Saturday

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

Saturday, September 24, 2016




10AM-7pm

Free Admission

Top of the World will be free Saturday, 9/24 and Sunday, 9/25 Open Saturday from 10am-7pm (last admission at 6:30pm) and Sunday from 11am-6pm (last admisson at 5:30pm)

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

10:30AM-12:30PM

Playing with Book Pages

Friday, 3-5pm; Saturday, 10:30am-12:30pm and 3pm-5pm; Sunday, 12:30pm-3:30pm

Create one-of-a-kind pieces of art using book pages with artist Carol Mauer! Think outside the binding as you fold, cut, weave, embellish and color with a variety of book pages – the possibilities are endless. Carol Maurer, M.Ed is an experiential artist who works with books, fiber, labyrinths and words.

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

11AM

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: HOT GENRE, HOTTER HEROES

Contemporary romance is popular and diverse, exciting, daring, and keeps readers coming back for more–join the conversation with these popular authors.

Debra Anastasia
Sonali Dev
Erika Kelly
Kimberly Kincaid
Tracey Livesay
Mia Sosa
Kim Lowe/MODERATOR

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

11AM-11:30AM

National Aquarium Animal Encounter

Get up close and personal to one of our animals! Both kids and adults alike can enjoy this interactive session that allows for audience participation, provides fun facts about the animals and discusses ways to help conserve their natural environments.

Paws & Pages Stage Event Details

11AM-12PM

Pop Culture Parade: Presented by Geppi's Entertainment Museum

Superheroes, storybook characters, pets from MDSPCA, BmoreFit Dancewalkers, The Baltimore Twilighters Marching Band, special guests and more dress up in costume and march down the Inner Harbor promenade, starting at The Rusty Scupper traveling down to the USS Constellation Pier. Bring your pet! Festival-goers are encouraged to dress up with their furry friends in costume and be part of the fun. 

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

11AM-12PM

You Got Science in My Fiction: Real Science, Fake Worlds; Fake Science, Real Worlds

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. Authors: Anatoly Belilovsky, Jack Clemons, Jeremy M. Gottwig, Addison Gunn, Don Sakers

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

11AM-1PM

Pets on Wheels

Friday, 12pm-2pm; Saturday, 11am-1pm & 4pm-6pm; Sunday; 12- 2pm

Children will be partnered with a therapy dog (or cat!) from Pets on Wheels; 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://www.petsonwheels.org/

Top of the World Observation Level Event Details

11AM-1PM

Swordplay

How do actors take Shakespeare’s battle scenes from the page to the stage? Find out, as we demonstrate the art and discipline of stage combat, where text and swashbuckling choreography combine to tell the great stories.

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Event Details

11AM-7PM

ENTER-TO-WIN: Amy Schumer LIVE at Royal Farms Arena November12

The Baltimore Book Festival is giving away 2 tickets to see famous comedian and Towson University alum Amy Schumer LIVE at Royal Farms Arena Saturday, November 12 at 8pm AND a copy of her new book, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. Enter to win at the Inner Harbor Stage presented by Towson University, located inside the Baltimore Visitor Center during the Baltimore Book Festival September 23-25. The winner will be drawn Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 7pm at the Inner Harbor Stage. Winner need not be present to win. For more information, call 410-752-8632.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

11:30AM-12:30PM

Sly 45

Genre: rock n' roll

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

11:30AM-12:30PM

MSAC Individual Artist Award Winners: Fiction/Creative Nonfiction

Presented by the Maryland State Arts Council, these winners of the annual Individual Artist Awards showcase some of the smartest, sharpest fiction/creative nonfiction being created in the state today. Hosted by Christine Stewart, program director for literary arts with the Maryland State Arts Council. Readers include: Christopher Doyle, Justin Sirois, Susan Muaddi-Darraj, Nate Brown, Elisabeth Dahl, Deborah Ager, Barrett Warner, Geoff Becker, Anne Dooley, Luke Tennis, and Fiona Mackintosh.

