Sunday

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

Sunday, September 27, 2015




11AM-11:30AM

Pop-up Yoga with Lauren Walker & The Institute for Integrative Health

Lauren Walker will be starting her pop-up yoga on the lawn in front of the Health & Wellness tent at 10 am. She will be offering a 30 minute preview of her Energy Medicine Yoga and will be followed by a 15 minute meditation session led by Michelle Peralta. This will allow for a 15 minute transition time between the experiential yoga and Lauren's talk at 11 am. We will provide yoga mats and blankets for participants to use.

The Health & Wellness Stage Event Details

11AM-12PM

Kerry Dunnington, Tasting the Seasons: Inspired In-Season Cuisine That's Easy, Healthy, Fresh and Fun and This Book Cooks: Farm-Fresh Traditional Recipes for Healthy Contemporary Cooking

Join Kerry, founder of the Slow Food Baltimore’s Eat in Season Challenge, for a taste of her Carrot & Leek Gratin as well as “Halloween Soup”.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

11AM-12PM

Eastern Shore Writers Association Panel Discussion

Panelists discuss Eastern Shore and Chesapeake watermen, pirates, floating theatres, bootleggers, ghostly haunts, local issues, Eastern Shore Native Americans, character, heritage, food and history, how living on the Eastern Shore has influenced their writing, and memoirs of growing up on the Eastern Shore, along with general points on writing. Panelists include: Brent Lewis, Norene Moskalski, Peggy Jaegly, Neal Gillen and Amy Schisler, all accomplished authors.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

11AM-12PM

Young Adult Fiction: Swoony, Sassy, And (Sometimes) Sexy Stories

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Andrew Grey
Rachel Harris
Cheryl Klam
Brigid Kemmerer
Miranda Kenneally
Lea Nolan

Young Adult books are all about the firsts: the first kiss, first love, first heart break, and sometimes the first time. Join these YA authors as they discuss how their characters face these firsts as they come of age. 

Maryland Romance Writers Stage 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

Design Your Own World

Join us in a Rousing Game of Stump the Panelists with a Worldbuilding Mashup - Audience Participation Encouraged. Learn what goes into creating fantasy and science fiction worlds.

Panelists: Tobias S. Buckell, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Anna Kashina, Don Sakers, Alan Smale

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America 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-6PM

Free Admission

Top of the World will be free Sunday, 9/27. Open Sunday from 11am-6pm (last ticket sold at 5:30pm).

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-12:30PM

Steve Sheinkin, author of Most Dangerous

Award-winning author of fast-paced, cinematic histories for young readers presents from his most recent book, Most Dangerous.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

11:30AM-12PM

Lauren Walker, Energy Medicine Yoga: Amplify the Healing Power of Your Yoga Practice Presented by The Institute for Integrative Health

Walker created Energy Medicine Yoga-a breakthrough book that combines yoga with the most effective practices of energy medicine to vastly increase the benefits of your practice. Lauren Walker has adapted the renowned energy medicine techniques pioneered by her own teacher, Donna Eden, so they integrate seamlessly into the movements and postures of yoga practice. "These tools are simple, easy to learn, and fit right in with what any yoga practitioner is already doing," Walker explains. "They'll allow you to work smarter, not harder-so you can have a healthy body full of energy, zest, and joy for what life has to offer.

The Health & Wellness Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Dr. Rob Knight, Follow Your Gut: The Enormous Impact of Tiny Microbes Presented by The Institute for Integrative Health

In Follow Your Gut, pioneering scientis and TED Talker, Rob Knight, pairs with award-winning science journalist Brendan Buhler to explain—with good humor and easy-to-grasp examples—why these new findings matter to everyone. They lead a detailed tour of the previously unseen world inside our bodies, calling out the diseases and conditions believed to be most directly impacted by them.

With a practical eye toward deeper knowledge and better decisions, they also explore the known effects of antibiotics, probiotics, diet choice and even birth method on our children’s lifelong health. Ultimately, this pioneering book explains how to learn about your own microbiome and take steps toward understanding and improving your health

The Health & Wellness Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

How to Publish a Comic Book/Graphic Novel

Publishing comics has grown beyond traditional publishing to include self-publishing, digital publishing, webcomics and any number of different paths to storytelling. Hear from a team of comics creators about how they pursued traditional and non-traditional paths to creating their own comics and graphic novels, and learn about some of the tricks of the trade for a new generation of creators eager to tell their own stories.

