Baltimore Book Festival moving to Inner Harbor for 2014

The Baltimore Book Festival is moving a few blocks south for its fall 2014 edition, to accommodate the renovation of the Washington Monument.

This year, more than 200 authors and 100 exhibitors and sellers will pitch their booths at the Inner Harbor Sept. 26-28, according to a spokeswoman for the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, which runs the festival.

For the past 18 years, the festival has set up shop in Mount Vernon Square. But restoration work on the monument, which began in January, has made navigating the square a challenge even without thousands of additional visitors. The construction crews and cranes aren’t expected to depart until July 2015.

Current plans call for the festival to return to Mount Vernon in 2015.

“Mount Vernon has served as a wonderful home to the Baltimore Book Festival for 18 years,” Bill Gilmore, executive director of Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, said in a news release.

“Unfortunately, it is just not feasible to produce a high caliber festival at that location this year. So, in order not to skip a year and to continue the momentum of the festival, the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts has chosen to relocate to the Inner Harbor in 2014.”

Specific location details will be announced later.

mary.mccauley@baltsun.com