The Baltimore Book Festival, eagerly anticipated by writers and book lovers alike, is coming to town September 27-29. Since I moved to the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area six years ago, I’ve attended the festival every year and have never been disappointed. I’ve heard famous authors speak about their work, listened to readings of fiction and poetry by visiting and local authors, browsed tables and tables of books for sale—I’ve even read some of my own short stories on a couple of occasions. Each year the festival has been entertaining and educational, and this year promises to be every bit as good.
Just a few of this year’s highlights: Readings of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s stories, including readings by winners of the Maryland State Arts Council individual artists’ awards for fiction; presentations by well-known authors and editors, including Laura Lippman and John Searles; discussions of the craft of writing; a literary walking tour of parts of Baltimore once frequented by famous authors, poets, and editors; live music ranging from medieval melodies to pop and funk; and, of course, piles of books offered by booksellers from around the country.
It’s sure to be a treat, so don’t miss it if you live in the area.