Sunday

Sunday at the Baltimore Book Festival has a plethora of activities for festival goers from 11am-7pm. Stay tuned for the 2016 schedule!

Sunday, September 25, 2016




11AM

WHY HAPPY EVER AFTER SELLS SWOONY, SASSY, SEXY STORIES

When it comes to discoverability, what ways to readers are finding authors and books are changing fast. What works, what's played out and what's going to be hot next.

Xio Axelrod
Megan Erickson
Erika Kelly
Sarah Robinson
Rebecca Rivard
Mia Sosa
Laura Ward

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

11AM-12PM

Worldbuilding for Science Fiction & Fantasy

Learn what goes into creating fantasy and science fiction worlds. Ask questions! Get answers! Authors: Brenda W. Clough, Lara Elena Donnelly, Sarah Beth Durst, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Anna Kashina, Fran Wilde.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

11AM-12PM

The Mudbugs

Genre: Acoustic Roots/ Zydeco

Music Stage 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

12-1PM

The Art of Drawing Chibi

Hang out in the comic book tent and let's build our own superheroes from our imaginations and the world around us. So bring your thinking caps and creativity and let’s see what we can conjure up together. Hosted by Kofi Jamal Simmons

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

12-1PM

Beyond the Hunger Games: YA SF & Fantasy

Come find your new fave as our authors talk about the depth and breadth of Young Adult literature. Authors:  Cinda Williams Chima, Leah Cypess, Sarah Beth Durst, Kristen Lippert-Martin, Lois Metzger, Rysa Walker
12PM Signing: Richard Groller

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

12-1PM

Allision & Matt Robicelli, "Robicelli's: A Love Story, with Cupcakes: With 50 Decidedly Grown-Up Recipes"

The ultimate guide to gourmet cupcakes, featuring grown-up flavors (figs! whiskey! fried chicken!) and the delicious story of a family saved by a love of sweets.

No food coloring. No fondant. No red velvet. Upscale bakery Robicelli’s has become a buzzed-about, in-demand purveyor of decidedly adult cupcakes. Nixing cutesy, pastel-colored dollops of fluff for real ingredients and rich French buttercreams, the husband and wife team have reinvented the cupcake craze for a more sophisticated palate, making each a small piece of the greatest cake ever made. Now their extraordinary recipes are available to the home cook.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

12PM

HISTORICAL ROMANCE—KILT OR NO KILT OR WHY JAMIE FRASER ISN’T ALL THERE IS…

Some of the hottest paranormal, fantasy and science fiction romance authors share how they create worlds that readers can't get enough of.

Katherine Ashe
Jamaila Brinkley
Joanna Shupe
Ingrid Hahn
Eliza Knight
Diana Quincy
E. Elizabeth Watson

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Jewish Museum of Maryland

Join the Jewish Museum of Maryland as we celebrate our latest original exhibit, Beyond Chicken Soup Jews and Medicine in America. Inspired by grandma’s favorite chicken soup, we invite families to create your own magical bowl of healing soup; perhaps just what the doctor ordered or maybe something a little more unusual!

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Autobiography through Performance and Poetry

Kenneth Morrison’s Blood, Bricks, and Dandelions is a collection of Kenneth’s journals, poems and thoughts from the age of 13 to 18, an authentic look in the teenage life of the many young "Kenneths" struggling to grow up young, black and gay in America. Ron Kipling Williams’ Black Freak Mosh Heaven is a poetic autobiography about a black youth who rocks and rolls to his own beat and is forced to battle racism, stereotypes and ignorance. Morrison (2016 Baltimore Grand Slam Champion, 2016 Washington DC Pride Grand Slam Champion, and president and founder of Dew More Baltimore), and Williams (a recent graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore and an MSAC Individual Artist Award Winner) will perform from their works and join in conversation about finding authenticity through the intersection of performance and poetry.

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM-1PM

Carl Hiaasen, "Razor Girl"

Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of thirteen previous novels, including the best-selling Bad Monkey, Star Island, Nature Girl, Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy, and Lucky You, and four best-selling children's books, Chomp, Hoot, Flush, and Scat. His most recent work of nonfiction is The Downhill Lie: A Hacker's Return to a Ruinous Sport. He also writes a weekly column for The Miami Herald.

Literary Salon Event Details

12:30-1:30PM

Edjacated Phools

Genre: Roots Reggae

Music Stage Event Details

1-2PM

Short Stories: The Heart of SFF

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. Authors: Lara Elena Donnelly, AT Greenblatt, Sam J. Miller, Sunny Moraine, Sarah Pinsker, Karlo Yeager Rodríguez
1PM Signing: Lois Metzger, Rysa Walker

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

1PM

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCIFI: THE “NOW THAT WAS AWESOME” AUTHOR CHAT

Paranormal, Fantasy and SciFi authors chat with readers about the jaw-dropping moments in books that make something so out of this world, real to the reader.

