On Saturday, April 17, CityLit Project and the Enoch Pratt Free Library will host the 7th Annual CityLit Festival at the Central Library on 400 Cathedral Street in Baltimore from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event gives readers a chance to meet their favorite authors, and aspiring poets will have a chance to share their work with poets/editors from the Maryland State Poetry & Literary Society.
Scheduled to appear at the event are Elizabeth Kostova (The Swan Thieves), Thrity Umrigar (The Weight of Heaven), Masha Hamilton (31 Hours), Andrew Gross (Reckless), Shelley Puhak (Stalin in Aruba), Paul Nelson (A Time Before Slaughter), Tim Wendel (High Heat: The Secret History of the Fastball and the Improbable Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time), and actress Victoria Rowell (Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva). Poetry readings will be held throughout the day -- Maryland State Poet Laureate Stanley Plumly will be among those reading -- and attendees can browse the Literary Marketplace featuring literary arts exhibits and authors.
Sessions also will be held on such topics as comics, zines, and chapbooks and illustrating children’s books; the IndieBookManShow will be performed live; and the Maryland winners of the Letters About Literature national essay program will be awarded for their efforts.