CityLit Stage Event Details

11:30AM-12:30PM

Melanie Underwood, Making Artisan

Chef Melanie Underwood developed her enthusiasm for fresh organic food as a child on her family’s farm in Virginia, where she began cooking at age four. She worked in Washington, D.C., before moving to New York, where she demonstrated her talent for baking and desserts at the Four Seasons Hotel, the Plaza Hotel, Torre di Pisa, and other celebrated New York City restaurants. Since 1996 Underwood has been sharing her expertise as a cooking and baking instructor for professional and recreational programs at the Institute for Culinary Education and is frequently invited to teach privately throughout the country. She has demonstrated her skills on several TV networks, including NBC, ABC, CNN, Food Network, and Oxygen, and has been featured in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, New York magazine, Fine Cooking magazine, and other publications. Melanie is also a co-author of the self-published book Art and Cook, a unique blend of recipes, art, and politics. Her most recent book, Making Artisan Cheesecake, was released August 2015.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

11:30AM-1PM

Writers and Words

Writers and Words is a monthly reading series featuring local authors of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and a rotating “wildcard.” On September 24th from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, Writers and Words will host a reading at The Ivy stage, featuring memorist Michelle Junot, poets Tim Paggi and Jessica Hudgins, and poet and essayist Tariq Toure.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

12-1PM

Mikita Brottman, "Maximum Security Book Club"

Mikita Brottman, PH.D, is an Oxford-educated scholar, author, psychoanalyst, and cultural critic. Her articles have been published in the American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Review, American Imago, and elsewhere. Her most recent book, Maximum Security Book Club is a riveting account of the two years she spent reading literature with criminals in a maximum-security men’s prison outside Baltimore, and what she learned from them. Brottman is a Professor of Humanities at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and continues with her weekly reading group at Jessup Correctional Institute.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

12-1PM

Bronwen Dickey, "Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon"

Bronwen Dickey is a contributing editor at The Oxford American and the author of Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon (Alfred A. Knopf, 2016). Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Newsweek, Outside, Popular Mechanics, Best American Travel Writing 2009, Slate, Garden & Gun, The San Francisco Chronicle, Southern Living, World Hum, Sport Diver, and The Independent Weekly, among other publications. In 2009 she received a first-place Lowell Thomas Award in travel journalism and a residency grant from the MacDowell Colony.

Come meet adorable, adoptable, Pit Bulls from the Maryland SPCA  during this event! 

Paws & Pages Stage Event Details

12-1PM

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.
Sarah Pinsker & Tom Doyle host guests Kiini Ibura Salaam and Andy Duncan.
12PM Signing: Anna Kashina, Don Sakers.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

12-1PM

Publishing Your Own Comics

 Publishing your own comics will be a discussion about what you don't know you need to know and how to figure it out. Hosted by 2016 Harvey Awards Nominee Enrica Jang of Red Stylo Media.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

12-1PM

Mike Hassan Allen, featuring The Strength from Within

This is an inspirational story of an inner city boy’s journey to manhood, from the war zone projects of East New York Brooklyn during the crack epidemic of the 1980’s.  This young phoenix used education to rise from the violence and despair that surrounded him by embodying the American dream. The Strength From Within Windows to My Soul chronicles the journeys of a young man and his mother respectively covering five decades of courage, resilience, trauma and triumph. This non-fictional memoir details the northern migration of a twenty-year-old young woman estranged from her family who bravely takes a pilgrimage to New York City from Alabama. 

The Story Share Event Details

12PM

NEW ADULT: SPICY HOT, EMOTIONAL, FROM THE HEART, AND WHAT MAKES THIS ROMANCE GENRE A MUST READ!

New adult romance tackles the topics that keep readers wanting more. Join several of the genre’s most popular authors as they share what’s next in NA.

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Christi Barth
Robin Covington
Riley Edgewood
Megan Erickson
Leslye Penelope
Elodie Nowodazkij
Joy Daniels/MODERATOR

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Matthew Swanson, Illustrated by Robbi Behr, Babies Ruin Everything

Author/illustrator, husband/wife duo Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr of the new children’s book Babies Ruin Everything, will discuss how they work together to make children’s books, raise kids, and catch salmon in Alaska.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Russell Rickford presents We Are an African People: Independent Education, Black Power, and the Radical Imagination

In this groundbreaking new history of autonomous grassroots education in the era of Black Power, Russell Rickford recovers the stories and significance of Pan African experimental schooling in the aftermath of the civil rights movement, organized to affirm African identities in the inner-city and provide young people with the intellectual resources and support they needed to help decolonize their minds.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

12:30-1:30PM

Thomas Dolby, "THE SPEED OF SOUND: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology"

Melding the world of rock and roll with the high-energy and high-stake technology boom of the 1990s, THE SPEED OF SOUND is the sensational story of a man who stood at the vanguard of it all. From early appearances on MTV to tough negotiations with the biggest names in Silicon Valley, Dolby’s memoir takes readers through the voracious devotion of one man and his insatiable passion for music. New! The Baltimore Book Festival is a partner of Baltimore Innovation Week (September 23-October 1).

Literary Salon Event Details

1-2PM

Glen Weldon, “The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture”

In “The Caped Crusade,” with humor and insight, Glen Weldon, book critic for NPR and author of “Superman: The Unauthorized Biography,” lays out Batman’s seventy-eight-year cultural history and shows how he has helped make us who we are today and why his legacy remains so strong.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

1-2PM

From Darth Vader to Hermione Granger: Memorable Characters in SF & Fantasy

What makes a character memorable, especially in a SF/F setting? Our authors will discuss some of their favorite characters and what sets them apart from the herd. Authors: Tom Doyle, Andy Duncan, Jim Johnson, Sunny Moraine, Alan Smale
1PM Signing: Sam J. Miller, Fran Wilde

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

1-2PM

Tom Principato

Genre: roots/blues/rock

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

1-2PM

Gary Vikan, "Sacred and Stolen: Confessions of a Museum Director"

Sacred and Stolen is the memoir of an art museum director with the courage to reveal what goes on behind the scenes. It lays bare the messy part of museums: looted antiquities, crooked dealers, deluded collectors, duplicitous public officials, fakes, inside thefts, bribery, and failed exhibitions. These back stories, at once shocking and comical, reveal a man with a taste for adventure, an eagerness to fan the flames of excitement, and comfort with the chaos that often ensued. This is also the story of a Minnesota kid who started out as a printer’s devil in his father’s small-town newspaper and ended up as the director of a the Walters, a gem of an art museum in Baltimore. Of his quest to bring the “holy” into the museum experience, and of his struggle, along the way, to reconcile his passion for acquiring and displaying sacred works of art with his suspicion that they were stolen.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

1:15-2:15PM

Velya Jancz-Urban, How Cool Is That?! Hands On Science, Owl Pellet Dissection Workshop

Join teacher and author, Velya Jancz-Urban, as she shares her most popular hands-on science class for kids (Grades K-5). Students will understand within ecosystems, complex interactions exist between organisms and the physical environment. As their natural curiosity leads them to explore the natural world, each child will “take” something different from the experience- from an understanding of the food chain and circle-of-life concept, to mammal anatomy.

Paws & Pages Stage Event Details

1PM

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: FUN, FLIRTY AND FABULOUS

Contemporary authors come together to chat about the sassy heroines, smartalec heroes, and fast banter that make contemporary romance the genre they love to read and write.

Xio Axelrod
Nichole Christoff
Christina Elle
Avery Flynn
Kimberly Kincaid
Sophia Sasson
Laura Ward
SARAH WENDELL/MODERATOR

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Writers in Baltimore Schools: Student Response to Claudia Rankine’s CITIZEN.

CITIZEN: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine has been called “an especially vital book for this moment in time” (New Yorker). Rankine headlined the CityLit Festival this past April to commemorate the anniversary of the Uprising in 2015, with a reading and conversation with the community at the Pennsylvania Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, the epicenter of the protests. The conversation continues with readings by young writers from Writers in Baltimore Schools who read and wrote responses to CITIZEN in WBS’ Summer Writers’ Studio. Hosted by Drew Matthews, WBS participant and mentor.

