Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Baltimore CityLit Festival Set for April 19

I’ve never been, but this sounds like fun. A trip up to Baltimore--perhaps also involving crabcakes at Faidley's--is always worthwhile!

Baltimore CityLit Festival
Saturday, April 19, 2008
10 am – 5 pm
Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

For information: 410-274-5691 or info@citylitproject.org

The fifth edition of this popular festival takes place on Saturday, April 19, 2008, from 10am to 5pm at Enoch Pratt Free Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Among the highlights, three of Baltimore’s most prominent literati share their brand new books at 1:00 in Pratt Library’s Wheeler Auditorium. Tom Hall, Culture Editor for WYPR’s “Maryland Morning,” talks with Dan Fesperman, The Amateur Spy; Laura Lippman, Another Thing to Fall; and Manil Suri, The Age of Shiva.

Dr. Ben Carson, world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, shares his insight and advice from Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk. Dr. Carson presents at 3:00. The Maryland Humanities Council’s Maryland Center for the Book honors its “Letters About Literature” contest winners from around the state at 11:00 with special guest children’s chapter book author Margaret Meacham. S. James Guitard and Victoria Christopher Murray read from and discuss their latest novels, and sports writer John Eisenberg revisits the Barbaro story in his new book. Michael Olesker, Tonight at Six; Diane Scharper, Reading Lips; and contributors to a new anthology based on writing from the popular “Write Here, Write Now” workshops all present special pre-publication previews of their new books. For families, Caldecott Honoree and New York Times bestselling children’s book author Carole Boston Weatherford shares her latest book, Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins.

Poetry is never in short supply at CityLit Festival. Reggie Harris returns to host “Poetry by Place,” a spoken word tour de force featuring poets who appear at various venues around Baltimore. Poets Ink is back again conducting a workshop and reading.

Programs take place throughout the library. A complete schedule of times and locations is available at www.CityLitProject.org. Attendees are also encouraged to browse and buy at the Literary Marketplace, featuring more than fifty authors, editors, literary journals, presses and organizations.

CityLit Festival is made possible with the support of the Maryland State Arts Council and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts.


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.