It’s an unusual choice for a waterfront festival: The Baltimore Book Festival takes place right along the Baltimore Promenade this weekend, Friday September 22 through Sunday September 24.
The 11 stages and 90 literary exhibitors will stretch from the Rusty Scupper restaurant to the Baltimore Visitor Center. More than 500 authors will present their works.
Some of the “headliners” include radio host, professor and New York Times contributing writer Michael Eric Dyson, award-winning Maryland author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Virginia Hanlon Grohl, the mother of Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, who wrote a book about rock stars’ mothers.
But the festival isn’t all author presentations. The schedule also includes cooking demonstrations and food tastings, poetry readings, workshops, panel discussions, children’s activities, live music and the StorybookParade. Food offerings come from Black Dirt Farm, Ekiben, El Tenedor de Nacho, Little Italy Sausage, The Local Oyster, The Local Fry, Brewers Art, Union Craft Brewing, and Zeke’s Coffee.
At a special food-themed stage, the National Aquarium will present writer, chef and sustainability advocate Barton Seaver and the National Aquarium’s Director of Seafood TJ Tate for a conversation to talk about the heritage, culture and future of seafood, with samples of Poached Clam Salad.
At the WTMD music stage, local and regional bands will perform live music throughout the festival weekend, including local favorites Ebb & Nova, Ama Chandra, J Pope & The HearNow, The Curators of Hip Hop, Alexis Joyce, Super Bueno.
For the full schedule, click here.