CityLit Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Susan Stockdale, Fabulous Fishes and Bring on the Birds

Award-winning picture book author, Susan Stockdale, presents from Bring On the Birds and Fabulous Fishes in celebration of the Read to Reef partnership with the National Aquarium.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Yago Colás presents Ball Don't Lie! Myth, Genealogy, and Invention in the Cultures of Basketball

In this new critical examination of the history of basketball, Yago Colás diagnoses the white anxieties behind blinkered official histories of the game, exploring how race and culture have formed and reformed the sport as contested territory and site of invention.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

1:30PM-2:30PM

Jessica Blau: Trouble with Lexie

The Trouble with Lexie, Jessica Anya Blau’s newest book, stars Lexie James who runs away from a troubled home to build a life of stability—becoming engaged to a nice man and getting a job counseling students at a prestigious school. It is a comfortable life, and she increasingly realizes she doesn’t want it. When Lexie strikes up a friendship with the father of one of her students, her safe life begins to unravel. Hear Blau read from The Trouble with Lexie at The Ivy’s stage on September 24th from 1:30-2:30 PM.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

2-3PM

Heather Christo, "Pure Delicious"

Heather Christo is a formally trained chef, caterer, and the voice behind the popular food blog HeatherChristo.com, as well as a permanent contributor to ThePioneerWoman.com. Her recipes and food photography have been featured in many national magazines and television shows, and she is the author of Heather Christo’s Generous Table and Pure Delicious. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two young daughters.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

2-3PM

Patrick Phillips, "BLOOD AT THE ROOT: A Racial Cleansing in America"

Patrick Phillips is an award-winning poet, translator, and professor. A Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, his most recent book, Elegy for a Broken Machine, was a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry. Phillips lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Drew University.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

2-3PM

Long Ago and Far Away: History in SF & Fantasy

Napoleon in space? Harriet Tubman in a far flung dystopian future? Our panelists discuss the beautiful marriage between genre and history. Authors: Lara Elena Donnelly, Tom Doyle, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Alan Smale, Mark Tompkins.
2PM Signing: Jim Johnson, Kiini Ibura Salaam

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

2-3PM

Be Your Own Superhero

We may not live in a world where people fly or lift cars, but we can all discover our own super-powers and be a real super-hero! Join a fun workshop and learn about the great heroes and heroines of comics who are more popular today than ever! Learn what it takes to be a real super-hero, and design your own super-hero look! Hosted by Charles Sellner of Visionary Comics

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

2PM

CELEBRATING 75 YEARS OF AVON ROMANCE: AUTHOR CHAT WITH AVON AUTHORS

Rule breakers, risk takers, rabble rousers: words to describe the heroines of these fierce Avon authors—and the authors themselves. Jennifer L. Armentrout, Katharine Ashe, Tracey Livesay, Laura Kaye, Jennifer McQuiston, and Alisha Rai join moderator Charis Michaels to discuss the conversations driving change in the romance genre today, from diversity to feminism to respect for the genre and its readers. Once a genre relegated to the fringes of the literary world, these authors are on the forefront of bringing it to the mainstream, and into the 21st century.

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Katharine Ashe
Tracey Livesay
Laura Kaye
Jennifer McQuiston 
Alisha Rai
Charis Michaels/MODERATOR

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Whose Book is it Anyway?

Come pit your wits against the pens of five wily Middle Grade authors! Audience volunteers will try to decide which book excerpt is real...and which are clever fakes! Each volunteer wins a signed copy. Don't miss this exciting lineup: Brooks Benjamin, My Seventh Grade Life in Tights; Jenn Bishop, The Distance to Home; Bridget Hodder, The Rat Prince; Laura Shovan, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary; Erin Teagan, The Friendship Experiment; Moderator: Matthew Winner

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Open Circle Read & Response

Open Circle is a new reading series created by host Amanda Fiore (writer-in-residence, Creative Alliance) that gathers the too-often segmented community spheres – academic, grassroots, performing and visual arts, and literary arts – and create one “open circle.” The reading will feature different combinations of readers and artistic responses from Amanda Fiore (fiction), Morgan State University adjunct professor Nia Johnson (fiction), Soprano Anaïs Naharro-Murphy, jazz guitarist Ethan Reinking, poet Christine Stewart, and CityLit Founder Gregg Wilhelm (fiction).

CityLit Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Terry McMillan, "I Almost Forgot About You"

Multimillion copy and New York Times bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Terry McMillan fell in love with books as a teenager while working at the local library. She studied journalism at UC Berkeley and screenwriting at Columbia before making her fiction debut with Mama, which won both the Doubleday New Voices in Fiction Award and the American Book Award. She lives in Pasadena, California.

