Baltimore is for Book Lovers

Baltimore is a city steeped in a literary tradition and a love for books. Each year the Inner Harbor hosts the Baltimore Book Festival, and this year it's expanding and combining with Light City, taking place Nov. 1-10. We're particularly proud of our indepdendent book stores and libraries, including the stunning George Peabody Library and the Enoch Pratt Free Library system - one of the oldest in the country. If that's not enough claim to literary fame, we’re the only city with a professional sports team whose name gives a nod to a poem (Edgar Allan Poe’s "The Raven").

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.

Read on to learn how you can dive into Baltimore’s literary scene, explore literary landmarks, and make some stories of your own.