Baltimore Book Festival Slated for Sept. 29-Oct. 1
Scene from last year's Book Festival.
Photo courtesy Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.
Over 150 nationally known and local authors, poetry readings, cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, live music and more than 75 exhibitors and book sellers will be featured during the three-day event.
The 11th annual Baltimore Book Festival will be held September 29 – October 1. Considered to be the mid-Atlantic region’s premier celebration of the literary arts, the event will take place in and around Baltimore's historic Mount Vernon Place, lin the 600 block of North Charles Street Hours will be 5-9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The event is free and open to the public.
Over 150 nationally known and local authors, poetry readings, cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, live music and more than 75 exhibitors and book sellers will be featured during the three-day event. Highlights include such new activities as the Literary Salon, Food for Thought Stage, Karibu Books Stage, Creative Café, Children’s Bookstore Stage, CityLit Stage and the Baltimore Theatre Alliance Readers’ Theatre Tent. The Literary Salon will showcase authors and panel discussions. The Creative Café will offer short story readings, writing workshops, and poetry slams. The Karibu Stage will highlight popular African American writers and authors of books with African American themes. The Children’s Bookstore Stage presents the nation’s best children’s writers and illustrators. The CityLit Stage will feature first-time authors, panels discussions, tips for aspiring writers, and insights into the book business. The Baltimore Theatre Alliance will host comedy, drama and children’s programming throughout the weekend. On the Book Festival Music Stage, regional bands will get festival-goers moving with jazz, blues, reggae, soul, funk, and more.
Nationally-known authors who will be on hand to meet the public include Hill Harper from CBS’s “CSI: NY” with Letters to a Young Brother; Kevin Clash, My Life as a Furry Red Monster: What Elmo Has Taught Me About Life, Love and Laughing Out Loud; Brett Paesel with Mommies Who Drink; The Cosby Show’s Joseph C. Phillips with He Talk Like A White Boy; Cooper Lawrence with Been There, Done That, Kept the Jewelry; J. California Cooper with Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns; and chef and cookbook author Nathalie Dupree, Shrimp & Grits Cookbook.
Appearing at The Walters Art Museum will be Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch, At Caanan’s Edge: America in the King Years; former governor of New Jersey James McGreevy, The Confession; and The Perfect Storm author Sebastian Junger.
The Baltimore Book Festival is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. For more information, call 1-877-BALTIMORE or visit baltimorebookfestival.com.
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This story was published on September 16, 2006.