*Sign interpreter available

Literary Salon Event Details

2PM-3PM

PM Press presents Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines

Inspired by the legacy of radical and queer black feminists of the 1970s and ’80s, Revolutionary Mothering places marginalized mothers of color at the center of a world of necessary transformation. Join editor China Martens (The Future Generation) and others for a timely discussion of the challenges mothers face every day, and the ways we can work collective to raise up together.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

2:30-3:30PM

Tropik Sol

Genre: Reggae, Neo Soul, Alternative World Beats

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

2:30-3PM

National Aquarium Animal Encounter

Get up close and personal to one of our animals! Both kids and adults alike can enjoy this interactive session that allows for audience participation, provides fun facts about the animals and discusses ways to help conserve their natural environments.

Paws & Pages Stage Event Details

3-4PM

You Can't Do That: Limitations on Magic & Science in Worldbuilding

If your magic can do anything and everything, what is the point? Should our knowledge of science limit our imaginations when it comes to SF? What is a magic system, anyway? Our authors discuss limitations in worldbuilding and some of their favorite limitation tropes.
Authors: Ann Chatham, Lara Elena Donnelly, Kiini Ibura Salaam, Mark Tompkins, K. Ceres Wright
3PM Signings: Andy Duncan, Alan Smale

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

3-4PM

Kelly Ramsdell-Fineman, featuring At the Boardwalk

AT THE BOARDWALK by Kelly Ramsdell Fineman, and featuring illustrations by Mònica Armiño. Kirkus Reviews called it “A celebration of the senses on the sand and by the shore…The oceanside boardwalk bustles from dawn's first light until night's starry skies.”

The Story Share Event Details

3-5PM

"Desdemona"

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents a staged reading of “Desdemona,” a play written in 2011 by the Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. Through a series of poems and lyrics, Morrison reimagines the stories of the women in Shakespeare’s “Othello,” and empowers them to speak their minds about issues of gender, mixed-marriage, race, war, and love. Join us for this free reading, part of our 15th Anniversary Season exploration of “The World of Othello.”

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Event Details

3PM

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE: READY, SET, THRILLS, CHILLS, AND EXPLOSIONS

Pacing is key for a great romantic suspense, thriller, mystery or horror. And don’t think young adult authors don’t bring the thrills, too. Learn the tricks of perfect pacing and adding chills to an exciting romance from some of the greats in the romance community.

Debra Anastasia
Nichole Christoff
Avery Flynn
Laura Kaye
Kimberly Kincaid
Michele Mannon
Lea Nolan
Pintip Dunn/MODERATOR

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Games with YA Authors

Come and play! YA authors team up with audience members for interactive games based on their books. Featuring Karen Fortunati, The Weight of Zero; Kathy MacMillan, Sword and Verse; Lindsey Roth Culli, This Above All; Karen Hattrup, Frannie and Tru; Jan Gangsei, ZERO; Lisa Maxwell, UNHOOKED. Moderated by Paula Willey.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Nalo Hopkinson in focus

Award-winning Jamaican-born speculative-fiction writer Nalo Hopkinson, author of Brown Girl in the Ring and Falling in Love With Hominids among other works, joins the Baltimore Book Festival for the first time to read from her most recent stories, and discuss the feminist politics that inform her powerful, imaginative prose.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

3PM-4PM

BmoreArt: Cara Ober: Art Critic Blogger Panel

BmoreArt is an award-winning online publication that provides critical and engaging discussion of arts and culture in Baltimore. On September 24th from 3:00-4:00 PM, BmoreArt founder Cara Ober will present a panel of art bloggers who will discuss the state of art and literary criticism.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Claudia Kalb, Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History’s Greatest Personalities

Claudia Kalb is an award-winning journalist who reports on a wide variety of health and science topics. A former senior writer at Newsweek, Claudia is known for combining in-depth and serious reporting with engaging and accessible writing. Claudia's new book explores the challenges and triumphs of 12 historical icons. What drives creativity, leadership, innovation and genius? And what lies beneath?

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

3:30-4:30PM

National Aquarium Presents: Sustainable Seafood Panel

The National Aquarium brings the sustainable seafood conversation from Bay to Book Festival by convening a panel of experts. Chesapeake chef John Shields, James Beard Award-winner Spike Gjerde and oyster expert Patrick Hudson will discuss sustainability and its relationship to economic and ecological Bay health, while providing yummy snacks for the audience! Photographer Jay Fleming will moderate the conversation, while sharing insights gained through photographing life along the Chesapeake Bay for his new book, Working the Water. The panel concludes with an oyster shucking and tasting by Hudson’s True Chesapeake Oyster Co. 

