack Clemons, Jeff Gunhus, Keffy R.M. Kehrli, David Pedreira

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

12PM

Nita’s First Signs Storytime for Families

American Sign Language makes it easy to communicate with your child. Come and discover how with Kathy MacMillan, author of Nita’s First Signs, a lively family story that teaches 10 basic ASL signs! We'll celebrate with stories, songs, and more. Appropriate for all ages.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

12PM

New Releases with Marion Winik, author of The Baltimore Book of the Dead, as curator

Joining her on the stage are novelists Evan Balkan, Victoria Kennedy, Heather Huddleston, and memoirist Anthony Moll. Huddleston’s work has appeared in Forge Journal, on the TEDx and Listen to Your Mother stages. She’ll read from Mary Walks, a coming-of-age story about the mother of Jesus. Balkan’s Spitfire follows 11-year-old Caroline’s journey through a world that is rapidly changing around her in 1952 Baltimore, that daily tests her mettle and her will. Kennedy’s Zoë Browne is on top of the world, her own boss, and enjoys the security of a loving, supportive family. All that's missing is someone to save her from her happy but loveless life. Moll will read from Out of Step, a queer coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of masculinity and secrecy.

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM

Carol J. Adams presents Protest Kitchen: Fight Injustice, Save the Planet, and Fuel Your Resistance One Meal at a Time

The acclaimed feminist-vegan advocate, activist, and independent scholar—author of the groundbreaking The Sexual Politics of Meat—presents her latest book, a handbook for grounding resistance in an ethical diet. With her co-author Virginia Messina, Adams draws the connections between sexual oppression, climate change, rising authoritarian, and animal suffering to help map a pathway from the personal to the political.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

1PM

Bettye Blaize & Terrence White present Doing Time with My Son: A Mother and Son's Enduring Love Through Incarceration

What happens when a loved one is incarcerated? Join the authors as they dig deep into issues surrounding our criminal justice system and its impact on families, while also presenting a hopeful picture of the possibilities that exist when we believe that no matter where come from, what we've been through, and what lies ahead, love endures.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

1PM

Where are all the Asian Beach Reads?

This lively session curated by Aesthetic Distance’s Eliza Romero with Dr. Tamara Bhalla, Sunny J. Reed, Vanessa Ulrich, Chris Jesu Lee and Keith Chow who discuss the dearth of Asian American "beach reads." Why are there so few of them? Why is Asian-American literature so weighty and serious? The idea is to unravel through conversation the reason for the dearth of lighthearted, fun and fluffy reads in Asian American literature. Are the stories only appreciated if they’re tragic, weighty stories? According to Romero, beach reads are considered middlebrow literature but they shouldn't be dismissed. Middlebrow entertainment is the most important genre in creating a cultural baseline. It's why Asian beach reads are so necessary.

CityLit Stage Event Details

1PM

Whose Book Is It Anyway?: Picture Book Edition

Face off against six wily picture book authors and illustrators and win a signed book!  Can you spot which book excerpts are real and which are clever fakes?  Don't miss this lineup: Lulu Delacre (Turning Pages), Patricia Valdez (Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor), Laura Gehl (I Got a Chicken for My Birthday), Liz and Jimmy Reed (Sweet Success), Rachel Kolar (Mother Goose: Nursery Rhymes for Little Monsters), Moderated by Rebecca Evans (Masterpiece Robot and the Ferocious Valerie Knick-Knack). Co-sponsored by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators MD/DE/WV Region.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

1PM

Short Fiction: The Beating Heart of SF/F

Novels may get all the press, but some writers do their most interesting work at the shorter lengths, where they are free to be more experimental. Find out the great reasons to read short stories, novelettes, and novellas, which ones to read, and where to read them.

