This past Friday, I got a call from local photographer Edwin Remsberg asking if I’d be available to help cover a portion of the Baltimore Book Festival while he was actually giving a talk on one of his published books. (I met Edwin while photographing at the Maryland Folk Life Festival earlier this summer). Fortunately, the weather held off and it ended up being a really nice day! The Baltimore Book Festival is held in Mt. Vernon, in the center near Peabody library and the Washington Monument in Baltimore. Embarrassing to admit, but I had never heard of the festival before – but it was really cool. Local and national authors were there to talk about their books and their work, and tons of vendors were there with all different types of books. There was even a Cooking area, for authors of cookbooks, where the authors demoed some of their delicious dishes! (Yes, I got a sample! mmm!) I love photographing at these types of events, I guess mostly because I love seeing how they bring so many people together to participate and enjoy the hard work and creativity of others… yes, I know that sounds a little cheesy but I mean that! These events definitely get a check for reasons why I love cities over rural/suburban areas, not that there aren’t pros and cons to both… anyway, that’s another tangent!
Authors Jacquie Hood Martin (middle) and Roland Martin
Terry McMillan, author of Getting to Happy, book signing
Father Leo Patalinghug, author of Grace Before Meals. (This guy was so expressive and entertaining!)
Who doesn’t love samples?!! These were his Asian Fusion Fajitas… of course I had to grab a bit – they were delicious!
Sherman Alexie, author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. He was a great speaker, I was glad to have gotten a chance to listen to some of his stories.
& he definitely drew a crowd!!
Then I started to wander the rest of the festival a bit…
How awesome is this dog?! Wow.
The book festival seemed like it drew a huge crowd Saturday… even Curious George made an appearance :P
Local Baltimore “graveyard country band,” Red Sammy
Hopefully this will encourage me to post a photojournalism portfolio finally! :)