Panelist Enrica Jang, Erica Schultz & Jennie Wood

Enrica Jang is the founder and editor-in-chief at Red Stylo Media. She is the writer and creator of Azteca, a comic series and motion comic, Angel With a Bullet, The House of Montresor, The Star Thief, Guinevere, The 99 and editor of the annual Red Stylo Presents series of anthologies. Her screenplay The Freshmen was made into a short film, Frienemies, winner of a CINE Golden Eagle in 2011. Read more about her at enricajang.com.

Erica Schultz is an American comic book writer and the co-creator of crime series M3, the winner of the "Best Comic Book" award at the 2012 Burbank International Film Festival.
Her most notable works are Marvel's original graphic novel Revenge: The Secret Origin of Emily Thorne, Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1, Swords of Sorrow: Masquerade/Kato Special, and Swords of Sorrow: Black Sparrow & Lady Zorro Special. She also co-created The Unauthorized Biography of Winston Churchill: A Documentary. Erica provided artistic support for Neal Adams on The New Avengers 16.1, The First X-Men, Batman Odyssey, and Blood. She has worked as a letterer for Blood with Dark Horse, Dynamite's Swords of Sorrow series, Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1, Neal Adams' Batman Zombie, and several indie books such as "American Dark Age," "Midnight Tiger," and anthologies for Red Stylo Media. She is also credited as "Erica Carlson-Schultz" for her work as an animator on "The Astonishing X-Men" motion comic series "Gifted" for Marvel.

Jennie Wood is the creator and writer of Flutter, a graphic novel series. The Advocate calls Flutter one of the best LGBT graphic novels of 2013. Bleeding Cool’s Shawn Perry lists it as one of the 15 best indie comics of 2014. Gail Simone calls Flutter, “a truly thrilling graphic novel.” Jennie is also an ongoing contributor to the award-winning, New York Times best-selling FUBAR comic anthologies. She is the author of the YA novel, A Boy Like Me, which Foreword Reviews named one of the 10 best indie YA novels of 2014. Born and raised in North Carolina, Jennie currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She writes non-fiction features for infoplease.com and teaches at Grub Street, Boston’s independent writing center. Flutter, Volume Two: Don’t Let Me Die Nervous will be released on September 25, 2015. Ahead of Vol. 2 ’s release, a Flutter Kickstarter campaign was planned for April 13, 2015, through May 12, 2015. At its conclusion, the campaign not only met its initial $8,000 funding goal, but received over $10,000 in pledges from 244 backers.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

12PM-1PM

Andy Abramowitz, Thank You, Goodnight

In Thank You, Goodnight, hailed by Billboard as “High Fidelity and About a Boy with a dose of Music & Lyrics thrown in,” the lead singer of a one-hit wonder 90s band tries for one more swing at the fence.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

12PM-1PM

Getting The Happily Ever After: How To Plot A Romance

Christi Barth
Megan Erickson
Avery Flynn
Shelley Greene
Heidi Hormel
Robin Kaye
Kimberly Kincaid

Every romance ends with the HEA but the magic--and the devil--is in the details of how you get there. These authors will show you how.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

The Poet's Response: A Conversation on Social Justice and Poetics (Little Patuxent Review and Split This Rock)

Co-Sponsored by Little Patuxent Review and Split This Rock, the D.C.-based national network of socially engaged poets, this panel and poetry reading explores how poets respond to issues of social justice, and how activism shapes, informs, and invigorates the poet's craft. The conversation is co-moderated by Sarah Browning, executive director of Split This Rock, and Steven Leyva, editor of Little Patuxent Review.

Mahogany L. Browne is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and Poet’s House, and is the current curator and host for the Friday Night series at the Nuyorican Poet’s Café in New York. Her most recent projects include Redbone: A Biomythography, #Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out Online in 140 Characters or Less, and Swag.

Zakia Henderson-Brown currently serves as Associate Editor at The New Press and on the board of the Brooklyn Movement Center. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, North American Review, and Vinyl. Zakia is a Cave Canem fellow and resides in her native Brooklyn.

Goldie Patrick has been a feature poet and performer at several poetry venues nationwide. Most recently named one of the top 40 under 40 by the Envest Foundation, Goldie is a self-proclaimed “hip-hop womanist,” inspired to create conversations and movements that empower and liberate the stories of Black women and girls.

Laura Shovan is poetry editor for Little Patuxent Review and editor of two poetry anthologies. Her chapbook, Mountain, Log, Salt and Stone, won the inaugural Harriss Poetry Prize. The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, her novel-in-verse for children, will be published in 2016.

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Celeste Doaks and Jane Satterfield

Two acclaimed poets kick off a day celebrating the literary talent on our university and college campuses. Celeste Doaks teaches at Morgan State University. She is the author, most recently, of the poetry collection Cornrows and Cornfields. Jane Satterfield teaches at Loyola University. Her latest book is the poetry collection Her Familiars.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Science in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Which comes first: fiction or fact when it comes to science in Sci-fi and fantasy? Where do the "soft sciences" fit in? Ask our experts!

Panelists: Karen Burnham, Jack Clemons, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Anna Kashina, Don Sakers, Alan Smale

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

12:30PM

Tongue & Cheek, New Orleans jazz

Music Stage Event Details

12:30PM

Mark C. Collins, Harry's Hair

Ben's Day, Meet The Bugs, Grandma Stinks!

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

12:30PM-1:30PM

David Weinstone, author of Music Class Today

Classically trained former punk rocker David Weinstone performs a singalong/storytime event.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

12:30PM-3:30PM

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

1PM

Rashawnda Ungerer

The Hard Way

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

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.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Issa Rae, Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

With her own unique flare and infectious sense of humor, Issa Rae’s content has garnered over 25 million views and close to 200,000 subscribers on YouTube. In addition to making the Forbes 30 Under 30 list twice and winning the 2012 Shorty Award for Best Web Show for her hit series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” Issa Rae has worked on web content for Pharrell Williams, Tracey Edmonds and numerous others. She developed a TV series with Shonda Rhimes for ABC and is currently developing a half-hour comedy, “Insecure” for HBO.

Literary Salon Event Details

1PM-2PM

Reading Group 5: Spotlight in Short Fiction

Short fiction is often said to be the heart and soul of the science fiction and fantasy genres. Discover short fiction and your new favorite author! Our award-winning readers have been published everywhere from Granta to Asimov's to the Year's Best anthologies.

Readers: Ann Chatham, Scott Edelman, Carmen Maria Machado, Sarah Pinsker, Bud Sparhawk Signing Table: Tobias S. Buckell

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

1PM-2PM

PR & Marketing Pro Class: Tips And Tricks From The Experts

Courtney DeLollis
Trent Hart (Diversion Books/Ever After Romance)
Sara Humphreys
Jean Murray
Carrie Ann Ryan
Jillian Stein (Book Blogger & Social Media Manager)

Learn expert tips from PR and Marketing gurus to take your sales to the next level.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Manil Suri

Manil Suri is a novelist and a professor of mathematics at UMBC. His trilogy of novels The Death of Vishnu, The Age of Shiva and The City of Devi examines the present, past and imagined future of India through the lens of Hindu mythology. He is also a frequent contributor to the New York Times editorial page, with columns that focus on mathematics, India and gay rights.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Literary Citizenship (The Baltimore Review)

Editors from The Baltimore Review discuss the process for becoming a naturalized citizen of the Country of Writers. No Form N-400, no passport photos. Oath of Allegiance nice, but not required. From simply reading the work of respected literary citizens to making all the right connections, editors discuss what it takes to become a card-carrying citizen—and find a home for your work.

Amanda Fiore received her MFA in Fiction in 2012. She is currently “Writer in Residence” at The Patterson and teaches writing at College Park. Her work has appeared in Sentinel Quarterly, Prick of the Spindle, and Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, among others.

Lisa Lance has an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University, and her writing has appeared in publications including The Butter, Full Grown People, Baltimore Magazine, National Parks Traveler, Bmoreart, and others. She is a nonfiction editor for The Baltimore Review.

