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Author who writes for a living and lives for writing. // WOMB: a novel in utero (Merge Publishing 2017) // TRACKS: A Novel in Stories (Atticus Books 2011) // FLIGHTLESS GOOSE, a storybook for children (Writers Lair Books 2008) // www.EricDGoodman.com

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lit & Art at Baltimore Book Fest's Inner Harbor Stage This Friday




Join the Lit and Art Reading Series at the Baltimore Book Festival's Inner Harbor Stage, inside the Visitor's Center, presented by Towson University.


Readers include Clarinda Harriss, Fernando Quijano III, and Ron Tanner. Eric D. Goodman will read from Womb: a novel in utero.


Live music courtesy of Goodloe Byron, original art presented by Manzar Rassouli, and emcee Nitin Jagdish is at the helm.


It all takes place in one lit-and-art packed hour from 4:30 to 5:30 on Friday, September 22. After the event, chat with us and ask us to sign a book for you!



Learn more about the event and participants at the official Baltimore Book Festival website:



And join the event on
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Lit and Art Reading Series: The Album Series


Ever wonder what you’ve been missing if you’ve been missing the Lit and Art Reading Series? Some may say that a picture is worth a thousand words—we don’t subscribe to that theory. A thousand pictures don’t capture the feeling of a live literary event, people reading their poetry and prose, fiction and memoir, performing their songs and presenting their art. Not to mention the fulfillment of discussing the arts and everything under the sun during intermission and before and after the performances.

A thousand pictures can’t convey what it means to attend a Lit and Art event. But … since we happen to have a thousand pictures of the past few events—let’s try!

Past events have taken place at The Watermark Gallery, The Ivy Bookshop’s Bird in Hand, The Historic York Inn / Smyser-Bair House, and the Baltimore Book Festival.

Spot anyone you know?  Why not picture yourself at the next event?







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Thursday, September 07, 2017

A Slower Pace in Silky Suzhou

You may have read my recent travel story, “Shanghai in the Fast Lane,” published on in the British online magazine Hackwriters. Follow that adventure with a more relaxing voyage through Suzhou.

Hackwriters, an online portfolio of good writing, has been digitally archived in the British Library since it began in 1999 and has been affiliated with Falmouth University and University of Portsmouth before becoming independent.

Our exploration of Suzhou, the Venice of the East, takes us along the canals of the old city, through the ancient streets of a farmer’s market, to a silk production factory and silk embroidery workshop, and across a lingering garden.

Read “Silky Suzhou: Venice of the East” in Hackwriters!


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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Go to Xi’an with GoNomad

Summer may be ending, but it's always a great time to do some traveling.

The award-winning online travel magazine, GoNomad, published my travel story about Xi’an, China. It’s likely that you’ve never even heard of the place, but just as likely that you know about its most popular attraction: the terracotta army, considered by many to be the most important archeological discovery of the 20th century.

Join Nicole and I as we go beyond the army itself and visit the replica factory using the same methods as 3,000 years ago, and meet one of the farmers who discovered the artifacts back in the 1970s.

We also visit Hanyangling mausoleum and museum, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, experience some close calls in a rickshaw, and top it all off with a dumpling feast and Tang Dynasty show.

Enjoy the adventure in words and pictures. Read “Xian: The Cradle of Unified China” in GoNomad.


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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Di Died 20 Years Ago

It’s hard to believe that it was 20 years ago today that Princess Diana died. In those days, we rushed to our television sets for news of the tragedy, not our cell phones or even our computers.  I remember being inspired that very weekend to write something about the event. But, in a way, it wasn’t the event itself that inspired me as much as how much attention it garnered.



Di Did Die (But So Did I) was published on the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death in The Arabesque Review, both in print and online. It’s about the death of Princess Diana and the media craze that both helped cause it and surrounded it, making the moment larger than life. But it’s also about the inequality of fame, how one person can garner so much attention while thousands of others go unnoticed.



You can read Di Did Die (But So Did I) in The Arabesque Review, originally published in 2007, at the link below.




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Monday, August 28, 2017

Zip Through Shanghai with Hackwriters

My travel story about Shanghai was published on in the British online magazine Hackwriters.

Hackwriters, an online portfolio of good writing, has been digitally archived in the British Library since it began in 1999 and has been affiliated with Falmouth University and University of Portsmouth before becoming independent.

“The sheer density of Shanghai sort of hits you in the face as you drive into it. Some say the city is literally sinking under the weight of it own development. It’s also said that half of the construction cranes working in the world are in China—and most of them are right here in Shanghai.”

The story covers Yu Gardens and Bazaar, Huxinting Tea House, the Bundt and Pudong, a trip on the world’s only magnetically levitating train, a look at some of the tallest buildings in the world, and more. Shanghai doesn’t slow down, and neither does this story.

Read “Shanghai in the Fast Lane” in Hackwriters!






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