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Music Takes Spotlight at 12th Annual CityLit Festival

The 12th annual CityLit Festival takes place at the glorious central branch of Pratt Library on Saturday, May 2.  Called by Baltimore magazine a "can't miss event on the city's cultural scene," the free festival runs from 10am to 5pm.  This year's celebration of literature includes a celebration of music, too! Guests John Darnielle (Mountain Goats frontman's novel Wolf in White Van was long-listed for the National Book Award), California punker Frank Portman, aka Dr. Frank (King Dork Approximately, a sequel to his best-selling YA novel), Cornelius Eady (co-founder of Cave Canem and author of, among other collections, The Autobiography of a Jukebox), Jason Tinney (whose new collection Ripple Meets the Deep includes a thread of stories about a downtrodden harmonica player), and Gerry LaFemina (co-editor of Clash By Night, a new anthology of poems inspired by London Calling, debuting at the festival!). In addition to individual programs, there will be a panel on music and literature.

John Darnielle

Other guests include 
Mary McCarthy, Laura Kaye, and A.C. Arthur discuss "The Real Life of a Romance Writer"; Arnold Blumberg on "Comic Book Superheroes: Modern Literature, Modern Mythology" about how (super)heroes are fundamental to literature; Suzanne Singleton on the history of Little Italy; and Michael Salcman with his masterful new anthology, Poetry in Medicine: Poems About Doctors, Patients, Illness and Healing.  Plus the Pratt Poetry PRize reading and nonfiction from the New Mercury Series. 

Mix in the always bustling 
Literary Marketplace and the place to celebrate literature in Baltimore is the CityLit Festival.

Complete schedule with times coming soon.

CityLit Festival
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Pratt Library
400 Cathedral Street, 21201

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