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A Full Day of Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction Scheduled for Saturday, April 29

The 14th Annual CityLit Festival takes place this Saturday, April 29, at the University of Baltimore's William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center from 10 am to 4 pm. The event is open to the public, and most sessions are free.

A full day of events begins with an official welcome at 9:45 am, followed by 10 morning events, highlighted by special 30-minute Manuscript Critique Sessions provided by noted authors / editors Karen Houppert, Bret McCabe, Lalita Noronha and Tim Wendel. (Advance $10 registration is required, and slots are still available.) At midday, the keynote presentation, MacArthur Genius Grant Recipient Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in conversation with WYPR's Tom Hall, takes place in the Angelos Law Center (Advance Registration is Required… All seats are currently "sold out".) In the afternoon, seven sessions are highlighted by MacArthur “Genius” Fellow and novelist Dinaw Mengestu, presenting a 90-minute Master Class ($10 Registration is Required), and a special 90-minute presentation by a "Family of Scribes", novelists John Gregory and Carrie Brown and their daughter, poet Molly McCully Brown.

Registration Details for Special Sessions

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Throughout the day, from 10 am to 4 pm, the festival's annual Literary Marketplace will feature 40 exhibitors representing literary programs, journals, authors and more. In addition, books by the day's authors will be available for purchase by Barnes & Noble UB. (Authors will be available to sign books immediately following their sessions.) Food and refreshments will be available from the Barnes & Noble UB Café.

A PDF of the day's program can be downloaded here.

Download a full PDF of festival sessions and author bios here.

This year's City Lit Festival and talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was featured in The Baltimore Sun, and Tom Hall interviewed Adichie live on WYPR's "Midday" program. Seats to the free keynote presentation were "sold out" almost as soon as they were made available. A live stream presentation for the overflow was soon arranged, but those seats were also reserved very quickly. A wait list is currently available.

The 2017 CityLit Festival is supported by these partners and sponsors:

  • Maryland Humanities
  • University of Baltimore
  • insight180
  • Barnes & Noble UB
  • Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
  • Enoch Pratt Free Library
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Maryland State Arts Council


The University of Baltimore's William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center is located at 11 W. Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201



UB is accessible by Train, Bus, Light Rail, Metro and the free Baltimore Circulator… For details, visit


  • Fitzgerald Garage: 80 W. Oliver Street, Baltimore, 21201
  • Maryland Avenue Garage: 1111 Maryland Avenue, Baltimore, 21201 (This garage is providing $7 discounted parking! Use the ticket received when you enter the pedestrian entrance on Biddle Street... There will be an attendant at the gate until 6PM)
  • Federal Garage: 1311 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, 21201

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