Rain or shine, lit-lovers are in for a festive weekend. What many people in the local literary community refer to as our â€œliterary new yearâ€ is here: The Baltimore Book Festival.
The book fest began today and is already underway.Â It runs through Sunday and offers a little bit of lit for everyone. The event is free and fun!
As a part of the festival, the â€œLit & Art at the Watermarkâ€ series will bring fiction, poetry, non-fiction, live music and original artwork to the Baltimore Free School Lit and Language Tent on Saturday, September 24 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Featured readers include
Katherine Cottle, Barbara Morrison, Liz Mozer, Holly Myers, Rick Oâ€™Connor, Fernando Quijano III, Nitin Jagdish, and Sally Whitney.Â The Lit and Art house band Red Tractor Factory and Manzar will provide music. Thereâ€™s even an open mic session, so bring five minutes of your own work to share, and be prepared for a short sample from Tracks.
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Then, on Sunday at 3 p.m. join me, Susi Wyss (The Civilized World) and Dave Rosenthal (The Baltimore Sun) as we discuss the novel in stories as a format, and read from our own debut novels in stories. As the festivalâ€™s website puts it, â€œBooks by two Baltimore writers have recently been published that are described as "a novel in stories": Eric D. Goodman's Tracks and Susi Wyss's The Civilized World. Join Eric and Susi for a reading and discussion about the form, which seems to be back in vogue.â€
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These events, and the Baltimore Book Fest as a whole, have gotten lots of ink in The Baltimore Sun, City Paper, and in the media.Â Here are a couple of recent shout outs.
Note that Tracks, my novel in stories, will be on sale throughout the weekend at Cyclops Books, next to the CityLit Stage.Â Catch me at one of my events and Iâ€™ll be happy to sign your copy.Â And lookâ€”my very own Baltimore Book Fest authorâ€™s page!
Learn more about the Baltimore Book Festival and all it has to offer at the festivalâ€™s official website at www.baltimorebookfestival.com.
Or, just stop by!
Eric D. Goodman, Books Correspondent
Eric's column, Lit Bit, is published every week to Gather Essentials: Books.Â Featuring bits on writing, writers, books, and literature, Lit Bit will fulfill your literary longings.
Eric is a full-time writer and editor.Â His work has appeared in a number of periodicals, including The Washington Post, The Baltimore Review, Writers Weekly, The Arabesques Review, The Pedestal Magazine, The Potomac, JMWW, Freshly Squeezed, Scribble, Slow Trains, Whatever Literary Journal, Smile Hon Youâ€™re In Baltimore, Read Street, On Stage Magazine, Four-Cornered Universe, To Be Read Aloud, Neck of My Guitar, Travel Insights, Coloquio, and New Lines from the Old Line State: An Anthology of Maryland Writers.
Learn about Eric's full-color, hardcover childrens' book Flightless Goose.
Listen to Eric read the following stories on The Signal, a program on the Baltimore-DC NPR station, WYPR: