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CityLit Festival: Author James McBride to be featured at this daylong literary festival.

In Wheeler Auditorium (3rd floor):

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. -- Letters About Literature Awards Ceremony, honoring the Maryland winners in this national essay program for students grades 4 - 12, sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council/Maryland Center for the Book (mdhc.org). Featured author: Elisabeth Dahl, Genie Wishes.

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. -- Singer/songwriter Wesley Stace (better known by his former stage name John Wesley Harding) discusses his just-published novel, Wonderkid, with WTMD's Erik Deatherage.

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. -- James McBride, winner of  the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction for The Good Lord Bird, talks about his book with WYPR's Tom Hall. McBride's 1996 memoir, The Color of Water, was a New York Times' bestseller. He is the author of two other novels, Song Yet Sung and Miracle of St. Anna.

In School and Student Services (2nd floor):

11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. -- National Poetry Month Celebration with Poet Lore. Join Genevieve DeLeon, managing editor of Poet Lore, for readings by Megan Foley, Amy Eisner, and the winner of the Pratt Library's poetry contest.

12 noon - 12:50 p.m. -- UMBCreative Writing. Readings by UMBC faculty writers Lia Purpura (Rough Likeness), Michael Fallon (The Great Before and After) and Holly Sneeringer ("Under Water"), along with student winners of the English Department's literary contest.

1 p.m. -1:50 p.m. -- Slices of Life. Leah Eskin writes the food column "Home on the Range" for Tribune newspapers, including The Sun. Her new book, Slices of Life: A Food Writer Cooks through Many a Conundrum, is a memoir readers can savor in small or large bites. Hosted by Mary Zajac, co-host of WBJC's "Word on Wine."

2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. -- The Tampa Connection: join Jeff Parker (The Taste of Penny), Jason Ockert (Neighbors of Nothing) and Nathan Deuel (Friday Was the Bomb: Five Years in the Middle East) of the University of Tampa's MFA in Creative Writing program.

In the Poe Room (2nd floor):

11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. -- Releasing the Muse. Three poets with local connections read from their new collections: Lalita Noronha (Her Skin, Phyllo-thin), Erica Dawson (The Small Blades Hurt), and Natasha Saje (Vivarium). Hosted by Kristen Harbeson, board chair, Poe Baltimore.

12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. -- Alan Cheuse reads from his just-published An Authentic Captain Marvel Ring, which collects the best short stories and novellas from this National Public Radio reviewer. Introduced by Andrew Gifford, publisher, Santa Fe Writer's Project.

1:30 - 2:20 p.m. -- Poetry in Translation, presented by the DC-area Literary Translators Network and Loch Raven Review. Features Nancy Naomi Carlson (French), Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak (Persian), Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka (Polish), and Katherine E. Young (Russian) reading poems in the original and translation.

In the Fine Arts Department (2nd floor):

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. -- Janice Gary talks about her book, Short Leash: A Memoir of Dogwalking and Deliverance, with Lisa Robinson of WBAL-TV.

1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. -- "The Memoir and You: On Writing About Yourself," a mini-workshop presented by author and teacher Janice Gary. Bring your memories, your aspirations, and your pen.

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. -- New Mercury at CItyLit. Join hosts Deborah Rudacille and John Barry for their monthly installment of this popular nonfiction reading series. Readers include Elaine Eff (The Painted Screens of Baltimore), D. Watkins ("Too Poor for Pop Culture"), and former City Paper columnist Joe MacLeod.

In Central Hall (1st floor):

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. -- Literary Marketplace. Visit an array of self-published authors, literary organizations, small presses, magazines, and journals representing Baltimore's diverse and talented literary arts community.

10:30 a.m. -- Welcome to the 11th annual CityLit Festival by Gregg Wilhelm, CityLit Project executive director, and Dr. Carla Hayden, Pratt Library CEO.

Barnes & Noble will sell copies of the authors' books, and authors will sign at the B&N table after their programs.


Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 10:00am to 5:00pm

Central Library
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Event Type

Writers LIVE!, Poetry

Age Group

Adults, Seniors

Compass Category


Event Publisher

Judy Cooper

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