Panelists:
Sarah Pinsker, AT Greenblatt, KJ Kabza, Sam J. Miller, Irette Y. Patterson, Karlo Yeager Rodriguez

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

1PM

Beyond Mr. Darcy – From Kensington Books

Our friends at Kensington Books have matched together some of the bestselling and award winning authors of Kensington and Avon books to discuss  what it takes to weave history into fiction. Join these award winning and multi-published historical romance authors as they share tips and tricks of their trade.

Panelists: Denny S. Bryce, Jenna Jaxon, Charis Michaels, Lori Ann Bailey, E. Elizabeth Watson, Mary Tilghman

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1PM

Deborah R. Weiner, On Middle Ground: A History of the Jews of Baltimore

Deborah R. Weiner is an independent historian. She is the author of Coalified Jews: An Appalachian History and her latest, On Middle Ground (written with Eric L. Goldstein), the first truly comprehensive history of Baltimore’s Jewish community.  Deborah R. Weiner describes not only the formal institutions of Jewish life but also the everyday experiences of families like the Brunns and of a diverse Jewish population that included immigrants and natives, factory workers and department store owners, traditionalists and reformers. The story of Baltimore Jews—full of absorbing characters and marked by dramas of immigration, acculturation, and assimilation—is the story of American Jews in microcosm. But its contours also reflect the city’s unique culture.

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

1PM

Renee Brooks Catacalos, The Chesapeake Table

In The Chesapeake Table:  Your Guide to Eating Local, Renee Brooks Catacalos reminds us that eating local is easier—and more rewarding—than we may think.  Catacalos, the former publisher of Edible Chesapeake magazine, served as deputy director for Future Harvest/Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. She is currently a member of the Steering Team for the Chesapeake Foodshed Network, a regional food system initiative working to catalyze connections and collaborations that build a sustainable, resilient, inclusive, and equitable regional food system in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.   

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

1PM

Kevin Shird: The Colored Waiting Room: Empowering the Original and the New Civil Rights Movements

Kevin Shird is an activist, national youth advocate, public speaker, and author. Shird began dealing drugs at the age of sixteen, and later served almost twelve years in prison for drug trafficking. Today he works with young people to help them avoid the dangers of street culture and advocates for policy changes that support their safety and development. During the tenure of President Barack Obama, Shird worked with the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy, and he was part of the committee for President Obama's Clemency Project. Today, he’s an Associate at the Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine, Johns Hopkins University.

Literary Salon Event Details

1PM

Ed Doyle-Gillespie and Friends

Ed Doyle-Gillespie
Ed Doyle-Gillespie is a man of many roles – poet, history teacher, and Baltimore City police officer. During this hour, he’ll share the stage with a number of his favorite writers in Baltimore. Doyle-Gillespie teaches ethics, community policing, and various other subjects at Baltimore’s police academy. His poetry has been published in journals in the US, UK and Finland, and he’s the author of two collections Masala Tea and Oranges and On the Later Addition of Sancho Panza.

Jenny O’Grady
Native of the Eastern Shore, Jenny O’Grady writes and makes book sculptures in Baltimore. She is editor of UMBC Magazine. She taught book arts and electronic publishing as an adjunct professor in the University of Baltimore’s Creative Writing and Publishing Arts MFA program (2008-2012), where she earned her MFA in 2006. Previously, she worked as a community newspaper reporter, following in the footsteps of her mother, and also at a culinary school.

She is editor of a quarterly ekphrasis journal called The Light Ekphrastic. Since February 2010, TLE has paired writers and visual artists from all over the world to create new works online.The Baker Artist Awards named Jenny a 2013 b-Grant winner for her book arts.

Shirley Brewer
Shirley J. Brewer graduated from careers in bartending, palm-reading and speech therapy. She serves as poet-in-residence at Carver Center for the Arts & Technology in Baltimore. Her poems garnish BarrowStreet, Poetry East, Slant, Gargoyle, Comstock Review, and many other journals. Shirley’s poetry chapbooks include A Little Breast Music, 2008, Passager Books and After Words, 2013, Apprentice House. In 2017, Main Street Rag released her first full-length collection of poems, Bistro in Another Realm. Shirley was awarded the first Creativity Award for Excellence in Plorking (Play + Work) from the University of Baltimore, where she earned her Master’s degree in Creative Writing/Publishing Arts. Her definition of shame is a bare wrist.

The Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

1:30PM

How to Draw Superhero’s and Villains with Duane Pearson

What makes a good hero? Come learn the answer to this question and create your own hero. Whether a detective like Batman or a mutant like Wolverine, discover how to create a hero that the Justice League and Avengers would beg to be on their team. Alongside every hero you have a compelling Villain. From costume to personality, learn how to make a villain that stands out among any rogue's gallery.

Charm City Comic Pavilion Event Details

2PM

John Eisenberg in Conversation with Jack Gilden

John Eisenberg is the author of 10 books, including That First Season, Ten-Gallon War, and The Streak. He was a columnist and sportswriter for the Baltimore Sun for 23 years, and also has written for Sports Illustrated and Smithsonian Magazine. Eisenberg lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and currently writes columns on the digital channels operated by the Baltimore Ravens.

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

2PM

Ben Fountain presents Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution in Conversation with Eileen Rivers

New York Times best-selling author Ben Fountain will read from his newest book, Beautiful Country Burn Again, which is a work of sweeping reportage. In a sequence of essays set in 2016, he recounts a surreal year of politics, moving from caucuses to conventions to the aftershocks of the stunning election.  Fusing history and the present day, Fountain argues that the United States may require a “burning” of the old order as we attempt to remake ourselves. An award-winning fiction writer, Fountain’s work includes the best-selling Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.

The Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

2PM

Carol Anderson, One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy, in Conversation with Carlos Lozada

From the New York Times best-selling author of White Rage, comes a history of voter suppression in America. Anderson discusses the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote, triggered by the 2013 Supreme Court decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Known as the Shelby ruling, this decision effectively allowed districts with a demonstrated history of racial discrimination to change voting requirements without approval from the Department of Justice. Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University. White Rage won the National Book Critics Circle Award, Bourgeois Radicals, and Eyes off the Prize.

Literary Salon Event Details

2PM

Chef Virginia Willis, Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover’s Tour of the Global South

Secrets of the Southern Table is a diverse collection of recipes from Southern-cooking specialist Virginia Willis, drawn from the unique tapestry of today's South, with stories and profiles from Southern food purveyors and influencers. Chef Willis showcases three delicious demos, and samples of her Mexican Chocolate Pudding will be available for all to enjoy! Georgia-born French-trained Chef Virginia Willis has made cookies with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and beguiled celebrities such as Jane Fonda, Bill Clinton, and Aretha Franklin with her cooking -- but it all started in her grandmother’s country kitchen.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

2PM

Needful Things: Writing for Young Adults

Coming-of-age romance is about those all-important firsts--first crush, first kiss, first heartbreak--all while negotiating the tricky path to adulthood. Bestselling and award-winning YA and New Adult authors discuss how they craft these intense but engaging stories.

Panelists: Elodie Nowodazkij, Pintip Dunn, Jessica Ruddick, Ivy Quinn, CL Rose

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM

YA For Today

Our panel of Young Adult novelists talk about what makes a good YA novel, and the ways they reward their readers, adult or teen. Discover your new favorite author and your new favorite book.

Panelists:
Kosoko Jackson, Vera Brook, Gwendolyn Clare, Zoraida Córdova, Justina Ireland, Andrea Tang

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

2PM

Autographing: KJ Kabza and Sam J. Miller

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

2PM

Read to Reef Book Club featuring Ricardo Cortés's, Sea Creatures from the Sky

New York Times best-selling illustrator author Ricardo Cortés reads from Sea Creatures from the Sky, a touching story of a misunderstood shark. Hear the story before reading it in the National Aquarium and Pratt Library’s Read to Reef Book Club in October. Following the reading, dive deeper into the shark’s watery world with Aquarium educators who will be on hand with real shark artifacts to explore and an interactive presentation about these toothy predators.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

