The lineup for the 10th annual CityLit Festival is set, so Baltimore-area book lovers should mark April 13 on calendars.
The event, held at the central branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, offers a full day of author readings, panel discussions and how-to sessions, as well as a literary marketplace. It's organized each year by a dedicated group from the library and the CityLit Project, which is headed by Gregg Wilhelm.
This year's fiction headliner is George Saunders, whose short story collections include "In Persuasion Nation," "CivilWarLand in Bad Decline" and his newest, "Tenth of December." Here's what the New York Times Magazine said about him recently: "For people who pay close attention to the state of American fiction, he has become a kind of superhero. His stories now appear regularly in The New Yorker, he has been anthologized all over the place, and he has won a bunch of awards, among them a 'genius grant' in 2006 from the MacArthur Foundation ... "
The non-fiction headliner is Jamal Joseph, who will discuss his memoir, "Panther Baby." Joseph, whogrew up in Harlem and as a Black Panther was caught up in the student demonstrations at Columbia University, now is chair of the film division at the university's School of the Arts.
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