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Indie Front Man Headlines Baltimore's CityLit Festival

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Despite the unease in the city following Freddie Gray's death, the CityLit Festival will still take place on Saturday from 10am to 5pm at the Enoch Pratt Free Library on Cathedral Street. A statement on their website reads that the leaders of the event hope that the gathering of Baltimore's literary artists and lovers of literature can be part of not only the healing process, but of the process toward thoughtful understanding and meaningful solutions.  

John Darnielle is the front man for The Mountain Goats, an indie rock band based currently in Durham, North Carolina. He is not only a musician but also a novelist, and he’ll be in Baltimore tomorrow headlining the 12th annual CityLit Festival. His latest book is entitled Wolf in White Van, which tells the story of a young man named Sean Philips, the inventor of a game called Trace Italian, played via postal mail in the 1990s. Sean’s face is severely disfigured, and as the novel unfolds, we learn the complex story behind his medical challenges, in this haunting book . Host Tom Hall speaks with John Darnielle by phone from his home in Durham.

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