Thursday, April 7, 2011



The 8th annual CityLit Festival

WHEN: Saturday, April 16, 10 AM – 5 PM
Central Library

A day-long celebration of literature presented in partnership with CityLit Project

Gallery (2d floor):

Glass House of Dreams Image10 AM: Peggy Stansbury gives a gallery talk and tour of the exhibit, Glass House of Dreams: Baltimore's Victorian Glass Palace in the Park, about the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory in Druid Hill Park. (

Wheeler Auditorium (3d floor):

maryland humanities council II11 AMLetters About Literature, sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council/Maryland Center for the Book (

Picture of Danielle12:30 PM: Danielle Evans, author of the new story collection, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, has seen her short fiction and reviews published in The Paris Review, American Book Review, Phoebe, Black Renaissance Noire, and The L Magazine. Her work has been included in Best American Short Stories 2008 and 2010 and has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes.

Jaimy Gordon II1:45 PM: Jaimy Gordon, a Baltimore native, won the 2010 National Book Award for fiction for Lord of Misrule. She is the author of three previous novels: Shamp of the City-Solo, She Drove Without Stopping, and Bogeywoman. Gordon has been a Fellow of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Bunting (now Radcliffe) Institute at Harvard. She teaches at Western Michigan University and in the Prague Summer Program for Writers.

Picture of Andrei Codrescu 3 PM: Andrei Codrescu is an award-winning poet, novelist, essayist and NPR commentator. He edits the online journal Exquisite Corpse and taught literature and creative writing at Louisiana State University for 25 years before retiring in 2009 as the MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English. His recent work includes The Poetry Lesson, The Posthuman Dada Guide, and Jealous Witness: Poems. (

In Office of School & Student Services (2d floor):

outdoor sculpture I11:30 AM: Outdoor Sculpture in Baltimore, a pictorial guide to 250 sculptures found throughout Baltimore with 18 walking and driving tours, each with accompanying maps, by Cindy Kelly and Edwin Remsberg.

12:30 PM: Born in Highlandtown, Leonora "Peachy" Dixon lived the quintessential Italian-American life until she married an abusive husband addicted to drugs. She then decided to leave him—a brave decision for a woman in the 1960s—and supported her kids by waitressing in some of Baltimore's most famous restaurants. Dixon will talk about her book, A Peachy Life, with Michael Olesker.

picture of Jehanne Wake2 PM: British author Jehanne Wake talks about her new book, Sisters of Fortune: America's Caton Sisters at Home and Abroad, with Ric Cottom ("Your Maryland" on WYPR-FM). Like a true Jane Austen novel, Sisters of Fortune follows the fabulous Caton sisters—Marianne, Bess, Louisa, and Emily—as they travel from their well-appointed Maryland home, across the Atlantic, and into the hearts of the British aristocracy. (

In Poe Room (2d floor):

life in me like grass on fire cover10:45 AM: Life in Me Like Grass on Fire, a special MWA Poetry Book Launch, with readings by Laura Shovan, Dennis Kirschbaum, Ann Bracken, Barbara Westwood Diehl, Fernando Quijano III, Heidi Mordhorst, Kathleen Hellen, and Shirley Brewer.

picture of Ethelbert MillerNoon: Poetry I, with readings by E. Ethelbert Miller (How We Sleep On the Nights We Don't Make Love ); Vincent Cellucci (An Easy Place/ToDie); Gerry LaFemina (Vanishing Horizon); and Michael Salcman (The Enemy of Good is Better). Hosted by Stephen Reichert of Smartish Pace and Marianne Amoss of the Urbanite.

Photo of Ned Balbo1:30 PM: Poetry II, with readings by Ned Balbo (The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems); Virginia Crawford, (Touch); and Truth Thomas (Bottle of Life). Hosted by Stephen Reichert of Smartish Pace and Marianne Amoss of the Urbanite.

picture of Felicia Pride 3:30 PM: Publishing in the Digital Era, a panel discussion moderated by Felicia Pride, professional writer, book blogger for AOL, contributor to Publishers Weekly, and founder of BackList, an organization that specializes in producing engaging and interactive content across platforms. Panelists include: Christine Carney-Nunes, award-winning children's book author (I Am Barack Obama) and founder of Brand Nu Words digital publishing; David Drager, poet, entrepreneur, software engineer, and founder of; Alissa Richardson, Knight Foundation's Institute for Interactive Journalism grant recipient for cutting-edge mobile journalism ("MOJO") lab at Morgan State University; and Rachel Stark, freelance editor and editorial assistant, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

In the Fine Arts Department (2d floor):

Chic Dambach11:30 AM: Men and Memoir, featuring Chic Dambach (Exhaust the Limits) and James J. Patterson (Bermuda Shorts) in conversation with Dave Rosenthal of the Baltimore Sun.


Elisa Weissman PhotoAmy StollsJessica Anya Blau

1 PM: Fiction Panel, featuring Elissa Weissman (Nerd Camp); Amy Stolls (The Ninth Wife); and Jessica Anya Blau (Drinking Closer to Home). Hosted by Shannon Morgan of Maryland Life.

Angela2:30 PM: Angela Balcita, author of Moonface: A True Romance. Hosted by Donna Hamilton, WBAL-TV.


Ron Tanner3:30 PM: 510 Reading Series, hosted by Jen Michalski. Featured authors: Susi Wyss (The Civilized World: A Novel in Stories); Janice Eidus (The Last Jewish Virgin: A Novel of Fate); and Ron Tanner (Kiss Me Stranger).

In Central Hall (1st floor):

10 AM–5 PM: Literary Marketplace. Visit an array of self-published authors, literary organizations, small presses, magazines, and literary journals who make up Baltimore's diverse and talented literary arts community.

Noon: Write Here, Write Now Mini-Workshops

CityLit Festival is made possible with support from the Maryland State Arts Council, the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, and the Baltimore Community Foundation. The 2011 festival is additionally supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Schedule: (click on the location to see map)

Suggested Audience:

  • Teens 
  • Adults 
  • Seniors