Holly Morse-Ellington has published essays with Wanderlust and Lipstick, Matador Network, Three Quarter Review, Baltimore Fishbowl, Outside In Magazine, "Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore," Urbanite, The Journal of Homeland Security, The Washington Times, and elsewhere. She writes and performs music, plays, and promotional material with her arts startup, Limestone Connection.

Lalita Noronha is a widely published poet and writer. She is the author of an award winning short story collection, Where Monsoons Cry, and a chapbook of poetry, Her Skin Phyllo-thin. She has won the Maryland Literary Short Story Award, a Maryland Individual Artist Award, and Maryland Writers Association Awards in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.

Barbara Westwood Diehl is founding editor of The Baltimore Review. Her fiction and poetry have been published in journals including MacGuffin, Potomac Review (Best of the 50), Measure, Little Patuxent Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Gargoyle, Superstition Review, Penduline Press, NANO Fiction, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Thrush Poetry Journal, and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

CityLit Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Joy “The Baker” Wilson, Homemade Decadence: Irresistibly Sweet, Salty, Gooey, Sticky, Fluffy, Creamy, Crunchy Treats

Joy Wilson believes that everything is better with pie. And caramel. And definitely ice cream. Her world is pretty sweet: she dabbles daily in butter and sugar as her blogging alter ego, Joy the Baker. Her new book, Joy the Baker Homemade Decadence, is packed with 125 of Joy’s favorite, supereasy, most over-the-top, totally delicious treats, such as Dark Chocolate, Pistachio, and Smoked Sea Salt Cookies; Butterscotch Cream Pie with Thyme-Marshmallow Meringue; Mint Chocolate Chip Cake; and Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Celebrating Baltimore Zinesters, with readings by China Martens, Beast Grrrl, and other friends

Charm City boasts a vibrant and constantly growing zine culture! Red Emma’s hosts a panel discussion with some of the most exciting newcomers to the scene, and longtime local favorites as well.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

1PM-2PM

Cara Nicoletti, VORACIOUS: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books

As a young bookworm reading in her grandfather's butcher shop, Cara Nicoletti saw how books and food bring people to life. Now a butcher, cook, and talented writer, she serves up stories and recipes inspired by beloved books and the food that gives their characters depth and personality. From the breakfast sausage in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House in the Big Woods to chocolate cupcakes with peppermint buttercream from Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, these books and the tasty treats in them put her on the road to happiness.

Moderated by Richard Gorelick 

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

1:30PM

Martina Boone

Compulsion

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

2PM

Robert Raker

Entropy

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

2PM

Slow Lights, indie

Music Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Short Stories: Why they Rock Science Fiction and Fantasy

They can be as short as a few words or almost as long as a novel, but short works have always been important to science fiction and fantasy. Hear why and how short fiction showcases the best of our genres. Learn where the hot stories are being published, and get answers to all your questions from our panel of acclaimed short fiction writers.

Panelists: Bill Campbell, Ann Chatham, Scott Edelman, Carmen Maria Machado, Sarah Pinsker, Cat Rambo Bud Sparhawk, Fran Wilde Signing Table: Anna Kashina, Alan Smale

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

2PM-3PM

Cherríe Moraga, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color

Legendary feminist, playwright, and activist Cherríe Moraga joins the Baltimore Book Festival for a rare Baltimore appearance to discuss the re-release and contemporary legacy of her groundbreaking collection, This Bridge Called My Back, co-edited in 1981 with Gloria Anzaldúa

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

2PM-3PM

The Science (Fiction) of Zombies

Zombie experts and co-authors of Zombiemania: 80 Movies to Die For, Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg and Andrew Hershberger, discuss the evolution of the most successful modern horror icon in pop culture. Not just an embodiment of fear, the zombie today incorporates many science fiction elements that make it a more relatable and adaptable monster for the many movies, TV shows, comics, games, and books that showcase the myriad incarnations of the living dead.

Panelist Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg & Andy Hershberger

Andy Hershberger is a writer, registrar, and curator, who co-authored (along with Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg) Zombiemania: 80 Movies to Die For and the upcoming Zombiemania Rises. He has also assisted behind the scenes on 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking, The Batman Vault: A Museum-in-a-Book with Rare Collectibles from the Batcave, Fantagraphics’ Krazy Kat reprint series, Fantragraphics’ Walt  Disney’s Mickey Mouse by Floyd Gottfredson & Troma Edge TV among many other projects.

