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Literary Baltimore: 7 Sites and Events for Every Book Lover to Check Out

Baltimore has certainly earned its nickname as “the city that reads.” Discover this city’s deep literary roots and how they inform all aspects of Baltimore life—from sports teams to culinary culture and beyond.

The George Peabody Library

Built in 1866, the George Peabody Library at Johns Hopkins University is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. The central atrium features 61 foot-high walls lined with five tiers of cast-iron balconies held high by gold scalloped columns. Rows of tightly packed books lead to a stunning glass ceiling.

Fort McHenry

Explore the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, where inspiration struck poet Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812’s Battle of Baltimore. Key felt so moved by the sight of the American flag flying over the fort that he penned the words to what would become our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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A cannon at Fort McHenry. (Photo: Getty images)

Edgar Allan Poe House

No trip to Baltimore for book lovers would be complete without a glimpse into the life and death of one of its most beloved literary heroes: Edgar Allan Poe. You can explore the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, home to Poe from 1833 to 1835, then travel to Westminster Hall to see his final resting place.

Raven Beer

Local brewer Raven Beer has honored beloved author Edgar Allan Poe with specially crafted brews, including the Raven Special Lager, the Pendulum Pilsner and the Tell Tale Heart IPA.

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Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.” (Photo: Getty Images)

 

Baltimore Book Festival

The Baltimore Book Festival is a bibliophile’s dream come true. Each September, the festival features hundreds of author appearances, book signings and readings on multiple stages. There are also cooking demos by celebrity chefs, workshops, panel discussions, storytellers and hands-on projects for kids, as well as live music and a variety of food, beer and wine.

Baltimore Ravens

Charm City’s NFL franchise takes its name from Poe’s “The Raven.” You can catch a game at the M&T Bank Stadium located in the lively Inner Harbor and then explore the variety of retail shops and restaurants in the area.

Annabel Lee Tavern

At the Annabel Lee Tavern, you can bask in the moody ambiance and Poe-inspired décor, while you savor upscale comfort food and drink cocktails inspired by the writer, like the signature Annabel Lee and the Masque of the Red Death.