The 2016 Baltimore Book Festival will have a new stage dedicated to tales of tails, and will also feature presentations from Terry McMillan, Glen Weldon and other authors.
The Paws & Pages Stage will explore the world of animals, from household pets to wild creatures, according to a news release from the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.
There will also be author readings — including one by Bronwen Dickey talking about her new book, "Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon" — animal encounters presented by the National Aquarium, and an area featuring adoptable pets.
The festival will be held in the Inner Harbor on Sept. 23-25.
Though the list of participating authors is still being finalized, the festival announced that the lineup will include McMillan, author of "How Stella Got Her Groove Back"; NPR correspondent Weldon, talking about his "The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture"; and local pundit D. Watkins, who has published two books in the past year, an essay collection called "The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America" and an autobiography, "The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir."