Sunday

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

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Sunday, September 24, 2017




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.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

11AM

Self-Publish Like a Boss

Self-publishing provides exciting new opportunities for all authors at all levels. Join our superstar indies who’ve mastered the business and art of self-publishing like a boss and learn from the best.
Magda Alexander
LaQuette
Terri E. Laine
Kelly Maher
Harper Miller
Laura Ward
Jasinda and Jack Wilder
Robin Covington (Moderator)

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

11AM

Podcasts & Audiobooks

Love to read but don't have time? Try audio! This panel is all about discovering science fiction and fantasy you can listen to, as well as podcasts that interview your favorite authors.

Authors: Kate Baker, Scott Edelman, Jeremy M. Gottwig, Sunny Moraine, K.M. Szpara

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

11:30AM

Daniel Jose Older, Shadowshaper and Bone Street Rhumba

Daniel José Older is the author of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series from Penguin’s Roc Books and the Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books, 2015). Publishers Weekly hailed him as a “rising star of the genre” after the publication of his debut ghost noir collection, Salsa Nocturna. He co-edited the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History. His short stories and essays have appeared in The Guardian, NPR, Tor.com, Salon, BuzzFeed, Fireside Fiction, the New Haven Review, PANK, Apex and Strange Horizons and the anthologies Subversion and Mothership: Tales Of Afrofuturism And Beyond.

Literary Salon Event Details

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.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

12PM

An Afternoon at the Improv: Interactive Plotting

Bestselling and award-winning authors share their top tips and tricks on plotting your novel. Bonus: audience ideas welcome for a round of flash plotting debate and discussion! Come see how it’s done!
Christi Barth
Alexa Jacobs
Brigid Kemmerer
Lea Nolan
L. Penelope
Maya Rodale
Mia Sosa

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

12PM

Whose Book Is It Anyway?: Isabel Bandeira, Meg Eden, L.V. Pires, Michelle Ray, and Sharon Huss Roat

Face off against five wily YA authors and win a signed book!  Can you spot which book excerpts are real and which are clever fakes? Don't miss this lineup: Isabel Banderia, Dramatically Ever After, Meg Eden, Post-High School Reality Quest, L.V. Pires, Extension, Michelle Ray, Much Ado About Something, Sharon Huss Roat, How to Disappear. Moderator: Kathy MacMillan, Sword and Verse.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

12PM

Politics, Resistance, & Speculative Fiction

Science fiction and fantasy have always been political, and have always used genre trappings to explore the here and now through the past and future. What does that look like in the current political climate?

Authors: Lara Elena Donnelly, Ruthanna Emrys, Craig Laurance Gidney, Addison Gunn, Malka Older. Moderator: Scott H. Andrews

12PM Signing:  Sam J Miller

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

1PM

Dangerous Voices Variety Hour Presents Daniel Jose Older and Sam. J Miller

A fast-paced quiz show in the vein of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me! brought to you by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Win free books and learn things you never knew about your favorite authors.

Authors: Sarah Pinsker & Michael R. Underwood host guests Daniel Jose Older and Sam J. Miller.

1PM Signing: Craig Laurance Gidney

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

1PM

Michael Ruhlman, Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America, with special guest Laura Lippman

In Grocery, bestselling author Michael Ruhlman offers incisive commentary on America’s relationship with its food and investigates the overlooked source of so much of it—the grocery store. In a culture obsessed with food—how it looks, what it tastes like, where it comes from, what is good for us—there are often more questions than answers. Ruhlman proposes that the best practices for consuming wisely could be hiding in plain sight—in the aisles of your local supermarket. Using the human story of the family-run Midwestern chain Heinen’s as an anchor to this journalistic narrative, he dives into the mysterious world of supermarkets and the ways in which we produce, consume, and distribute food. Grocery examines how rapidly supermarkets—and our food and culture—have changed since the days of your friendly neighborhood grocer. But rather than waxing nostalgic for the age of mom-and-pop shops, Ruhlman seeks to understand how our food needs have shifted since the mid-twentieth century, and how these needs mirror our cultural ones.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

1PM

Diverse Books: Own Voices in Fiction

Bestselling and award-winning authors talk about the importance of diverse self-representation in fiction and the publishing industry.
Andie J. Christopher
Pintip Dunn
Dawn Ibanez
LaQuette
J.L. Lora
Harper Miller
Mia Sosa

