Spring Book Festivals are Here
Wow — what a weekend! A triple-play for book-lovers!
This coming weekend promises to be a great one for bibliophiles in Maryland with three festivals celebrating the state’s literary life taking place in Annapolis, Bethesda, and Baltimore.
Baltimore’s CityLit Festival will be held Saturday at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Branch. Join MHC’s Maryland Center for the Book at the award ceremony honoring the Maryland winners and finalists in the Letters About Literature contest at the CityLit Festival at 11:00 a.m. Plan to stick around the Festival and hear 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz and 2008 National Book Award winner Mark Doty.
The Annapolis Book Festival at the Key School on April 18 is described as “an interactive, intergenerational celebration of the written word, fostering a love of literacy and learning in Anne Arundel County.” There will be panels on books about the music industry, Lincoln, and food and wine. Look for Jim Lehrer as well as Maryland writers Fraser Smith, Laura Lippman, and Elizabeth Spires.
The Bethesda Literary Festival promises three days (April 17-19) of fun featuring novelists, journalists, poets, a poetry slam, adult and youth writing contests and a comedy night. Headliners include Gwen Ifell, Mary Higgins Clark, E.J. Dionne, and Kimberly Dozier. The Writer’s Center will host events and there will be plenty of activities for young readers.
Let us know about the literary happenings in your town. Baltimore was once described as the “City That Reads” and Maryland is truly the state that reads.