Saturday

Saturday at the Baltimore Book Festival has a plethora of activities for festival goers from 11am-7pm. Check back in Summer 2015!

Saturday, September 26, 2015




10AM-7PM

Free Admission

Top of the World will be free Saturday, 9/26. Open Saturday from 10am-7pm (last ticket sold at 6:30pm).

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

10:30AM-12:30PM

Playing with Book Pages

Spend some time playing with old book pages to create pinwheels, hedgehogs and trees etc. by learning the art of book folding. Experimental artist Carol Maurer demonstrates how to creatively reuse old books.

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

11AM-12PM

Maryland Writers Association Book Launch!

Winners of the Maryland Writers’ Association writing contest will read from their prose and poetry as they celebrate the launch of their newest anthology.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

11AM-12PM

Exploring the Ocean with Photicular Technology

Explore the wonders of the deep in Dan Kainen’s New York Times best-seller, “Ocean: A Photicular Book.” Kainen is a New York City artist, designer and inventor with a passion for using art and technology to inspire awe and awareness of our natural world. Using his patented Photicular Motion Viewer, Kainen’s “Ocean” takes the reader on a visual journey through the deep blue. The Photicular technology marries art and science, creating an experience of fluid, film-like motion. Audience members will have the opportunity to engage with a large, interactive version of the Photicular Motion Viewer, illustrating how the book works.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

11AM-12PM

To the Moon!

From The Martian to the Mars Rover, we’ll talk about NASA, the ESA, Space X, and where we might be headed next, in fiction and fact.

Panelists: Karen Burnham, Jack Clemons, Brenda Clough, Anna Kashina, Bud Sparhawk

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

11AM-12PM

New Adult: Hot New Genre, Hotter Heroes

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Tessa Bailey
Jay Crownover
Toni Decker
Megan Erickson
Jen McLaughlin/Diane Alberts
Jamie Shaw

The newest, hottest genre has grown and evolved. Hear some of NA’s  biggest stars describe how it’s grown, how it differs from other genres, and where it’s headed.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

11AM-12PM

Erin Hagar, author of Julia Child: An Extraordinary Life in Words and Pictures

Erin Hagar, fiction and nonfiction writer for children and teens, presents from her illustrated by Joanna Gorham biography of Julia Child.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

11AM-12PM

Celebrate the Chesapeake!

Sample a regional dish, as authors discuss Maryland Foodie Travel, and the culinary delights of our Chesapeake Bay.

Panel: Mary Lou Baker & Holly Smith, Seafood Lovers’ Guide to the Chesapeake, Kathy Hunt, Fish Market

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

11AM-1PM

Pet Therapy Unlimited

During the Baltimore Book Festival Top of the World will feature a program which will encourage youngsters to read. Children will be partnered with a therapy dog (or cat!) from Therapy Pets Unlimited, and after selecting a favorite book, the child is invited to 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. http://therapypetsunlimited.org/events  

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

11AM-7PM

Mr. Corey’s Face Painting

With 10 years of experience as a Professional Face and Body Painter and a worldwide following, Corey Morgan is the owner and lead artist of Mr. Corey’s Face Painting. Corey is recognized as one of the best face painters in the DC, MD, VA area, providing face painting services for birthday parties, cookouts, festivals, school and church events, restaurant family nights and corporate events. Clients are often shocked at how skilled Corey is with a brush and how his designs are so different in beauty and complexity from what you would expect from a face painter, that he often finds himself painting just as many adults as children at any given event.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

11:30AM-12:30AM

Dr. Richard Jacoby, Sugar Rush: How to reduce inflammation, reverse nerve damage, and reclaim good health Presented by The Institute for Integrative Health

What Grain Brain did for wheat, this book by a leading peripheral nerve surgeon now does for sugar, revealing how it causes crippling nerve damage throughout the body—in our feet, organs, and brain—why sugar and carbohydrates are harmful to the body's nerves, and how eliminating them can mitigate and even reverse the damage.

The Health & Wellness Stage Event Details

12PM

Mambo Combo, Latin

Music Stage Event Details

12PM

Tamara Neal

Venomous Relationships

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

12PM-1:30PM

MSAC Individual Artist Award Winners: Playwriting

Presented by the Maryland State Arts Council, these winners of the annual Individual Artist Awards showcase some of the smartest, sharpest poetry being created in the state today.  Hosted by Christine Stewart, program director for literary arts with the Maryland State Arts Council

Bob Bartlett is a dramatist whose work has been performed at Seven Devils, Lark New Play Development Center, Theater Alliance, Iron Crow, and the Capital and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, among others. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, teaches theatre at Bowie State University in Maryland, and is a founding member of The Welders, a playwrights collective.

Alonzo LaMott has had plays produced in Chicago, Amsterdam, D.C. and LA. He loves Biking, looking for UFO’s and finding good Bakeries. He loves when his plays get produced. He loves going places where his plays ARE produced.

Susan McCully performed her “Cyber Becomes Electra,” at festivals and universities across the U.S. and in Budapest, Exeter and Toronto. Her “Inexcusable Fantasies” played Fringe Festivals in Orlando, Indianapolis, Prague and New York. Her play “Still the One” premiered at Manhattan Theatre Source.

Pat Montley has had 17 plays published, readings at the Kennedy Center, Center Stage, Rep Stage, and the Abingdon Theatre, productions at the Nebraska Repertory Theatre, the Manhattan Theatre Source, the Harold Clurman Theatre, the Nat Horne Theatre, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Center Stage’s “My America” series.

Mark Scharf is a playwright, actor and teacher whose plays have been produced and published widely in the United States and internationally. He has an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Virginia and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Maria Broom, author of The Village Bully

Nationally recognized as an actress, Maria Broom is also a storyteller and dancer with more than forty years of performing and teaching across the globe, and now, presents from her book, The Village Bully.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Tropes: The Secret Formula To Romance

Christi Barth
Rachel Harris
Trent Hart (Diversion Books/Ever After Romance)
Heidi Hormel
Sara Humphreys
Lea Nolan
Damon Suede

You may have heard there’s a formula to romance. But nobody is sharing what it is. Well, these authors are ready to spill the big secret...

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

April Ryan & Martha Kumar – Reporting from the White House

Two veteran observers of presidential politics take the stage. White House Correspondent April Ryan examines the role of race relations in the Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama administrations. Ryan’s nearly two decades on the White House beat have afforded her a unique behind-the-scenes perspective. Towson Professor Martha Kumar discussed the hand-over of executive power in the midst of one of the deepest recessions in American history.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Dangerous Voices Variety Hour

A fast-paced quiz show in the vein of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me! brought to you by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Win free books and learn things you never knew about your favorite authors.

Panelists: Tobias S. Buckell, Sarah Pinsker, Michael R. Underwood

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

12PM-1PM

Tooth About Sharks!

Enjoy an interactive presentation that reveals the truth about these incredible aquatic creatures. Explore shark facts and myths. Learn about sharks’ habits, adaptations and diets. Audience participation is not only encouraged—it’s required!

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Robert Timburg, Blue Eyed Boy

Robert Timberg is the author of The Nightingale’s Song, John McCain: An American Odyssey, and State of Grace: A Memoir of Twilight Time. A 1964 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he served with the First Marine Division in South Vietnam from March 1966 to January 1967. After suffering severe disfigurement while on duty, Timberg went on to work at The Baltimore Sun for more than three decades as a reporter, editor, and White House correspondent.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

12:30PM

Lauren Silberman

Wild Women of Maryland

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

12:30PM-1:30PM

25th Anniversary Celebration of John Sheilds’ Chesapeake Bay Cooking

The James Beard –nominated book praised for its inspiring heritage recipes and its then-revolutionary emphasis on cooking with local and seasonal ingredients turns 25 with an updated anniversary release! Part history lesson, part travelogue, the book captures the unique character of the Chesapeake region and its people.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

1PM

John Thomas

It's Not the Kids; It's the Parents

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Rebecca Alexander, NOT FADE AWAY: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found

No one would blame Rebecca Alexander if she gave up on life. Born with a rare genetic mutation called Usher Syndrome Type III, Rebecca has been simultaneously losing both her sight and hearing since she was a teenager. She was told that by age 30, she’d be completely blind. Then, at 19, one year after a fall from a second-story window left her athletic body completely shattered; she discovered she would lose her hearing as well. Despite these difficulties, Rebecca refused to lose her drive and zest for life and incredibly rose above and beyond every challenge she faced. In Not Fade Away, Rebecca takes readers into a life lived with the knowledge that one day, sooner rather than later, she will be cut off from the world and incapable of communicating normally. Rebecca’s optimism and vibrant personality are contagious as we follow her along on her journey from a teenager who tried to hide her disabilities to a woman who is able to bravely face the world exactly as she is.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

1PM-2PM

Reading Group 3: Discover New Worlds

Four intrepid readers – find your new favorites! Check out the rising stars of science fiction and fantasy.

