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