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2000 Literature Lovers Brave Rain for CityLit Festival


Nearly 2000 people braved a day-long rain to attend the eighth annual CityLit Festival at Pratt Library.  The mid-April classic celebration of literature in Baltimore featured 16 events in 5 programming areas, presenting 36 literary artists and 14 hosts. In the library's Central Hall, more than 75 individual exhibitors--self-published authors, freelance editors, literary journals, small presses, and literary arts organizations--packed the Literary Marketplace (a 25% increase in exhibitors from last year!).

"As technology increases the number of people who decide to self-publish, I am not surprised by the increase in exhibitors at the festival," noted CityLit Project executive director Gregg Wilhelm. "CityLit Festival offers many of them the foremost opportunity to meet readers and generate some buzz for their books."

The combination of emerging voices, intriguing panels, and nationally known authors makes for the region's most dynamic day for readers and writers.

Right: 2010 National Book Award winner for fiction Jaimy Gordon poses with Judy Cooper, Pratt Library's Programs and Publications Coordinator.

Mark your calendars: CityLit Festival IX takes place at Pratt Library on April 14, 2012.

More than 75 individual exhibitors packed Pratt Library's Central Hall for the busiest Literary Marketplace in the festival's eight-year history.

CityLit Project executive director Gregg Wilhelm welcomed E. Ethelbert Miller to the festival. Ethelbert read as part of a poetry program that featured Vincent Cellucci, Gerry Lafemina, and Michael Salcman (at podium).

"Women and Words" featured novelists Jessica Anya Blau, Elissa Weissman, Amy Stolls, and host Shannon Morgan of Maryland Life. "Men and Memoir" featured nonfiction writers James Patterson and Chic Dambach with host Dave Rosenthal of The Sun (center).

The team from Barnes & Noble Power Plant once again performed brilliantly in obtaining all books for festival authors and handling sales throughout the day. Felicia Pride (at podium) moderated a panel on publishing in the digital age.

First-time author Peachy Dixon discussed her memoir with journalist Michael Olesker. Andrei Codrescu, one of the festival's headliners, signs a book for a fan.

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