The Baltimore Book Festival, the city’s annual celebration of the literary arts, returns to the Inner Harbor this weekend. This year’s festival will feature more than 500 authors, presentations on 11 stages, over 90 literary exhibitors as well as more than 3,000 books available for purchase. Some of the distinguished authors presenting at this year’s festival include Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, author of, “Tears We Cannot Stop,” and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of, “Purple Hibiscus.”
In addition to these author appearances and book signings, the festival will feature cooking demonstrations, workshops, panel discussions, live music, children’s activities and a story book parade. Here are some of the other events happening at the Baltimore Book Festival this weekend:
Black Existentialism Lends to Dystopian Afrofuturism: Authors Olu Butterfly, Jordannah Elizabeth, Jason Harris and Kaila Philo will discuss the almost nonexistent Black consciousness and existentialism in writing, and how it lends itself to dystopian stories and plot lines in Afrofuturism. Sept. 22, 5 p.m. at the CityLit stage.
Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color: An examination of the violence unleashed on Black women and other women of color by a law enforcement system built around gendered White supremacy and a striking call for that system’s abolishment. Sept. 23, 2 p.m. at the Radical Bookfair Pavilion
The Revolution Has Come: Power, Gender and the Black Panther Party: Author Robyn Spencer will discuss her re-telling of the history of the Black Panther Party from the perspective of the women in its rank-and-file, focusing questions of gender in the struggle for Black liberation. Sept. 23, 3 p.m. at the Radical Bookfair Pavilion.
Strong in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Addiction and Redemption through Wellness: Author Quentin Vennie will share his story of addiction, depression and anxiety and the journey to healing himself which led to his memoir, “Strong in the Broken Places.” His story has inspired people who are currently struggling with addiction and mental illness worldwide.
This is just a small snippet of what the three-day festival holds. The festival will be open all three days from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information go to: baltimorebookfestival.com.
A Touch of Literati
Baltimore photographer Devin Allen, whose photo of the uprising was featured on the cover of Time magazine will speak about his career and life after the picture catapulted him to national prominence. Sept. 22, 6 p.m. CityLit Stage.