Friday

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

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Friday, September 22, 2017




11AM

Kerry Dunnington, The Seasonal Kitchen: Farm-Fresh Ingredients Enhance 165 Recipes

Kerry Dunnington is a Baltimore-based award-winning cookbook author, caterer, food blogger, and curator of unique culinary concepts. With a devoted following on social media, Kerry loves to share her fresh ideas, innovative recipes, and culinary adventures at Williams-Sonoma, Whole Foods Market, open-air farmers' markets and many other food locales. Kerry's work is inspired by locally-based, farm-to-table eating and she is committed to following the rhythm of the food seasons. She is passionate about creating and sharing exciting and healthy food combinations, teaching cooking classes, and writing cookbooks.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

11AM

What's A SFWA, Anyway?

Last year was the 50th anniversary of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. Find out what the organization can do for you as a reader, a writer, a teacher, or a librarian.

Authors: Anatoly Belilovsky, Kate Baker, Paul Levinson, Sarah Pinsker, Bud Sparhawk

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

12PM

The Business of Writing

Let our panel answer your questions about the business side of writing. Whether you're a curious reader or a new writer, our panelists will discuss how they got started, how to keep going, and other tips and traps of the industry.

Authors: Kate Baker, Sarah Pinsker, Bud Sparhawk, Bill Campbell, Michael R. Underwood

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

12PM

Curtis Blues

Curtis Blues is an educational entertainer whose interactive shows introduce all ages to the history of American music. Mr. Blues' shows include bringing fascinating instruments into the audience for a close look, as well as leading the group in songs and dance to the music. Appropriate for all ages.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

12PM

Free Friday Feedback Returns with Editors from Regional Journals and Publishers

Attention, writers! On-the-spot feedback from editors of Barrelhouse, Cherry Castle Publishing, and Little Patuxent Review. Bring 2-3 poems or 4-5 pages of prose (fiction or nonfiction) and get suggestions on what to do next.

Barrelhouse bridges the gap between serious art and pop culture. It’s produced by writers for readers who are looking for quality writing with an edge and a sense of humor. Founding Fiction Editor Joe Killiany, who teaches writing at George Mason University.

Cherry Castle Publishing is a press that honors the vibrant multicultural voice of American literature, and whose commitment is to practice literary equality and to embrace work that is informed by the social, political and cultural vigor of our times. Founder & Managing Editor Truth Thomas is a singer, songwriter and poet whose collections include Party of Black, A Day of Presence and Speak Water.

Little Patuxent Review reflects and draws upon the creativity and diversity of the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond by promoting the literary and visual arts in print and throughout the region’s community and educational venues. Fiction Editor Lisa Lynn Biggar is currently working on a short story collection set on the eastern shore of Maryland. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals and forthcoming in The Delmarva Review. Deputy Editor Ann Bracken is the author of two collections of poetry, No Barking in the Hallways: Poems from the Classroom and The Altar of Innocence.

CityLit Stage Event Details

12PM

Baltimore City Public Schools, Variety

Group 1: ConneXions Academy
Group 2: Western High School
Group 3: William Paca Elementary #83
Group 4: Dunbar High School

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

12PM

Be Your Own Superhero with C. Edward Sellner

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 superhero look! This is an active and artistic workshop for children and youth ages 6 and up.

Charm City Comic Pavilion Event Details

12:30PM

Royal Sonesta / Explorers Lounge Cooking Demo

For more than 20 years, Chef Lloyd Titus, Executive Chef for Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore, has brought his passion for food and cooking to the various places he has worked around the country. At the Book Festival, he will delight the audience with his culinary talents as he prepares a traditional gumbo complete with fresh seafood, andouille sausage and just the right amount of spice.  Chef Titus oversees the hotel’s delivery of Food Is Art- Sonesta’s focus on delivering creative, locally inspired menus that assist the hotel in immersing its guests into the local culture.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

1PM

Writing About the Past: Historical Novels

With Hamilton: An American Musical, Outlander, The White Queen, The Crown, and other pop culture historicals, history has never been more present. Bestselling authors explore the challenges and rewards of writing in other times.
Katharine Ashe
Laura Kamoie
Sarah MacLean
Maya Rodale
Mary K. Tilghman
E. Elizabeth Watson

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

1PM

National Aquarium presents: Jennifer Keats Curtis

Hear award-winning children’s author Jennifer Keats Curtis read Turtles in My Sandbox, a selection from the National Aquarium and Pratt Library’s Read to Reef Book Club, based upon the real-life terrapin head-start program. You’ll learn about how young children are working to protect the Maryland state reptile in this session which concludes with an interactive touch-and-talk with turtle artifacts and an Aquarium educator.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

1PM

All About That Writing Process

Authors discuss where they get their ideas, how they turn those ideas into fiction, whether they outline or wing it, and what to do when the well runs dry. Bring your questions!