Dr. Blumberg is the “Doctor of the Dead” and "The MCU guru" – a world-renowned zombie expert and authority on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (he teaches courses in those and many other media subjects at the University of Baltimore). He spent 15 years in the comic book industry as writer and Editor of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide and curated a pop culture museum for five years. He’s the owner of ATB Publishing (Doctor Who essay collections Outside In and Outside In 2). He co-authored Zombiemania (one of the first exhaustive guides to zombie cinema, with an updated edition titled Zombiemania Rises in the works), and appears in film (Doc of the Dead, the forthcoming The Walkers Among Us), on TV, radio, and online venues. He lectures at conventions and other events, and his zombie-focused podcast, Doctor of the Dead (doctorofthedead.com), is available via iTunes, YouTube, and other podcast apps. Find Arnold on Twitter at @arnoldtblumberg and @DoctoroftheDead.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

2PM-3PM

Blurred Lines: Memoir and Fiction Collide

Panelists: Joanna Rakoff, My Salinger Year and Cheryl Della Pietra, Gonzo Girl

Cheryl Della Pietra is a longtime New York City magazine editor, writer, and copy editor. She has published numerous stories in such magazines as Marie Claire, Redbook, and POV Magazine. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, she lived with Hunter S. Thompson in Woody Creek, Colorado, for several months in 1992, where she worked as his assistant.

After leaving graduate school to pursue her dream of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff takes a job as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger. Precariously balanced between poverty and glamour, she spends her days in a plush, wood-paneled office—where Dictaphones and typewriters still reign and agents doze after three-martini lunches—and then goes home to her threadbare Brooklyn apartment. Rakoff has written for The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Vogue, O: The Oprah Magazine, and other publications.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

2PM-3PM

Lit & Art Reading Series

Started in 2007, the Lit & Art Reading Series takes place five times a year at the Watermark Gallery near Harborplace. The program features artists who represent various literary genres combined with visual art.  This festival edition is emceed by Aaron Henkin of WYPR’s “The Signal,” which takes listeners on a weekly tour of Baltimore’s cultural landscape. Eric D. Goodman is co-founder and co-curator of the Lit & Art Reading Series. Nitin Jagdish assists with the series, and is a regular contributor to The Potomac and Syndic. Readers include:

Holly Morse-Ellington has published essays and photographs with Wanderlust and Lipstick, Matador Network, Three Quarter Review, Baltimore Fishbowl, Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine, Urbanite, The Journal of Homeland Security, The Washington Times, and elsewhere. She and Jason Tinney co-authored the play, Fifty Miles Away, winner of Frostburg Center for Creative Writing’s 2015 One Act Festival. Holly is also an editor for Baltimore Review.

Richard Peabody is the founder and co-editor of Gargoyle Magazine and editor (or co-editor) of twenty-three anthologies including Mondo Barbie, Conversations with Gore Vidal, and A Different Beat: Writings by Women of the Beat Generation. The author of a novella, three short story collections, and seven poetry books, Peabody’s new book is The Richard Peabody Reader published by Alan Squire Publishers.

Jason Tinney is the author of Ripple Meets the Deep (named “best Book” for 2015 by Baltimore magazine), Louise Paris and Other Waltzes, and Bluebird. He has been a contributor to several publications, including Baltimore, Style, Urbanite, and Maryland Life. As an actor, he has appeared in more than thirty stage productions. He and Holly Morse-Ellington perform together as Limestone Connection.

Gregg Wilhelm founded the literary arts organization CityLit Project in 2004 and serves as publisher of its CityLit Press imprint.  He has worked for several independent presses and has taught writing and publishing courses at several universities. In 2014, Gregg earned an MFA from the University of Tampa and won a Rubys Artists Project Grant from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

CityLit Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Karsonya Wise Whitehead -- Letters to My Black Sons

Letters to My Black Sons traces Karsonya Wise Whitehead’s and her husband’s journey as they try to raise happy and healthy black boys in a post-racial America. Whitehead is a professor at Loyola University and the author, most recently, of Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Writing Sex Scenes: Authors Confess Everything You Always Wanted To Know...And More

Magda Alexander
Robin Covington
Jay Crownover
Laura Kaye
Jen McLaughlin/Diane Alberts
Laura Ward
MD Waters

If you love reading those steamy scenes in books--or ever wanted to write one of your own--these authors will not only tell you how it’s done, but talk about their “research,” bloopers and triumphs in a sex scene well done.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Eric Litwin, author of The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants

New York Times bestselling author, Eric Litwin, plays his guitar and harmonicas and shares interactive songs and stories, including his brand new song/book “Sing and Dance in Your Polka Dot Pants!”