Pintip Dunn
Kira Decker
Dawn Ibanez
Cheryl Klam
Jean Murray
Stacey O’Neale
M.D. Waters

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Kelly Starling Lyons, One More Dino on the Floor

Kelly Starling Lyons, children's book author whose mission is to transform moments, memories and history into stories of discovery, will perform interactive readings from One Million Men and Me and One More Dino on the Floor.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Ink Press Productions Presents

Ink Press Productions presents a reading featuring authors from the Ink Press catalog: Megan McShea, Stephanie Barber, Joseph Young, and Amanda McCormick. Hosted by Barrett Warner. Ink Press Productions is a collaborative project devoted to the community of art. They believe there are an infinite number of ways to be a book and strive to open this dialogue with as many people as possible through publishing handmade chapbooks and a journal to highlight new and emerging artists, hosting a writing group, and organizing readings and events to inspire people to use their hands and create together.

CityLit Stage Event Details

1PM-2PM

Maryland Humanities Presents Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

Jason Reynold and Brendan Kiely, the 2016 One Maryland One Book authors, will speak about their unforgettable novel, All American Boys. The book weaves a story from the perspective of two teens—one black, one white—who grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.

Literary Salon Event Details

1PM-2PM

Medea Benjamin presents Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the US-Saudi Connection

The peace activist and CODEPINK co-founder presents her new book exploring the persistent and perplexing alliance between the US and one of the most repressive countries in the Middle East, uncovering the hidden logic of national security that underlies our government’s perverse allegiance to one of the most important funders of international terrorism.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

1PM-4PM

University Writers’ Program

The University Writers Program is a chance for students from local graduate and undergraduate programs to read their poetry or prose. On September 25th from 1:00-4:00 PM, undergraduate and graduate students from ten local universities—Johns Hopkins, Coppin, Loyola, Morgan, MICA, Towson, Goucher, Stevenson, UMBC, and UB—will read their work. The readings will be separated into two segments, with a reception in between hosted by Artifact Coffee.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

2-3PM

Coexist & Devin Jano

Genre: Alternative Hip Hop

Music Stage Event Details

2-3PM

Writing for Comic Books

Writing comics whether it's superheroes or regular folks, learn how to write a comic from start to finish. Including script format, writing dialogue, and plotting your stories. Hosted by Jordan Clark

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Comic Pavilion Event Details

2-3PM

Plucky, Snarky, & Sweet: Memorable Girl Characters in YA

Move over, Harry Potter, these leading ladies have it all and then some. Listen as our panelists discuss some of the best YA has to offer! Authors: Cinda Williams Chima, Leah Cypess, Sarah Beth Durst, Justina Ireland, Lois Metzger, Rysa Walker.
2PM Signing: DH Aire, Sarah Pinsker

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

2-5PM

All the World’s a Stage: sponsored by The Studio at The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Come and play Shakespeare word games with us! At the top of each hour, a new acting studio game or exercise emphasizing the power and fun of wordplay. Stretch your imagination, your performing muscles, and your storytelling voice. Fun for all ages.

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Event Details

2PM

AUTHOR CHAT: YOUNG ADULT FICTION WORKS FOR ALL AGES

Some of YA’s most talented and successful authors get together to share their favorite characters and their newest releases!

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Kira Decker
Pintip Dunn
Megan Hart

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Monica Hesse, Girl in the Blue Coat

Monica Hesse presents from her unforgettable story of bravery, grief, and love in the impossible times of WWII, Girl in the Blue Coat.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Lit & Art

Started in 2007, the Lit & Art Reading Series takes place five times a year at the Watermark Gallery,100 South Charles Street on the second floor of the Bank of America building across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The program features artists who represent various literary genres combined with visual art. Each event includes literary readings, live music, original art, along with wine and refreshments. Learn more at www.Facebook.com/groups/LitAndArt. Featured at the Baltimore Book Festival’s CityLit Stage Edition of Lit & Art: Barbara DeCesare, Eric D. Goodman Aaron Henkin, Nitin Jagdish, Jennifer Miller, Manzar Rassouli, Charles Rammelkamp, and Sally Whitney.

CityLit Stage Event Details

2PM-3PM

Bill Ayers presents Demand the Impossible!: A Radical Manifesto

In this new call to imagine—and fight for—a better world, social justice educator and firebrand activist Bill Ayers traces the outlines of a new possibilities beyond the regressive limits of the political status quo.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

2PM-3PM

Sarah Gray, "A Life Everlasting: The Extraordinary Story of One Boy’s Gift to Medical Science"

When Sarah Gray received the devastating news that her unborn twin son Thomas was diagnosed with anencephaly, a terminal condition that meant he would not survive long beyond birth, she decided she wanted his death—and life—to have meaning. In the weeks before she gave birth to her sons in 2010, she arranged to donate Thomas’s organs to medical research. Later curious about how the donations were being used, Sarah embarked on a quest for those answers that took her to some of the most prestigious scientific facilities in the country, including those at Harvard, Duke, and the University of Pennsylvania. Pulling back the curtain of protocol and confidentiality, Sarah met the researchers and scientists who received Thomas’s donations, and learned how they’re being used in cutting-edge research for medical discoveries to benefit humanity. This story, and Sarah’s journey, will be shared in her new book, A Life Everlasting: The Extraordinary Story of One Boy’s Gift to Medical Science (coming September 27th).

