When:
Sept 28-30, 2018
Fri - Sun: 11am - 7pm
Where:
Baltimore Inner Harbor
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The Inner Harbor Stage brings together a diverse array of award winning authors, thoughtful panel discussions, and voices from regional Literary Publications in an intimate setting.

Inner Harbor Stage

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Friday, September 28




12PM

What Color is Your Poetry?

Do you have a poetic voice, but can’t seem to kick it into gear? Let Ron Kipling Williams guide you through an intense workshop that will make your poetry rock!

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2PM

DewMore Baltimore Performance

DewMore Baltimore is a Baltimore-based nonprofit dedicated to using art and community organizing as tools to amplify marginalized voices, build safe spaces for the city's Youth, and increase civic engagement in the greater Baltimore Community. This performance will showcase some of the powerful and inspiring work that DewMore Baltimore generates throughout the year.

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4PM

Maria Leonard Olsen, 50 After 50: Reframing the Next Chapter of Your Life

Maria Leonard Olsen’s book chronicles her authenticity journey and how she overcame trauma by igniting her life with physical challenges, adventure travel, lifestyle changes, and spiritual practices.  She is a mother, attorney, women’s writing/empowerment retreat leader, recovery mentor, and cohost of WPFW's “Inside Out” radio show in Washington, D.C. She served as a Clinton Justice Department political appointee and on the Boards of Children’s National Medical Center BOV, the Catholic Coalition for Special Education, the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Washington, and the GirlsUp Advisory Committee.

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5PM

The Weekly Reader Presents: Baltimore Authors Literary Trivia Game

Join Marion Winik and Lisa Morgan, the hosts of WYPR's popular book review podcast, to play a trivia quiz about local Baltimore authors past and present. Enjoy surprise celebrity guests and lots of prizes -- signed books. A book signing follows.

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6PM

Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Heads of the Colored People: Stories

A stunning new talent in literary fiction, Nafissa Thompson-Spires grapples with black identity and the contemporary middle class in compelling, boundary-pushing vignettes. Each captivating story plunges headfirst into the lives of new, utterly original characters. Thompson-Spires fearlessly shines a light on the simmering tensions and precariousness of black citizenship. Her stories are exquisitely rendered, satirical, and captivating in turn, engaging in the ongoing conversations about race and identity politics, as well as the vulnerability of the black body.

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Saturday, September 29




11AM

Maryland History Quiz featuring Jean B. Russo & Suzanne Ellery Chapelle

Test your knowledge about the state of Maryland in fun presentation led by authors Jean B. Russo and Suzanne Ellery Chapelle.

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12PM

David Reichenbaugh, In Pursuit: The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers, in Conversation with Tom Mauriello

David Reichenbaugh's experience and passion for law enforcement and protecting the citizens along with his command attributes is what led him and enabled him to be the on-scene commander during the capture of the beltway sniper. His book In Pursuit: The Hunt for Beltway Snipers will give you a deeper look into his life and experiences in these roles. David retired after 23 years of service with the Maryland State Police as a Lieutenant and Barrack Commander in Cumberland Maryland.

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1PM

Deborah R. Weiner, On Middle Ground: A History of the Jews of Baltimore

Deborah R. Weiner is an independent historian. She is the author of Coalified Jews: An Appalachian History and her latest, On Middle Ground (written with Eric L. Goldstein), the first truly comprehensive history of Baltimore’s Jewish community.  Deborah R. Weiner describes not only the formal institutions of Jewish life but also the everyday experiences of families like the Brunns and of a diverse Jewish population that included immigrants and natives, factory workers and department store owners, traditionalists and reformers. The story of Baltimore Jews—full of absorbing characters and marked by dramas of immigration, acculturation, and assimilation—is the story of American Jews in microcosm. But its contours also reflect the city’s unique culture.

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2PM

John Eisenberg in Conversation with Jack Gilden

John Eisenberg is the author of 10 books, including That First Season, Ten-Gallon War, and The Streak. He was a columnist and sportswriter for the Baltimore Sun for 23 years, and also has written for Sports Illustrated and Smithsonian Magazine. Eisenberg lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and currently writes columns on the digital channels operated by the Baltimore Ravens.

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3PM

Barbara Bourland: Building a Creative Life in Baltimore

Four years ago, novelist Barbara Bourland left New York and moved to Baltimore with the desire for a more creative, fulfilling life. She explores the lessons, pitfalls and truths discovered along the way. Bourland is the author of I’ll Eat When I’m Dead, recently rereleased in paperback, and the forthcoming Fake Like Me (June 2019).