2PM

Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Linda E. Carty present Feminist Freedom Warriors: Genealogies, Justice, Politics, and Hope

Collecting stories of women of color from the Global South, Feminist Freedom Warriors weaves together cross-generational histories of feminist activism across national borders. These engaging interviews with sister comrades will inform, inspire, and activate the imagination to explore what a just world might look like. Each woman’s story illustrates their lifelong commitment to challenging oppressive practices and forming solidarities across borders to transform unjust structures around the globe.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

2:30PM

Incarceration / A Bound Woman

Poet and scholar Dr. DaMaris Hill reads and discusses her new work, A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland, hailed “a reckoning” by writer, professor, editor and commentator Roxane Gay, as well as incarceration and restorative justice with writer/researcher Bilphena Yahwon, a prison abolitionist who does restorative justice and restorative practices work with Restorative Response Baltimore. Lisa Snowden McCray, former Baltimore Beats editor, is the moderator.

CityLit Stage Event Details

2:30PM

JaneliaSoul*, afro pop

Baltimore Book Festival Music Stage Event Details

2:30PM

Write Your Own Story & Self-Publishing Workshop

Join writer and fashion designer Stacy Stube for this literary-themed workshop; Saturday, September 29 from 2:30-4:30pm; tickets available at http://bit.ly/clocktowerwriters.

Neighborhood Events Event Details

3PM

Cathy Barrow, Pie Squared: Irresistibly Easy Sweet & Savory Slab Pies

Slab pies, baked in a baking sheet, are showing up on pot luck tables and holiday sideboards. Cathy Barrow's upcoming book, Pie Squared, offers both modern and traditional recipes to tuck between two crusts. With 15 crust recipes (some that don't need a rolling pin) and 60 pies, both sweet and savory, this is a “what's for dinner” book, a take something to a party book, an office celebration food book, a family dinner book and more. Join Cathy Barrow, a Washington Post columnist, at the demo stage where she'll make her Have No Fear Pie Crust and roll out and decorate the Just-Like-Artichoke-Dip Slab Pie, her surefire addition to any party. Recipe cards & sampling will be available to all attendees.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

3PM

Jonathan Abrams, All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire

With unparalleled access to all the key actors and writers involved in The Wire’s creation, Jonathan Abrams tells the astonishing, compelling, and complete account of The Wire, from its inception and creation through its end and powerful legacy. Jonathan Abrams is an award-winning journalist who writes for Bleacher Report. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling Boys Among Men. He was previously a staff writer at Grantland, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times.

Literary Salon Event Details

3PM

Barbara Bourland: Building a Creative Life in Baltimore

Four years ago, novelist Barbara Bourland left New York and moved to Baltimore with the desire for a more creative, fulfilling life. She explores the lessons, pitfalls and truths discovered along the way. Bourland is the author of I’ll Eat When I’m Dead, recently rereleased in paperback, and the forthcoming Fake Like Me (June 2019).

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

3PM

Composing Sequential Art for Comic Books with Colin Byrd

This workshop will show you how to compose a complete image in sequential art. Instruction will focus on scene design, angles, tone, composition, composition, and traditional art-making essentials.

Charm City Comic Pavilion Event Details

3PM

Poetry in Motion

Using visual theatre, students create visual adaptations of Shel Silverstein poetry.  Fun theatre games using creative movement, mime and gesture are played.  Students will learn how to use their bodies as a tool for expression.