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

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.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

1PM

Leland Melvin, Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances

Leland is the only person drafted into the National Football League to have flown in space. The Pro Football Hall of Fame honored his athletic and academic accomplishments by placing his Detroit Lions jersey under glass in Canton, Ohio. Through these professional experiences working on high stakes teams he developed a deep and nuanced understanding of effective team dynamics. Leland has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a Master’s degree in materials science engineering. He worked at NASA Langley Research Center in the area of nondestructive testing creating optical fiber sensors for measuring damage in aerospace vehicles, resulting in publications in numerous scientific journals. After hanging up his space boots he was appointed head of NASA Education and served as the co-chair on the White House’s Federal Coordination in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) Education Task Force developing the nation’s 5-year STEM education plan. Leland was the United States representative and chair of the International Space Education Board (ISEB), a global collaboration on learning about space.

Literary Salon Event Details

1:30PM

Ronald L. Smith, The Mesmerist, Renée Watson, Piecing Me Together and Carole Boston Weatherford, Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library, moderated by Matthew Winner

Ronald L. Smith, 2016 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award, Renée Watson, NAACP Image Award nominee and team member of We Need Diverse Books, and Carole Boston Weatherford, award-winning New York Times bestselling author, discuss their new books with Matthew Winner of the All The Wonders podcast.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

2PM

The Craft of Writing

Bestselling and award-winning authors share their top craft tips and tricks to create books that will keep readers turning the page.
Christi Barth
Jamaila Brinkley
Brigid Kemmerer
Sarah MacLean
Lea Nolan
L. Penelope
Nancy Weeks
Tracey Livesay (Moderator)

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

2PM

Maryland Humanities presents Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the 2017 One Maryland One Book author, Purple Hibiscus

Maryland Humanities presents Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the 2017 One Maryland One Book author. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria. Her work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, Granta, The O. Henry Prize Stories, the Financial Times, and Zoetrope. She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, a New York Times Notable Book, and a People and Black Issues Book Review Best Book of the Year; and the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck. Her latest novel Americanah, was published around the world in 2013, and has received numerous accolades, including winning the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and The Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction; and being named one of The New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year.

Literary Salon Event Details

2PM

Fantasy: It's Epic, it's Historic, it's Dark or Weird or High or Low or Urban

How are all of the categories of fantasy even the same genre? From dungeons to dragons to vampires in our midst, our panel will discuss what they love, what they write, and what you should be reading.

Authors: DH AIre, Ruthanna Emrys, Craig Laurance Gidney, Jeremy M. Gottwig, Ilana C. Myer, Ruth Vincent. Moderator: Jon Skovron

2PM Signing: Malka Older, Vivian Shaw

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

2:30PM

Chef Shaun O’Neale, My Modern American Table (Winner of MasterChef Season 7)

Chef Shaun O’Neale, a DJ from Las Vegas, Nevada, earned his spot in the MasterChef Kitchen by cooking a surf and turf dish topped with foie gras and a bone marrow buerre blanc sauce. He didn’t stray from his high-end, fine-dining influence on his dishes, which led him to winning multiple Mystery Box Challenges and securing his spot in the finale. The finale is where he wowed not only Gordon and Christina, but also guest judges Wolfgang Puck and Daniel Boulud with his three delicious dishes: an appetizer of miso halibut cheeks with vadouvan carrot puree and pickled mushrooms; an entrée of ancho coffee-roasted venison loin with roasted chanterelles and smoked plums with a truffle demi-glaze; and a salted caramel chocolate tart for dessert. In the end, it was Shaun’s exquisite flavors and thoughtful dishes that won over the judges and earned him the MasterChef title.

Food for Thought Stage Event Details

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.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

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.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

3PM

How Accurate Does Your Historical Novel Have to Be?

