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Baltimore Book Festival takes place September 28 to 30

SOURCE: Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Free event in Mount Vernon neighborhood showcases famous writers, new talent, entertainment, and much more.
The 12th annual Baltimore Book Festival returns September 28- September 30. Among the nationally known authors and notable figures to be featured are Tim Gunn from Bravo’s “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style"; Rev Run (member of the Hip-Hop pioneering band, Run DMC) and his wife Justine Simmons, who star in their own hit MTV reality television show, “Run’s House"; Kevin Merida and Michael Fletcher, both Washington Post journalists, who will discuss their highly acclaimed new book on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas; Tina Louise, star of “Gilligan’s Island"; chefs and cookbook authors Walter Scheib and Earl “Bubba” Hiers.

The celebration of the literary arts will take place in Mount Vernon Place, in the 600 block of North Charles Street, on Friday, September 28 from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

The Walters Art Museum will be the site for talks, book signings and readings with Nikki Giovanni, world-renowned and Grammy-nominated U.S. poet, activist, commentator, writer, educator and author. The author of some 30 books for both adults and children, she is a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Hosted by the Maryland Humanities Council, Ms. Giovanni takes the stage on Sunday with her new book, Acolytes: Poems.

There will also be a Literary Salon, author visits, live entertainment including a stage for children's writers and illustrators. The CityLit Stage will feature first-time authors, panels discussions, tips for aspiring writers, and insight into the book business. The Creative Café will offer short story readings, writing workshops, and poetry slams.


The Baltimore Book Festival is a free event, sponsored by many organizations and companies. For more information, call 1-877-BALTIMORE or visit www.baltimorebookfestival.com.


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This story was published on September 7, 2007.