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4PM

Andrew Kleine, City on the Line: How Baltimore Transformed Its Budget to Beat the Great Recession and Deliver Outcomes

Andrew Kleine is a nationally recognized leader in municipal finance and performance management. He served as Baltimore’s budget director from 2008 to 2018, after nearly 15 years of federal government service that included budget and policy positions in the U.S. Department of Transportation, White House Office of Management and Budget, and Corporation for National and Community Service. He now consults local governments on budgeting for outcomes, long-term financial planning, Lean Government, and pension and health benefit reform.

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5PM

Priestesses and Scribes: Writing Spirituality, Sexuality, and Gender featuring Rahne Alexander, Tyler Vile, Nikki Richard, & Venus Selenite

Gender and sexuality seen through the lens of poetry, music, and performance art. A panel of esteemed Baltimore authors — Rahne Alexander, Venus Selenite, Nikki Richard, and Tyler Vile — offer invocations, short readings, and a discussion on the ways their spiritual practices impact their creative processes and lives as queer transgender women.

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6PM

Katia D. Ulysse, Mouths Don’t Speak, in Conversation with Lauren Francis-Sharma

Mouths Don’t Speak, the latest novel by Katia D. Ulysse, is about a Haitian immigrant in the U.S. trying to stay emotionally afloat after the 2010 Haitian earthquake rips her family apart. Ulysse is a fiction writer, born in Haiti whose short stories, essays, and Pushcart-Prize-nominated poetry appear in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including: The Caribbean Writer, Smartish Pace, Phoebe, Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism; Mozayik, The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States, and Haiti Noir, edited by Edwidge Danticat.

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Sunday, September 30




11AM

Michael Arceneaux, I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyoncé in Conversation with Helena Andrews of The Washington Post

Featured as one of Summer 2018’s most anticipated reads by the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, ELLE, Buzzfeed, and Bitch Media, I Can’t Date Jesus is a timely collection of alternately hysterical and soul searching essays about what it is like to grow up as a creative, sensitive, black man in a world that constantly tries to deride and diminish your humanity.  Covering issues related to culture, sexuality, religion, race, and Beyoncé. Michael has written for Complex, Essence, The Guardian, New York Magazine, the New York Times, The Root, and many other publications. 

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12PM

The Lit & Art Reading Series

The series has been showcasing the talents of local, regional, and national authors, poets, musicians, and artists for more than a decade. For this Book Festival edition of Lit & Art, featured talent includes Rafael Alvarez (The Wire), Shirley Brewer (Bistro in Another Realm), Katherine Cottle (I Remain Yours), and Dave Eberhardt (For All the Saints), with live music by Red Sammy and original art by Manzar Rassouli. The event is curated and hosted by Eric D. Goodman and Nitin Jagdish. Come for an exciting lineup of fiction, poetry, music, and art, and discover why Lit & Art has been called the best excuse to get lit on a Sunday afternoon!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/LitAndArt/

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1PM

Charita Cole Brown, Defying the Verdict: My Bipolar Life

"Defying the Verdict is a wonderful book: deeply human, full of life's joys and suffering. Full of the author's courage and faith. Charita Brown describes her bipolar illness in telling detail; her writing is powerful and eloquent. I highly recommend this book."
~Kay Redfield Jamison, author of An Unquiet Mind. Charita Cole Brown is now retired and lives in Baltimore with her two daughters.

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2PM

A Conversation with Earl Swift, Tom Pelton & Tom Horton: Chesapeake Requiem, A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island

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3PM

Janet Benton, Lilli de Jong

Janet Benton discusses her debut novel, Lilli de Jong, the story of a young woman in 19th century Philadelphia, who finds herself pregnant and abandoned, and facing the impossible choice between giving up her baby or keeping the baby and facing condemnation and financial ruin. Janet Benton has written for The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Glimmer Train, and many other publications. She has written historical documentaries for television.

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4PM

Moriel Rothman-Zecher, Sadness is a White Bird

Moriel Rothman-Zecher is an American-Israeli writer, poet, and novelist. His first novel, Sadness Is a White Bird was long-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. In this lyrical and searing debut novel, written by a rising literary star and MacDowell Fellow, a young man is preparing to serve in the Israeli army while also trying to reconcile his close relationship to two Palestinian siblings to his deeply ingrained loyalties to family and country. Born in Jerusalem, Moriel Rothman-Zecher is a recipient of a 2017 MacDowell Colony Fellowship for Literature; his work has been published in The New York Times, Haaretz, The Paris Review's Daily, The Common Magazine, Electric Literature, Jewish Currents Magazine and elsewhere.

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5PM

First Look: The Baltimore Book of the Dead

Marion Winik premieres her new book at this wine and cheese reception sponsored by The Baltimore Fishbowl. "Every observation is a marvel." -- Ann Patchett
Complimentary wine and light food supplied by The Baltimore Fishbowl

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