Readers: Brenda Clough, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Fran Wilde

Signing Table: Diana Peterfreund, Robin Wyatt Dunn

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

1PM-2PM

Dr. Alessio Fasano, Gluten Freedom: The Nation's Leading Expert Offers the Essential Guide to a Healthy, Gluten-Free Lifestyle Presented by The Institute for Integrative Health

World-renowned gluten-related disorders expert Dr. Alessio Fasano presents the groundbreaking roadmap to a gluten-free lifestyle, and how millions can live better by going gluten free.

The Health & Wellness Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Elliot Ackerman -- Green on Blue

Drawing on his distinguished military service in Afghanistan, Elliot Ackerman tells the story of Aziz, an Afghan teenager. Desperate to save his beloved older brother, Aziz finds himself drawn into his country’s wars.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Social Issues Through Comics

If you think that comic books are just about superheroes, think again. Yes, the X-Men were a metaphor for dealing with racism and the Green Lantern and Green Arrow had to deal with their friend Speedy becoming a drug addict; but for decades now, comic books have tackled such topics as the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement to climate change and police brutality, all from a very adult perspective that might just surprise many of you.

Panelist Bill Campbell, Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg & Andy Hershberger

Bill Campbell is the author of APB: Artists against Police Brutality, Sunshine Patriots, My Booty Novel, and Pop Culture: Politics, Puns, "Poohbutt" from a Liberal Stay-at-Home Dad and Koontown Killing Kaper. Along with Edward Austin Hall, he co-edited the groundbreaking anthology, Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond. Campbell lives in Washington, DC, where he spends his time with his family, helps produce audio books for the blind, and helms Rosarium Publishing.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

1PM-2PM

Natasha Bowens, The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience, and Farming

Author and farmer Natasha Bowens (brown.girl.farming) explores the critical issues that lie at the intersection of race and food.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

1PM-2PM

Mystery VS. Thriller: What's The Difference?

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Kami Garcia
Mary Hart Perry
Megan Hart
Deanna Raybourn
MD Waters
Rebecca York

Whodunits get the blood pumping and thrillers can have brainy detectives, so how are we to distinguish between these popular genres? The stars of each tell us how.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Liz Pichon, author of Tom Gates: Everything’s Amazing (Sort Of)

Award winning author Liz Pichon presents from her latest book in the Tom Gates series.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Sustainable Seafood Demo with Nutreatious

Choosing sustainable seafood is a simple way to help protect and preserve our overfished seas. Join the chefs from Nutreatious for a cooking demo and learn a simple recipe for sustainable salmon that you can easily recreate at home.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

1:30PM

Susan Nystrom

Life in the Hands of an Extraordinary God

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

1:30PM

School of Rock Baltimore Show Team, rock

Music Stage Event Details

1:30PM-2:30PM

Chapbook Champions: Winners of the Harriss Poetry Prize

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the Harriss Poetry Prize is a chapbook competition open to poets nation-wide who have not published a book-length collection.  Named in honor of the patron saint of Maryland poetry and independent publishing, Clarinda Harriss, and published under the CityLit Press imprint, the prize has been judged by acclaimed poets such as Dick Allen, Marie Howe, Tom Lux, and Michael Salcman, who serves as the series editor.

Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka (Oblige the Light) is the author of Face Half-Illuminated, a book of poems, translations, and prose. Her poems, translations, essays, and interviews have appeared in Akcent; Driftwood Press; International Poetry Review; Lalitamba; Little Patuxent Review; Loch Raven Review; Notre Dame Review; Passager; Przegl?d Polski, Nowy Dziennik; and The Baltimore Review, and elsewhere.

Rebekah Remington (Asphalt) holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her poetry has appeared in Linebreak, The Missouri Review, Ninth Letter, Bellingham Review Online, Hayden Ferry’s Review, Smartish Pace, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of two Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards in poetry.

Bruce Sager (Famous) works as a corporate officer in a systems integration firm. He has been the recipient of Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards in both fiction and poetry, a Baltimore City Arts Grant in poetry, and the 1986 Artscape Literary Arts Award in poetry, judged by William Stafford. Prior chapbooks include Nine Ninety-Five and The Pumping Station.