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

2PM-4PM

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

2:30PM

Tammy Lyons

Knock, Knock, Knocking on Heaven's Door

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

2:30PM-3:30PM

Daniel James Brown, The Boys in The Boat

The Boys in the Boat celebrates the 1936 U.S. men’s Olympic eight-oar rowing team—nine working class boys who stormed the rowing world, transformed the sport, and galvanized the attention of millions of Americans. Against the grim backdrop of the Great Depression, they reaffirmed the American notion that merit, in the end, outweighs birthright. They reminded the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together. And they provided hope that in the titanic struggle that lay just ahead, the ruthless might of the Nazis would not prevail over American grit, determination, and optimism.

Literary Salon Event Details

2:30PM-3:30PM

Katie Workman, Dinner Solved! 100 Ingenious Recipes That Make the Whole Family Happy, Including You!

Katie Workman is a gifted cook, a best friend in the kitchen, and a brilliant problem solver. Her Mom 100 Cookbook was named one of the Five Best Weeknight Cookbooks of the past 25 years by Cooking Light and earned praise from chefs like Ina Garten (“I love the recipes!”) and Bobby Flay (“Perfect . . . to help moms everywhere get delicious meals on the table.”). Now Katie turns her attention to the biggest problem that every family cook faces: how to make everyone at the table happy without turning into a short-order cook.

Author of The Mom 100 Cookbook. She is also the founding editor in chief of Cookstr .com; a regular contributor to NPR; and a food writer whose articles have appeared in magazines and websites, including The Daily Beast, AOL Food, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and New York magazine. She sits on the board of City Harvest, New York’s leading food rescue nonprofit

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

3PM

Rochelle Karina

Fallen

Authors' Tent & Speaker 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

We Need Diverse Books: The Next Chapter

Books with diverse characters, written by diverse authors, are a focus of the We Need Diverse Books campaign. Readers are clamoring for books about and by people of color, LGBTQIA people, people with disabilities, people of different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. What's next for the industry? Our authors talk about diversity, representation, and the next steps.

Panelists: Tobias S. Buckell, Bill Cambell, Justina Ireland, KM Szpara, GL Tomas

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

3PM-4PM

Jen Chaney, AS If!: The Oral History of Clueless

Acclaimed pop culture journalist Jen Chaney celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the classic film’s release in the first book of its kind, weaving together original interviews with writer and director Amy Heckerling; Chaney explores the influence of Jane Austen’s Emma as the unlikely framework for Heckerling’s script, the rigorous casting process (including the future stars who didn’t make the cut), the functional yet fashion-forward wardrobe, the unique slang that drew from the past and coined new phrases for the future, the sun-drenched soundtrack that set the tone, and—above all—the massive amount of work, creativity, and craft that went into making Clueless look so effortlessly bright and glossy.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

3PM-4PM

Ben Hedin, Courtland Cox, and Betty Robinson, In Search of the Movement: The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now

Published on the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery, Alabama marches, Ben Hedin analyzes the legacy of the Civil Rights movement, and illuminates the work that continues to be done today. With SNCC leader Courtland Cox, and local activist & author, Betty Garman Robinson

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

3PM-4PM

“The Food Doctor” Dr. Gerard Mullin, Gut Revolution: Boost Your Metabolism, Restore Your Inner Ecology, and Lose the Weight for Good!

Dr. Mullin, brings Your gut microbiome: Those trillions of bacteria that live in your digestive tract. There are more of them than there are of you—and if they’re balanced just right, with more “good” bacteria than “bad,” excess pounds will melt away and you’ll feel better than ever.

