Six things we learned at the Baltimore Book Festival

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We had a great time at the Baltimore Book Festival! The turn out was tremendous and the sun was shining both days we attended, Friday and Saturday.

The mix of authors and events exceeded even our lofty expectations. We chatted with leading authors Rafael Alvarez, The Fountain of Highlandtown and The Wire: The Truth Be Told,  Alia Malek, The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria  and Will Englund, March 1917: On the Brink of War and Revolution among many others.

  1. Baltimore has a very lively literary scene. Everyone we met without exception was passionate about the city, its future, and the writing scene.
  2. Devin Allen rocks! The West Baltimore Time cover page photographer held the stunned attention one of the largest audiences at the Festival as he recounted how he overcame a trauma-filled childhood to become one of the world’s most sought after photographers. We have audio clips so stay tuned!
  3. We learned about the rightward-sloping Baltimore Graffiti signature style from author Michael Sachse (pictured top row, second from the left) who spent six years assembling Baltimore Graffiti: The Definitive Charm City Style Collection. 
  4. We discovered the power of caring about the next generation of readers through our interview with Mark Feiring, the Founder & Executive Director of the Maryland Book Bank.
  5. There is a lively theater scene in Baltimore! The Chesapeake Shakespeare company is putting on a production of Julius Caesar and their cultural center located near the Inner Harbor in Downtown Baltimore opened in September 2014. The theatre transformed a 19th-century landmark bank building into a modern 260-seat theater inspired by Shakespeare’s Globe.
  6. We picked up copies of the New York Times bestselling book by a wonderful new Baltimore author, D. Watkins, The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir. His story of coming up through Baltimore’s streets will blow you away. We’ll be discussing the book on the podcast…check it out!

All of this and more will be on our first episode! Stay tuned for more information.

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