Make it to the Baltimore Book Festival, September 23 to 25, where dozens of notable authors will be speaking at the Ivy Bookshop’s festival tent.

Ivy Bookshop Stage

A cavalcade of publisher presentations, author readings and writing program events, in partnership with Penguin Random House, Arcadia/History Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore County Public Library, PEN/Faulkner Foundation, Loyola University, Johns Hopkins University, Towson University, Morgan State University, UMBC and University of Baltimore.

Stage: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Rash Field

Friday, September 23


Charm Journal: Student readings

CHARM: Voices of Baltimore Youth is a student and teacher-run journal that recognizes the importance of kids’ voices. CHARM recently published its third volume of poetry, prose and artwork from youth grades 2-12; selected students will read from this latest volume at The Ivy Bookshop stage on Friday, September 23rd from 3:00-4:00PM.

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Baltimore County Public Library

On Friday, September 23rd from 4:00-6:00 PM, The Baltimore County Public Library will take The Ivy Bookshop stage and celebrate our Veterans. They will begin with Dario DiBattista, writer, educator, Iraq War Marine combat veteran, and editor of Retire the Colors: Veterans & Civilians on Iraq & Afghanistan from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by Vietnam Veteran Wayne Karlin, author of Wandering Souls: Journeys with the Dead and the Living in Viet Nam, from 5 to 6 p.m. 

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Saturday, September 24


Writers and Words

Writers and Words is a monthly reading series featuring local authors of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and a rotating “wildcard.” On September 24th from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, Writers and Words will host a reading at The Ivy stage, featuring memorist Michelle Junot, poets Tim Paggi and Jessica Hudgins, and poet and essayist Tariq Toure.

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Jessica Blau: Trouble with Lexie

The Trouble with Lexie, Jessica Anya Blau’s newest book, stars Lexie James who runs away from a troubled home to build a life of stability—becoming engaged to a nice man and getting a job counseling students at a prestigious school. It is a comfortable life, and she increasingly realizes she doesn’t want it. When Lexie strikes up a friendship with the father of one of her students, her safe life begins to unravel. Hear Blau read from The Trouble with Lexie at The Ivy’s stage on September 24th from 1:30-2:30 PM.

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BmoreArt: Cara Ober: Art Critic Blogger Panel

BmoreArt is an award-winning online publication that provides critical and engaging discussion of arts and culture in Baltimore. On September 24th from 3:00-4:00 PM, BmoreArt founder Cara Ober will present a panel of art bloggers who will discuss the state of art and literary criticism.

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D. Watkins Presents: New Voices

D. Watkins is an award-winning Baltimore author whose work has been published in The New York Times, Salon, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, and more. He is the author of The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir and The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America. In his panel at The Ivy Bookshop Stage on September 24th from 4:00-6:00 PM, Watkins will present several emerging writers, introducing the audience to the newest generation of Baltimore voices.

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Sunday, September 25


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.

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From Page to Stage: Books as Source Material for Theater

From folk tales to best-selling novels, books are a rich source of material for plays. Have you ever wondered how a story gets translated from book form into a script and then brought to life on stage? In this session, members of the artistic and dramaturgy staff at Center Stage will discuss the staging of literary adaptations. The speakers will draw on real-world examples including Center Stage’s recent productions of The Secret Garden and Pride and Prejudice, as well as the upcoming Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The White Snake, and Jazz.

Gavin Witt, Associate Artistic Director/Director of Dramaturgy at Center Stage
Deanie Vallone, The Judy & Scott Phares Dramaturgy Fellow at Center Stage

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

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