Crafts Corridor Event Details

3PM

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices panel featuring Carole Boston Weatherford and Jeffrey Weatherford, and publishers Wade Hudson & Cheryl Willis Hudson, hosted by Deborah Taylor

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices publishers, Wade Hudson, inductee into the International Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent, and Cheryl Willis Hudson, inductee into the International Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent, discuss their anthology, We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, with contributors  Carole Boston Weatherford, New York Times best-selling author and NAACP Image Award winner, and Jeffrey Weatherford, illustrator and founder of global hip hop collective known as “TRiiiBE Worldwide”. Hosted by Deborah Taylor, school and student services coordinator at the Pratt Library.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

3PM

Charlene A. Carruthers presents Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements

The co-founder of Chicago youth organizing collective BYP100 draws on Black intellectual and grassroots organizing traditions, including the Haitian Revolution, the US civil rights movement, and LGBTQ rights and feminist movements, to challenge all of us engaged in the social justice struggle to make the movement for Black liberation more radical, more queer, and more feminist. This book provides a vision for how social justice movements can become sharper and more effective through principled struggle, healing justice, and leadership development.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

3PM

Afrofuturism: Black Panther, Janelle Monae, and the Spaces In Between

The Afrofuturism of Black Panther is the culmination of years of literary works by Black authors that imagined a future in which Blackness was valued and exalted. On this panel, authors will discuss how the impact of Black Panther and reimagining Blackness in literature can forge new grounds for the stories of the future.

Panelists: Justina Ireland, Bill Campbell, Kosoko Jackson, Irette Y. Patterson, L. Penelope

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

3PM

Contemplating Contemporary – From Kensington Books

From “Meet Cutes” to “Racy Run-ins,” and from the locker room to the boardroom, our special guests from Kensington and Avon Books write all things romance with a modern twist. Bestselling and award-winning contemporary authors discuss the making of a good love story in today’s world. 

Panelists: Shelly Ellis / Stratton, Shirlee McCoy, Priscilla Oliveras, Christi Barth, Zoey Castile

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3:30PM

She Would Be King: Wayétu Moore in conversation with Angela Carroll

Moore’s debut novel reimagines the dramatic story of the formation of Liberia through the eyes of three unforgettable characters. She will read from her new work, a blend of magical realism, and history, discuss her upcoming memoir and her work as founder of One Moore Book, a children's book publishing company created in order to provide stories for children living in regions with low literacy rates and underrepresented cultures. She will be in conversation with Baltimore’s own Carroll, an artist-archivist and investigator of culture.

CityLit Stage Event Details

3:30PM

Michael Downs presents The Strange and True Story of Horace Wells, Surgeon Dentist

In his newest novel, The Strange and True Story of Horace Wells, Surgeon Dentist, Michael Downs imagines the motivations and mysteries behind the true story of Horace Wells, the dentist who first used laughing gas as a surgical anesthetic. Wells’ discovery would change the world, reshaping medicine and humanity’s relationship with pain. And it would change his own life, too. A former newspaper reporter, Downs is an associate professor of English at Towson University. Among his awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. He lives and writes in Baltimore.

The Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

4PM

Literature for Social Justice, Curated by Open Society Institute—Baltimore

This exciting hour begins with a reading by Lady Brion (Brion Gill), a 2015 OSI Community Fellow, poet, and author of With My Head Unbowed; followed by a panel on “The Books that Inspire Us to Action,” featuring Tara Huffman, director of OSI-Baltimore’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice program, Karen E. Webber, director of OSI-Baltimore’s Education and Youth Development program, & Monique Morris*, author of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools.

Literary Salon Event Details

4PM

Chef John Shields in Conversation with Tom Pelton

Chef John Shields, an original Baltimore Book Festival author and co-owner and proprietor of Gertrude’s Restaurant at the Baltimore Museum of Art joins in a conversation about cooking and food with Tom Pelton, host of the public radio program The Environment in Focus.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

4PM

Andrew Kleine, City on the Line: How Baltimore Transformed Its Budget to Beat the Great Recession and Deliver Outcomes

Andrew Kleine is a nationally recognized leader in municipal finance and performance management. He served as Baltimore’s budget director from 2008 to 2018, after nearly 15 years of federal government service that included budget and policy positions in the U.S. Department of Transportation, White House Office of Management and Budget, and Corporation for National and Community Service. He now consults local governments on budgeting for outcomes, long-term financial planning, Lean Government, and pension and health benefit reform.

