September 17th, 2010
On Friday September 24, Mount Vernon Square will be transformed into a bookworm’s paradise as the Baltimore Book Festival returns for its fifteenth year. This weekend long festival brings over 225 authors to Baltimore to discuss the craft of writing, the joys of reading and the general splendour of literature. While the chance to meet and interact with some of your favorite authors is what the Baltimore Book Festival is famous for, the BBF offers more than just meet and greets.
One event that is definitely worth checking out is City Paper’s Book Swap, a tradition as old as the festival itself. Located on the corner of Charles and East Mt. Vernon Place, the Book Swap will have a wide assortment of books in its tent for which you are free to peruse. Bonus round: Prizes and giveaways will be handed by the City Paper peeps throughout the weekend.
You’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but what if it’s a piece of art? Find out at the Urbanite Magazine tent, where the Altered Books Workshops will showcase how to use a book as an artistic medium. Local artists and librarians from the Pratt Library will enlighten you about some of the techniques used to alter books, and you’ll also have the chance to get some hands-on experience with this artistic style. For more info about these cool creations, check out the (Un)bound competition details for the chance to have your work of art on display.
If you’re still not convinced, check out the entire schedule of events here. Have a story read to you by the book fairy godmother Jan Bozarth, play book bingo, watch some great improv, have a ladies night out or enjoy happy hour along with many more options. This event is free, great for families, and jam-packed with enjoyment, so why stay away? If you’re a fan of literature this is definitely an event you cannot miss.
Fitz Tip: Dreamy and “noted fashion photographer” Nigel Barker will be attending the Baltimore Book Festival this year!
If you’d like to do more than just visit the festival, please visit their volunteer page for ways to help. There are still a fair amount of positions available, including a big need for children’s crafts and general volunteers.