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

3:30PM-4:30PM

Sirius Business: Afro-Speculative Literature

“Afrofuturists” is the umbrella term for the Black presence in sci-fi, technology, magic, and fantasy, coined in 1994 by a culture critic named Mark Dery. Join host Olu Butterfly Woods for an hour of Afro speculative literature and dialogue on its wildly practical applications presented in partnership with Around the Way Unicorn and NewFuturism.com. Featuring Jason Harris, B. Sharise Moore, and Bill Campbell.

CityLit Stage Event Details

4-5PM

The Pain and Joy of Writing Comics

The mystery of writing comics FINALLY revealed! A lot of great ideas start with the written word, and the visual world of COMIC BOOKS is no different. Join our panel of talented scribes as they discuss their craft, answer your burning questions, and explain the method behind the madness. Hosted by DISTRICT COMICS' Troy-Jeffrey Allen.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

4-5PM

Black Sci-Fi: Our Voices, Our Imagination

Participate in a discussion on the experience of being a Black SF writer/publisher. Our panel will discuss the creative process and what it means to project one's creativity into the future, the challenges one faces as a minority in the industry and ways for getting our voices heard anyway. We will also showcase the current projects shaping the future of Black Sci-Fi. Authors: Shawne Alleyne, Bill Campbell, Kiini Ibura Salaam, Maurice Waters.
4PM Signing: Tom Doyle, Mark Tompkins

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

4-5PM

Thurgood Marshall Band

Genre: Classic hip hop

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

4-5PM

Mikita Brottman, The Great Grisby: Two Thousand Years of Literary, Royal, Philosophical, and Artistic Dog Lovers and Their Exceptional Animals

A scholar, psychoanalyst, and cultural critic explores the multifaceted role dogs play in our world in this charming bestiary of dogs from literature, lore, and life. While gradually unveiling her eight-year love affair with her French bulldog, Grisby, Mikita Brottman ruminates on the singular bond between dogs and humans. Why do prevailing attitudes warn us against loving our pet “too much”? Is her relationship with Grisby nourishing or dysfunctional, commonplace or unique? Challenging the assumption that there’s something repressed and neurotic about those deeply connected to a dog, she turns her keen eye on the many ways in which dog is the mirror of man.

Paws & Pages Stage Event Details

4-5PM

Poetry Hour with Sharea D. Harris, Chris Mason, Kondwani Fidel and Aurora Engle-Pratt

Creative Writer, instructor, and consultant Sharea D. Harris loves connecting people with composition. Recently, she's completed her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts at University of Baltimore where she also works as an instructor for the College Readiness Academy. Sharea has the most fun when she works as consultant to some of Baltimore's favorite artists and thinkers. Her own projects include her first book of poetry, dic tion ary, and her stage play, Black Maggies. Her work as a writer and instructor has taken her abroad to Northern Ireland and Cuba.  

Chris Mason is a member of 3 bands: The Tinklers, Old Songs, and Coocoo Rockin Time.  He is the author of Where To From Out (Furniture Press, Baltimore, 2013), Hum Who Hiccup (Narrow House, Baltimore, 2011), Click Poems (shabby editions, London, 1982), and Poems of a Doggy (pod books, Baltimore, 1977). He is, with David Beaudouin, co-curator of the Blabbermouth poetry reading series.

Kondwani Fidel is a Baltimore-based writer, spoken word artist, and speaker who City Paper calls "A Poet Laureate." He has been featured in The Huffington Post, Sky News, CNN and other international publications. Business Insider writes, “The 22 year old poet is now reaching people all over the world.” Kondwani has performed at New York City's Scholastic Headquarters, and countless educational institutions, such as University of Maryland, Virginia State University, and Helen Thackston Charter School in York City, Pennsylvania. Recently, Kondwani Fidel shared the stage with rapper KRS-One at Virginia State University, prominent political activist Angela Davis at Radford University, and Dreamville artist Ari Lennox at Georgetown University.

