H.L. Mencken, Small Press Expo, Laura Lippman, and more.

Sept. 8 Celebrate one of Baltimore's greatest writers, H.L. Mencken, with the annual Mencken Day at the Central Branch of the Pratt Library .

Sept. 14 Renowned graphic novelist Daniel Clowes and Alvin Buenaventura sign the retrospective of Clowes' work at Atomic Books.

Sept. 15-16 The Small Press Expo in Bethesda is worth the trip.

Sept. 18 The Hernandez brothers-responsible for the highly influential Love and Rockets comics-sign copies at Atomic Books

Sept. 18 Longtime Sun reporter and master storyteller Rafael Alvarez reads from his new book, The Tuerk House, at the Pratt Library's Central Branch.

Sept. 20 Laura Lippman reads from her new book, And When She Was Good, at Atomic Books.

Sept. 25 Davy and Pete Rothbart celebrate 10 years of Found Magazine, and Davy reads from his new book, My Heart Is an Idiot, at Atomic Books

Sept. 28-30 The Baltimore Book Festival returns to Mount Vernon along with City Paper's Book Exchange.

Oct. 13-20 Literary Arts Week.

Oct. 18 Publisher Gregg Wilhelm and a slew of local authors discuss the state of publishing at CityLit Press Night at the Central Branch of the Pratt Library.


Molly O' Connell:

Printmaker and comics artist Molly O'Connell has been up to all sorts of things, and most recently shot a music video for the group Witch Hat, inspired by the film Steel Magnolias. We sat on the set for a little jabber. (Jasmine Sarp)

City Paper: What do you like about fall?

Molly O'Connell: I feel like people aren't fighting. In the summer, there's this struggle of fighting nature, but in the fall, there's harmony and everyone wants to be outside all the time.

CP: What are you excited for?

MO: I'm excited about the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival, and I'm excited about The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, and Puss Fust, and Halloween.

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