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The Literary Salon hosts nationally recognized headlining authors from across the publishing spectrum.  

Literary Salon

Nationally recognized headlining authors from across the publishing spectrum visit the Literary Salon for readings and audience Q&As. Additionally, the Literary Salon presents the Maryland Humanities' 2018 One Maryland One Book selection.

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Stage: West Shore Park, 401 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202



Friday, September 28




11:30AM

Charm City Trivia: Literary Edition

Join us on a Journey to the Center of the Earth all the way to Neverland and everywhere in between and test your knowledge of written works at Charm City Trivia's two-hour literary trivia event!

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5PM

DJ Tommy Carr

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6PM

Danni Starr: Empathy & Eyebrows: A Survivalist’s Stories on Reviving Your Spirit After Soul-Crushing Sh*storms

Danni Starr is an empath, national media personality, mental health advocate, activist and author. In her decade-long professional career, she has amassed an impressive amount of experience and used her media platform to help people and advocate for important causes. Her postpartum advocacy caught the attention of The Office of Women’s Health, which named her an ambassador. In 2017, she was recognized as ambassador of the year. She lists her greatest accomplishments as being the best mom possible to her two daughters, surviving postpartum depression, and writing her first book, Empathy and Eyebrows.

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Saturday, September 29




12PM

A.J. Jacobs: Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey

A.J. Jacobs is the author of four New York Times bestsellers, including The Year of Living Biblically, The Know-It-All and Drop Dead Healthy. His new book, Thanks a Thousand, Jacobs describes his quest to thank every single person who had a role (no matter how small) in making his morning cup of coffee. Jacobs contributes to NPR, The New York Times and Esquire, among others. He lives in New York with his wife and sons.

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1PM

Kevin Shird: The Colored Waiting Room: Empowering the Original and the New Civil Rights Movements

Kevin Shird is an activist, national youth advocate, public speaker, and author. Shird began dealing drugs at the age of sixteen, and later served almost twelve years in prison for drug trafficking. Today he works with young people to help them avoid the dangers of street culture and advocates for policy changes that support their safety and development. During the tenure of President Barack Obama, Shird worked with the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy, and he was part of the committee for President Obama's Clemency Project. Today, he’s an Associate at the Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine, Johns Hopkins University.

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2PM

Carol Anderson, One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy, in Conversation with Carlos Lozada

From the New York Times best-selling author of White Rage, comes a history of voter suppression in America. Anderson discusses the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote, triggered by the 2013 Supreme Court decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Known as the Shelby ruling, this decision effectively allowed districts with a demonstrated history of racial discrimination to change voting requirements without approval from the Department of Justice. Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University. White Rage won the National Book Critics Circle Award, Bourgeois Radicals, and Eyes off the Prize.

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3PM

Jonathan Abrams, All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire

With unparalleled access to all the key actors and writers involved in The Wire’s creation, Jonathan Abrams tells the astonishing, compelling, and complete account of The Wire, from its inception and creation through its end and powerful legacy. Jonathan Abrams is an award-winning journalist who writes for Bleacher Report. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling Boys Among Men. He was previously a staff writer at Grantland, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times.

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4PM

Literature for Social Justice, Curated by Open Society Institute—Baltimore

This exciting hour begins with a reading by Lady Brion (Brion Gill), a 2015 OSI Community Fellow, poet, and author of With My Head Unbowed; followed by a panel on “The Books that Inspire Us to Action,” featuring Tara Huffman, director of OSI-Baltimore’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice program, Karen E. Webber, director of OSI-Baltimore’s Education and Youth Development program, & Monique Morris*, author of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools.

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5PM

Catana Chetwynd, Little Moments of Love, in Conversation with John Freed

Catana Chetwynd is a self-taught traditional artist and the enthusiastic author of Catana Comics. She grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she spent her time creating art and pursing an education in psychology until accidentally stumbling into the world of comics. Not only is her boyfriend, John Freed, the daily inspiration for her drawings, but he was also the one who suggested a comic series about their relationship in the first place. Thanks to his idea and his inspiring daily antics, Catana was able to pursue her childhood dream of being a cartoonist.

