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SET LIST: Schedule for Music-Themed CityLit Festival Set

03/25/2015

The 12th annual CityLit Festival takes place at the glorious central branch of Pratt Library on Saturday, May 2. Called by Baltimore magazine a "can't miss event on the city's cultural scene," the free festival runs from 10am to 5pm.
 
This year's celebration of literature includes a celebration of music, too! WYPR’s Tom Hall talks with John Darnielle, frontman for the Mountain Goats, whose novel Wolf in White Van was long-listed for the National Book Award last fall. California punker Frank Portman, aka Dr. Frank, reads from King Dork Approximately, the sequel to his best-selling YA novel. Musician Jason Tinney’s new collection Ripple Meets the Deep includes a thread of stories about a downtrodden harmonica player. Gerry LaFemina—co-editor of a new anthology of poems inspired by The Clash's London Calling, will debut Clash by Night at CityLit.

CityLit Festival
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Pratt Library
400 Cathedral Street, 21201
10am-5pm
FREE!


Book sales courtesy of The Ivy Bookshop


Wheeler Auditorium

11am Rock and the Written Word

   

Writers who moonlight as rockers take the stage to discuss the differences and affinities between writing for the eye or writing for the ear. Poet Gerry LaFemina, short story author Jason Tinney, and young adult novelist Frank Portman join Baynard Woods, City Paper’s arts editor, for the jam session.

12pm Clash by Night Book Launch



Editors Gerry LaFemina (director, Frostburg Center for Creative Writing) and Gregg Wilhelm (director, CityLit Project) unveil Clash by Night, an anthology inspired by The Clash’s seminal album, London Calling, and the debut title in CityLit Press’s new Lo-fi Poetry Series (where “poets cover your record collection”).

1pm Poetry in Medicine: An Anthology of Poems About Doctors, Patients, Illness, and Healing

     

Editor Michael Salcman talks about the literary effort to compile this meticulously researched anthology, with readings by local contributors Shirley Brewer, Clarinda Harriss, and Jennifer Wallace. Dr. Salcman will read selections from some of the dearly departed poets who appear in the book. Hosted by Laura Shovan, poetry editor, Little Patuxent Review.

3pm John Darnielle



John Darnielle, long-listed for the National Book Award in Fall 2014 for Wolf in White Van and frontman for the group the Mountain Goats talks, with WYPR’s Tom Hall. A review in the New York Times stated: “Over the course of the story, as the wily and guarded first-person narrator unspools the clues back to the triggering, life-altering choice that cannot be undone, Darnielle gradually peels back the layers of the game world to reveal the hurt kid inside. {The novel} is a stunning meditation on the power of escape, and on the cat-and-mouse contest the self plays to deflect its own guilt.”

Fine Arts Department (2nd Floor)

11am Baltimore’s Little Italy



Join Suzanna Molino Singleton, author of Baltimore’s Little Italy, and special guests to explore what makes Little Italy one of Baltimore’s most enduring, most endearing neighborhoods. Suzanna is a native Baltimorean and the founder and director of the nonprofit organization, Promotion Center for Little Italy. She is the granddaughter of four Italian immigrants from Abruzzi and Sardinia.

12:30pm Comic Book Superheroes: Modern Literature, Modern Mythology

 

Why are all those colorful, crusading comic book heroes more popular than ever? What do they tell us about ourselves as individuals and as a nation, from their arrival in the late 1930s to the present day? Superheroes are a potent pantheon of pop culture symbols in our society, a modern mythological chronicle of our high-flying aspirations and darkest fears. Pop culture expert Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg lifts the cape of these amazing characters to explore their role in our modern literature and popular culture. Hosted by Gabriella Souza, arts editor, Baltimore magazine.

1:30pm New Mercury Readings

     

Deborah Rudacille and John Barry, hosts of the popular monthly nonfiction reading series, present Pamela Gerhardt (memoir, Lucky That Way), Michael Kimball (novelist, Big Ray), Matt Porterfield (writer-director, I Used To Be Darker), and Nancy Murray (memoir, One Child for Another).

Poe Room (2nd Floor)

11am 4th Annual Pratt Poetry Contest



   

Enjoy this reading by winners of Pratt Library’s fourth annual poetry contest presented in partnership with Little Patuxent Review.  Readers include Inga Lea Schmidt (contest winner), Ann Bracken, James Carroll, and Micia White.  Hosted by LPR editor Steven Leyva.




12pm Poetry Readings

   

Join poets Lalita Noronha (Her Skin Phyllo-Thin), James Arthur (Charms Against Lightning), and Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka (winner of the Harriss Poetry Prize for Oblige the Light) with host Barbara Diehl, senior editor of The Baltimore Review.

1pm Short Story Readings

 

Join two local writers with terrific new short story collections—Jason Tinney (Ripple Meets the Deep) and Lucas Southworth (Everyone Here Has a Gun)—for a reading and discussion about the art form. Hosted by Holly Morse-Ellington, editor, The Baltimore Review.

2pm SKYPE Conversation with Steve Berry

 

Bestselling author Steve Berry joins the festival for a conversation via Skype. Berry’s new book, The Patriot Threat, along with signed bookplates, will be available for purchase at the festival. 

School and Student Services (2nd Floor)

12pm The Real Lives of Romance Writers

  

Real life is never as steamy as it is in a book. In this session, three best-selling romance writers will talk about finding inspiration for their work, how to balance real relationships with fictional ones, and how to generate future story ideas from life inside the real world. Join Mary McCarthy (The Scarlet Letter Society), Laura Kaye (Hard To Come By), and A.C. Arthur (Hunger’s Mate) as they discuss steamy motivations for plot lines, characters, and dialogue.

1:30pm Punk and Prose

 

Join young adult novelist Frank Portman (aka Dr. Frank of The Mr. T Experience) and poet/novelist Gerry LaFemina (Expletive Deleted and Tom Collins and the Cocktail Shakers) for a reading from their literary work: Portman from his young adult sequel, King Dork Approximately, and LaFemina from his recent novel, Clamor. Hosted by Aaron Henkin, “The Signal” on WYPR.

Main Hall (1st Floor)

All Day -- Literary Marketplace

 

Meet and talk literature with more than 60 exhibitors representing self-published authors, editorial services, lit journals, and more!

BOOKS AT CITYLIT FESTIVAL 2015


                                




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