Festivals in Maryland: Baltimore Book Festival, 9/24-9/26/2010


The Baltimore Book Festival
is right around the corner, and I know you’re as excited as we are. Wes Moore, Jesse Ventura (yes, that guy, former wrestler and governor of Minnesota), Holly Robinson Peete, and others will be headlining. The Baltimore Book Festival, held at the Washington Monument, is entirely free to attend and features programming over three days (September 24-26) for adults and children. Some of our favorite programming involves the CityLit Stage, Red Emmas Radical Bookfair Tent, and the Food Tent, but there’s something for everyone.

jmww‘s Jen Michalski will be involved with two events this year—The City Sages reading at noon on Saturday, September 25th, and the 510 Readings at 5 pm on the same day. Both readings are at the CityLit Tent.

For City Sages, there’ll be readings from contributors to City Sages: Baltimore (CityLit Press 2010), an anthology of Baltimore writers: Susan McCallum-Smith, Jennifer Grow, Todd Whaley, Lia Purpura, and Michael Downs.The 510 Readings will feature jmww contributor Paula Bomer, Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch, Michael Kimball, Justin Kramon, Aryn Kyle, and Jen Michalski.

As part of the 510 Readings lineup, Jen Michalski will be reading an excerpt from her novella MAY-SEPTEMBER, which won first place in the Press 53 2010 Open Awards and will be available at the festival for purchase as part of the Press 53 Awards Anthology. Judge Amy Rogers says that

May-September is confident, resonant, achingly heartfelt, gorgeous—and surprising in a much different way. The writing is spare and elegant. This story of unspoken desires is beautifully layered, thick with tension and full of passion.

Visit the Baltimore Book Festival website for more information. For specific information about these readings, click on the “CityLit Stage” schedule. Hope to see you there!

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