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Sunday, September 30




11AM

Charlie Jane Anders, All the Birds in the Sky, in Conversation with author Malka Older

Charlie Jane Anders is the author of All the Birds in the Sky and the forthcoming City in the Middle of the Night. She organizes the Writers with Drinks reading series in San Francisco and helps to organize the Bookstore and Chocolate Crawl. Her writing has won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Sturgeon, Crawford and Lambda Literary Awards. The editor-in-chief of Gawker's popular geek-culture website io9, Anders has been writing with passion and insight about science fiction and fantasy for years — so it only makes sense that in her debut novel for adults, All the Birds in the Sky, she's melded the two genres in a way that opens a profound, poetic new perspective on each.

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12PM

April Ryan, Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House, in Conversation with Bill Whitaker of CBS News

Baltimore-born April Ryan is a White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, and a CNN Political Analyst. April has a unique vantage point as the only black, female reporter covering urban issues from the White House – a position she has held since the Clinton era. She is the author of the award-winning books, The Presidency in Black and White and At Mama’s Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White. April will be joined by Bill Whitaker, award-winning correspondent for CBS News’ 60 Minutes.

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1PM

2018 One Maryland One Book Tim Junkin, Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Evidence in Conversation with Kirk Bloodsworth

Presented by Maryland Humanities, author Tim Junkin and Kirk Bloodsworth discuss Bloodworth’s story of being exonerated after being to sentenced to Maryland’s gas chamber and spending nine years on death row. Tim Junkin is an attorney, with thirty years of experience as a trial lawyer and advocate of civil rights, an award-winning writer and a teacher. Junkin is the author of The Waterman, Good Counsel and Bloodsworth. He also founded Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy which became ShoreRivers, a Maryland river protection nonprofit, and he has received several environmental awards.

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2PM

Tayari Jones, An American Marriage, Oprah’s Book Club 2018 Selection, in Conversation with Donna Drew Sawyer, CEO, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Tayari Jones discusses her New York Times best seller, An American Marriage, Oprah’s Book Club 2018 Selection.  Jones is also the author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling and Silver Sparrow. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, The New York Times and Callaloo.  A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she has also been a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, United States Artist Fellowship, NEA Fellowship and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship.

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3PM

David W. Blight on Frederick Douglass: Sponsored by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and Johns Hopkins University Press

Historian David W. Blight has focused on Frederick Douglass for much of his professional life and his new book from Simon & Schuster, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, is a definitive, dramatic biography of the most important African-American of the nineteenth century: the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era.  Professor Blight also wrote an admiring foreword for the new edition of Dickson J. Preston’s classic biography, Young Frederick Douglass, published this year by JHU Press. His Baltimore Book Festival talk will focus on the extraordinary legacy of Frederick Douglass as reflected in these two books as well as other scholarly and popular works.

As a young man Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) escaped from slavery in Baltimore, Maryland. He was fortunate to have been taught to read by his slave owner mistress, and he would go on to become one of the major literary figures of his time. He wrote three versions of his autobiography over the course of his lifetime and published his own newspaper. His very existence gave the lie to slave owners: with dignity and great intelligence he bore witness to the brutality of slavery.

David Blight is Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, including American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era; and Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory; and annotated editions of Douglass’s first two autobiographies. He has been awarded the Bancroft Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize, among others.

This program will be hosted by JHU Press director Barbara Kline Pope and Reginald F. Lewis Museum executive director Wanda Draper.

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4PM

D. Watkins Presents New Voices of Baltimore featuring Tariq Toure, Lawrence Burney, Sheri Booker, Devin Allen, Kondwani Fidel & Chin-Yer Wright

Author and professor D. Watkins introduces and leads a discussion with this generation’s most dynamic writers and artists.

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When:
Sept 28-30, 2018
Fri - Sun: 11am - 7pm
Where:
Baltimore Inner Harbor

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