April 8th, 2006 at: Enoch Pratt Free Library (downtown) from 10 am to 5 pm.
This year's guest is Paul Rusesabagina, whose new autobiography An Ordinary Man tells the real-life story of the hotel manager who housed more than one thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia (as dramatized by Don Cheadle in "Hotel Rwanda,” which will also be screened at the festival).
This year's festival also includes:
Thomas Glave—a professor at SUNY Binghamton whose area of expertise includes the work of James Baldwin, Nadine Gordimer, Jamaica Kincaid, and contemporary work by African and African-American queer authors—will discuss his latest book, Words to Our Now: Imagination and Dissent...a powerful collection of essays on prejudice and injustice inflicted upon black gays and lesbians.
David Kipen, newly appointed Director of Literature for the National Endowment for the Arts, and Baltimore-born publisher Michael Cader (www.publishersmarketplace.com) will discuss the state of literature today during a session presented by the Maryland State Poetry & Literary Society.
Acclaimed Chicago-based performance poet Tyehimba Jess (recently named one of 18 new poets to watch by Poets & Writers magazine) heads up the poetry schedule reading from Leadbelly.
For mystery lovers, join Laura Lippman and some of the contributors to Baltimore Noir for the first public reading of this latest offering from Akaschic Books' cool city-themed series.
Contact Greg Wilhelm, President and CEO, CityLitProject, for details.