Best of the (Multi-Volume) Book Fest

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Where? Mount Vernon Place — 600 North Charles Street

When? Today through Sunday

You can pretty much count on the (free!) Baltimore Book Festival to bring three things to town, one, moody weather, two, difficult parking, three, a surprise ending, with an abundant array of writers broad enough to please every citizen.

Because the big list of festival options, from literary authors to Mexican-food-made-easy cookbook writers, from chocolate tasting to manuscript editing, art-of-erotica panels to poetry performances, can be overwhelming, check our personal picks. Tour the efficient website schedule for more detailed information.

Friday, 2-4 — Free Friday Feedback: Got Lit? Get Feedback!

Join CityLit Project’s Gregg Wilhelm and graduate students in the University of Baltimore’s nationally acclaimed MFA program for free one-on-one discussions of your own writing. Authors and poets can bring up to five pages of prose or two poems.

Friday, 5 — James Waller, Drinkology Beer

After you’ve bared your writing soul, have a drink. James Waller is a writer, editor and author of Drinkology, Drinkology Wine and his latest, Drinkology Beer. He’ll discuss his favorite brews–site suggests even diehard beer lovers can learn a thing or two.

Sat, 2 — Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Website raves, “Author, poet and screenwriter Sherman Alexie was named one of The New Yorker’s 20 top writers for the 21st century. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.”

Sat, 4:30 — Harriss Poetry Prize

“2010 Harriss Poetry Prize winner Bruce Sager reads from his winning chapbook Famous (CityLit Press, 2011). Special reading by prize honoree Clarinda Harriss. Hosted by Gregg Wilhelm.”

Sunday, noon — Victoria Vox

The incomparable Victoria Vox sings winning original songs whilst strumming her ukulele.

Sunday, 3 — Novels in Stories

Eric D. Goodman’s Tracks and Susi Wyss’s The Civilized World are novel novels in stories. Hosted by Dave Rosenthal, Baltimore Sun.

Sunday, 4:30 — Novelists of Note Panel Discussion

Hear bestselling and award-winning authors Myla Goldberg, The False Friend, Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Second Nature: A Love Story, and Lisa Unger, Darkness, My Old Friend, discuss their blockbusters.

Sunday, 6 — Laura Lippman, The Most Dangerous Thing

End the fest with a reading by Baltimore’s own mega-award-winning crime writer, and have a very safe trip home. 

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