Laura Shovan (Mountain, Log, Salt, and Stone) is poetry editor for the literary journal Little Patuxent Review. She edited the Maryland Writers’ Association anthology Life in Me Like Grass on Fire: Love Poems. The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, her novel-in-verse for children, will be published next year.

CityLit Stage Event Details

2PM

Jennifer Foxworthy

Tomorrow My Sunshine Will Come: Memoirs of Women Who Survived Domestic Violence

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Wes Moore, The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters

A follow up to his bestselling memoir, THE OTHER WES MOORE, this new book continues a remarkable quest to find a meaningful life. From the streets of Baltimore and the Bronx to Oxford University and Afghanistan to Wall Street and the White House, Wes Moore has been at the center of many defining moments in our country’s recent history.

Literary Salon Event Details

2PM-3PM

YA Literature And Why It's Great!

With YA literature coming under fire for being too dark, too light, and more, our authors will show you the variety and delight beyond the headlines.

Panelists: DH Aire, Cinda Williams Chima, Justina Ireland, Diana Peterfreund, GL Tomas Signing Table: Fran Wilde

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

2PM-3PM

Deborah Stone Hess, Save 90 & Animal Shelter Heroes

Baltimore residents may know her best as a former reporter for WJZ News Channel 13. Today, Stone dedicates much of her time to bringing about change in the Baltimore County Animal Shelter. Through her non-profit and blog “Save 90,” she has reported on and helped animal shelters throughout the state receive assistance, donations, and support for resources to encourage animal adoption programming and care. She wrote the forward to Animal Shelter Heroes. A Portion of the proceeds from book sales are donated by Baltimore City Punisher advanced Editorial; to Save 90, a local non-profit organization advocating for improvements to local animal shelter adoption programs and care.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

2PM-3PM

Historicals: Hot Or Not?

Denny S. Bryce
Stephanie Dray
Alma Katsu
Eliza Knight
Janet Mullany
Kate Quinn
Deanna Raybourn

It’s pistols at dawn (well, 3pm) when these historical authors duel over the best time period to read and write about and whether historicals have become too hot, hunky or high brow.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Tim Wise, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich, and Sacrificing the Future of America

Critical commentary on the roots and ramifications of radical inequality in our nation, from one of our most prolific public intellectuals, Tim Wise.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

2PM-3PM

Penguin Random House Holiday Preview

The Ivy Bookshop’s Penguin Random House sales representatives showcase the most exciting new titles for the holiday season.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do

Join Dr. Wallace “J” Nichols to explore his book, Blue Mind, a powerful, universal story of water which explores the physical, ecological, economic, cognitive, emotional, psychological and social benefits of healthy oceans and waterways. By connecting neuroscientists and psychologists with aquatic experts and artists to ask and answer exciting new questions, Blue Mind is changing the way we think and feel about water. Its influence is reaching into many sectors, including health and well-being; education and parenting; arts, architecture and design; real estate and urban planning; travel and leisure; and sports and recreation.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Ryan Ferguson, Stronger, Faster, Smarter: A Guide to Your Most Powerful Body

After a decade behind bars for a murder he did not commit, Ryan Ferguson learned that physical strength and confidence are keys to survival – he now shares his strength secrets in Stronger, Faster, Smarter--the smartest, realest, and most doable fitness guide you’ll ever read.

The Health & Wellness Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Bryan Voltaggio, Home:Recipes to Cook with Family and Friends

Now, opening the doors to his family kitchen, Voltaggio offers 100 irresistible recipes inspired by the mid-Atlantic food he grew up with and loves. Organized by the special moments he shares with his kids, from weekend brunches to the Feast of the Seven Fishes, HOME elevates the classic and comfort dishes closest to his heart.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

2:30PM

Wendy Bailey

Alex's Ten-Dollar Adventure

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

2:30PM-3:30PM

Carole Boston Weatherford

Presents from Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

2:30PM-4:30PM

Saturday Live! with Ink Press Productions

Ink Press Productions is a collaborative effort devoted to blurring the lines of writing, visual, and performance art in the Baltimore community and beyond. They specialize in handmade books, letterpress printing, and experimental events. The curators of Ink Press Productions, Amanda McCormick and Tracy Dimond, will host a two-hour variety show—Saturday Live!—featuring work by Ink Press authors and various performances by Baltimore artists. Prepare to get blurry!