Authors: Marianne Kirby, Jamie Lackey, Christopher Mark Rose, Bud Sparhawk, Bill Campbell. Moderator: Jon Skovron

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

1:30PM

Pokemon Go & Draw

Join AWA Artists as they show you how to draw some of your favorite Pokemon characters. From the original 151 to the new Sun & Moon starters, these artists know them all. Participants may even help to create their own creatures!  Bring your Pokedex and creativity!

Charm City Comic Pavilion Event Details

2PM

Out of This World Love: Science Fiction Romance

Outer space. Other planets. Other times. Bestselling and award-winning authors talk worldbuilding, science in fiction, crafting unique characters, and more.
Pintip Dunn
Michelle Howard
Chrsitine Manzari
Anne Renwick
M.D. Waters
Jasinda Wilder

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM

Pitches & Queries: How I Sold My Book

SF/F authors talk about how they got their agent or book deal, and how they crafted attention-getting queries.

Authors: Addison Gunn, Arkady Martine, K.M. Szpara, Michael R. Underwood. Moderator: KM Szpara

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

2PM

Kathy Hornig: 22 Years of Cookbooks: My Favorite Baltimore Book Festival Recipes Revealed

Emeril Lagasse, Cat Cora, Patrick O’Connell, Jeff Henderson, Mario Batali, Ree Drummond … since its inception in 1996, the Baltimore Book Festival has played host to many of America’s top chefs.  Here, festival director Kathy Hornig shares a few of the recipes she’s collected along the way.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

3PM

Commute-Length Reads: Short Fiction on The Cutting Edge of SF/F

Short fiction has always been an important part of science fiction and fantasy. Find out who to read and where to read them, as well as what's going on in the field right now.

Authors: Anatoly Belilovsky, Jamie Lackey, Arkady Martine, Sam J. Miller, Sarah Pinsker

3PM Signing: Bud Sparhawk

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

3PM

Health, Fitness and Writing Naked

Two New York Times bestselling romance authors cross into non-fiction (Jennifer Probst, Write Naked; Jasinda Wilder, Big Girls Do It Running) to share their personal stories, life advice, and writing journey and tips for writers (and readers!) in every genre.
Jack Wilder
Jasinda Wilder

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM

Drawing Chibi with Tyrone Barnes

Chibi is a style formed from Japanese anime and manga, the word itself means "small child". This is fitting for a style that exaggerates features like head size and shape, height, and eye size. In this class students will learn to transform a character into a Chibi! We will explore different styles of Chibi as well as pinpointing key features to capture the identity and attitude of a character.

Charm City Comic Pavilion Event Details

3:30PM

Kevin Brown, SNAC & Nancy Cooking Demo

Owner of the Station North Arts Café & Nancy by SNAC and Food for Thought Stage emcee takes the stage.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

3:30PM

HIDDEN Voices Project

Share your secrets anonymously with HIDDEN Voices: Illuminating Baltimore Secrets.  The coalition of Baltimore City groups is collecting secrets citywide to better understand our fellow Baltimoreans.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

4PM

Worldbuilding For Writers

One of the most important parts of any piece of fiction is the worldbuilding. Panelists will discuss everything from geography to language to economics of your hidden country or new planet.

Authors: Tom Doyle, Jeremy M. Gottwig, Addison Gunn, Marianne Kirby, Fran Wilde Moderator: Marianne Kirby

4PM Signing: Jamie Lackey and Paul Levinson

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

4PM

Feminism and Romance

Romance is a billion-dollar genre in the publishing industry, and is largely written by women for women. These bestselling and award-winning authors explore romance as a feminist genre.

Katharine Ashe
Robin Covington
Dawn Ibanez
LaQuette
Sarah MacLean
Maya Rodale
Moderator: Elissa Petruzzi

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4:30PM

Ama Chandra, Soul

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

4:30PM

Lit & Art Reading Series with Eric D. Goodman, Richard Peabody, Jen Grow, and more!

The Lit and Art Reading Series has been showcasing the fiction, nonfiction, poetry, original art, live music, and other artistic works of local, regional, national, and international talent for 10 years, at such venues as The Watermark Gallery, The Ivy Bookshop, The Historic York Inn/Smyser-Bair House, and The Baltimore Book Festival. Learn more about The Lit and Art Reading Series at www.facebook.com/groups/LitAndArt.

Eric D. Goodman is a Baltimore author who writes about trains, wombs, and animals gone wild. His new book, Womb: a novel in utero (Merge Publishing) is available at the Baltimore Book Fest, and in bookstores. Visit him at www.EricDGoodman.com.

Clarinda Harriss is a professor emerita of English at Towson University. Her work as publisher of BrickHouse Books, Inc., MD's oldest literary press, has gone on for almost 50 years. Most of her published books are poetry-related; The White Rail is her first published collection of short fiction. She is completing a mixed-genre book, The Dementia Diary.

Ron Tanner’s awards for writing include a Faulkner Society gold medal, a Pushcart Prize, a New Letters Award, a Best of the Web Award, a Maryland Arts Council grant, and many others. He is the author of four books, most recently Missile Paradise, a novel. He teaches writing at Loyola University-Maryland and directs the Marshall Islands Story Project.

Fernando Quijano III (The Word Pimp) can’t be contained in 75 words or less. If you really want to know him, just visit one of his blogs: The Word Pimp Spits Wisdom Like Seeds & The Word Pimp’s Guide to Surviving the Trumpocalypse. You’ll find his words there, for free. Fernando was awarded a B grant in 2011 for his writing by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund.

Goodloe Byron
is a musician, writer, muralist, painter and passionate cloud collector from Frederick.

Manzar was born in Tehran, Iran. Her work’s been exhibited throughout the country and around the world. Her new work, Maagu, translates to “silence” and is inspired by the Rumi poem that repeats “Maagu” 13 times, inspiring the silence and peace within us. The Watermark Gallery in Baltimore houses her permanent collection. www.manzar.net.

Nitin Jagdish’s job is to put words into sentences and paragraphs that form all types of government documents. Sometimes, his employer uses those words. When he is not working for his employer, he puts words into sentences and paragraphs that form stories, essays, and (very rarely) poems. Sometimes, publishers use those words.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

5PM

Writing Inclusively

Fostering acceptance and exploring diversity is one of the finest traditions in literature and may be more important now than ever before. These bestselling and award-winning authors write to reflect the diverse world we live in and share their stories, advice, and experiences.
Michele Arris
Xio Axelrod
Robin Covington
Andrew Grey
Tracey Livesay
L. Penelope
Ivy Quinn

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

5PM

Black Existentialism Lends to Dystopian Afrofuturism

With so much emphasis on the Black body - police brutality, dense photographical explorations of the inner city, stories of reformed criminals, death and loss within plot lines of Empire inundating American culture, the exploration of Black consciousness, and the navigation of the Black perception of life has been nearly nonexistent in media. Authors Olu Butterfly, Jordannah Elizabeth, Jason Harris, and Kaila Philo speak about Black consciousness and existentialism in writing, and how it lends itself to dystopian stories and plot lines in Afrofuturism.

CityLit Stage Event Details

5PM

When Genres Collide! What happens when you mix SF and mystery, or fantasy and romance?

From robot detectives to demon lovers, literature is full of genre mashups. Let's talk about where mysteries and SF/F and romance and literature all collide.

