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- Name: Eric D. Goodman
- Location: Baltimore-DC Area
Author // Represented by The Doris S. Michaels Literary Agency, Inc. // TRACKS: A Novel in Stories (Atticus Books 2011) & Flightless Goose, a storybook for children (Writers Lair Books 2008) available now. Learn more at www.EricDGoodman.com
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
As almost always happens, spending some time—even just a week—in another place gives you time to stretch out and feel as though you’re taking on a new lifestyle, trying on a new routine. You find your favorite coffee shops, the best place for the best food, recommendations for watering holes from the locals, and (in this case) the best Faddo in the Alfama.
Given how adjusted we became to life in Lisbon, it’s hard to believe that we returned from Portugal almost two months ago! It never takes long to ease (or get shoved) back into the “real world.” But images of the places we visited and the taste of port in the back of the mouth lingers.
Monday, May 09, 2016
Fiction for Spring Weather in Syndic
Need some encouragement to start on that spring yardwork? Whether you want something to read or something to listen to while you’re mowing, check out this story that might just make you reconsider doing the yardwork at all.
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Free Mother's Day Tea at The Smyser-Bair House / Historic York Inn
Enjoy tea service, with freshly brewed tea and accompanying finger foods, in the palatial parlor and formal dining room, surrounded by gilded Pier mirrors, breathtaking wood and plaster work, and electrified chandeliers. Children book author and artist Eric and Nataliya Goodman will be on hand to share and sign their books—something any mother can appreciate.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
April’s Showers Bring Great Readings
Featured readers include Robin E. Black, Kathy Flann, Christopher T. George, Tom Glenn, Sherry Audette Morrow, and Rosalia Scalia. Live music Braking Rays (Elizabeth Elliott and Larry Montgomery). Original art by Manzar. I’ll be your hosts for the afternoon: welcome to Fantasy Island.
Readings, live music, original art, open mic, free refreshments — the best excuse to get lit on a Sunday afternoon in Baltimore! Join us, and feel free to bring five minutes of your own best work to share during open mic.
Learn more at www.facebook.com/groups/LitAndArt.
Friday, April 15, 2016
Find Your Perfect Literary Match at the CityLit Fest
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Leaving for Lisbon
Monday, March 14, 2016
Western Wonders Waiting
Monday, February 29, 2016
Taking it Home
We’ve been to Los Angeles and San Diego, Hollywood and Santa Barbara. We made out in San Francisco and partied in Santa Barbara. We went for a nostalgic trip through Monterey, where I lived as a child, and San Jose, where I was born. We followed in the foots of John Steinbeck in Salinas, looking at old family photos in his boyhood home, spending time at the Steinbeck Center, and visiting locations both in East of Eden and from his own childhood.
With this installment, we come to the end of the journey. Join me in meeting Thomas Steinbeck, son of John Steinbeck and a great author in his own right, at Tecolote Books in Montecito. Richard Mineards, who covered the Royal Family for Britian’s Daily Mirror in a previous life, even covers my book event.
That, and a quick visit to college friend in LA, sends us back home.
Friday, February 12, 2016
The last time we were on the California road trip together, back in November, I shared my adventures in San Jose and Salinas, where I visited the Steinbeck Center, Steinbeck boyhood home, and a number of haunts from the author’s childhood and settings for his work.
Join me now as we venture to Monterey — visiting my own boyhood home (or at least the place where it once stood) and haunts from my own childhood.
The nostalgic trip is a part of my continuing California book tour travel story published in serial form by Atticus Books.
Join us at the Atticus Books Blog.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Join us for Lit and Art This Sunday
Friday, January 15, 2016
Bright New Year for Lit and Art
Tuesday, January 05, 2016
What Will You Read This Year?
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Stormtroopers, Stories, Star Wars … and Perspective
“I, Stormtrooper” was something I’d written a couple pages of notes about while still a middle-school student. I planned to write a story — perhaps even a novel — by that name. It was to be a telling of the original Star Wars trilogy from the perspective of an Imperial stormtrooper. Just a regular foot soldier, upset at the terrorists going around and shooting innocent recruits. (Those terrorists, of course, were Luke, Han, Leia, Chewbacca, and the rebels.)
I often caught myself pondering the perspective of innocent bystanders in movies. They guy who gets pushed out of the way and into the water when a high-speed chase zips by. The person who flees for cover when a shootout occurs. We follow the action, but I’ve always speculated: what was it like for that guy? Did he go home and tell his wife and kids, “you won’t believe what happened to me today!”
That’s something I find interesting in fiction. How does something like that leave a mark on an everyday person?
Perspective was something I played with in my writing often, but it wasn’t until I discovered the “novel in stories” format that I found a way to really put it into play.
It’d read connected stories before, but Joan Silber’s Ideas from Heaven really put it into perspective for me, so to speak. Each story connected to another in the book. Sometimes only as a paragraph or a line or two. The main nemesis of the first story is the main character of the last story—and in his own story he’s not nearly as bad a guy. That idea excited me. Again, it’s all about perspective.
Most of my longer fiction up to that point was strict novel. My short fiction was not connected. I had recently written three stories that, coincidentally, all had scenes on a train. That’s when I realized I had the perfect vehicle for my own novel in stories. Thus Tracks: A Novel in Stories was born — each story in the novel from the perspective of another passenger on the train, but all interconnecting — the side character of one story becoming the main character in another, one person’s story continuing as an aside in that of another passenger.
At the moment, I’m at work on another novel, this one more A to B with one main character. But I know that I won’t be able to help myself. There will be another novel in stories in my future.
As for “I, Stormtrooper …” it looks like J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kadsan beat me to it with Finn in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If only I’d gotten my manuscript to Lucasfilm first. That sort of puts things in perspective.
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Talking Fiction and Travel at Late Last Night Books
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Holiday Book Bazaar and Lighting of York’s Tree
The Smyser-Bair House / Historic York Inn and the Lit and Art Reading Series invite you to join us for an old fashioned Holiday Bazaar (in conjunction with the lighting of the City of York’s tree. The evening of books, music, food, drinks, palatial tours, original art, and regional literature takes place at 30 South Beaver Street as a part of Downtown York’s First Friday festivities from 5 to 9 p.m. on December 4!
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Examining Perspective in The Examiner
As you may know if you’re a regular reader of The Examiner, or if we’re connected on social media, I was recently profiled by Baltimore book columnist Eric Campos in The Examiner.
The article mentions my fiction writing, travel articles, and the Lit and Art Reading Series, among other things.
The meat of the article gets into my exploration of perspective and setting, both in reading other works (like Steinbeck) and in creating my own work (like Tracks). Over drinks in a bar, we consider how our own setting is seen differently from each person around us, and how examining that makes for good fiction.
Check out the article yourself at The Examiner.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Hanging Out in Steinbeck's House
Join me as I hang out in the house where John Steinbeck grew up, tell the staff there a few things about the Steinbeck family pictures, experience the Steinbeck Center, walk through the scenes featured in East of Eden, check out the Steinbeck Library, and spend a little time in Cannery Row.
Etched in stones are Steinbeck quotes, like “Books are the best friends you can have: they inform you, and entertain you, and they don’t talk back” and “I nearly always write—just as I nearly always breathe.”
It’s all a part of my continuing California book tour travel story being published in serial form by Atticus Books.
Join us at the Atticus Books Blog.