CityLit Stage Event Details

3PM

Abigail Wurf

Forget Perfect: How to Succeed in Your Profession and Personal Life Even if You Have ADHD

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

3PM

Tom’s Back Door, American folk

Music Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Tooth About Sharks!

Enjoy an interactive presentation that reveals the truth about these incredible aquatic creatures. Explore shark facts and myths. Learn about sharks’ habits, adaptations and diets. Audience participation is not only encouraged—it’s required!

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Reading Group 4: More New Worlds

Four intrepid readers – find your new favorites! Check out the rising stars of science fiction and fantasy.

Readers: Cinda Williams Chima, Kelly Harmon, Justina Ireland, Lawrence M. Schoen Signing Table: DH Aire, Bud Sparhawk

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

3PM-4PM

Young Adult Fiction: Fantastic Tales For Teens (And Grown Ups, Too!)

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Martina Boone
Kami Garcia
Cheryl Klam
Melissa Marr
Lea Nolan
MD Waters

Young adult books aren’t just for teens--adults love these magical, mystical, and far-out tales, too.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Bill Clegg in conversation with Marion Winik -- Did you Ever Have a Family

The author of the bestselling memoirs Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man and Ninety Days turns his hand to fiction. Did You Ever Have a Family follows June, a woman devastated by loss, as she finds comfort in an unlikely circle of people whom her tragedy has also touched.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Steve Inskeep, Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab

Inskeep, host of NPR’s Morning Edition, delves into the troubling history of the greatest American land grab: the conquest of Native lands under President Andrew Jackson.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

3PM-4PM

Records! A Panel Discussion with Amanda Petrusich

Acclaimed music critic and author, Amanda Petrusich dives deep into the world of collecting pieces of history. Do Not Sell AT Any Price: The Wild Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm takes you on a journey to find these pieces that gave way to music as we know it. Joining Amanda will be Ian Nagoski, a man who made a rule 10 years ago to always buy records that were in a different language, is now a music researcher and record producer specializing in early 20th century is musics other than English.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

3PM-4PM

The Marvel Educational Universe: Movies and Meaning

In the Spring of 2015, Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg taught the world’s first college course in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was the culmination of nearly twenty years of teaching comic book literature and superhero mythology. The world of Marvel’s heroes offers educators an unprecedented opportunity to engage students in everything from media literacy to sociopolitical topics and issues of race, gender, class, and much more, all through the high-flying adventures of Marvel’s unfolding universe of super-powered adventure.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

3PM-5PM

Playing with Book Pages

Spend some time playing with old book pages to create pinwheels, hedgehogs and trees etc. by learning the art of book folding. Experimental artist Carol Maurer demonstrates how to creatively reuse old books.

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

3:30PM

Carrie Ann Ryan

Delicate Ink

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

3:30PM-4:30PM

Greg Proops, The Smartest Book in The World: A Lexicon of Literacy, A Rancorous Reportage, A Concise Curriculum of Cool

Greg Proops is an internationally renowned comedian, best known for starring on the hit improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? and for his popular award-winning podcast, “The Smartest Man in the World,” which Rolling Stone called “some of the boldest comedy on the podcasting frontier right now.” The Smartest Book in the World is based on Proops’s sensational, iTunes Top 10 podcast that has been downloaded more than nine million times, in which his “bold, never-boring voice takes center stage” (The New York Times). The book is a rollicking reference guide to the most essential areas of knowledge in Proops’s universe, from the noteworthy names of the ancient world and baseball, to the movies you must see and the albums you must hear.

Literary Salon Event Details

3:30PM-4:30PM

Alice Randall & Caroline Randall Williams, Soul Food Love: Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by 100 Years of Cooking in a Black Family

Join bestselling author Alice Randall & Her daughter Caroline, as they relate their fascinating family history (which mirrors that of much of black America in the twentieth century), explore the often fraught relationship African-American women have had with food, and translate recipes and traditions handed down by generations of black women, into easy, affordable, and healthful—yet still indulgent—dishes and forges a powerful new way forward that honors their cultural and culinary heritage. This is what the strong black kitchen looks like in the twenty-first century.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

3:30PM-5PM

WeNeedDiverseBooks Panel

Panel discussion on diversity in children’s books, featuring Meg Medina, Renee Watson, Robin Reed Talley, and Tim Tingle, moderated by Deborah Taylor, Coordinator of School and Student Services at the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

4PM

Lakia Nichole

Number One Fan

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

Future: Charming? Baltimore City as a template for futurism.