Bestselling and award-winning authors explore the challenges of research, readability, and fact in fiction in historical novels.
Laura Kamoie
Sarah MacLean
Diana Quincy
Maya Rodale
Joanna Shupe
E. Elizabeth Watson

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

3PM

YA/Adult Genre Crossover Panel: Meg Eden, Post-High School Reality Quest, Tracy Gold, Hollow Tree, Kathy MacMillan, Sword and Verse, CP Patrick, The Truth About Awiti, Nikki Richard, Pretty Things and Laura Shovan, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary

Want to know about the writing process and writing for different audiences? Join us for a group of Maryland authors in conversation about their books and experiences writing for young adults and adults.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

3PM

Hey, you punks! Steampunk, solarpunk, spypunk, dieselpunk

What does sticking __punk onto a genre mean, anyway: an aesthetic or a political stance? Our authors talk about a whole bunch of genres that will change the way you think (and maybe the way you dress).

Authors: Gwendolyn Clare, Lara Elena Donnelly, Day al-Mohamed Moderator: Jon Skovron

3 PM Signing: DH Aire, Ilana C. Myer

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

3:30PM

Alice McDermott, The Ninth Hour

Alice McDermott is the author of seven novels, the latest of which, Someone, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award. Someone was also a finalist for the 2014 Patterson Prize for Fiction. Her fifth novel, Child of My Heart, was a Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection, one of Book Magazine’s 10 Best Novels of 2002 and a nominee for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award. Her fourth, Charming Billy, received the 1998 National Book Award for fiction, the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, and was short-listed for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award. Her third novel, At Weddings and Wakes, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her second, That Night, was nominated for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Award and was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her articles, reviews, and stories have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post, USA Today, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Redbook, Ms. Commonweal, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award and the Corrington Award for Literature.

Literary Salon Event Details

4PM

Poetry Hour hosted by Love the Poet (Michelle Antoinette Nelson)

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.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

4PM

Kwame Alexander, Solo and Jason Reynolds, Patina in conversation, moderated by Deborah Taylor

Kwame Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of 24 books and Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author, NAACP Image Award Winner and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors, talk about their books with Deborah Taylor, school and student services coordinator at the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage Event Details

4PM

Otherworldly Romance: Writing Paranormal and Fantasy

Speculative fiction takes readers on an otherworldly journey full of unique creatures, fantastical worlds, and magical possibilities. Join authors discussing the challenges and possibilities of writing paranormal and fantasy stories.
Dawn Ibanez
Jean Murray
Lea Nolan
Andy Palmer
L. Penelope

Maryland Romance Writers Stage Event Details

4PM

Forget What You Learned In School: Alternate History, Secret History, Real History

From Game of Thrones to Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad to Connie Willis's Oxford Time Travel books, there are a ton of SFF books that draw on real or rewritten history, or the gaps where history books fail to tread.

Authors: Tom Doyle, Arkady Martine, Day al-Mohamed, Ilana C. Myer, Malka Older

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

5PM

Doctor, Who...Should I read if I like Doctor Who...or Game of Thrones...or...?

Tell our panel your favorite TV shows and sci fi movies, and they'll tell you what to read.

Authors: Tom Doyle, Jeremy M. Gottwig, Day al-Mohamed, Vivian Shaw           

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Event Details

5PM

Lynne Olson, Last Hope Island

Lynne Olson is a New York Times bestselling author of seven books of history, most of which deal in some way with World War II and Britain’s crucial role in that conflict. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has called Olson “our era’s foremost chronicler of World War II politics and diplomacy.” Her latest book, Last Hope Island is a groundbreaking account of how Britain became the base of operations for the exiled leaders of Europe in their desperate struggle to reclaim their continent from Hitler. Olson’s previous two books, Those Angry Days and Citizens of London were New York Times bestsellers.

Literary Salon Event Details

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.

Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University Event Details

5:30PM

Joan Nathan, King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking From Around The World

Joan Nathan is the author of numerous cookbooks, including Jewish Cooking in America and The New American Cooking, both of which won the James Beard Award and the IACP Award for best cookbook of the year. She was the host of the nationally syndicated PBS television series Jewish Cooking in America with Joan Nathan, based on the book. A frequent contributor to The New York Times, Tablet magazine, and other publications, Nathan is the recipient of numerous awards, including James Beard’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, Les Dames d’Escoffier’s Grande Dame Award, and Food Arts magazine’s Silver Spoon Award, and she received an honorary doctorate from the Spertus Institute of Jewish Culture in Chicago.

Food for Thought Stage 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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