Aurora Engle-Pratt is a poet, artist, musician, and deadbeat cat dad living and working in Baltimore, MD. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications including The Light Ekphrastic and The Avenue, and she has been a featured reader at venues around Baltimore including Ottobar, Atomic Books, La Bodega Gallery, EMP Collective, and The Crown. Her current project, Mediations, is a chapbook exploring boundaries, fluidity, and middleness.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

4PM

DO THE TIMEWALK: HISTORICAL ROMANCE FOR THE AGES

Authors of historical romance come together to chat with readers about why we love to read about the past and Jamie's kilt.

Stephanie Dray
Ingrid Hahn
Eliza Knight
Jennifer McQuiston
Diana Quincy
Kate Quinn
Joanna Shupe 
Denny S. Bryce/MODERATOR

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

Debbie Kalb, The President and Me: George Washington and the Magic Hat

Adventure, history, and the drama of school life intertwine in this tale of a boy struggling to find his place after his best friend abandons him. Find out what happens when Sam's class takes a trip to Mt. Vernon, where he buys a bossy three-cornered hat that sweeps him off to the eighteenth century and a friendship with George Washington. As Sam travels back and forth in time, he learns about history, himself, and friendship.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

Patricia Hill Collins presents Intersectionality

Distinguished scholar of Black feminism and UMD College Park Professor of Sociology presents her brand new book with Sirma Bilge—an accessible introduction to the idea of “intersectionality.” or how race, gender, class, sexuality, and other forms of social power and inequality interact and shape each other.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

4PM-6PM

D. Watkins Presents: New Voices

D. Watkins is an award-winning Baltimore author whose work has been published in The New York Times, Salon, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, and more. He is the author of The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir and The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America. In his panel at The Ivy Bookshop Stage on September 24th from 4:00-6:00 PM, Watkins will present several emerging writers, introducing the audience to the newest generation of Baltimore voices.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

4:30PM-5:30PM

New Releases

The first of two sessions celebrating the recent books of local literati on both Saturday and Sunday, this hour features Matt Norman (We’re All Damaged), James Magruder (Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall), and Ron Tanner (Missile Paradise). From the love lives of Yale graduate students narrated by a ghost, Americans trying to realize their dream in paradise, and an unemployed divorced man looking for a second chance in life in Omaha, this hour of new releases will have you rushing for the book table to buy! Hosted by Marion Winik, Associate Professor, University of Baltimore MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts.

CityLit Stage Event Details

5-6PM

Second Breakfast & Snozzberries: Food in SF & Fantasy

Sensory details are the hallmark of great science fiction and fantasy, and nothing brings that home quite like the food! Join our panelists as they discuss food in their favorite books. We guarantee you'll leave hungry. Authors:  Cinda Williams Chima, Lara Elena Donnelly, Scott Edelman, Anna Kashina, Fran Wilde, K. Ceres Wright
5PM Signing: Maurice Waters, Shawn Alleyne

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

5-6PM

Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?

Drop in with someone you love, to read Shakespeare's sonnets

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Event Details

5-6PM

Neal Patterson and Kathy Wielech Patterson, "Maryland’s Chesapeake, How the Bay and It’s Bounty Shaped a Cuisine"

The Pattersons will share their passion for the health of the Bay and how they chose the chefs and recipes, while demonstrating and sampling a recipe from the book.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

5PM

BEHOLD THE TRENDS in ROMANCELANDIA

Discover what trends are shaking up the romance community and the new romance novels leading the charge.

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Sonali Dev
Erika Kelly
Laura Kaye
Tracey Livesay
Michelle Monkou
Miranda Kenneally
Sarah Wendell/MODERATOR
 

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

5PM-6PM

Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens

National Book Award nominee and William C. Morris Award winner Becky Albertalli reads from her novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

5PM-6PM

Afrofuturism featuring Nalo Hopkinson, DJ Spooky, and more

Combining sci-fi, fantasy, Afro-centrism, and history, Afrocentrism has emerged as a key narrative strategy for delving deeper into the dilemmas that confront communities of color in our twenty-first century reality. We invite award-winning authors and cultural creators Nalo Hopkinson and Paul Miller (DJ Spooky) to lead Book Festival audiences on a dizzying journey through recent technohistory to arrive at a critical framework suitable for analysing these strange and terrifying times in which we live.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

5:30-6:30PM

Aztec Sun

Genre: Funk, Soul

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

5:30-7PM

The Stoop Storytelling Series

The Stoop Storytelling Series presents “The Story Behind the Story: Adventures with Baltimore Writers," a live show at the 2016 Baltimore Book Festival featuring 7 local scribes telling true, personal tales about researching, reporting, and writing that never make it onto the page.

