On Saturday, I attended my first literary festival (as a vendor) and it was a great experience. The CityLit Festival was held at the Pratt Library in Baltimore and featured many local authors, publishing organizations, writer’s associations, and an AWESOME self-serve coffee station:
There were poetry readings, children’s choirs, and the keynote address was given by Junot Diaz. I met some great local writers, including A. Jarrell Hayes who was my tablemate all day. He’s a poet and fantasy writer, and I couldn’t have spent the day with a nicer guy.
In honor of the 200th anniversary of Poe’s death, the Pratt Library has an exhibit featuring original editions of Poe’s works, handwritten notes by Poe (gorgeous handwriting, by the way–it should be a font), a lock of Poe’s hair, and art inspired by his stories. If the self-serve coffee doesn’t get you to the library, the Poe exhibit should.