Saturday: Mencken Day and Waverly BookFest

September 07, 2012|By Dave Rosenthal

If you're feeling bookish Saturday, check out the annual Mencken Day celebration at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's main branch or the Bookfest at the Waverly branch. Some highlights:

Mencken Day runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the branch at 400 Cathedral Street. At 10:15 a.m., H. George Hahn, professor and chair of the English Department at Towson University, will present  "The Campus Trials of Mencken's Satire." And the Mencken Memorial Lecture, "The Scopes Trial: How the Letter Kills," will be presented at 2:30 p.m. by Richard J. Schrader, professor emeritus of English at Boston College.

The BookFest runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Waverly branch, 400 E. 33rdStreet. Among the highlights are children's crafts and other activities; a beat box workshop with Max Bent and other interactive poetry activities courtesy of Poetry in Community (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.); and free book appraisals courtesy of Allen's Bookshop (2 p.m. to  to 3 p.m.). There will also be a book sale and silent auction.

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