Authors: Anatoly Belilovsky, Marianne Kirby, Paul Levinson, Sunny Moraine, Michael R. Underwood. Moderator: Jon Skovron

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

5PM

Creating with Writers in Baltimore Schools and Pique Collective

Flex your creativity! Pique Collective performs music as young writers respond to the sounds under the direction of a Writers in Baltimore schools teaching artist.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

5PM

Ancient Ales & Extreme Brewing Dogfish Head Panel Discussion

Featuring Sam Calagione, Founder of Dogfish Head Brewery and author of Project Extreme Brewing: An Enthusiast's Guide to Extreme Brewing at Home and Dr. Patrick McGovern, Ancient Brews: Rediscovered and Recreated, this happy hour includes Ancient Ale tastings and an ale/food pairing sample from Dogfish Head Alehouse. Plus, enjoy release samples of Dogfish Head’s new beer, Puddin' Wine.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

5PM

Alia Malek, The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria in conversation with Susan Muaddi Darraj, A Curious Land: Stories from Home

Alia Malek is an award-winning journalist and civil rights lawyer. She is the author of A Country Called Amreeka and editor of Patriot Acts and EUROPA. Her reporting has appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Nation, Christian Science Monitor, and more.

Susan Muaddi Darraj is Associate Professor of English at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland, and a Lecturer in the Johns Hopkins University’s MA in Writing program. Her short story collection, A Curious Land: Stories from Home, was named the winner of the AWP Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, judged by Jaime Manrique, and published in December 2015. Her previous short story collection, The Inheritance of Exile, was published in 2007 by University of Notre Dame Press.

Ivy Bookshop Stage Event Details

5:30PM

John Eisenberg, The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken, and Baseball's Most Historic Record

John Eisenberg grew up with books in his hands – his first summer job was at his mother’s bookstore in his hometown of Dallas, Texas. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, he wrote for newspapers for almost three decades, mostly as a sports columnist at The Baltimore Sun covering major events such as the Super Bowl, Final Four, World Series, Kentucky Derby, and soccer's World Cup while also paying attention to his hometown teams – the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, and Maryland Terrapins. Along the way he wrote 3,000 columns and won more than 20 awards, including several first-places in the prestigious Associated Press Sports Editors contest.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

5:45PM

Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, interviewed by Quincey Gamble, President at Modern Advocacy

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is an award-winning author, a Georgetown University sociology professor, a New York Times contributing opinion writer, and a contributing editor of The New Republic, and of ESPN's The Undefeated website.

Literary Salon Event Details

6PM

A Touch of Literati

CityLit Press celebrates the launch of author Rafael Alvarez’s new collection of fiction, Basilio Boullosa Stars in the Fountain of Highlandtown. The book commemorates the 20th anniversary of Alvarez's fiction debut, The Fountain of Highlandtown, which was also published by CityLit Press’s Gregg Wilhelm. The celebration includes 2017 Gordon Parks Foundation Fellow Devin Allen, founder of Through Their Eyes, a youth photography educational program, who will speak about the Time magazine photo that changed the trajectory of his career, and work and life after A Beautiful Ghetto. 2017 Guggenheim Fellow Deborah Rudacille is a science writer who tells stories about the ways in which science influences culture and culture informs science, the links between science and social justice movements, and the ways that science fuels cultural transformation. Her current project, funded by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, is titled "The Family Disease: Alcoholism, Addiction and Inheritance." CityLit introduces singer, songwriter, guitarist Jahiti of Brown FISH to its stage. This session is moderated by WYPR’s Aaron Henkin.

CityLit Stage Event Details

6PM

Writing Erotically

From sensual tension to explicit love scenes (and language), romance authors excel at writing erotically. Bestselling and award-winning authors share straight talk about writing hot.

Stoni Alexander
Michele Arris
Laura Kaye
Kelly Maher
Alisha Rai

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

6PM

J Pope and The HearNow, Hip Hop/Soul

Music Stage Supported by WTMD Event Details

6PM

Fiction Pairings: I Liked ____, Now What Do I Read?

A panel of authors will help you find your next great read. Let us make your Mountain of To- Be-Read books even taller!

Authors: Anatoly Belilovsky, Tom Doyle, Christopher Mark Rose, Michael R. Underwood, Moderator: Fran Wilde

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

6PM

Kondwani Fidel, Raw Wounds

Vital and brutal snapshots of a life growing up in East Baltimore and a searing indictment of systemic racism, from the pen of poet and writer Kondwani Fidel.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion Event Details

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Special Events

When:
Sept 22-24, 2017
Fri - Sun: 11am - 7pm
Where:
Baltimore Inner Harbor

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