Los Angeles Times

1. Baltimore Book Festival

If your idea of "reading" lately is flipping open that Us Weekly exposé on Will and Jada, may I recommend the Baltimore Book Festival? Apart from appearances by some exemplary authors (Laura Lippman, Terry McMillan, Sherman Alexie), popular figures (Tavis Smiley, Roland S. Martin) and famous folks-turned-writers (Common. Really.), this is your chance to stock your bookshelf. Don't forget to head over to the Radical Bookfair Pavilion for some anarchy. Bookworm anarchy, but still. Noon-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon-7 p.m. Sunday. Mount Vernon Place, centered on the 600 block of N. Charles St. Free. baltimorebookfestival.com. For details on the Baltimore Book Festival and other local events, go to FindLocal. Algerina Perna photo