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Baltimore Book Festival
Poe House Author Series
Talking books and writers at the library

Baltimore Book Festival

logo-bbfThe Baltimore Book Festival will be held later in 2019 and, here’s big news, it will be held in conjunction with Light City Baltimore. Mark your calendars for the 2019 extravaganza to be held at Baltimore’s beautiful Inner Harbor.

The Maryland Romance Writers will sponsor a series of author panels and special events Nov. 1-3.

I’ll be on panels each of the three days.

Friday at 3 p.m.
Spanning the Centuries
: Romance in a time machine. We’ve got the centuries covered with Denny S Bryce, Margaret Locke, Terri Brisbane and Lori Ann Bailey.

Saturday at 5 p.m.
Real Women in Fiction: 
Real women inspire our stories and sometimes they show up in our pages. With two of my writing heroes: Heather Webb and Eliza Knight.

Sunday at 12 noon
Sweet not Sweaty: A conversation with writers who keep their romances sweet.  With Cheryl Barton, Pamela Ferguson and Alexa Jacobs.

Reading at Poe House Baltimore

screen shot 2019-01-26 at 3.57.23 pmThe house museum where Edgar Allan Poe officially began his writing career hosts a monthly Author Series.  Events are held second Sundays throughout the year.

I’m scheduled to read Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m.. I plan to read from “MS. Found in a Bottle,” Poe’s first work written in Baltimore to win a writing prize. Then, though it will pale in comparison, I plan to read a bit from Love Letters & Gingerbread and my new Poe House-inspired Ghost Story. Visitors at the reading will be the very first to learn a little of the story of Jacky, still waiting on Amity Street for his friend Virginia to come back for him.

I’m quite honored to join this list of excellent scribblers—and in the house where one of my writing heroes, Edgar Allan Poe, got his start.

There’s no admission for the Author Series, beyond the usual fee, $8 for adults and $6 for students/military/seniors at the door. Arriving early to see the tiny five-room house is a good idea. The house is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. I’m often there on Thursdays, volunteering up on the second floor.

Talking books at the library

Screen Shot 2019-09-19 at 9.19.05 AMOn Tuesday, Dec. 17, I plan to speak to a Seniors group at the Linthicum Library, just south of Baltimore, 400 Shipley Road, Linthicum, MD 21090.

I’ll be talking about my books, Maryland history, getting started on your own novel. Since I was 60 when I published my first novel, this seems like a good fit.

The event, at 10 a.m., is open to the public. I’d love to see a crowd. Bring your ideas for a brainstorming session. Maybe, there will even be prizes.

Shout-out to a great librarian at Linthicum, Mary Jean Dushel…who is also my sister. She organizes all kinds of wonderful events at the library. I hope to do her and Linthicum proud.