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2008 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Winners Set to Headline CityLit Festival


CityLit Festival VI takes place at Enoch Pratt Free Library on Saturday, April 18, 2009.  Presented by CityLit Project and Pratt Library, the festival continues its tradition of presenting nationally acclaimed writers, Baltimore's own literati, and emerging voices in a day-long celebration of literature.

Special guests: 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction Junot Díaz and 2008 National Book Award winner for poetry Mark Doty.

Programs--readings, panels, workshops--take place in five areas throughout the library.  Plus the bustling Literary Marketplace provides self-published authors, literary organizations, journals, and small presses unprecedented exposure to the public.

CityLit Festival is FREE to the public and FREE for exhibitors.

CityLit Festival is made possible by the on-going support of the Maryland State Arts Council and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts.  Media sponsorship provided by Urbanite and Baltimore's Child.

Complete schedule attached and posted below.

CityLit Festival Schedule

Central Hall

10:00 - Exhibit set up in the Literary Marketplace

10:30 - 11:30
Handel Children’s Choir of Baltimore
Mayoral Proclamation

12:00 - 1:00
“Literally the Future”
CityLit Teens Reading
Maryland Young Writers Contest Winners
“Poetry Out Loud” Poetry Recitation State Finalists

1:00 - 3:00
Poet’s Ink Workshop
Held at Poet’s Ink tables in Literary Marketplace (Reading at 3pm)

1:30 - 3:00
“Poets by Place”
Poets from Baltimore’s reading venues gather for a showcase of verse.
Hosted by Reggie Harris

Student Services (Former Maryland Room)

11:00 - 12:00
“That Takes the Cake”
Warren Brown, CakeLove: How to Bake Cakes from Scratch
Leslie Miller, Let Me Eat Cake: A Celebration of Flour, Sugar, Butter, Eggs, Vanilla, Baking Powder, and a Pinch of Salt
Moderator: Mary Zajac, Food columnist, Style Magazine

12:00 - 1:00
“Lifelong Literature: The Literary Life Later in Life”
Shirley Brewer, A Little Breast Music
Dudley Clendinen, A Place Called Canterbury: Tales of the New Old Age in America
Kendra Kopelke, Passager Books, University of Baltimore
Mel Tansill, Poet and Senior Director of Corporate Public Relations, Erickson Retirement Communities
Moderator: Marc Steiner, “The Marc Steiner Show,” WEAA

1:30 - 3:00
“First Books, New Authors”
Jessica Anya Blau, The Summer of Naked Swim Parties (Novel)
Eric D. Goodman, Flightless Goose (Children’s Book)
Susan McCallum-Smith, Slipping the Moorings (Short Stories)
Ben Shaberman, The Vegan Monologues (Essays)
Elissa Brent Weissman, Standing for Socks (Middle Readers)
Moderator: Nancy Johnston, The Sun’s “Read Street”

11:30 and 12:30
“Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books” (Exhibit)
Leonard Marcus,Golden Legacy: How Golden Books Won Children’s Hearts, Changed Publishing Forever, and Became An American Icon Along the Way (Please gather at the 2nd floor exhibit case)

Poe Room

12:00 - 1:00
Former Maryland Poet Laureate, Michael Collier, Make Us Wave Back
Nominee, Maryland Poet Laureate, Elizabeth Spires, The Wave-Maker
Introduced by Reggie Harris

1:00 - 2:00
New Fiction from the 510 Reading Series
Christian Bauman, In Hoboken
Thomas Glave, The Torturer’s Wife
Michael Kimball, Dear Everybody
Chad Willenborg, Contributor to The Believer and McSweeny’s
Hosts: Michael Kimball and Jen Michalski

2:00 - 3:00
“Newfound Hope and the First Lady”
Liza Mundy, Washington Post
Michelle: A Biography
Barbara Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram
Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First Lady
Moderator: Lionel Foster, Office of Partnerships, Communications, and Community Engagement, Baltimore City Public Schools

Fine Arts Department (2nd Floor)

12:00 - 1:00
“It’s How You Play the Game”
Quinn Cotter, Playing Time: What Kids Really Think About Kids’ Sports
Mark Hyman, Until It Hurts: America’s Obsession with Youth Sports and How It Harms Our Kids
Moderator: Mike Lurie, “Sports with Mike Lurie,” WYPR
Introduced by Tim Holley, Athletic Director, Gilman School

1:30 - 2:30
“What’s Becoming of Our Book Culture?”
Deirdre Donahue, Book Reviewer, USA Today
David Kipen, Director, National Reading Initiatives, National Endowment for the Arts
Natalie Stokes, Associate Publisher, Black Classic Press
Moderator: Dave Rosenthal, The Sun’s “Read Street”

Wheeler Auditorium

11:00 - 12:15
Letters About Literature Ceremony
Young winners from state-wide contest recognized by the Maryland
Humanities Council’s Maryland Center for the Book.
Special Guest: Mary Downing Hahn, award-winning author of more
than twenty novels for teens, including Daphne’s Book, Wait Till Helen
Comes: A Ghost Story, The Jellyfish Season, December Stillness, Time
for Andrew: A Ghost Story, Stepping on the Cracks, and The Wind Blows

12:30 - 1:30
“Metaphors and Memories: New Memoirs”
Jennifer Baszile, The Black Girl Next Door
E. Ethelbert Miller, The 5th Inning
Introduced by Lester Spence, Assistant Professor of Political Science,
Johns Hopkins University

1:30 - 2:30
Mark Doty
2008 National Book Award Winner, Fire to Fire
Introduced by Michael Salcman, CityLit Project Board Member and
Nominee, Maryland Poet Laureate

3:00 - 4:00
Junot Díaz
2008 Pulitzer Prize Winner, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Introduced by Sonia Alcantara-Antoine, Enoch Pratt Free Library


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