The Living Legacy Foundation will be on site during Sarah’s talk to register those interested in becoming registered organ donors.

The Health & Wellness Stage 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

Near Future/Far Future

Look at what goes into science fiction that's right around the corner versus light years ahead. How are they similar and different? What happens when fiction comes true? Authors: Brenda W. Clough, AT Greenblatt, Kristen Lippert-Martin, Sam J. Miller, Karlo Yaeger Rodriguez
3PM Signing: Leah Cypess, Sarah Beth Durst.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

3PM

Luvvie Ajayi: I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual

A thirteen-year blogging veteran, she is the voice behind Awesomely Luvvie, a respected entertainment and humor blog that covers everything pop culture – from TV, movies and technology to travel, race and life’s random adventures. Her first book, titled, I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do Better Manual, will be released in September 2016 by Henry Holt and Company.

Luvvie is passionate about social justice and is equally addicted to shoes. She combined these loves in 2009 when she, along with Karyn Brianne Lee, founded The Red Pump Project. Red Pump is a nonprofit that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls.  Their work has earned them a Congressional Record from the U.S. House of Representatives and Resolutions by the Illinois State Senate as well as the City Council of Chicago.

Her latest site, Awesomely Techie (launched April 2014), is a resource for writers, bloggers, entrepreneurs, small business owners and everyday people who want to use technology to make their work and personal lives more efficient.  Luvvie is a contributing editor and columnist for TheGrio, writes Scandal recaps for Vulture, and has written for XOJane, Essence, EBONY, Huffington Post, Clutch Magazine and Uptown Magazine. She has been featured by the Chicago Sun-Times, Africa.com, Essence, AOL.com, Black Enterprise, The Root, BET  and more.

Literary Salon Event Details

3PM

TROPES IN ROMACE: STEPBROTHERS, FRIENDS-TO-LOVERS, SECRET BABIES, OH MY!

A fun, interactive chat session discussing our favorite (and least favorite) romance tropes, how to keep them fresh, and what's next.

Christi Barth
Andie Christopher
Sonali Dev
Tracey Livesay
Sarah Robinson
Mia Sosa
Sarah Wendell/MODERATOR

 

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM-3:30PM

Lalita Noronha: Poetry as Collage

A scientist, poet, and writer, Lalita Noronha reads and discusses her new work Mustard Seed: A Collage of Science and Art Poetry. Hosted by CityLit Executive Director Carla Du Pree.

CityLit Stage Event Details

3PM-4PM

Knocking the Hustle/Policing the Planet: Lester Spence in conversation with Jordan T. Camp and Christina Heatherton

JHU Political Science professor Lester Spence puts his pathbreaking analysis of neoliberalism and black politics, Knocking the Hustle, in conversation with the editors of the important new anthology Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

3:30-4:30PM

The Palovations

Genre: Soul

Music Stage Event Details

3:30PM-4PM

Dr. Bob Hieronimus: The Secret Life of Lady Liberty

Robert Hieronimus, Ph.D. is an internationally known historian, visual artist, and radio host and has appeared on History, Discovery, BBC, and National Geographic. In his book, The Secret Life of Lady Liberty: Goddess in the New World, Hieronimus explores the goddess origins of the Statue of Liberty and her connections with the founding and the future of America, examining Lady Liberty’s ties to Native American spiritual traditions, the Earth Mother, Roman goddesses, Black Madonnas, and Mary Magdalene and revealing the sharp contrast between depicting “liberty” as a female and the reality of women and other suppressed classes even today. Hosted by CityLit Executive Director Carla Du Pree.

CityLit Stage Event Details

4-5PM

Beyond Game of Thrones

Everyone is waiting for the next George RR Martin book, but there are plenty of other authors talking politics and intrigue in fantasy (and science fiction!) What are some of the other works in these genres? What is it about this kind of book that draws us in? Authors:  Ann Chatham, Leah Cypess, Sarah Beth Durst, Jeremy M. Gottwig, Richard Groller, Mark Tompkins.
4PM Signing: Cinda Williams Chima, Damien Angelica Walters

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

4-5PM

The Art of Hero Building

Hang out in the comic book tent and let's build our own superheroes from our imaginations and the world around us. So bring your thinking caps and creativity and let’s see what we can conjure up together. Hosted by Kofi Jamal Simmons