Event Pick: Books, books and more books at Book Festival and Comic-Con

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Image via the Baltimore Book Festival’s Facebook page

“If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t f–k them.” Those immortal words come to us from Baltimore’s favorite son, director John Waters.

This weekend will give the City That Reads ample opportunity to stock its bookshelves with novels, biographies, graphic novels and superhero comics at both the Baltimore Book Festival and Baltimore Comic-Con. Both events are within walking distance of each other.

Among the many talents scheduled to appear today: best-selling author A.J. Jacobs, Ben Fountain, Sun TV critic David Zurawik and our own Marion Winik (who’s also there on Sunday), on stage with four writers. The next day, there’s White House correspondent April Ryan, labor historian Erik Loomis, poet Patricia Smith and historian David W. Blight, just to name a few. With forecasts calling for sunny skies and temperatures in the 70’s, it will be worth going for a nice walk around the harbor to peruse all the titles on sale.

But if that’s not enough, you can take the short walk to the convention center for Baltimore Comic-Con. Comic legend Frank Miller (“The Dark Knight Returns,” “Sin City) will be making an appearance, as will actors Wil Wheaton, Zachary Levi, Mike Colter and Sherilyn Fenn.

Then you can take home all your purchases and start reading.

Baltimore Comic-Con, Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., baltimorecomiccon.com, $35 Saturday, $30 Sunday.

Baltimore Book Festival, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the Inner Harbor, baltimorebookfestival.org, free.

Brandon Weigel

Brandon Weigel

Brandon Weigel is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has been published in The Washington Post, The Sun, Baltimore Magazine, Urbanite, The Baltimore Business Journal, b and others. Prior to joining Baltimore Fishbowl, he was an editor at City Paper from 2012 to 2017. He can be reached at [email protected]
Brandon Weigel


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