The Baltimore Book Festival

Mount Vernon Cultural District

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Great news, book lovers:  the Baltimore Book Festival, now in its 14th year, gets rolling this weekend at Mount Vernon Place.  Join authors, booksellers, vendors and readers from all over the Baltimore area and beyond at this celebration of the literary arts.  There'll be tons of live readings and book signings, storytellers, and hands-on activities for readers and writers of all ages.  Imagine a theme park whose theme is books, and you'll have a good idea of what to expect at the Baltimore Book Festival.  Just don't count on any rides.  Even though (hey, Baltimore Book Festival organizers, we hope you're reading this!), since we've mentioned rides, we'd like to take a moment to consider some literary-themed amusements.  Maybe a Tilt-a-Ferlinghetti?  Or not?  Anyway, the Baltimore Book Festival offers something for every bookworm, and each signing, reading and event is free.   


Want to know which authors will be appearing at the festival?  Check out this list of literary luminaries: 


Sarah Achenbach Spirit of Place / Baltimore's Favorite Spaces

Buzz Aldrin Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon

Donna Andrews Swan for the Money

Molefi Kete Asante The History of Africa: The Quest for Eternal Harmony

Andrew Auseon Jo-Jo and the Fiendish Lot

Bill Ayers Race Course: Against White Supremacy

Matthew J. Baek Panda and Polar Bear

Amiri Baraka Digging: The Afro-American Soul of American Classical Music

Geoffrey Becker Black Elvis

Rose Levy Beranbaum Rose's Heavenly Cakes

Margot Berwin Hothouse Flower and the 9 Plants of Desire

R. Dwayne Betts A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison

Edward Bloor Taken

Libba Bray Going Bovine

Steve Breen Violet the Pilot

Dara Bunjon YUM! Tasty Recipes from Culinary Greats

PJ Campbell 101 Author Tips: Creating a Successful Book Campaign

Lourdes Castro Simply Mexican

Farai Chideya Kiss The Sky

Cora Coleman-Dunham G.A.G.U.: Gathering A Greater Understanding - The Ultimate Life Guide for Youth

Steven C. Cunningham Dinosaur Name Poems

Jennifer Keats Curtis Baby's Owl Rescue

Dale DeGroff The Essential Cocktail: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks

Lulu Delacre Alicia Afterimage

Tara Mataraza Desmond Almost Meatless

Sharon M. Draper Just Another Hero

Steve Early Embedded With Organized Labor:Journalistic Reflections on the Class War at Home

The Electric Company

Zetta Elliott Bird

Dan Fesperman The Arms Maker of Berlin

Garret Freymann-Weyr After the Moment

Christopher Gardner Start Where You Are: Lessons in Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

Mordicai Gerstein Minifred Goes to School

The Get 'Em Girls The Get 'Em Girls' Guide to the Perfect Get-Together

Marita Golden Eye of My Heart: 27 Writers Reveal the Hidden Pleasures and Perils of Being a Grandmother

Barbara Graham Eye of My Heart: 27 Writers Reveal the Hidden Pleasures and Perils of Being a Grandmother

Ami Greko

Brad Grochowski The Secret Weakness of Dragons

Andrej Grubacic Wobblies & Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism, and Radical History

Mary Downing Hahn Closed for the Season

Reginald Harris 10 Toungues

Kim Hendrickson Tastefully Small Dessert Canapes and Tastefully Small Finger Sandwiches

Mickey Hess Big Wheel at the Cracker Factory

Zohara M. Hieronimus Kabbalistic Teachings of the Female Prophets

Ingrid Hoffmann Simply Delicioso: A Collection of Everyday Recipes with a Latin Twist Tracie L. Howard Friends & Fauxs

Gwen Ifill The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama

Connie Imboden Reflections: 25 Years of Photography

Kim Jensen Bread Alone

Jon Jeter Flat Broke in the Free Market: How Globalization Fleeced Working People

Jeff Johnson Everything I'm Not Made Me Everything I Am

Troy Johnson Tory Johnson Fired to Hired

Sara Engram & Katie Luber The Spice Kitchen: Everyday Cooking with Organic Spices Liz Kessler The Tail of Emily Windsnap

Margaret Killjoy Mythmakers and Lawbreakers: Anarchist Writers on Fiction

Robert Hillary King From the Bottom of the Heap: The Autobiography of Black Panther Robert Hillary King

Michelle Knudsen Library Lion

Peter Kuper Diario de Mexico: A Sketchbook Journal of Two Years in Oaxaca

Vikki Law Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women

Lyah Beth LeFlore Wildflowers

David Levithan Love is the Higher Law

William Loizeaux Clarence Cochran, A Human Boy

Lois Lowry Crow Call

Steve Luxenberg Annie's Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret

Toni Lydecker Seafood alla Siciliana

 James Magruder Sugarless

Djelloul Marbrook Far From Algiers

Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough Cooking Know-How

Ellis L. Marsalis, III Tha Bloc: Words, Photographs and Baltimore City in Black White and Gray

Booker T. Mattison Unsigned Hype

Charles Mattocks Eat Cheap But Eat Well: The Poor Chef Cookbook

Bill McAllen Spirit of Place: Baltimore's Favorite Spaces

James McBride Song Yet Sung

Peter McCarty Jeremy Draws A Monster

Maureen McCormick Here's The Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice Lisa McCue Quiet Bunny

Tony Medina I and I Bob Marley

 Philipp Meyer American Rust

David Miller Raising Him Alone

Johnny Mo "The Musical Chef" Rock The Kitchen

Mary Monroe God Ain't Blind

Jessica Care Moore God is Not an American

Thembisa Mshaka Put Your Dreams First: Handle Your [entertainment] Business Mildred Muhammad Scared Silent

S. Muralidharan A Short Course in Culinary Experiments: Vegetarian Indian Cuisine for Innovative Non-Experts

Eileen Myles The Importance of Being Iceland: Travel Essays on Art

Ralph Nader Only The Super-Rich Can Save Us!

Patrick O'Brien You Are the First Kid on Mars

Kevin O'Malley Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude

Nancy Tringali Piho My Two Year Old East Octopus: Raising Children Who Love to East Everything

Lia Purpura King Baby

Michael Rex Runaway Mummy

Adam Ried Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes

Susan L. Roth Listen to Wind

Barry Sanders The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism

Jane Satterfield Daughters of Empire: A Memoir of a Year in Britain and Beyond

Judith Byron Schachner Skippyjon Jones Lost in Spice

Ben Shaberman The Vegan Monologues

Kevin Sherry Acorns Everywhere

Lizzie Skurnick Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading

Kevin Smokler Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times

 Keith Snow The Harvest Eating Cookbook

Shadra Strickland Bird

James Swanson Chasing Lincoln's Killer

Hudson Talbott United Tweets of America

Pamela Thomas Fatherless Daughters: Turning the Pain of Loss into the Power of Forgiveness

Monique Tilford Your Money or Your Life

Jacquette M. Timmons Financial Intimacy: How to Create a Healthy Relationship with Your Money and Your Mate

James Warhola Uncle Andy's Cats

Elissa Brent Weissman Standing For Socks

Dr. Robert Wicks Bounce: Living the Resilient Life

 Dave Zirin A People's History of Sports in the United States


With authors representing every conceivable genre, live theatre and music, not to mention fabulous food and tasty wine and beer, why wouldn't you attend the Baltimore Book Festival this weekend? 

  • Event Category Fairs and Festivals, Storytelling, Other
  • Event Cost Free
  • Event Ages All

Event Location

Mount Vernon Cultural District

Baltimore, MD 21201

(410) 605-0462