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The Inner Harbor Stage presented by Towson University brings together a diverse array of award winning authors, thoughtful panel discussions, and voices from regional Literary Publications in an intimate setting.

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Friday, September 22




1-3:30PM

Musical Interludes

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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.

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Saturday, September 23




11AM

Stephen Hunter, G Man

Stephen Hunter is the author of twenty novels and the retired chief film critic for The Washington Post, where he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism. His novels include The Third Bullet, Sniper’s Honor, I, Sniper, I, Ripper, and Point of Impact, which was adapted for film and TV as Shooter. Hunter lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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12PM

Ada Calhoun, Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give

Ada Calhoun is the author of St. Marks Is Dead (W.W. Norton & Co., 2015), a “revelatory” (Kirkus), “captivating” (Publishers Weekly), “delightful” (Wall Street Journal), “timely, provocative, and stylishly written” (Atlantic) “ecstatic roll call” (New York Times Book Review). It was named a New York Times Editors’ Pick, Amazon Book of the Month, and one of the best books of the year by Kirkus, the Boston Globe, Orlando Weekly, the New York Post, and the Village Voice, which called it 2015’s “Best Nonfiction Book About New York” and in a cover profile named its author “the most important new voice on Old New York.” As a collaborator and ghostwriter, she has written twelve books for major publishers, including several New York Times bestsellers.

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1PM

Barbara Bourland, I’ll Eat When I’m Dead

Barbara Bourland lives in Baltimore, MD. Formerly, she was a freelance writer for Forbes Traveler, Conde Nast Digital's Concierge.com, and a web producer for O, The Oprah Magazine, Oprah.com, and OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. She is a member of the ITW, MWA, and Sisters in Crime. I'll Eat When I'm Dead is her first novel. She is at work on a sequel, entitled Maniacs. Her third novel, Pine City, is also forthcoming.

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2:30PM

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.

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3PM

Asia McClain Chapman, Confessions of a Serial Alibi

Asia McClain Chapman was born on June 26th, 1981, in Inglewood, California. Her parents, Carl and Michele McClain, were separated in 1986 resulting in her relocation to Baltimore, Maryland. After growing up in the Baltimore County school system, Asia graduated from Woodlawn High School in 1999 and proceeded there onto college.

In search of a fresh start Asia made the decision to drive across the country in 2005. After several years of living in Portland, Oregon, and working full-time as a personal assistant, Asia met her now-husband Phillip Chapman in 2008. The couple married in 2009 and they are now the proud parents of three rambunctious little boys, Lucas, Alexander and Ethan Chapman.

Located in Spokane, Washington, Asia spends her days as a stay-at-home mother, board secretary of Solutions Automation and business owner of Diamond Concepts. The company itself was developed as an extension of the couple’s desire to transfer specific business knowledge & talents to others. Since its humble beginnings it has become the embodiment of their personal commitment to assisting others in achieving their personal and financial goals. Whether the dream is to create additional income or just to spend more time with family while pursuing dreams, Diamond Concepts goal is to help. Diamond Concepts illuminates a path to becoming a successful business owner & educates couples & individuals on how to grow a cash flow producing asset outside of traditional employment.
 
In addition to her commitment to her businesses, Asia enjoys web-designing, writing, cooking, gardening and working with her hands in addition to participating in events with her local MOMS Club chapter and church.

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4PM

Rabia Chaudry, Adnan's Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial

Rabia Chaudry is a wife, mother, attorney, and a 2016 Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at U.S. Institute of Peace, where she researched the intersection of religion and violent extremism.  Her regions of interest are Pakistan and Sri Lanka. She is also the co-host and co-producer of the hit podcast "Undisclosed", with nearly 200 million downloads, and the podcast "The 45th". Rabia is a 2016 Aspen Ideas Scholar, Fellow of the Truman National Security Project, a Fellow of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, and a Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute. She is the public advocate of Adnan Syed, the wrongfully convicted man at the center of the most popular podcast in history, “Serial and author of the NY Times bestselling book "Adnan's Story".

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5PM

Donna Kaz, UN/MASKED: Memoirs of a Guerilla Girl On Tour, interviewed by Rahne Alexander

Donna Kaz is a multi-genre writer and the author of UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour. Along with her alter ego, Guerrilla Girl and Guerrilla Girl On Tour, Aphra Behn, she creates visual art and performance to attack sexism and prove feminists are funny at the same time.

Rahne Alexander is a multimedia artist, producer, musician, and performer. Her video art has been screened in galleries and festivals across the country. Rahne performs frequently with her several bands, including Santa Librada, Guided By Wire, 50’?, and the Degenerettes. She is an occasional comedian and essayist, and also an arts organizer whose labor has supported the Transmodern Festival, the Maryland Film Festival, the High Zero Foundation, and Wide Angle Youth Media.

