Barely one day after the streets reopened after the conclusion of Artscape, Baltimoreans have another city-sponsored festival to look forward to.
The Baltimore Book Festival announced on Tuesday that several new authors have been added to the slate of scribes already scheduled to appear.
Comic writer Carl Hiaasen will read from his newest novel, "Razor Girl"; authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely will be discuss the 2016 One Maryland One Book selection, "All American Boys"; best-selling young adult author Jennifer Armentrout will talk about her newest novel, "The Problem With Forever"; and Pintip Dunn, who just picked up an award from the Romance Writers of America for best new book, will meet fans of "Forget Tomorrow."
Other new authors include Luuvi Ajayi ("I'm Judging You"); Heather Christo ("Pure Delicious"); Stephanie Dray ("America's First Daughter"); Tracey Livesay ("Love on my Mind"); Stefany Shaheen ("Elle & Coach) and Melanie Underwood ("Making Artisan Cheesecake").
They'll join previously announced such fan favorites as the best-selling novelist Terry McMillan, homegrown pundit D. Watkins and NPR correspondent Glen Weldon.
Highlights of this year's festival include two new stages: Paws & Pages, focused on literary animals, and the Inner Harbor Stage, which will feature regional authors.
All told, the Baltimore Book Festival will feature more than 200 speakers and more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers. It be held in the Inner Harbor on Sept. 23-25.