Celebrating Baltimore Zinesters

Sept. 27

Before there were Pitchfork or blogs, there were zines, small booklets containing thought-provoking journalism and critical essays, put together by people dedicated enough to curate such an enterprise and spend hours with a copying machine and a stapler. Zines were crucial publications documenting the early days of punk music and DIY art. The rise of the internet would have seemingly put an end to the zine, but many are still coming out, and their publishers are using design software to make them as sleek as ever. As part of the Baltimore Book Festival, Red Emma's is presenting this panel celebrating three local zinesters: Lawrence Burney, a City Paper contributor who puts together True Laurels, a critical document on underground art and culture in Baltimore; China Martens, who has collaborated on various zines and released such titles as BWI Spy, Supermarket Supermodel, and Catbird; and the three high school juniors behind "Beast Grrl." 1 p.m., Radical Bookfair Pavilion at the Baltimore Book Festival, Inner Harbor, Light and Pratt streets, baltimorebookfestival.com, free. (Brandon Weigel)

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