This weekend, Nov. 1-3, booklovers will gather at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to snatch up some new books and book-related stuff and—my favorite part—to see and listen to lots of authors writing lots of great books.
The Baltimore Book Festival has become my home in the past few years. Cancel everything! I have to hang with my people and then lug home armfuls of books to keep me company over the next few months.
You’ll find me as usual at the Maryland Romance Writers’ “tent” although this year, our panels will be held in the Columbus Center, over near the National Aquarium in Baltimore. The building does resemble a big tent, though.
First up, Spanning the Centuries, a panel to discuss love in every era. Our panel covers everything from the olden days of Scotland to to everybody’s favorite Regency England to 1920s Chicago. I’ve got Maryland in the 1800s covered with DIVIDED LOYALTIES and my new Christmas novella LOVE LETTERS & GINGERBREAD.
I came close to fainting when I saw the names of the people on my Saturday panel, Real Women In Fiction. Three authors with books I positively love!
- Laura Kamoie has published a ton of books, including MY DEAR HAMILTON and AMERICA’S FIRST DAUGHTER, co-written with Stephanie Dray.
- Eliza Knight has authored a shelf-full of Scottish romances.
- Heather Webb recently released my favorite book, MEET ME IN MONACO. (I can’t wait to meet her!)
And all three of them are taking a break from their book tour for the incredible French Revolution story, RIBBONS OF SCARLET. I’m hoping I’ll find something to say as I sit beside these luminaries and don’t get all fan girl!
And on Sunday, I’ve joined a different panel, this one with the name that gives everybody a laugh, Writing Sweet not Sweaty. Go ahead and laugh—it’s a great title—but some of us like our romance tinged with a bit of old-fashioned innocence. It’s a good way to kick-off Sunday’s day of fun.
I look forward to attending, getting all my books signed and meeting lots of Baltimore authors — not only at our tent but at stages and booths all over the Inner Harbor.
PLUS! It’s paired with Light City Baltimore this year. So I just might stay late and take in all the illuminated art that will glow Nov. 1-10. As all the promos say, it’s going to be BRILLIANT!