We here at Baltimore’s Most Well-Read Alternative Weekly love the Baltimore Book Festival, where you can find us all weekend at our annual book swap. You really can’t go wrong, but here are some events that should not be missed. For more information, visitbaltimorebookfestival.com.
Friday, Sept. 27
5:30 p.m. Literary Happy Hour, CityLit StageBooks and booze, booze and books, these are a few of our favorite things. Add sharp conversation with members of the CityLit project and Cyclops books, and we are there.
6:30 p.m. Smile, Hon, You’re in Baltimore: Work!, CityLit Stage Baltimore’s most badass zine hosts the writers of the most recent issue, along with music by Red Sammy, with special guest poet Stephen Matanle.
6:30 p.m. Medea Benjamin, Drone Warfare, Radical Book Fair Pavilion One of the foremost public intellectuals on the left presents her groundbreaking work on the rise of drone warfare.
Saturday, Sept. 28
1 p.m. New Views of Civil Rights, Radical Book Fair Pavilion Andor Skotnes’ book A New Deal for All? (“All for One?,” Books, Feb. 27) looks at the relationships between civil rights and workers movements. The discussion also features Jeanne Theoharis’ The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, and Akinyele Umoja’s We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement.
1 p.m. Peggielene Bartels, King Peggy, Literary Salon Featuring the author of King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village, Peggielene Bartels, and Eleanor Herman, the 2013 One Maryland One Book selection.
1:30 p.m. Saucy and Sassy: Stories with Marion Winik, Enoch Pratt Free Library Tent Described as “a cross between Nora Ephron and David Sedaris,” Marion Winick reads from her new book Highs in the Low Fifties.
3 p.m. Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran, George Peabody Library Nafasi, a professor at Hopkins, discusses her memoir and the Iranian revolution.
3 p.m. Kiese Laymon in Conversation with Lester K. Spence, Enoch Pratt Free Library Tent The author of Long Division and book of essays How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others discusses race with Hopkins professor and author Lester Spence.
4 p.m. Peabody Collection Spotlight: That’s Quixotic!, George Peabody Library An exploration of the George Peabody Library’s collection of over 400 editions of Don Quixote.
5 p.m. Laura Lippman and John Searles in Conversation, Literary Salon Baltimore’s great crime writer will talk about her career. We hope she might read from After I’m Gone, her new novel, due early next year.
5:30 p.m. New Mercury Reading Series, CityLit Stage Baltimore’s nonfiction reading series, hosted by CPcontributors John Barry and Deborah Rudacille.
6 p.m. MK Asante, Buck, Literary Salon Asante will read from and discuss his memoir, Buck (“Boy N [and Out] the Hood,” Books, Aug. 28).
6:30 p.m. Fiction presented by the 510 Reading Series, CityLit Stage Baltimore’s fiction reading series, hosted by Jen Michalski (“Best Fiction” 2013).
Sunday, Sept. 29
12 p.m. John Bemelmans-Marciano, Children’s Bookstore Stage Madeline is one of the classic children’s book characters seen walking around the festival every year with the likes of Clifford the Big Red Dog and Frog and Toad. This year John Bemelmans-Marciano, the grandson of Madeline creator Ludwig Bemelmans and who has written and illustrated his own contributions to the series, talks about his new picture book, about a bad boy named Alexander Baddenfield who steals his cat’s nine lives.
12 p.m. Anabel Hernández and Óscar Martínez, Radical Book Fair Pavilion Two investigative journalists discuss drugs and gangs in Latin America.
1 p.m. Larry Gibson, Young Thurgood, Enoch Pratt Free Library Tent University of Maryland School of Law professor Larry Gibson presents his book about Thurgood Marshall’s early life, much of which was spent in Baltimore.
2 p.m. LOVE the Poet, Black Marks on White Paper, Radical Book Fair Pavilion Michelle Antoinette Nelson, also known as LOVE the poet, performs poems (“God Is Love,” Arts and Entertainment, Sept. 11).