Best bets for the Baltimore Book Festival

This year's Baltimore Book Festival goes Hollywood, at least a little, as familiar faces from both the small and large screens come to town.

In addition to "America's Next Top Model" judge Nigel Barker, the following celebs-turned-authors will probably attract their share of gawkers.

Jesse Ventura: The former professional wrestler turned politician will be on hand at 5:30 p.m. Saturday to promote his new book "American Conspiracies: Lies, Lies, and More Dirty Lies That the Government Tells Us." The book purports to be an investigation into the parts of our history that the government does not want the public to know.

Sherri Shepherd: She's part of an Emmy-winning show, she's starred in an Oscar-nominated movie, and she's an accomplished comedian and television actress in her own right. Now, Shepherd is trying her turn as an author. The co-host of "The View" and co-star of the Oscar-nominated "Precious" will discuss her book, "Permission Slips: Every Woman's Guide to Giving Herself a Break," at 7 p.m. Saturday. The book details her struggles to wear her many hats.

Judge Glenda Hatchett: She is probably best known as the quick-witted, stylish judge with the sweet-yet-firm sense of justice. Her new book, "Dare To Take Charge," asks readers to look within themselves to begin the healing process. She's scheduled to appear at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Holly Robinson Peete: She's been a constant on television since being cast as Officer Judith "Judy" Hoffs on "21 Jump Street" during the late 1980s. More than 20 years later, Peete has co-written a novel, "My Brother Charlie," with her 11-year-old daughter, Ryan Elizabeth. Robinson Peete is scheduled to appear at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Her husband, former NFL player Rodney Peete, has also picked up the literary bug and penned "Not My Boy!" — a personal account of the couple's autistic son, R.J.

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