Best-selling children's author Lemony Snicket, known for "A Series of Unfortunate Events," a collection of books about the three unlucky Baudelaire orphans and their encounters with the villainous Count Olaf, is coming to Clarksville next Thursday because the Howard County Library won a contest sponsored by his publisher, HarperCollins, last fall. The author, who rarely makes public appearances and refuses to be photographed from his front side, will make a presentation and sign his books. Tickets, which are free, are available at all Howard County Library children's desks on a first-come, first-served basis. People without tickets will be placed on a waiting list. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., and the event begins at 7. Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville. 410-313-7750.
Baltimore Book Festival
Celebrate literature with area authors, local bookstores, publishers, children's writers, storytellers, crafts, refreshments and entertainment. The annual Baltimore Book Festival will be from 5 to 9 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Mount Vernon Place, 600 block of North Charles Street, Baltimore. Free. 877-BALTIMORE (877-225-8466) or www.baltimorebookfestival.com.