The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), in partnership with the City of Baltimore, Wavery Main Street, Red Emma’s, and Peabody Heights Brewery, announced the dates for the 2024 Baltimore Book Festival at a press conference at City Hall on Monday, February 26 with Mayor Brandon M. Scott. The 2024 Baltimore Book Festival will be held Friday, September 27–Sunday, September 29, 2024, in and around Waverly Main Street. Not only will this year be the beloved Baltimore Book Festival’s return, but it will also be its 25th anniversary.

The 2023 festival created a critical platform for multiple local authors and poets of varying genres, as well as the neighborhood’s book sellers and small businesses. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of District 14 City Councilwoman Odette Ramos and the collaboration of many stakeholders and community members, this year’s festival will shine a light on the immense breadth and depth of Baltimore’s literary scene by hosting more authors, book sellers, and vendors from neighborhoods across the city.

Literature is part of the fabric of Baltimore. This city has inspired literary greats throughout the ages — famous figures like Frederick Douglass, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zora Neale Hurston, Edgar Allan Poe, D. Watkins, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Anna Deavere Smith, among many others. The Baltimore Book Festival celebrates Baltimore’s rich literary history, vibrant present, and bright future by connecting readers and authors and making the literary arts more engaging, entertaining, relevant, and accessible for all Baltimoreans. The festival will include literary salons, panel discussions, writing workshops, poetry readings, author talks, book signings, children’s activities, live podcast recordings, and more.

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