Bright lights, big city! People flock to urban centers because they’re so, ahem, “lit” up. That’s the idea behind the 16th annual CityLit Festival, set for Saturday, April 27th at the University of Baltimore’s Thumel Business Center (11 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore). “This free, day-long literary arts celebration will feature published authors, conversations on craft, a literary marketplace, and panel discussions,” say organizers.

CityLit will include a soon-to-be-announced keynote speaker and master class; 30-minute one-on-one editorial sessions with authors and editors; sessions and panel discussions featuring published authors and emerging writers; conversations on the craft of writing and topics of importance to the community; and a literary marketplace showcasing a diverse community of self-published authors, small presses, literary journals, accessories and organizations.

Panel discussion about the complexities of interracial life in America featuring “The Beiging of America, Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century”

• “How to Structure a Novel,” a discussion panel featuring five accomplished novelists

• “You Can’t Live Off Air: Money’s in the Room,” an open dialogue about funding for writers

• “Your Classics Aren’t My Classics,” stories from Asian American writers who deconstruct the concept of a “must-read book.” For more info, it’s or call 410-271-8793.

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