Baltimore is for book-lovers and writers. We’ve got the library that inspired the cathedral of books in Disney’s animated “Beauty and the Beast” (The George Peabody Library, with 300,000 volumes), Dorothy Parker’s final resting place is at the city’s NAACP headquarters, and our NFL team is named after Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem, “The Raven” (with a mascot named “Poe”). For a while, the city’s slogan was even “The City That Reads.”
Famous writers, past and present, have called Baltimore home—you can step in the footsteps (and in some cases through the former front doors) of literary luminaries like F. Scott Fitzgerald, H.L. Mencken, Gertrude Stein, Emily Post, W.E.B. DuBois, Upton Sinclair, Edgar Allan Poe, Ta-Nahisi Coates, Tom Clancy, David Simon and Nora Roberts. This guide can help you dive into Baltimore’s literary scene, explore some literary landmarks, and make some stories of your own.
September 22-24, 2017 at the Inner Harbor
The Inner Harbor is turned into a book-lover’s dream during this weekend-long festival. Hundreds of author appearances, readings and book signings take place, and exhibitors and booksellers set up shop in booths along the water. There are workshops, panel discussions, live music, and concessions, as well as plenty of hands-on activities for kids. Find out more information here.
Explore literary landmarks like the Baltimore Poe House and Museum and the George Peabody Library; discover independent bookstores like Atomic Books, where filmmaker and writer John Waters receives his mail; or take a literary tour to follow in the footsteps of literary greats. Find out more information here.
Find the top local cafes and book havens local writers go when they want to get into the city for their writing inspiration. From coffee shops in old mills and on main streets of neighborhoods to public markets and food halls, Baltimore has a plethora of locations to finally finish that book you’ve been working on. Explore Baltimore writers’ favorite places here.