The Festival is held in the huge and gorgeous Enoch Pratt Central Library right in the heart of Baltimore. If ever you want to feel happy walking into a library, you simply must visit the Pratt. The main floor was a mass of tables featuring local authors, bookstores, literary publications. I spent a good hour browsing around there.
At noon I headed upstairs to listen to a sports-themed panel. Not my usual area of interest, but one of the authors had written a book about kids sports teams and the way kids really feel about them. Considering Kiddo's passion for ice hockey I figured I'd better check this one out. The panel featured a conversation between two authors moderated by Festival coordinator Gregg Wilhelm.
The first author was Tim Wendel; his most recent book, HIGH HEAT, is a look at the history and mystique of the fast ball in baseball. I thought his name sounded familiar and sure enough he was the author of RED RAIN. The second author was Quinn Cotter; his book, PLAYING TIME, was just released this past week. And get this - Quinn is 17 years old!!! He started taking notes at age 15 on coach and parent problems that he noticed while playing various sports and ended up submitting a manuscript later that year. It's taken two years to get to publication, but WOW. I was very impressed.
Despite my non-interest in baseball (and the fact that I'm from Maryland and our baseball team, the Orioles, just isn't that great) I really enjoyed this panel. Greg kept the conversation rolling and the authors both shared some interesting stories. I purchased Quinn's book and hope to read it in the near future (note to self: do not leave this languishing on the shelf!).
here if you like. Dave introduced me to a local gal named Celeste who has just started a book blog. She took my card and I'm hoping she drops in to say hello (and to put her info in my local blogger database!)
It was a short day but a fun one. It just makes me even more excited for the Baltimore Book Festival in September!