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Baltimore Book Festival–It’s Coming! (And We’re Hopefully Going!)

Mini Moe #2 and I were beyond excited to hear that MEG CABOT is going to be at the Baltimore Book Festival next month! Here’s the details from their website:


From best-selling books and e-readers to celebrity and local authors, come celebrate the art of the written word at the Baltimore Book Festival. The mid-Atlantic’s premier celebration of the literary arts returns on Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28 from noon to 8pm and Sunday, September 29 from noon to 7pm in Mount Vernon Place, centered on the 600 block of North Charles Street.

The 2013 author highlights include Gar Alperovitz, What Then Must We Do?: Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution; Peggielene “King Peggy” Bartels, King Peggy, the One Maryland One Book, presented by the Maryland Humanities Council; Meg Cabot, Size 12 is the New Black; and Jason Mott, The Returned. Presenting authors are announced periodically, throughout the period preceding the festival. The 18th annual Baltimore Book Festival is presented by Mayor Stephanie RawlingsBlake and produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.

The three-day festival features more than 200 celebrated novelists and celebrity and regional authors, readings, panel discussions, book signings, cooking demonstrations, workshops, exhibitors, children’s activities, live music and an assortment of foods and beverages, located throughout the site.

Programs for the festival take place on 11 stages, including the Literary Salon, Food for Thought Stage, Children’s Bookstore Stage, CityLit Stage, Radical Bookfair Pavilion, Maryland Romance Writers, Third Eye Comics, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, The George Peabody Library, Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Baltimore Book Festival Music Stage.

#Booklovers can get a first look at presenting authors and news from the Baltimore Book Festival, literary-related events and top selling books at and on Twitter by following @BmoreBookFest.

For more information on the Baltimore Book Festival, call 1-877-BALTIMORE or visit

Free! It’s free! All you have to do is get yourself to Baltimore (where my brother very conveniently lives–thanks, Bro-man!) and carefully plan your three days of book-related goodness and author stalking presentations. The schedule is now up, so plan away….

There’s even an app, to make your planning easier:

I think I’m going to be camped out at the Maryland Romance Writer’s Stage for most of it. Not only will there be lots of fabulous authors there, but their schedule includes items like “Jane Austen Fiction” (celebrating the 100th anniversary of P&P!), “Chocolate & Romance” (with free samples!), “Blogging About Books” (self-explanatory), “Craft: Plotting vs. Pantsing” (just in time for NaNoWriMo!), “The Part-Time Writer” (ditto), “Paranormal Bad Boys” (again, no explanation needed), and more!

Seriously. They use the word plethora on their site (as in, the “Baltimore Book Festival has a plethora of activities for festival goers”). Obviously, I must go.

I’m (cough, cough!) feeling a little ill. I think I should get a substitute for the entire week, don’t you? Just to properly prepare myself….

Have you ever been to a book festival? Would you want to go if you had the chance?

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