What does Baltimore look like in the future? SFWA Guest of Honor Tobias Buckell and a panel of writers, futurists and social designers discuss Charm City's future through the lens of the engineer, the writer, and the activist. Panel led by Jason Harris ("Redlines: Baltimore 2028").

Panelists: Anatoly Belilovsky, Tobias S. Buckell, Jason Harris, Nia Johnson, K Ceres Wright Signing Table: Kelly Harmon, Justina Ireland

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

4PM-5PM

Exploring the Ocean with Photicular Technology

Explore the wonders of the deep in Dan Kainen’s New York Times best-seller, “Ocean: A Photicular Book.” Kainen is a New York City artist, designer and inventor with a passion for using art and technology to inspire awe and awareness of our natural world. Using his patented Photicular Motion Viewer, Kainen’s “Ocean” takes the reader on a visual journey through the deep blue. The Photicular technology marries art and science, creating an experience of fluid, film-like motion. Audience members will have the opportunity to engage with a large, interactive version of the Photicular Motion Viewer, illustrating how the book works.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

The Fabulous Beekman Boys, Attraction of Opposites: Beekman 1802 Style

The Beekman Boys are back with their city-turned-country-boy charm and style to help readers with all things home. Through the publication of their cookbooks and countless magazine and blog articles, fans have fallen in love with the couple's personal style and historic home. Chapters like "East Meets West" and "Old Meets New" offer thoughts on the attraction of opposites in the home and the importance of incorporating what one already has, along with some new must-have pieces.

Moderated by: April Force Pardoe, Owner & Interior designer of AFP Interiors

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

4PM-5PM

Get Their Pulses Pounding: Pacing The Romantic Suspense Novel

Magda Alexander
Avery Flynn
Dirk Greyson
Laura Kaye
Kimberly Kincaid
Geoff Symon
Nancy Weeks

Love thrills and chills? Meet the authors who’ll share tips on how to keep the pages turning and readers’ hearts pumping.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

Forrest Pritchard, Growing Tomorrow: A Farm-to-Table Journey in Photos and Recipes: Behind the Scenes with 18 Extraordinary Sustainable Farmers Who Are Changing the Way We Eat

The Health & Wellness Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

Marisa de los Santos -- The Precious One

Maryland native Marisa de los Santos is the author of the bestsellers Love Walked In, Belong to Me and Falling Together. Her newest novel centers on Taisy Cleary, whose difficult father suddenly wants her to help write his memoirs – and get to know her young half-sister.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

Johanna Fernández & Mumia Abu-Jamal, Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal

The Baltimore Book Festival celebrates the release of this new collection of essays by incarcerated poet, journalist, and political activist, Mumia Abu-Jamal. Johanna Fernández, editor, joins us to discuss Mumia’s work, life, and enduring legacy.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

4PM-6PM

Pet Therapy Unlimited

During the Baltimore Book Festival Top of the World will feature a program which will encourage youngsters to read. Children will be partnered with a therapy dog (or cat!) from Therapy Pets Unlimited, and after selecting a favorite book, the child is invited to 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. http://therapypetsunlimited.org/events  

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

4:30PM

Chandra & The Ryze Band, r&b

Music Stage Event Details

4:30PM

Kennedy Layne

Captured Innocence

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

4:30PM-5:30PM

Poets with a “Capital” P

Oh D.C.  So much like Baltimore with your beltway, and your river, and your sports teams.  We hear you even have a Washington Monument. Can your poets match ours?  Check out three of the district’s best!  Lineation with representation!

Sandra Beasley is the author of Count the Waves; I Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize; and Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a memoir.

E. Ethelbert Miller is a writer and literary activist. He is the board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies. Miller is the author of several collections of poems and two memoirs. His collected poems edited by Kirsten Porter will be released this spring by Willow Press. Miller was inducted into the Washington, D.C., Hall of Fame in April 2015.

Richard Peabody is the founder and co-editor of Gargoyle Magazine and editor (or co-editor) of twenty-three anthologies including A Different Beat: Writings by Women of the Beat Generation. Peabody taught at Johns Hopkins University for fifteen years. His new book is The Richard Peabody Reader published by Alan Squire Publishers.

CityLit Stage Event Details

5PM

Ahlumba Harris

Release and Unleash: The Path to Greatness

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

5PM-6:30PM

Dew More Baltimore presents the Baltimore City Youth Poetry Team

Community-based-organization dedicated to using art and community organizing as tools to increase community engagement presents the Baltimore City Youth Poetry Team.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

5PM-6PM

The Road To Stardom: Hitting The New York Times Bestseller List

Tessa Bailey
Kami Garcia
Rachel Harris
Melissa Marr
Deanna Raybourn
Rebecca York

What’s it like to achieve the literary Holy Grail--a place on the coveted NYT bestsellers list? These six successful authors will spill the beans about how they got there and what happened next.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

5PM-6PM

Youth Poetry Slam, presented by DewMore Baltimore

Don’t miss these amazing youth poets, as they perform original works of poetry and spoken word live onstage at the Radical Bookfair Pavilion

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

5PM-6PM

Fresh Juice, Fresh Approach with Gundalow Juices

Meet the creators of Baltimore’s very own Gundalow Juice! Learn about different types of juice, their health benefits and how bottles can be sustainably produced. Join the bottle artwork competition; you’ll have the opportunity to create your own design that could end up being featured on Gundalow Juice labels.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

5PM-6PM

Earl Grey, Hot: Future Food, Fantastical Food

From food pills to food printers to the latest in Elven lembas bread, our experts will whet your appetite for fictional food.

Panelists: Diana Peterfreund, Cat Rambo, Lawrence M. Schoen, Bud Sparhawk, Fran Wilde, K Ceres Wright Signing Table: Cinda Williams Chima

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

5PM-6PM

Adam Mansbach

Adam Mansbach, author of Go the F*ck to Sleep celebrates the release of Benjamin Franklin: Pain in my A**.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

5:30PM

Justin Settles

30 Jewels: Master the Game of Life

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

5:30PM-6:30PM

Baltimore: The Path Forward

A very special panel discussion on the future of Baltimore’s diverse communities, and what it takes to unify a city.  Featuring:
 
D Watkins, The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America. D Watkins is a columnist for Salon. His work has been published in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Aeon, AlterNet, The Guardian and other magazines. He holds a Master’s in Education from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore. He is a college professor and has also been the recipient of numerous awards including a BMe fellowship, Baltimore Magazine’s “Best Writer,” award for 2015, and The Baltimore Business Journal’s 40 under 40 list.

Tim Wise, Dear White People: Letter to a New Minority. Wise is the author of six books, including his highly-acclaimed memoir, “White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son,” as well as “Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority,” and “Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity.” His next book, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Jeopardizing the Future of America, will be released in early 2015. He has contributed chapters or essays to over 25 additional books and his writings are taught in colleges and universities across the nation. His essays have appeared on Alternet, Salon, Huffington Post, Counterpunch, The Root, Black Commentator, BK Nation and Z Magazine among others.

Stephen Janis, Why Do We Kill?: The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore. Stephen Janis is an award-winning investigative journalist whose work has won acclaim in both print and television. As the Senior Investigative Reporter for the now defunct Baltimore Examiner he won two Maryland DC Delaware Press Association Awards for his work on the number of unsolved murders in Baltimore and the killings of prostitutes. As an Investigative Producer for WBFF/Fox 45 he has won three successive Capital Emmys for Best Investigative Series.  He is currently an Investigative Journalist for The Real News Network, a non-profit news service based in Baltimore.

Sheri Parks, Fierce Angels: The Strong Black Woman in American Life And Culture. Sheri Parks’ research focuses on public aesthetics, with particular concern for popular culture as public mythology and its effect upon individuals, families and minority cultures. She is an active public intellectual, appearing in national and local media, and is in demand as a public speaker. Dr. Parks is active in the University of Maryland’s civic engagement initiatives, as a steering committee member of the Coalition for Civic Engagement and as an instructor whose classes often include projects that benefit non-profit associations. In 2008 she was recognized by the campus as the Outstanding Woman of Color and as Faculty of the Year in the University Honors Program.

Lester Spence, Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics. Lester Spence is Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He specializes in the study of black, racial, and urban politics in the wake of the neoliberal turn. An award winning scholar (in 2013 he received the W.E.B. DuBois Distinguished Book Award for his book Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics) and teacher (in 2009 he received an Excellence in Teaching Award), Spence can regularly be heard on National Public Radio and the Marc Steiner Show.

