Baltimore Book Festival announces lineup for 2014 festival

The 2014 Baltimore Book Festival will feature a lineup that includes a National Book Award-winning author, a novelist whose previous work was made into an Academy Award-nominated film, a popular sports broadcaster and a food writer who has penned a memoir with recipes.

Highlights of the 19th festival, which will be held from Sept. 26-28, were announced Tuesday in a news release by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

Featured authors and books will include: former National Book Award winner Alice McDermott reading from her most recent novel, "Someone," an elegant tone poem that traces the life of an ordinary woman; Andre Dubus III's highly praised collection of four novellas, "Dirty Love"; the father-son memoir "Forgotten Sundays" penned by WBAL-TV sports director Gerry Sandusky; and "Slices of Life," by food writer Leah Eskin, whose column runs in The Baltimore Sun's Wednesday Taste section.

Dubus' 1999 novel, "House of Sand and Fog," was chosen as the 2000 Oprah Book Club selection and was made into a 2003 film starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly.

Also on the list: Pat LaFrieda, with "Meat"; Reyna Grande, with "The Distance Between Us"; Marissa Meyer, with "The Lunar Chronicles"; Ingrid Hoffman, with "Latin d'Lite"; and Chloe Coscarelli, with "Chloe's Vegan Italian Kitchen."

Though the Book Festival traditionally is held in Mount Vernon, the ongoing renovation of the Washington Memorial makes that impractical for this year. Instead, the release said, the Book Festival will be held in the Inner Harbor's West Shore Park, Rash Field, and along Light Street and Key Highway.

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