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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, Alexa Jacobs, Mary Tilghman, Rebecca Rivard, Emily Duvall

Maryland Romance Writers 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: Nancy 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

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

Autographing: Jeff Gunhus and Jack Clemons

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

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

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

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

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

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, Kellan 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

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

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

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