From the top authority on the gut microbiome, here’s a plan that will show you how to starve the fat-forming bacteria, reseed your gut with good fat-burning ones, and fertilize those friendly flora with just the right foods to reboot, rebalance, and renew your health—and lose weight for good. It’s all based on up-to-the-minute scientific research.

The Health & Wellness Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Katherine Applegate, author of CRENSHAW

2013 Newbury Medal winner presents from her latest book, CRENSHAW.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Otherworldly Love Stories: Paranormal/Horror/Fantasy & Science Fiction

Megan Hart
Alma Katsu
Jean Murray
Andy Palmer
Leslye Penelope
Rebecca Rivard
Rebecca York

Explore the outer limits and sexy possibilities of paranormal, fantasy,  and speculative fiction.

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Conversation with Newbery Award Winner Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander is a poet and author of eighteen books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Other works include Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band and the YA novel He Said, She Said. He is the founder of Book-in-a-Day, a student-run publishing program that has created more than 3000 student authors, and a founding board member of CityLit Project.

CityLit Stage Event Details

3PM-6PM

University/MFA Writers Program

The Ivy’s festival program concludes with a slam! Writers from six university writing programs across Baltimore – UB, Loyola University, Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, Towson University and UMBC – converge, bringing a wide-angle perspective to the state of contemporary literature on our campuses

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

3:30PM

Jerome Jewell

On The Balcony: Rapture and Ruptures

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

3:30PM

Subtle Hustle, funk rock

Music Stage Event Details

4PM

Diane Witherspoon

Madison's Adventures

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

4PM-5:30PM

Nonfiction Presented by the New Mercury Series

The New Mercury, the area’s only on-going nonfiction reading series, takes place every month at the Windup Space in Station North.  This festival edition, hosted by series curators Deborah Rudacille and John Barry, includes:

Curtis Smith has published over one hundred stories and essays. His work has been cited by The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, and The Best American Spiritual Writing. He has published five fiction collections, three novels, and two essay collections. His latest books are Beasts and Men (stories) and Communion (essays). Next spring, Ig Publishing will put out his next book, a series of essays about Slaughterhouse-Five.

Firmin De Brabander is an associate professor of philosophy at Maryland Institute College of Art. He is the author of Do Guns Make us Free? He has written numerous articles for the New York Times, Baltimore Sun, The Atlantic.com, and Salon. In Do Guns Make Us Free?, DeBrabander examines the ways that the proliferation of guns impacts freedom and finds that a heavily armed citizenry diminishes core freedoms for all of us.

Marion Winik is the author of First Comes and The Glen Rock Book of the Dead.  Her other books are Telling, The Lunch-Box Chronicles, Rules for the Unruly, Above Us Only Sky, and Highs in the Low Fifties: How I stumbled Through the Joys of Single Living. She has also published two books of poetry, Nonstop and Boycrazy.

Jamie Zvirzdin is a science editor and freelance writer. She has worked for Atomium Culture, A K Peters, Taylor & Francis, and other clients in the publishing industry. She is the founder of The Unbound Bookmaker Project, which publishes books written and illustrated by children in developing countries. She grew up in Sandy, Utah, and lives abroad in a US Foreign Service family.

CityLit Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

Author Meet And Greet

MRW Authors will be on hand for a final, casual meet and greet with readers.  Come talk about books, receive promotional materials, and make your final purchases from the Ukazoo bookstore!

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

Laurel Snyder, author of Swan: the Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova

Recipient of such distinctions as the Sydney Taylor Medal and EB White Honor, Laurel Snyder presents from Swan: the Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova with live dancers.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

The Art of Manga: Composing Scene Design in Sequential Art - with Chris Liu

A workshop that will demonstrate key concepts and the importance of scene design using composition and traditional art-making essentials. Illustrator and Comic Artist Chris Liu will explain the different uses of viewing angles and tone while showing how to compose an image in a sequential art format.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

4PM-5PM

Seton Rossini, Sweet Envy: Deceptively Easy Desserts, Designed to Steal the Show

Want your friends and family to gasp in awe when you bring dessert to the table? Rossini takes her cue from artists, vintage sweets, cocktails, and more, to create desserts that are crazy fun, breathtakingly beautiful, and, most importantly, surprisingly simple.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

Timey-Wimey Stuff: Time Travel, Alternate History, and Historical Fantasy

Sometimes past is present and future is past - especially around a time traveler. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Learn what’s what when we change the past, and how to avoid historical goofs and time travel gaffs.

