The 23rd annual Baltimore Book Festival returns to the Inner Harbor on Friday, September 28th through Sunday, September 30th. Produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, the festival features local, regional and national authors. This year’s lineup includes White House correspondent April Ryan, New York Times bestselling author A.J. Jacobs, Hurston / Wright Legacy Award recipient Tayari Jones, and many others.
Baltimore author Anthony Moll is excited to be included in the festival. His book, Out of Step: A Memoir, is about a bisexual boy that enlists in the army during the era of “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” The book pushes the boundaries of the traditional literary form. It is written in sections that are completely different and create a literary mosaic of Moll’s story. In addition to doing two readings of his book on Saturday, September 29th, Moll will be doing a live taping on his podcast, “Lit!Pop!Bang” with co-host CeCe on Sunday, September 30th. “I’m so excited about it,” says Moll. “I’ve been attending the Baltimore Book Festival for as long as I’ve been living in Baltimore. It’s one of my favorite festivals. Now that I have a book and a podcast, I’ve been invited to be a part of this celebration of books.”
The festival is full of author readings and signing, exhibitors, bookseller tents (including the festival’s official bookseller, the Ivy Bookshop), readings, cooking demonstrations, workshops, panel discussions, children’s activities, live music, and more. Attendees can enjoy local food and craft beverages from Charm City Pops, El Tenedor de Nacho, Farm to Face, Island Quizine, and Smokin’ Joe’s.
“[The festival] is so big, and there’s so many different approaches and authors and booksellers. I hope that people find something that they need,” says Moll. “There’s an audience for everything there. Readers and non-readers can find what they need. I’m hoping that I can connect either the book or podcast to people who should hear it. I’m hoping to connect the right art with the right audience or readers.”
The Baltimore Book Festival is more than a place to hear authors or buy books. It’s a place to celebrate community and enjoy new experiences. “I want people to know that the people who are creating the festival are in the city and the region,” continues Moll. “We’re normal people in the community out here in the literary and arts community, and we’re looking forward to connecting with everyone. I’m excited to be an attendee as a reader. I’m excited to find other authors who excite me and listen to the presentations of queer writers and leaders. There are many communities coming together at once.”
- "Brynn Devereaux is a freelance writer for Baltimore OUTloud. As an arts writer, she enjoys exploring the local arts scene and bringing attention to new books and authors. Brynn is a Scranton expat and a Towson University graduate."