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Published on: April 15, 2011

Celebrating the Literary Arts in Baltimore!


2010 National Book Award winner and Baltimore native Jaimy Gordon headline
the 8th Annual CityLit Festival


BALTIMORE – The Enoch Pratt Free Library and CityLit Project celebrate National Library Week with a day of literary arts during the 8th annual CityLit Festival.

CityLit Festival Saturday
April 16, 10 am – 5 pm
Central Library
400 Cathedral Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201

It will be a booklover’s dream when a variety of award-winning authors and poets are scheduled for a full day of lectures and book signings. Writers include:

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.

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.

Andrei Codrescu is an award-winning poet, novelist, essayist and NPR commentator. His recent work includes The Poetry Lesson, The Posthuman Dada Guide, and Jealous Witness: Poems.

British author Jehanne Wake talks about her new book, Sisters of Fortune: America's Caton Sisters at Home and Abroad, with WYPR’s Ric Cottom.

Along with book readings and panel discussions, the CityLit Festival will also have publishing and Write Here, Write Now Mini-Workshops and a literary marketplace from more than 50 arts and books exhibitors.

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.

For a complete list of authors and programs, visit or Also look for the Pratt Library on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Foursquare and YouTube.

Remember at the Enoch Pratt Free Library: "Your journey starts here."

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