Panelists: DH Aire, Tom Doyle, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Karen Myers, Alan Smale

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

4PM-5PM

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.

National Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Stage Event Details

4PM-5PM

Laura Lippman, Hush Hush

Join New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman, celebrating the paperback release of her most recent book, which plunges Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan into a twisted and disturbing case.

Literary Salon Event Details

4:30PM

Andrena Sawyer

The Long Way Home

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

4:30PM-5:30PM

Michael Miller, Heal Your Heart: The Positive Emotions Prescription to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

In Heal Your Heart, Dr. Michael Miller, a leader in the fields of preventive and behavioral cardiology, outlines his Positive Emotions Prescription, a 28-day program designed to undo past heart damage and reduce your risk of stroke, heart attack, and more. You’ll discover how eating certain foods, listening to specific kinds of music, and even increasing the amount of time you spend laughing can promote heart health and overall positive well-being.

The Health & Wellness Stage Event Details

5PM

9 Mile Roots, reggae

Music Stage Event Details

5PM

Tonya Barbee

The Little Girl Inside Owning My Role in My Own Pain

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

5PM-6PM

Location, Location, Location

Our panel of authors discusses what gives a strong sense of place to science fiction and fantasy, from Hogwarts to Neil Gaiman's strange London Underground to every monster that has ever stomped Manhattan. We discuss the ways place informs fiction - plus, how to get your details right and what drives us crazy when authors get our favorite real life places wrong.

Panelists: Tobias S. Buckell, Kelly Harmon, Emmie Mears, Karen Myers, KM Szpara

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

5PM-6PM

The Poetry Collective presents “Stories Never Told”

This series consists of Spoken Word pieces that speak to hidden truths in everyday life and current social issues. Performers: Angel King, Black Asset, Cheyanne Zadia, Cierra Lione, Eean Logan, and Truth.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

5PM-6PM

Peter Dans, author of Sergeant Bill and His Horse Bob

Peter Dans presents from Sergeant Bill and His Horse Bob, a book about the story of Sergeant Bill McKeldin, a very well-known member of the Baltimore Mounted Police.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

5:30PM

Selina Eichelberger

Bound by Her Master, Second Chances, A Good Day

Authors' Tent & Speaker Stage Event Details

5:30PM-6:30PM

Senator John McCain, 13 Soldiers

As a veteran himself, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and a long-time student of history, John McCain brings a distinctive perspective to this subject. Thirteen Soldiers tells the stories of real soldiers who personify valor, obedience, enterprise, and love. You’ll meet Joseph Plumb Martin, who at the tender age of fifteen fought in the Revolutionary War; Charles Black, a freeborn African American sailor in the War of 1812; and Sam Chamberlain, of the Mexican American War, whose life inspired novelist Cormac McCarthy. Then there’s Oliver Wendell Holmes, an aristocratic idealist disillusioned by the Civil War, and Littleton “Tony” Waller, court-martialed for refusing to massacre Filipino civilians. From their acts of self-sacrifice to their astonishing bravery, these thirteen soldiers embody the best America has to offer.

Literary Salon Event Details

5:30PM-6:30PM

Bourbon talk and tasting with Reid Mitenbuler, Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey

Unraveling the many myths and misconceptions surrounding America’s most iconic spirit, Bourbon Empire traces a history that spans frontier rebellion, Gilded Age corruption, and the magic of Madison Avenue. Whiskey has profoundly influenced America’s political, economic, and cultural destiny, just as those same factors have inspired the evolution and unique flavor of the whiskey itself.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

6PM-7PM

Book Discussion: Ann Leckie's Ancillary Sword

Ann Leckie's first novel, Ancillary Justice, won the Nebula, the Hugo, and every other award in sight last year. The sequel, Ancillary Sword, is hitting all of this year's award lists. If you like space opera, artificial intelligence, or space station mysteries, this is the book for you. We'll discuss this amazing series in conjunction with the Baltimore Science Fiction Society’s monthly book group.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

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When:

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

Where:

Baltimore Inner Harbor

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