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CityLit Festival presents The Art of Reinvention

April 20 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The Art of Reinvention: How to Chase Success but Not Lose Yourself
Mateo Askaripor in conversation with D. Watkins

3:30 am – 5:00 pm
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Lobby Stage



New York Times bestselling novelist MATEO ASKARIPOUR, whose debut novel, an immediate bestseller, Black Buck, is a cautionary tale that reads like the Wolf of Wall Street, serves as a manual on how to survive as ‘other’ in a corporate world, will speak on reinvention and navigating success with Baltimore’s own NYT bestselling, success story, D. WATKINS. When the novel launched, Ron Charles (Washington Post), in a review wrote, “A month ago, I’d never heard of Mateo Askaripour. Today I would buy anything from him.” National Book Foundation named Askaripour a 2023 “5 under 35” recipient. His forthcoming novel, This Great Hemisphere, introduces Sweetmint, a young invisible woman, and illustrates the degree to which reality can be shaped by non-truths and vicious manipulations while shining a light on our ability to surprise ourselves when we stop giving in to the narratives others have written for us. D. Watkins’ most recent book, Black Boy Smile, “is a love letter to Black boys in concrete cities.” Editor-at-Large for Salon, Watkins writes for the HBO mini-series We Own This City, hosts the show’s companion podcast, and was featured in the HBO documentary, The Slow Hustle. This will be a talk, a reading, a conversation with two widely successful authors who talk about keeping it real when success lands at your doorstep.





CityLit Project and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in partnership with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company present CityLit Festival: Dismantling the Culture of Silence. This celebration of the arts showcases a bevy of leading poets and writers on April 20, 2024. We’re talking fiction, nonfiction, poetry galore, and ways to up the ante on your craft.

Download the CityLit Festival: Dismantling the Culture of Silence flyer.


April 20
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Joseph Myerhoff Symphony Hall
1212 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, 21201
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