The Book on Baltimore

Poet and photographer t.p. Luce will read excerpts from his book "thaBloc: words, photographs and baltimore city in black, white and gray." The book, published in August, chronicles life in an inner-city Baltimore neighborhood and includes photographs, poems, quotations, short stories, a recipe and a prayer. Luce, better known as Ellis Marsalis III, brother of jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, is from New Orleans but moved to east Baltimore eight years ago. He has a bachelor's degree in photography from New York University's Tisch School for the Arts. A book signing follows the lecture. Books will be for sale. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin St., Annapolis. Free. 410-216-6180.

Fine Arts Festival

More than 60 regional exhibitors will sell jewelry, fine art, photography, wood crafts, pottery, textiles and basketry during the Quiet Waters Park Fine Arts Festival this weekend. The Chesapeake Children's Museum will sponsor children's activities, including magic shows by Jack Julius and Kohl and Company. Live music will be provided by the Noisy Waters Band and Unified Jazz Ensemble. The two-day festival will close with a Sunday afternoon raffle of artist Lee Boynton's book "Painting the Impressionist Watercolor." 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd., Annapolis. $5-per-car donation. 410-222-1777.

Authors to Speak

Authors Jim Rasenberger, Anne Applebaum and Michael Dirda discuss and sign their latest books during St. John's College's Caritas Society book event. Rasenberger, a New York Times contributor, will discuss "High Steel: The Daring Men who Built the World's Great Skyline." The book tells the story of the men who risked their lives to build the George Washington Bridge and the Woolworth and Empire State buildings. Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum will discuss "Gulag: A History," a nonfiction account of the Soviet Union's Gulag concentration camps. The book won a 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Dirda, a Washington Post Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic, will read excerpts from his autobiographical "An Open Book: Coming of Age in the Heartland." The book recreates 1950s America and Dirda's life growing up in Lorain, Ohio. 4 p.m. Sunday, Francis Scott Key Auditorium and lobby, St. John's College, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. $25, through Monday; at the door, $30. 410-626-2539 or