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

4PM

William C. Anderson and Mariame Kaba present As Black As Resistance: Finding the Conditions for Liberation

Joined in dialogue by prison abolitionist Mariame Kaba, William C. Anderson, co-author with Zoé Samudzi of As Black As Resistance, analyzes the foundational role played by anti-Blackness in the United States, and how Black liberation depends on overcoming the limits of a liberalism which always remains a colonialism. Against the racist violence at the core of the established order, Anderson presents a program of self-defense and transformative politics for Black Americans, one rooted in an anarchistic framework akin to the Black experience itself.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

4PM

Writers & The Legacy of the Black Panther

How has the blockbuster hit film Black Panther changed the landscape for black characters and creators? With so many across the globe consuming positive depictions of black diasporic culture, what does this mean for black authors amidst publishing's long-standing challenges with diversity and inclusivity?

Panelists: L. Penelope, Cheryl Barton, Dawn Ibanez, Denny S. Bryce, J.L. Lora, Xio Axelrod

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM

I've Seen Your Face Before

From John Kessel's Pride & Prometheus to Victor LaValle's "The Ballad of Black Tom" to Maria Dahvana Headley's The Mere Wife to our panelists' own work, authors discuss how it can be a fascinating and rewarding experiment to ask new questions of others' characters, and to take a page from their stylebooks. What does it take to put a new spin on a character readers recognize?

Panelists: Scott Edelman, Ruthanna Emrys, Theodora Goss, Nibedita Sen, Vivian Shaw, Jon Skovron

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

4PM

Autographing: Lara Elena Donnelly and Justina Ireland

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

4:30PM

Brigid Kemmerer, More Than We Can Tell, in conversation with Nisha Sharma, My So-Called Bollywood Life, moderated by Matthew Winner of The Children’s Book Podcast

Nisha Sharma grew up immersed in Bollywood movies, eighties pop culture, and romance novels, so it comes as no surprise that her first novel My So-Called Bollywood Life features all three. Brigid Kemmerer is the author of dark, contemporary Young Adult romances like More Than We Can Tell and Letters to the Lost as well as paranormal YA novels like The Elemental Series and Thicker Than Water.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

4:30PM

A Family Affair: On Parents, Parenting, Siblings, and Childhood

Riffing on Tolstoy’s famous quote—"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."—Johns Hopkins University MA in Writing students share their diverse, true stories about family. Writing about family can be tricky—and yet in the memoir and the essay, writers throughout time have been inevitably drawn to these intimate, revealing stories that help us make sense of our lives. Moderated by Hopkins Associate Director of the MA in Writing Program, Karen Houppert, the lineup will feature essays about everything from a parent’s injury in the 9/11 attack at the Pentagon to growing up on an Israeli military base to raising toddlers in Baltimore.

CityLit Stage Event Details

5PM

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore presents Sketchtasy

An urgent, glittering, devastating novel about the perils of queer world-making in the mid-'90s, Sketchtasy tells the story of Alexa, an incisive twenty-one-year-old queen facing everyday brutality with determined nonchalance. Drawn to the ecstasy of drugged-out escapades, Alexa searches for nourishment in a gay culture bonded by clubs and conformity, willful apathy, and the spectre of AIDS. Sketchtasy brings 1990s gay culture startlingly back to life, as Alexa and her friends grapple with the impact of growing up at a time when desire and death are intertwined.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

5PM

LGBTQIASFF

LGBTQIA voices are everywhere in modern SF/F, re-examining the genres and giving them new life. Our panel discusses the state of queer SF/F, where it's going, where we want it to go, and who and what you should be reading.

Panelists: Marianne Kirby, Kosoko Jackson, KJ Kabza, Sam J. Miller, Nibedita Sen, K.M. Szpara

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

5PM

Autographing: Theodora Goss and Sherri Cook Woosley

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

5PM

Love and Lies: Contemporary Romance

Lies. Deception. Dishonesty. Bestselling and award-winning authors discuss how these elements can advance a plot, build characterization, create romantic conflict, and lead to a positive resolution.

