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MacArthur "Genius" Grant Recipient Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Headlines 14th CityLit Festival at University of Baltimore (April 29)

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2017 CityLit Festival Schedule Announced, Adichie to Headline

CityLit Project announces its 14th Annual CityLit Festival, to take place on Saturday, April 29 from 10 am to 4 pm at the University of Baltimore's William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center at 11 West Mt. Royal Avenue.

This day of Poetry, Fiction & Nonfiction will feature WYPR’s Tom Hall in Conversation with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (above), a MacArthur Genius Grant Recipient whose latest book Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, was just published this March. Adichie’s 2012 TED Talk, We Should All Be Feminists, has started a worldwide conversation about feminism. Her 2010 TED Talk, The Danger of A Single Story, is now one of the top ten most-viewed TED Talks of all time with over five million views.

(This special event, scheduled for midday, will take place directly across the street at the John and Frances Angelos Law Center.)

Admission is FREE, but advance registration through Eventbrite is recommended. All tickets are General Admission... First Come, First Served:

FREE general admission tickets were reserved very quickly for this event. However, we now have 150 seats available in the auditorium at the University of Baltimore's Business Center, where a live-feed will be telecast.

Register Here for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

The Festival’s other artists and sessions include:
  • Novelists John Gregory and Carrie Brown and poet Molly McCully Brown
  • Serial Memoirist Charlotte Shane’s Prostitute Laundry, hosted by Jessica Anya Blau
  • Writing Identity: Susan Muaddi Darraj, Mejdulene Shomali and Eman Quotah
  • Sociologists Stefanie DeLuca & Susan Clampet- Lundquist: Coming of Age in The Other America
  • Legends & Lore: Building a Paranormal / Urban Fantasy World, by HallowRead
  • Writer as Activist: Tariq Touré, Kevin Shird, Saida Agostini and Nancy Lewin
  • Writers Resist Baltimore: Voices United with Linda Joy Burke, Mejdulene B. Shomali, Rienne Jahnai Scott, Ann Bracken, Jamesha Caldwell, Joey Reisberg and Erica Blount Danois
  • Womanists / Feminists Writers: Andria Nacina Cole, Elizabeth Hazen, Bilphena Yahwon and Hannah Sawyerr
  • Appalachian Poets: Jonathan Musgrove and Doug Van Gundy
  • Dangerous Places: How Setting Becomes a Character in Fiction, with Elise Levine, Rion Amlicar Scott, Suzanne Feldman and Marion Winik
  • Editing Tips & Tricks: Jonathan Adams, Rachel Hicks, Jen Grow and Christine Stewart
  • Grants for Writers: NEA, MSAC, GBCA
  • Writing the Motherland: Jane Satterfield, Betsy Boyd, Lesley Wheeler, Marilyn Moriarity and Laurie Kruk
  • Writing From Your Roots: Abdul Ali, Maritza Rivera, celeste doaks and Lalita Noronha

The day will also featured two special paid activities:
  • A noted author will teach an afternoon Master Class on Craft. 90 minutes ($10)
  • 30-minute manuscript critiques will be provided by revered writers/editors, including Karen Houppert ($10)

UB Barnes & Noble will be selling authors books.

UB Barnes & Noble Café will be open throughout the day.

For more information about this year's CityLit Festival, email

The annual Literary Marketplace will consist of exhibitors from across the region with magazines, books, information on literary programs and organizations. Click here for registration information.

CityLit always welcomes volunteers for this event. If interested, email:

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