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CityLit Stage Schedule Set for Baltimore Book Festival


Swing by the CityLit Stage at Baltimore Book Festival on September 25, 26, and 27!  Here's the schedule and click on the PDF link below for a flyer.  Thanks to partners Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts, Urbanite, and Cyclops Books.  Thanks again to WYPR's Aaron Henkin for hosting our Friday Literary Happy Hour, Hugh Sisson and the fine folks at Clipper City Brewing, and Rahne Alexander.  For the fourth year in a row, WEAA's Marc Steiner moderates a special panel during book festival.  Thanks Marc!  Special thanks to the Maryland State Arts Council and the Baltimore Community Foundation for on-going support of CityLit Project.

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Bring on clear skies and open books!

CityLit Stage at Baltimore Book Festival
September 25, 26, and 27, 2009
Washington Monument Eastside Circle


Free Friday Feedback!
Got lit? Get feedback from editors, agents, and writing instructors. Bring up to five pages of prose or two poems for free advice on craft, the marketplace, and next steps. 12-4pm.

Literary Happy Hour with Clipper City!
Network with the Literary Arts Community.  5pm.

Poetry Animations: Creativity From All Angles.  6pm.
Hosted by WYPR’s Aaron Henkin with Music by Rahne Alexander
Poetry and animated shorts by Linda Franklin, Leo Horrigan, Nancy Linden, Nicole Schultheis, Shodekeh, Joe Young, and The Bow-Legged Gorilla. 


12pm School of Lit
Hosted by Elissa Weissman with faculty and students from Loyola University, Coppin State, Towson University, and CCBC.

1pm Edmund Lind Architecture Panel
Moderated by Damie Stillman with Charles Belfoure, Walter Schamu, Mary Ellen Hayward, and Dean Krimmel.

2pm Shelf Discovery
Lizzie Skurnick talks with The Sun’s Nancy Johnston about the teen classics we never stopped reading.

3pm An Assortment of Authors
The Sun’s Nancy Johnston talks with Elissa Weissman, Mildred Muhammad, Ben Shaberman, and Lia Purpura.

4pm To Form or Not To Form
Jadi Omowale of Three Sistahs Press leads a conversation with Cave Canem poets Derrick Brown, Kyle Dargan, and Tara Betts.

5pm 510 Reading Series
Michael Kimball and Jen Michalski host Shanthi Sekaran, Savannah Schroll-Guz, John Dermot Woods, Terese Svoboda, Justin Sirois, and Dan Fesperman.

6:30pm Stories and Songs
Urbanite’s David Dudley hosts The Wayfarers
(Jason Tinney, Laura Cosner, and Brad Dunnells).


12pm What You’re Writing!
Talk to Urbanite editor Marianne Amoss about the publication’s popular feature and start an essay that could find its way to Urbanite’s pages!

1pm Zoh Hieronimus
Kabbalistic Teachings of the Female Prophets.

2pm Getting It Written, Getting It Published: The Facts About Fiction
CityLit Project’s Gregg Wilhelm talks with Geoff Becker, James Magruder, and Philipp Meyer.

3pm Connie Imboden
Reflections: 25 Years of Photography
A special presentation by world-renown photographer Connie Imboden.

4pm Annie’s Ghost
Urbanite’s Susan McCallum-Smith talks with Steve Luxenberg about family secrets.

5pm Various Verse
Reggie Harris leads a discussion and reading with John Pursley III, Sue Ellen Thompson, Charles Jensen, and Rachel Eisler.

6pm Overblown, Overrated, Over the Top: Outrageous Readings from Celebrity Memoirs
End the festival with a rip-roarin’ romp through the weird side of memoir. Hosted by Paul Lagasse, MWA Baltimore Chapter president, and Fernando Quijano III, the WordPimp behind the “For Crying Out Loud” reading series.

CityLit Project Presents:
LITERARY SALON: Sunday, September 27 at 3pm

Moderated by Marc Steiner, "The Marc Steiner Show" WEAA

David Miller, Raising Him Alone

Raising Him Alone is a source of inspiration for the millions of single mothers who struggle daily with the challenges of raising healthy and productive boys to become responsible men. The book is based on hundreds of interviews, focus groups, and discussions with single mothers who are raising boys. Miller co-founded the Urban Leadership Institute in Baltimore, which works youth to address alternatives to a gang lifestyle and succumbing to peer pressure.

Pamela Thomas, Fatherless Daughters:Turning the Pain of Loss into the Power of Forgiveness

Still haunted by her own father's death when she was ten, Thomas decided to explore its effects. Though her journey began as a personal one, she soon felt the need to hear from other women and ended up interviewing more than one hundred fatherless women. Thomas offers compassionate advice for coming to terms with father loss, even late in life, from actively mourning, to healing, to starting fresh.  She is a children's book editor at Sesame Workshop in New York.

Jane Satterfield, Daughters of Empire: A Memoir of a Year in Britain and Beyond

A dual British-American national on her first return trip to England in over a decade, Jane Satterfield faced a woman's fundamental decision: to become a mother or to forge a new life on her own.  She writes eloquently about a period in her life when she struggled with marriage, questioned her artistic talent, and came to love her child and herself.  Satterfield is a poet and professor at Loyola University Maryland.

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