Panelists:
Stoni Alexander, Christi Barth, Andi J. Christopher, Nancy C. Weeks, Kate Clayborn

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

5PM

Priestesses and Scribes: Writing Spirituality, Sexuality, and Gender featuring Rahne Alexander, Tyler Vile, Nikki Richard, & Venus Selenite

Gender and sexuality seen through the lens of poetry, music, and performance art. A panel of esteemed Baltimore authors — Rahne Alexander, Venus Selenite, Nikki Richard, and Tyler Vile — offer invocations, short readings, and a discussion on the ways their spiritual practices impact their creative processes and lives as queer transgender women.

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

5PM

Poetry in Motion

Using visual theatre, students create visual adaptations of Shel Silverstein poetry.  Fun theatre games using creative movement, mime and gesture are played.  Students will learn how to use their bodies as a tool for expression.

Crafts Corridor Event Details

5PM

Food Writing Beyond the Plate: A Conversation with Tia Keenan, Soleil Ho & Carrie Helms Tippen. Moderated by Hannah Howard

The best culinary stories use food as a starting point, a way into topics as juicy and diverse as loss, grief, injustice, and the beautiful, terrible and strange nuances of our culture. Tia Keenan, author of The Art of the Cheese Plate and the forthcoming Melt, Stretch & Sizzle; Soleil Ho, host of the Racist Sandwich Podcast and co-writer of the graphic novel MEAL; and Carrie Helms Tippen, author of Inventing Authenticity: How Cookbook Writers Redefine Southern Identity, discuss the challenges, possibilities, and the power of food writing with moderator Hannah Howard, author of Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

5PM

Catana Chetwynd, Little Moments of Love, in Conversation with John Freed

Catana Chetwynd is a self-taught traditional artist and the enthusiastic author of Catana Comics. She grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she spent her time creating art and pursing an education in psychology until accidentally stumbling into the world of comics. Not only is her boyfriend, John Freed, the daily inspiration for her drawings, but he was also the one who suggested a comic series about their relationship in the first place. Thanks to his idea and his inspiring daily antics, Catana was able to pursue her childhood dream of being a cartoonist.

Literary Salon Event Details

5PM

Mason Jar Press Presents

Mason Jar Press is dedicated to finding new and exciting work by writers who push the bounds of literary norms. This year, The Ivy Stage is excited for Mason Jar to present:

Erin Dorney, I Am Not Famous Anymore: Poems After Shia LaBeouf  
Erin Dorney’s writing has been featured in numerous digital and printed literary publications, such as Juked, Hobart, Paper Darts, The Found Poetry Review, The Pinch, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Birdfeast. Her newest collection of poetry, I Am Not Famous Anymore: Poems After Shia LaBeouf, has been published by Mason Jar Press. Erin is the recipient of numerous grants and writer-in-residency awards and was  the first Modern Worker: Writer in Residence at Modern Art in Lancaster, PA.

Erin is one half of FEAR NO LIT, curator of the "From the Desk of..." series at Real Pants, former poetry editor for Third Point Press, founder emeritus of The Triangle, and a former assistant professor and outreach librarian. Since 2014 she has been a volunteer with VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

celeste doaks, Not Without Our Laughter: Poems of Humor, Joy & Sexuality
Poet and journalist celeste doaks is the author of Cornrows and Cornfields, Wrecking Ball Press, UK, March 2015. She’s the editor (and contributor in) of the poetry anthology Not Without Our Laughter: Poems of Humor, Joy, & Sexuality, Mason Jar Press, May 2017. Cornrows was listed as one of the “Ten Best Books of 2015” by Beltway Quarterly Poetry. Her poem “For the Chef at Helios…” received a 2015 Pushcart Prize nomination.
celeste’s multiple accolades include a 2017 Rubys Grant in Literary Arts and a Lucille Clifton Scholarship to attend Squaw Valley Writers Workshop. Her journalism has appeared in the Huffington Post, Village Voice, Time Out New York, and QBR (Quarterly Black Book Review).Her poems have been published in multiple on-line and print publications, such as the Chicago Quarterly Review, Asheville Poetry Review, Bayou Magazine and Beltway Poetry Quarterly. She holds an MFA from North Carolina State University and is the 2017-2018 Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Delaware.

