September's a big month for bibliophiles, as Baltimore and Washington stage their book festivals. And this year, for the first time in recent years, the festivals don't fall on the same weekend, allowing readers to catch both packed slates of authors and events.
The National Book Festival, held on the Mall, kicks off first, on Sept. 22-23. The event always has a star-studded lineup, and this year it includes Thomas Friedman, T.C. Boyle, Geraldine Brooks, Robert A. Caro, Sandra Cisneros,
The Baltimore Book Festival runs Sept. 28-30 in
Among the authors appearing in Baltimore are Emily Giffin, "Where We Belong;" Laura Lippman, "And When She Was Good;" Laura Amy Schlitz, "Splendors and Glooms;" and