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Baltimore Book Festival makes 'permanent' move to Inner Harbor

Author Jim Rollins talks to Kirby Schmidt at the Baltimore Book Festival.
Author Jim Rollins talks to Kirby Schmidt at the Baltimore Book Festival. (Colby Ware, Baltimore Sun)

You may now bookmark the Inner Harbor for your yearly Baltimore Book Festival fix.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts announced today that starting in 2015, the popular annual free event will permanently move from Mount Vernon to the Inner Harbor.

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The festival, next held Sept. 25-27, first moved from its longtime home in Mount Vernon for its fall 2014 edition, citing restoration work on the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon Square. 

"Although we have had a very successful 18 years in Mount Vernon, we have outgrown its capacity," said Bill Gilmore, executive director of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, in a press release statement. "We are confident the Inner Harbor will allow the Baltimore Festival to expand as it has already proven to attract new audiences and attention for the event. We look forward to growing one of Baltimore’s most beloved cultural attractions at its new location."
A press release also noted that the move to the Inner Harbor allowed for programming expansion and attracted more than 100,000 people, "more than doubling the attendance of previous years." 

For more information on the festival, go to baltimorebookfestival.org.

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