Baltimore Book Festival

The mid-Atlantic's premier celebration of the literary arts features more than 200 celebrity and local authors, readings, workshops, children’s activities, panel discussions, cookbook demonstrations, more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers, live music, food and more.

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Our official bookseller is The Ivy Bookshop,  an independent literary bookstore, carrying a broad range of titles with an emphasis on new fiction, non-fiction, biography, art, interior design, cooking and children's books. Our booksellers are knowledgeable and friendly, ready to recommend based on your personal preferences. We are locally owned and have a deep interest in promoting the community and its organizations.

The Ivy Bookshop, voted “Baltimore’s Best Bookstore” by Baltimore Magazine and Baltimore City Paper, is open seven days a week. They offer free gift wrapping of any purchase, and shipping is available. For more information on the Ivy Bookshop, visit

The Baltimore Book Festival will take place September 22-24, 2017.

2017 Presenting Authors

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Chantel Acevedo - The Living Infinite
Maryland Humanities presents Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the 2017 One Maryland One Book author - Purple Hibiscus
Patricia Altschul - The Art Of Southern Charm
Kwame Alexander -  The Playbook: 52 Rules to Help You Aim, Shoot and Score in This Game of Life
Barbara Bourland - I'll Eat When I'm Dead
Ada Calhoun - Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give
Deborah Davis - The Trip: Andy Warhol's Plastic-Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure
Pintip Dunn - Forget Tomorrow
Kerry Dunnington - Tasting the Seasons: Farm-Fresh Ingredients Enhance 165 Recipes
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson - Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America
John Eisenberg - The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr., and Baseball's Most Historic Record
Emil Ferris - My Favorite Thing is Monsters Vol. 1
Santiago Gamboa - Return to the Dark Valley
Adam Gidwitz - The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
Virginia Hanlon Grohl - From Cradle To Stage: Stories From The Mothers Who Rocked And Raised Rock Stars
Stephen Hunter - G-Man
McKay Jenkins - Food Fight: GMOs and the Future of the American Diet
Dan Jones - The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors
Donna Kaz - UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour
Asia McClain Chapman - Confessions of a Serial Alibi
Alice McDermott - The Ninth Hour
Leland Melvin - Chasing Space
Eileen Myles - Afterglow (a dog memoir)
Shaun O’Neale - My Modern American Table
Daniel José Older - Shadowshaper
Steven Raichlen - BARBECUE SAUCES, RUBS, AND MARINADES Bastes, Butters, and Glazes, Too
Jason Reynolds - Patina
Red Rohl - Heavy Sketches Volume III
Kevin Shird - Uprising In The City
Javaka Steptoe - Radiant Child
Amy Sutherland - Rescuing Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes
Quentin Vennie - Strong in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Addiction and Redemption through Wellness
Jasinda Wilder - Big Girls Do It Running


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Request for Qualifications

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is no longer seeking quotes from equipment vendors for the 2017 festival season. Check back for the 2018 festival season.  Please direct any questions to Tess Cooper at