 

Literary Salon Event Details

5:30PM-6:30PM

Writing My Life: The Pros and Cons of Sharing It All

This colorful reading and discussion explores the experience and aftermath of writing memoir. Jamie Brickhouse puts the fun back in dysfunctional, Bruce Jacobs toots his horn about race relations, and Nancy Murray discusses how dropping out can be the best way to graduate in the literary world. Hosted by Diana Gross, founder of Global Citizen Media.

Jamie Brickhouse, author of Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir, has been published in The New York Times, Salon, Publishers Weekly, Lambda Literary Review, and The Fix, among other publications. He is also a guest blogger for the Huffington Post. Brickhouse spent over two decades in the publishing industry, most recently at two major houses as head of their publicity and lecture divisions.

Bruce A. Jacobs’s latest nonfiction book is Race Manners for the 21st Century. He has appeared on NPR, C-SPAN, and his friend Roy’s back porch. As a drummer and saxophonist, he blends words with other sounds and textures, and he performs with his improvisational band Cymbalism and other groups. He is working on a memoir about race and river gorges.

Nancy Murray is an author, playwright, and storyteller. Her memoir One Child for Another was published earlier this year. Her stories, poetry, and essays have appeared in various media including the Baltimore Post-Examiner, Welter, and Survivor Magazine. She was invited to participate in the Women of the World Festival in 2012. Murray is working on her next memoir, Out From Under, Waking Up from the American Dream.

 

CityLit Stage Event Details

6PM

Eric Byrd Trio Brother Ray Band, blues

Music Stage Event Details

6PM

Oumar Hill

The Passion With-In

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

6PM-7PM

Meet the Author Social

Rub elbows with your new favorite science fiction and fantasy authors at this annual event!

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

6PM-7PM

Tackling Taboos In Steamy And Erotic Romance

Tessa Bailey
Robin Covington
Stephanie Draven
Laura Kaye
Kelly Maher
Carrie Ann Ryan
Damon Suade

How do authors handle forbidden sex and sensual scenes in their novels? Are there lines they won’t cross? Is there a profit to be made from pushing the boundaries? Join experienced authors who tell all.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

6PM-7PM

Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do

Join Dr. Wallace “J” Nichols to explore his book, Blue Mind, a powerful, universal story of water which explores the physical, ecological, economic, cognitive, emotional, psychological and social benefits of healthy oceans and waterways. By connecting neuroscientists and psychologists with aquatic experts and artists to ask and answer exciting new questions, Blue Mind is changing the way we think and feel about water. Its influence is reaching into many sectors, including health and well-being; education and parenting; arts, architecture and design; real estate and urban planning; travel and leisure; and sports and recreation.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

6:30PM

Nika Beamon

Misdiagnosed: The Search for Dr. House

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

6:30PM-8PM

Mixed Genre Fiction reading

Natalie Eilbert is the author of the debut collection Swan Feast, published this year by Coconut Books. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Conversation with the Stone Wife and And I Shall Again Be Virtuous. Recently a winner of the 2015 Arkadii Dragomoshchenko Prize for Innovative Poetry through Summer Literary Seminars, she is the founding editor of The Atlas Review.

Juliet Escoria is the author of Black Cloud, which was named a best book of the year by Dazed, Flavorwire, Salon, The Fader, and more. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in places like The Believer, Vice, Guernica, Electric Literature, and Hobart. She has a BA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Brooklyn College.

Bill Peak received his Master’s degree in creative writing from Hollins University.  Published in numerous magazines and reviews, he’s been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The Oblate’s Confession took silver in the Benjamin Franklin Awards and won an Indie Excellence Award.

Art Taylor has won an Agatha, a Macavity, and three Derringer Awards for his short fiction and was a finalist for the Anthony Award. Stories have appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and in other magazines and anthologies. His novel in stories On the Road With Del and Louise was published just this month by Henery Press. He teaches at George Mason University and contributes frequently to the Washington Post and Mystery Scene.

A. Rod Womack’s many years of experience as an entrepreneur bring a thread of realism to his material. Redwood is the true story of The Redwood Grill, an upscale restaurant located near Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor. Set in a world of great cuisine, vivacious music, and A-List celebrity events, three businessmen discover a serial killer in their midst and trust a charismatic con-artist who wanted it all.

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Sept 25-27, 2015
Fri-Sun: llam - 7pm

Where:

Baltimore Inner Harbor

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