Pratt Library Guide to the Baltimore Book Festival

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By Lucie Ferguson

Bookfest 2013With so many readings, workshops and fun events at the 2013 Baltimore Book Festival (September 27-29 in Mount Vernon Place), you might need a to-do list. Here’s one suggested agenda for how to enjoy the great offerings from the Enoch Pratt Free Library tent!

  1. Sign up for a library card and document the occasion in the #GetCarded photobooth. Be sure to tag yourself on Twitter or Instagram so everyone knows you participated in Library Card Sign Up Month! If you already have a card, you can still become a famous library patron by sharing a great library moment in the Tell Your Pratt Story video booth.
  2. Sit in on a story or two. Saturday, September 28 will feature a performance by The Growing Griots, a young Afrocentric storytellers group, at 12:30pm. Stay for Marion Winik at 1:30pm. The NPR commentator and newly published author will share excerpts from her new book about being single in middle age, Highs in the Low Fifties.
  3. Learn how to navigate the world of eReaders. If you are debating whether to get an e-reader or are just curious about them, be sure to wander over to the Digital Petting Zoo. Pratt Staff members can show you the ins and outs of Nooks, Kindles, Sony e-Readers and other devices and let you try them out for yourself. Browse the eLibrary and discover how to check out eBooks with your Pratt library card!
  4. Get tips on how to create a graphic novel. Jonathon Scott Fuqua and Stephen Parke, the creators of the graphic novel Medusa’s Daughter will discuss their process on Friday, September 27 at 2pm.
  5. Challenge other festival-goers to a chess match. We’ll have our giant chess set on display along East Mount Vernon Place.
  6. Listen to poets read their own works. Jane Satterfield and Bruce A. Jacobs will close out the festival Sunday afternoon at 4pm with poetry readings from their respective books.

You can find our tent right by the Washington monument, on Charles and East Mount Vernon Place. The full listing of Enoch Pratt Free Library festival events, as well as the complete festival schedule, is available on the Baltimore Book Festival website. You can also download their mobile app to keep track of what’s going on and make sure you don’t miss your favorite authors. We hope to see you there!

Check out these photos from last year's Book Festival:

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