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National Book Award Winner McBride Headlines CityLit Festival

Plan to spend the day at the 11th annual CityLit Festival with writers, poets, and exhibitors. Sponsored by the Pratt Library and CityLit Project. Complete schedule to come.

CityLit Festival
Celebrating the Literary Arts in Baltimore
Saturday, April 12, 2014
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Central Library

Featured authors:

James McBride, 2013 National Book Award winner for The Good Lord Bird

Musician and novelist Wesley Stace (John Wesley Harding), Wonderkid

Alan Cheuse, An Authentic Captain Marvel Ring and Other Stories

Jeff Parker, The Taste of Penny

Jason Ockert, Neighbors of Nothing

Nathan DeuelLos Angeles Review of Books contributing editor and former editor at Rolling Stone and The Village VoiceFriday Was the Bomb: Five Years in the Middle East

Poets Natasha Sajé (Vivarium), Erica Dawson (The Small Blades Hurt), and Gerry LaFemina (debuting the Lo-Fi Poetry Series)

Danuta Kosk-Kosicka moderates a panel discussion on poetry in translation.

UMBC writer in residence and Guggenheim fellow Lia Purpura, Rough Likeness, hosts a reading of faculty and student-winners of UMBC’s literary contest.

Writer and workshop leader Janice Gary discusses her book Short Leash: A Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance and leads a mini-workshop on writing about yourself.

A panel on new narrative platforms as technology continues storytelling and story-reading.

A reading by winners of Pratt Library’s second poetry contest presented in partnership with Poet Lore, celebrating 125 years as the country’s oldest continuously published poetry magazine!

New nonfiction from the New Mercury Series with hosts Deborah Rudacille and John Barry.

Letters About Literature Awards Ceremony, sponsored by the Maryland Center for the Book/Maryland Humanities Council

Literary Marketplace: free exhibit space for authors, poets, self-published writers, literary magazines, small presses, and literary arts organizations. To register, email

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