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CityLit Stage Returns for 15th Baltimore Book Festival


The Baltimore Book Festival is September 24-26, 2010. The 15th annual Baltimore Book Festival welcomes more than 225 celebrity, nationally known and local authors including Holly Robinson Peete, Rodney Peete, Barbara Bradley Hagerty, Nigel Barker, Ree Drummond, Michele Norris, Sherri Sheppard, Judge Glenda Hatchett, Jesse Ventura, Warren St. John, Amy Dickinson ("Ask Amy"), and Matt & Ted Lee

Stages include Literary Salon, Festival Stage, Radical Bookfair Pavilion, Children's Bookstore Stage, and Food For Thought Stage presented by IKEA.

Note that the popular CityLit Stage is on the south side of the Washington Monument circle this year.  CityLit Stage is supported by Urbanite, Cyclops Books, and Clipper City Brewing (click on logos for links). 

Here's the CityLit Stage line-up or scroll below to print out a snazzy PDF flyer.


Free Friday Feedback
Writers: Got lit? Get feedback!
Talk with literary professionals all afternoon.

Friday Literary Happy Hour @ 6pm
Smile, Hon, You’re in Baltimore “Waste” Edition
Hosted by William P. Tandy, Editor
Earl Crown, E. Doyle-Gillespie, Sharon Goldner,
Fernando Quijano III, William P. Tandy, Lisa Wiseman
Music by The Dirty Marmaduke Flute Squad


12pm City Sages: Baltimore
Hosted by Urbanite managing editor Marianne Amoss
Voted “Best of Baltimore” by Baltimore magazine, City Sages is the first book from CityLit Press and the first anthology of Baltimore writers, past and present. Contributors reading from the book include Susan McCallum-Smith, Jennifer Grow, Todd Whaley, Lia Purpura, and Michael Downs.

1:30pm State of the Art: Individual Artists Grantees Reading
Each year, the Maryland State Arts Council awards grants to working artists residing in Maryland. For literary artists, the grants alternate between fiction writers and poets. Listen to this year’s fiction award winners Justin Sirois, Karen Mittelman, Susi Wyss, Mary Switalski, Betsy Boyd, Jackie Zakrewsky, Rosalia Scalia, James Mathews, and Karen Outen.

2:30pm Making It Up in Maryland
Hosted by Urbanite literary editor Susan McCallum-Smith
Panel of very different novelists discuss their work and read from their latest books. Featuring: Andrew Auseon, Freak Magnet; Geoffrey Becker, Hot Springs; Larry Doyle, Go, Mutants!; Ben Farmer, Evangeline; and Thomas Kaufman, Drink the Tea.

4pm Presenting: Apprentice House
Hosted by publisher Kevin Atticks, meet three AH authors and some students who helped them get published: D.R. Belz, White Asparagus; Kimberley Lynne, Dredging the Choptank; and Meg Tipper, Standing at the Edge: A Year of Days After Sudden Death.

5pm 510 Reading Series
Hosted by series curators Michael Kimball and Jen Michalski
Featuring: Paula Bomer, Baby; Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch, Ten Walks/Two Talks; Michael Kimball, Dear Everybody; Justin Kramon, Finny; Aryn Kyle, Boys and Girls Like You and Me; Jen Michalski, Close Encounters.

6:30pm Eat, Think, Write: Vegan Authors Discuss Their Inspiration
Hosted by Davida Gypsy Breier
Featuring: Ben Shaberman, The Vegan Monologues; Corinne Bowen, Editor-in-Chief,; Tracye McQuirter, By Any Greens Necessary; Jonathan Balcombe, Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals; and Davida Gypsy Breier, Ninety-Five: Meeting America’s Farmed Animals in Stories and Photographs.


12pm You’re Not Listening: Baltimore Youth Speak Out!
Hosted by Anna Stone and Cynthia Hartzler-Miller, editors
You’re Not Listening is a compilation of narratives recorded by Baltimore high school students about their experiences, perceptions, and opinions on a range of topics: family, school, sex, identity, racism, politics, and crime. They chose the title You’re Not Listening to express concern that adults don’t listen closely enough to their voices. Here’s a chance to show them you ARE listening.

1pm Making Ourselves Heard: Poems You Don’t Expect from Women
These poets have something to say, filled with passion, energy, humor, and insight. Featuring four wonderful women—each highly acclaimed stalwarts of Baltimore’s poetry scene: Shirley J. Brewer, Barbara Diehl, Kat Hellen, and Lalita Noronha.

2pm Lit & Art
Hosted by Eric D. Goodman, author, editor, and lit blogger.
The program combines various literary genres with music and visual art. Featuring: Lauren Eisenberg Davis, Fernando Quijano III, B. Morrison, and Eric D. Goodman. Music by Red Tractor Factory.

3pm Poet “Allure”
Established in 1889, Poet Lore is the oldest continuously published poetry magazine in the United States. It showcases the finest contemporary poetry both by established writers and emerging voices. Join poets Charles Jensen, The First Risk; Cherrie Amour, Love’s Journey; and, representing the famed poetry magazine, Buzz Mauro and Ines Rivera.

4pm Presenting: Maryland Writers’ Association
MWA strives to convene writers of all levels and disciplines, encourage writers to reach their full potential, and  promote writing within the community. Check out a sampling of the writing offered by MWA members.

5pm New Mercury Reading Series
Hosted by series curators John Barry and Deborah Rudacille.
Featuring: Howell Baum, Brown in Baltimore: School Desegregation and the Limits of Liberalism; Rose Marie Berger, Who Killed Donte Manning?: The Story of an American Neighborhood; Christopher Corbett, The Poker Bride: The First Chinese in the Wild West; Christopher White, Skipjack: The Story of America’s Last Sailing Oystermen.


CityLit Project is financially supported by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

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