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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 23




11AM-7PM

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

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

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1-2PM

Stephen Kelly, "The Language of the Dead and The Wages of Desire"

Before turning to writing fiction with a vengeance, though, he was, for nearly thirty years, a newspaper reporter, editor and columnist. His work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, Baltimore Magazine, The Columbia Flier and Howard County Times. He has a Master's from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars and has taught writing and journalism at Hopkins, Towson University, in Baltimore, and Sweet Briar College, in Virginia. He lives in Columbia, Maryland, with his wife, Cindy, and their daughters, Anna and Lauren. 

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5-6PM

Antonio (Tony) Campbell, "A More Perfect Union"

Antonio (Tony) Campbell serves on the full time faculty in the Department of Political Science at Towson University teaching Political Theory, American National Government, Religion and Politics, Urban Government and Politics, and a survey course on Presidential Elections. Tony served in the United States Army as a Chaplain in the Maryland Army National Guard and reached the rank of Major in the Maryland Defense Force (MDDF). In the political arena, Tony has worked for Members of Congress, served as an appointee in a presidential administration and state director for two presidential campaigns.

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6-7PM

Benjamin Warner, "Thirst"

Benjamin Warner is a professor of creative writing at Towson University. His debut novel is a literary thriller about the disturbing measures a couple and their neighbors take to survive when a strange force eliminates all water without warning.

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Saturday, September 24




11AM-7PM

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

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

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12-1PM

Mikita Brottman, "Maximum Security Book Club"

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

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1-2PM

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

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

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2-3PM

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

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

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3PM-4PM

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

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

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4-5PM

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, September 25




11AM-7PM

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

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

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12PM-1PM

Judy Colbert, 100 Things To Do in Baltimore Before You Die

Judy Colbert is an award-winning author and photographer who specializes in travel. Her current books include the forthcoming 100 Things to Do in Baltimore Before You Die (Reedy Press), Peaceful Places Washington, DC, It Happened in Maryland, It Happened in Delaware, Chesapeake Bay Crabs cookbook, Maryland and Delaware Off the Beaten Path, and Virginia Off the Beaten Path. The DC native has been a resident of Maryland for several decades and is always fascinated by its history and people. Her current interest is the culinary options available on cruise ships, riverboats, and around the planet.

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1-2PM

Stefany Shaheen, "Elle & Coach"

Elle and Coach is the endearing true story of a Type-A mom struggling to care for a daughter who has Type 1 diabetes–and the incredible service dog who changes their lives for the better. Stefany Shaheen takes readers on an emotional journey as she tries everything to manage her daughter Elle’s deadly and unpredictable disease, all while juggling a family of four children. Overcoming the skepticism that a dog can provide answers that medical science is still seeking, the family finds a resounding sense of peace and reassurance through Coach’s near miraculous abilities as a medic-alert dog, specially trained to detect dangerous changes in blood sugar levels. Elle & Coach is a story of determination and finding hope in the most unlikely of places.

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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.

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3-4PM

Alejandro Danois

Alejandro Danois is the Editor-in-Chief of The Shadow League. The former Senior Editor of Bounce Magazine, he is also a Freelance Sports and Entertainment Writer whose work has been published by the New York Times, Bleacher Report, Sporting News, Baltimore Sun, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, SLAMonline and Ebony Magazine, among many others.His Shadow League feature, "Humble Beginnings," was mentioned in the Best American Sports Writing Anthology as among the country's most notable stories of 2014.  His first book, The Boys of Dunbar, A Story of Love, Hope and Basketball, drops in September of 2016

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4PM-5PM

Trailblazing Woman: A Conversation About Fair Labor Lawyer Bessie Margolin

Before there was a Notorious RBG, there was an Audacious Bessie Margolin. Join lawyer-turned-author Marlene Trestman and Stephen H. Sachs, former Maryland U.S. attorney and state attorney general, for a lively conversation and Q&A about New Deal attorney and Supreme Court advocate Bessie Margolin, the subject of Trestman’s biography, Fair Labor Lawyer. A champion of equal pay who opened doors for women, Margolin’s remarkable story holds particular relevance for today’s glass-ceiling breakers.

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5PM-6PM

The Baltimore Scene: Page to the Stage!

Some of the best spoken word poets in the nation share their work live on stage. This hour will feature past and present champions of slam competitions as well as award winning literary poets. The Baltimore Scene is the curator of many literary and artistic events in the community including one of the biggest poetry slams on the E. Coast, The Word War Poetry Slam Series. Champions and finalists from this year’s and previous year’s Word War Poetry Slam will also perform.

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Sept 22-24, 2017
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