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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Baltimore's Baker Artist Portfolios Are Online


There are a number of Baker Artist Portfolios to check out at www.BakerArtist.org, including visual, audio, and literary arts. Check out mine at www.bakerartist.org/portfolios/eric-d-goodman.

The Baker Artist Portfolios were created to support artists and promote Greater Baltimore as a strong creative community. The online portfolios are open to artists working in all disciplines who live and work in Baltimore City and its five surrounding counties. The portfolios expose area artists’ work to regional, national and international audiences. The site has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of art lovers, critics, gallery owners, academics, and leaders in creative business in nearly every country around the globe. The program serves artists of all disciplines.

The portfolios and associated awards were established by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund and are a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

Take a look at my Baker Artist Portfolio and feel free to leave a comment.



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Friday, January 13, 2017

2016: A Not-So-Death-Defying Year


I'd like to announce that, at long last, the year 2016 is dead.

As others have said in recent weeks, there aren’t very many people who are praising 2016 as a great year. For many of us, it’s been a bit of a bummer.

Every year has it’s “in memory” end-of-year tributes. And there are always a number of famous people who exit the world stage who I regret seeing pictured to sad music. But in 2016, it became more personal. It seemed like a younger bunch, the heroes of my generation.

So many musicians I loved and admired. There was Prince, quite unexpectedly. Then David Bowie. Leon Russel. George Michael. And Leonard Cohen.

And the entertainers: Gene Wilder, Alan Rickman, Gary Shandling, Patty Duke, Kenny Baker. 

And in sports, Muhummad Ali and Arnold Palmer. Politically speaking, Justice Scalia, Janet Reno, Fidel Castro.

Writers Elie Wiesel and Pat Conroy, Richard Adams, and Harper Lee. Reporter Morley Safer. 

The person I shared an office with when I lived and worked in Columbus, Ohio: senator and astronaut John Glenn.

Just when it looked as though 2016 was finished with deaths, Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and her mother Debbie Reynolds died one day after the other.

Then, there were the personal passings. Our family dog of eight years, Vesta. My friend and a friend to many on the literary scene, Wayne Countryman. My colleague of 16 years, friend, and former publisher Javier Bustamante. And Thom Steinbeck, the author and son of John Steinbeck, someone I'd grown to know as a friend over our years of correspondence.

Good things happened in 2016, and one has only to look at Facebook and Twitter to see that many people focus on those positive things. But with these heavy happenings, 2016 turned out to be a not-so-death-defying year.

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Here’s to 2017 being a year of rebirth, instead of another troubling year of loss.


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Monday, January 09, 2017

Release Date Announced for Womb

Merge Publishing has announced the official release date for the forthcoming Womb: a novel in utero. My latest novel is being released on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

Why Tuesday, March 21?

The publisher and I thought it would be fitting to deliver Womb during the season of rebirth. The first day of spring is Monday, March 20. However, books (like albums) are traditionally released on Tuesday. So Womb: a novel in utero will be released on Tuesday, March 21.

Early readers and reviewers of Womb have called the book “engagingly original,” “strange and wonderful,” “amazing,” “a cocktail of all human emotion,” “brave,” “full of wisdom and goodwill,” and say that it “has a lot to say” and is “written with sophistication and poetry.”

Reviews have compared Womb to Ian Mcewan’s Nutshell and Emma Donoghue’s Room, and said, “Goodman rises to the challenge posed by the foetus’ limited perspective, relating a story of betrayal and domestic turmoil through the filter of the uterine wall.”

Promoters say that you only need to repeat something three times for it to be remembered, so I won’t mention that Womb: a novel in utero will be officially released on Tuesday, March 21 again.

Learn more about Womb, it’s release, and related events at www.EricDGoodman.com/Womb.html.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Tea Time at Go World Travel



Let's start the new year off with a hot cup of the world's finest tea.

Go World Travel Magazine has been covering destinations around the globe since 2003. Focusing on unique destinations, culture, and people, Go World Travel Magazine subscribes to the belief that travel (even armchair travel) broadens horizons and increases understanding.

My travel story on Hangzhou, China—and specifically on their famous Longjing Dragon Well tea—was published in Go World Travel.

China is renowned for its production (and consumption) of high-quality green tea. My daughter, Nicole, and I were eager to learn about its production and sample some of the best this country known for tea had to offer.

Longjing tea used to be harvested and produced solely for the Emperor himself. During Imperial China, nobody enjoyed the exclusive Longjing tea except the Emperor and his elite guests. During our visit, Nicole and I were the guests.

Read “Hangzhou’s Dragon Well Tea: Longjing is Fit for an Emperor” in Go World Travel Magazine. You might consider doing it over a nice cup of tea.




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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Library Journal Compares Room, Nutshell, Womb


In an earlier post, I lamented that although I’d written my first draft of Womb: a novel in utero nearly a decade ago, literary legend Ian McEwan was coming out with his own novel in utero, Nutshell, around the same time. As much as I’m a fan of McEwan’s work, the timing could have been better.

However, I’m seeing the potential benefits of being the second in a pair of twins. As Amazon might say, “If you like this, you may like that.”

Library Journal, in their review of Nutshell, compared the new McEwan novel (in terms of unique perspective) to Emma Donoghue’s Room and my Womb: a novel in utero.

“Starred Review. McEwan joins Eric D. Goodman (Womb: A Novel in Utero) and Emma Donoghue (Room) in penning an expansive meditation on stability and identity from a confined perspective." - Library Journal 

Cited in the same sentence as McEwan and Donoghue: priceless. But what’s better is that my own small-press book may have been given a larger dot on the map, thanks to this “merit by association.”

Dozens of library websites, from New York to California, New England to Houston, have published excerpts from the review, as have a number of other websites that publish reviews.

Read the review (along with some others) at the link below.





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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Visiting Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future


Hard to believe, but ten years ago we were headed to Russia to spend Christmas Day in Red Square. We spend two weeks in Russia, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Nizhniy Novgorod. Here's an excerpt from this blog ten years ago:

I'm off to Russia this weekend and will be in Moscow for Christmas. I'll spend Christmas Day with my family in Red Square. It may seem somewhat sacrilegious to spend the holiday at the Kremlin, or to visit Lenin instead of Santa. But remember that beautiful St. Basil's Cathedral is there, too!

During my two weeks in Russia, I intend to do some research for a new novel. And I'll gather information and experience for a travel story to follow up on my last one. I plan to call it Vodka in the Snow: Russian Winter.

That novel is still in my "idea file," and the travel story remains a folder of notes. But I suspect both will see the light of day in the future.

Here's to embracing the future, remembering the past, and focusing on the present.


Happy holidays, and here's to a serene 2017.

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