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Meet Some of Our Favorite Authors at the Baltimore Book Festival!

Published September 02, 2014

We’re very excited to announce that the National Aquarium will be presenting a full weekend of free programming for ocean and conservation enthusiasts of all ages at this year’s Baltimore Book Festival! 

In partnership with the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, the Aquarium has invited some of our favorite authors to come down to the Inner Harbor from September 26 to the 28th. Other programming will include special animal encounters, cooking demonstrations and live music! 

Check out a few of our awesome participating authors: 

Josie, Iselin, “An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed”

Photographer, writer and book designer, Josie Iselin will talk about the process she uses to make her stunning portraits of the natural world around us. 

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She will take us briefly into her San Francisco studio and describe how she builds her visually driven books. She will continue with some of the fun and exciting science of seaweed and introduce us to some of the spectacular but common species on both the east and west coasts! Her talk will be accompanied by the stunning images she has produced on her flatbed scanner for her newest book, An Ocean Garden

Matt Dembicki, “Wild Ocean: Sharks, Whales, Rays, and Other Endangered Sea Creatures”

Matt Dembicki is a comic artist who previously edited and contributed to the Eisner-nominated and Aesop Prize-winning Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection. 

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He also served at the helm of District Comics: An Unconventional History of Washington, D.C., a Harvey Award-nominated anthology that was named one of the best books of 2012 by The Washington Post. His program will be presented in partnership with Fulcrum Publishing, an independent publisher bringing you books that inspire for the last 30 years.

Dr. Ellen Prager, “Shark Whisperer” 

Dr. Ellen Prager will talk about her own adventures under the sea, sharks, and read from her newest book, The Shark Whisperer. It is the first book in a new middle-grade fiction series that combines fast-paced adventure and humor with fun learning about marine life and the ocean. Readers report they can’t put it down. National Geographic explorer-in-residence Sylvia Earle said the book is “ underwater Harry Potter. Sure to inspire readers to want to dive in and experience the ocean for themselves.” 

Dr. Prager has the ability to make science fun and understandable for people of all ages. She is a marine scientist and author from Miami. She has built a national reputation as a spokesperson on earth and science issues. She has participated in research expeditions to locations in the Galapagos Islands, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and other islands throughout the Caribbean.

Richard Salas, “Blue Visions”

The book “Blue Visions” takes the reader on an underwater adventure from the border of Mexico all the way down to the Equator with a host of unusual and delightful sea life creatures. Richard makes his living as a photographer in Santa Barbara, CA, where he lives with his wife Rebecca and his youngest son Richard.  We are proud to present Richard Salas’ work in partnership with The Nature Conservancy

richard salas

Richard Salas uses his camera to take stunning portraits of what he calls our “underwater family.” Salas is currently working on his latest book of photography, the third in a series that covers the entire Pacific coast of the Americas!

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