Anthony Moll, Out of Step
Anthony Moll is a Baltimore-based writer and educator. He writes about Queer life and occasionally reviews books for both national and local publications. His creative work has appeared in Gertrude Journal, Assaracus, jubilat and more. Anthony holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts and has taught writing at both public and private universities.

Anthony is the winner of the 2017 Non/Fiction Collection Prize from The Journal and Ohio State University Press for his memoir Out of Step. His 2015 chapbook, a collection of poems entitled Go to the Ant, O Sluggard, is available now from Akinoga Press.

Victoria Zelvin, Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was
Victoria Zelvin is a writer living and working in Washington D.C. Her speculative short fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Shoreline of Infinity, and numerous anthologies including Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was from Mason Jar Press, Love Hurts from Meerkat Press, Love and Bubbles from Jaylee James, and others. She is a graduate of Roanoke College's inaugural Creative Writing program and lives with two cats who have taken over her social media. Her work can be found at: victoriazelvin.com.

The Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

5:30PM

Featuring Musical Guest Artist: Christen B. Music

CityLit Stage Event Details

5:30PM

The Palovations, motown

Baltimore Book Festival Music Stage Event Details

6PM

Introducing Writers Who Deserve Their Own Light

Three literary ‘institutions’ introduce writers who are worth a listen. Mason Jar Press’ Ian Anderson introduces Tyrese Coleman’s new “fictional memoir” How to Sit. Eclectic PR’s Cherrie Woods introduces teen author and motivational speaker Shakira Rayann, discussing Real Talk: A Journey to Faith, Hope, and Love, a series of prose, essays, affirmations and poetry about the challenges she faced during her time in middle and high school. Baltimore Review’s Barbara Diehl presents writer/translator Jake Weber and his new short story collection, Don't Wait to Be Called stories "populated by two distinct sets of characters that have dominated recent headlines: Refugees and blue-collar Americans,” says Washington Independent Review of Books.

CityLit Stage Event Details

6PM

And Still She Persisted: Strong Female Characters

Contemporary romance writers share their thoughts about why they write strong-willed female characters, why empowerment is so critical in the world of fiction (especially in romance) and how their heroes love the challenge of an independent woman.

Panelists: Kini Allen, Kate Clayborn, Stoni Alexander, L. Penelope, J.L. Lora, Melinda Valentine

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

6PM

The Speculative Table: Beyond Stew and MREs

Every character needs to eat, but food is more than just sustenance. It interacts with culture, identity, class, gender, and power. How does SFF deal with those intersections? Which books acknowledge the effort (or future ease?) of putting food on the table? Whose menus are represented, and why?

Panelists: Denise Clemons, Lara Elena Donnelly, Scott Edelman, Marianne Kirby, Karlo Yeager Rodriguez, Nibedita Sen

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage Event Details

6PM

Katia D. Ulysse, Mouths Don’t Speak, in Conversation with Lauren Francis-Sharma

Mouths Don’t Speak, the latest novel by Katia D. Ulysse, is about a Haitian immigrant in the U.S. trying to stay emotionally afloat after the 2010 Haitian earthquake rips her family apart. Ulysse is a fiction writer, born in Haiti whose short stories, essays, and Pushcart-Prize-nominated poetry appear in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including: The Caribbean Writer, Smartish Pace, Phoebe, Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism; Mozayik, The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States, and Haiti Noir, edited by Edwidge Danticat.

Inner Harbor Stage Event Details

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When:
Sept 28-30, 2018
Fri - Sun: 11am - 7pm
Where:
Baltimore Inner Harbor

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