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6PM

Virginia Grohl, From Cradle to Stage

In From Cradle to Stage, Virginia Hanlon Grohl, mother of Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, shares personal stories about Dave’s childhood alongside family anecdotes from fellow “rock moms.” In exclusive interviews with the mothers of Michael Stipe, Adam Levine, Amy Winehouse, Miranda Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, Dr. Dre, and other music stars, Grohl asked the questions only a mom could answer: When did you hear the first chords, the drumbeats, that stellar voice that announced that music was the future? Did you encourage your child’s passions despite the odds against success? Did you worry about the unknown, unpredictable road ahead? About possible dangers? About drugs? Do you still remind him to pack a warm coat when he leaves on tour? These answers—along with never-before-seen family photographs and a heartwarming introduction by Dave Grohl—make From Cradle to Stage the ultimate insider look at the real making of a rock star.  

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Sunday, September 24




11AM

National Aquarium presents: Amy Sutherland, Kicked, Bitten and Scratched and Rescuing Penny Jane

Whether you are a fan of the furry or finned, bestselling author and journalist Amy Sutherland will delight you with true-life tales about animals and the people that care for them. Learn about National Aquarium staff featured in Kicked, Bitten and Scratched, Amy’s memoir of the year she spent shadowing students at the top college for exotic animal trainers, and hear about her newest book, Rescuing Penny Jane, about the dedicated people who work to save shelter dogs.

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12PM

Quentin Vennie, Strong in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Addiction and Redemption through Wellness

Quentin Vennie is a celebrated wellness expert, motivational speaker and author of the forthcoming memoir, Strong In The Broken Places. He grew up in Baltimore, a city once identified as the “Heroin Capital of America,” under conditions defined by adversity, struggle, and hopelessness. He was raised by a single mother who fought tirelessly to give him a better life, get him out of the city, and on a path to something better. After years of fighting a war of anxiety, depression and addiction, he set out on a journey to heal himself. His unbelievable road to recovery has been publicly celebrated by notable figures in the world of wellness and beyond. Quentin’s transformation has inspired thousands worldwide and has raised global awareness of anxiety, depression and addiction.

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1PM

Kevin Shird, Uprising in the City: Made in America

Kevin Shird, co-founder and president of the Do Right Foundation, is making a remarkable impact on the fight against drugs in America. Recognized as a national youth advocate, author, public speaker, and humanitarian, Kevin has dedicated his life and work to helping youth understand the perils of street culture - which makes no apologies for destroying so many lives and families. After serving a total of 12 years in California state prison and federal prison for drug trafficking, he now advocates for young people and policy changes and he often uses the term “Redemption.” Recently, Kevin published his memoir entitled Lessons of Redemption where he tells the gritty truth of inner-city neighborhoods, living with a substance-abusing parent, being entangled in heroin trafficking, the murder of his friend, serving time in prison, and discovering how to re-establish himself as a loving father, citizen, and strong advocate for youth.

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2:30PM

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.

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3PM

South American Voices: Chantel Acevedo, The Living Infinite and Santiago Gamboa, Return to the Dark Valley (Europa Editions panel)

Chantel Acevedo’s novels include Love and Ghost Letters (St. Martin's Press), which won the Latino International Book Award and was a finalist for the Connecticut Book of the Year, Song of the Red Cloak, a historical novel for young adults, A Falling Star (Carolina Wren Press), winner of the Doris Bakwin Award, and National Bronze Medal IPPY Award, and The Distant Marvels, (Europa Editions), one of Booklist's Top Ten Historical Novels of 2015.
   
Santiago Gamboa is one of Colombia's most exciting young writers. In the manner of Roberto Bolaño, Gamboa infuses his kaleidoscopic, cosmopolitan stories with a dose of inky dark noir that makes his novels intensely readable, his characters unforgettable, and his style influential. His debut novel, Páginas de vuelta (1995), established him as one of the most innovative voices in Colombian literature. He has since published seven novels and two collections of short stories. His journalism appears regularly in El Tiempo (Colombia) and Cromos, and he is a regular contributor to Radio France International.

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4PM

BE FREE LIVE! hosted by Love the Poet (Michelle Antoinette Nelson)


Baltimore's longest running monthly open mic live at The Baltimore Book Festival.

Almighty Ra     
SimPly Sherri
HanaLyn Colvin
Antoine Hayes
Najah Bayyan
Rahsaan "Wordslave" Eldridge
Ana "Temple" Rodney
Jamaal St John

Michelle Antoinette Nelson aka LOVE the poet is an artist, innovator, and Founder of Brown and Healthy a non-profit and global health and wellness initiative for people of color. She's dedicated over a decade to her life's work to authoring books, plays, writing arts + education curricula, and providing platforms for artists to explore and discover the true nature of their art. Michelle is an activist for social justice and a polymathic creator who is also known for her work as a published photographer, producer, musician, and actor.

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5:30PM

Book Launch and reception: Allison Robicelli, 111 Things in Baltimore You Must See

Allison Robicelli is a James Beard nominated food and travel writer, an internationally lauded chef, an occasional television personality, history enthusiast and all around good time. She lives with her husband, two kids and three cats in Pigtown, Baltimore.

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

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