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Literary Baltimore
All-Day Tour
Baltimore’s literary roots are deep ones. The authors who lived and worked here include Edgar Allan Poe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Gertrude Stein. Led by arts journalist Richard Selden, discover Baltimore’s annual Mencken Day with a tour of sites connected to the city’s literary heritage.
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 8:30 AM
Roald Dahl: The Curmudgeon Who Built Charlie’s Chocolate Factory
On the anniversary of Dahl’s birth, explore the life and art of this storyteller with author Daniel Stashower. Actor Scott Sedar offers a dramatic reading of some of Dahl’s most memorable writings as we raise a toast in celebration and enjoy a special cake.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 6:45 PM
John Wilkes Booth: A Stage of Infamy
In her new novel, Jennifer Chiaverini discusses Fates and Traitors: A Novel of John Wilkes Booth, in which she takes on one of American history’s most notorious villains, opening a conversation on who Booth really was, and why he assassinated one of America’s most beloved leaders.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Frankenstein Revisited
Two hundred years ago, Mary Shelley brought the tale of Victor Frankenstein and his man-made creature to life, and it shows no sign of fading from our consciousness. Bernard Welt of George Washington University explores the tale’s enduring power and its ever-evolving significance.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Mary Roach: The Curious Science of Humans at War
Can diarrhea be a threat to national security? Why are zippers a fashion problem for snipers? Author Mary Roach, whose books deftly combine popular science and humor, learned the answers to these—and plenty of other intriguing questions—as she researched and wrote her newest book, Grunt.
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Self-Publishing: A Practical Guide for Writers
In a practical and informative program, writer and self-published author Monica Bhide covers the basics of self-publishing, following the process from completed manuscript to published work. Important tips are also shared by a panel of authors who have successfully self-published, as well as founders of local publishing houses.
Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Conversations on Contemporary Novels: National Book Critics Circle Award Winners
4-Session Evening Course
If you love discovering a new book and sharing it with a friend, here’s a chance to do both by reading and discussing four recent novels recognized by the National Book Critics Circle Award. Part of a 4-Session Course.
Monday, September 26, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Creating Poetry From Your Family History: A Writing Workshop
Family memories, members, and events can provide rich material for poets. Writer Kirun Kapur leads a day-long practical workshop designed to help you turn your family history into effective, meaningful poetry. No writing or poetry experience is required, but in-progress works are welcome at the session.
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Novelist Jodi Picoult: On Tackling Tough Topics
In a conversation with NPR’s Lynn Neary, best-selling author Jodi Picoult discusses her career, inspirations, writing process, and why the issues she takes on in her latest book Small Great Things spoke to her as a novelist. 
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Write a Novel in a Month
November is National Novel Writing Month. Each year thousands of writers around the world sign up for what’s dubbed the NaNoWriMo Challenge: drafting at least 50,000 words of their novel in "30 days and nights of literary abandon." Whether you take up the challenge or just want a solid base to begin or continue a novel at your own pace, this seminar is for you!
Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 9:30 AM
Choosing the Right To Die: A Mother’s Perspective
When Deborah Ziegler’s 29-year-old daughter Brittany Maynard, diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, went public with the decision to end her own life she became the face of the controversial right-to-die movement. Ziegler shares how that family anguish played out in public, and how since her daughter’s death in late 2014 she has found a role as an advocate for the growing number of people worldwide who are struggling with end-of-life issues.
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Death by Shakespeare: Final Exits
Shakespeare knew that gory, grisly, and imaginatively unusual deaths were what his fans at the Globe wanted to see. Carol Ann Lloyd Stranger of the Folger Shakespeare Library and classical actor and dramaturge Cam Magee lead an evening devoted to the onstage demises that have moved, surprised, and shocked audiences for four centuries.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Children’s Book Illustration Workshop
Creating illustrations for a children’s manuscript is loads of fun once you get to know the basics. Learn the foundations of bringing a story to life through pictures.
Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 1:00 PM