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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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Stage: Inside the Baltimore Visitor Center, 401 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202



Friday, September 22




1-3:30PM

Musical Interludes

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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.

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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 and Will Englund, March 1917: On the Brink of War and Revolution

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.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Will Englund explores events in Russia and the United States in the crucial weeks before American entry into World War I. A veteran Moscow correspondent, he covered Russia’s tumultuous 1990s for the Baltimore Sun and the 2012 return of Vladimir Putin to the presidency for the Washington Post. He has also reported from India, Afghanistan, Egypt during the Arab Spring, and the Balkans. In the United States, he covered the White House for National Journal and has worked as an editor on the foreign desk of the Post.

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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

In Confessions of a Serial Alibi, Asia McClain tells her story of how she became the key alibi witness for Adnan Syed in the hit podcast “Serial.”

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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. 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 New York Times bestselling book "Adnan's Story".

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5:30PM

Virginia Hanlon Grohl, From Cradle to Stage interviewed by Alex Cortright of WTMD

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 is having a remarkable impact on young people worldwide with his amazing life story. Recognized as an international author, national youth advocate and inspirational speaker -- Kevin is dedicated to helping youth understand the perils of street culture which has destroys many lives. He confronts the dysfunction of inner city streets that have shattered the lives of several young people and their families. In 2016 Kevin released his second book titled “Uprising in the City” which documents the 2015 Baltimore riots. Following the death of Freddie Gray after his arrest by police in 2015, Baltimore became the setting of protests, civil unrest, and violence. In this book, Kevin leads the reader through a detailed account of the events, from the inciting case of Gray to the emergency’s aftermath.
 

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2PM

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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3PM

Latin American Voices Panel: Chantel Acevedo, The Living Infinite and Santiago Gamboa, Return to the Dark Valley moderated by Michael Reynolds, Editor-in-chief, Europa Editions

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 Places in Baltimore That You Must Not Miss

Hear the latest from James Beard-nominated food and travel writer, internationally lauded chef and occasional television personality Allison Robicelli and photographer, John Dean, in this ultimate insider’s guide to Baltimore.

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Sept 22-24, 2017
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