Storytellers

Dan Fesperman contributed to the financial woes of five daily newspapers, including the Baltimore Sun, before mercifully leaving journalism in 2005 to write novels full-time. His travels have taken him to three war zones and more than thirty countries. His tenth novel, The Letter Writer, was published earlier this year, and he is also working on a TV project with the creators of "The Wire."

Lauren Francis-Sharma's acclaimed first novel, Til the Well Runs Dry, has been short-listed for the William Soroyan International Prize, chosen as an Honor Fiction Award winner by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and a Summer Reading Pick in O, The Oprah Magazine 2014. A former corporate attorney, she lives with her husband and two children in Kensington, Md.

Robert Marbury is a co-founder of the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists, sits on the advisory board of the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, and co-curates events in Baltimore with his wife Alix, under the name "Wonder Commons." Taxidermy Art: A Rogue's Guide to the Work, the Culture, and How to Do It Yourself is Robert's first book.

Erika Blount Danois is a reformed class clown whose influences were Nancy Drew, Richard Wright, Judy Blume, Malcolm X -- and the teacher who made her best friend and her create a comic strip during class in order to stay out of trouble. An award-winning journalist, writer, editor, and professor, she is the author of Love, Peace, and Soul, which tells the story of the television phenomenon known as "Soul Train."

Wil S. Hylton is a writer for The New York Times Magazine and the author of Vanished. He lives in Baltimore, is writing a book about Cuba, and in any location responds favorably to whiskey.

Nik Korpon is a dad, husband, Buddhist, land-locked surfer, and taco enthusiast. His crime and science fiction novels include Stay God, Old Ghosts, By the Nails of the Warpriest, and Bar Scars: Stories.

Rachel Anne Warren is a musician and award-winning writer based in Baltimore. She has written essays and features for half a dozen publications including VICE and Baltimore City Paper. Her debut book, about running away to join a circus when she was 19, will be published in 2017 by Bleeding Heart Publications.

The Stoop Storytelling Series is a popular Baltimore-based live event and podcast that features "ordinary" people telling the extraordinary true, tales of their lives. Since its founding in 2006, The Stoop has presented the stories of nearly 1,000 people. There are no notes, no scripts -- just real people sharing the stories that matter to them. The Stoop presents its mainstage shows at The Senator Theatre and offers storytelling workshops, special events, and an open mic series called Second Stoop. Visit stoopstorytelling.com to learn more, join the mailing list, and subscribe to The Stoop podcast.

*Sign interpreter available

Literary Salon Event Details

5:30PM-7PM

Charles Bock and Leslie Jamison

Celebrated writers and spouses Leslie Jamison (The Empathy Exams, 2012 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize) and Charles Bock (Alice & Oliver, Beautiful Children, 2009 Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction) and are featured in this session hosted by CityPaper’s Karen Houppert. Jamison’s collection of essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about one another? How can we feel another’s pain, especially when pain can be assumed, distorted, or performed? Is empathy a tool by which to test or even grade each other? Bock’s novel, based on the author’s experience, creates an unflinching yet deeply humane portrait of a young family’s journey through a medical crisis, laying bare a couple’s love and fears as they fight for everything that’s important to them.

CityLit Stage Event Details

6-7PM

Meet the Authors Party

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

WRITING EROTIC ROMANCE: ARE THERE ANY TABOOS LEFT EXPLORE? WHAT THE AUTHORS SAY…

Writing stories where the romance must be erotic and the romance jumps off the page. These erotic romance authors share their insights on writing erotic sex that not only sells but tugs on the heart strings, too while exploring taboos.

Robin Covington
Eliza Knight
Megan Hart
Laura Kaye
Alisha Rai
Andie Christopher/MODERATOR

 

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

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When:

Sept 23-25, 2016
Fri-Sun: llam - 7pm

Where:

Baltimore Inner Harbor

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